Thinking back, I remember them being bad. But compared to the monotony of the talks, the dramas were like Citizen Kane or a Kubrick film. I'll take drama and movies over some lecture any day.
Hey, back in Shakespeare's day, all of the parts were played by men. I'm sure the costuming had to have been horrible, but still. Any story was better than the lectures from the stage.
Yes, I remember the tickets. Not the only place that used them. I hated it. Whether it's the state fair or JW conventions, you almost always come home with extra tickets. And I suspect this is part of their plan. So you're always "donating" some money.
I remember working in the food service at the assembly hall, exchanging tickets for food. I seem to remember on Sundays, sometimes people got to take home extras. Yes, I remember Shasta, hoagies, pudding, and if I'm not mistaken, we might have had an ice cream machine. I know we had a full kitchen in service for a while. But then that got discontinued and it went to pre-prepared items for a while. Then to nothing and we had to go out for food.
I think that's about the time I was turning old enough to drink and lunches started to become liquid lunches. Helped us sleep through the afternoon sessions.