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.

Comments (2)

smoothie on May 17, 2008 at 12:30 am

At least its being put to some creative use. Here in UK they either get turned into dens of gambling,drinking, or disappear altogether!

MPol on August 26, 2008 at 4:24 am

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.

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