Library once had role as theater
posted by Michael Zoldessy on May 15, 2008 at 7:45 am
TEMPLE, TX — While showing few signs of its former self, the Ritz Theater has been standing as a library for over 20 years.
After spending a few minutes browsing aisles of books at McGinley Memorial Library, it’s easy to forget that long ago the place was a movie theater where people lived out today’s distant memories.
Although the exterior of the McGregor library still looks exactly like a theater, once you get indoors, 14,000 books and a computer lab mask the building’s past. Just a few clues shed light on its former role.
Read the full story in the Temple Daily Telegram.
At least its being put to some creative use. Here in UK they either get turned into dens of gambling,drinking, or disappear altogether!
I could be wrong, but I have a hunch that the days of movies being shown in libraries have all but disappeared. I can remember reading about movies being shown in libraries around our area as recently as the 1970’s and 1980’s, but, since the 1990’s, seems virtually, if not totally unheard of.