From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 29, 1974:
Movies playing in Lawrence theaters this week included "Blazing Saddles," billed as "A Movie with Something to Offend Everyone;" Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in "The Great Gatsby" (with the tagline "Gone is the romance that was so divine"); Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "The Sting" ("... all it takes is a little Confidence"); "Where the Lilies Bloom;" and "The Exorcist." For the latter movie, the ad included this warning: "No one under 18 yrs. can be admitted unless accompanied by parent. You must present an I.D. with birthdate to the doorman. If you don't bring one, don't buy a ticket." Other entertainment options in Lawrence included Billy Spears with Red, White & Bluegrass at the Free State Opera House; Big Ed and the Wild Bunch at Edith's Place, 714 Massachusetts; "The Lori Love Show: The Nation's #1 Exotic Variety Show" opening for two weeks at the Flamingo; and Art Mooney & the Country Ladds at J&H; Tavern, 508 Locust. Some local eateries running ads in the Journal-World this week included Ken's Pizza Parlor at 27th and Iowa; Bigelow's Bar-B-Q on Highway 24-40 east of Tee Pee Junction; Taco Tico at 2340 Iowa; and Sandy's at 2120 West Ninth (2 hamburgers and 2 French fries, all for a dollar, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Another ad informed the public that the Virginia Inn Restaurant, 2907 West Sixth, was now under the management of "the former chef and manager of the Imperial Palace, Kansas City, Mo. -- Mr. Kit Lee" and was serving "Chinese & American Foods prepared by newly acquired chefs having vast experience in preparing foods of all countries."