People lined Spruce Street in September 1960 for a chance to see Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the Strand Theater –
The film starred Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. It was based on a novel written by Robert Bloch. Reviews of the film ranged glowing for the actors Perkins and Leigh to cutting calling it low budget. But fans didn’t see it that way. People flocked to the theaters to see this cinematic gem.
In the end the film would receive two Academy Award nominations – Hitchcock for best director and Leigh for supporting actress. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 1992.