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In the not too distant past,there was a tour given.People can’t imagine the real beauty of this theater.Even pictures don’t do it justice.This house is REAL ART.The volume “Celebrate Richmond Theaters"by Dementi,Dementi and Fuller-Seely,a work of art,itself,has a lot of pictures and history.The inner dome is the biggest design feature that captures the eye,but the detailing is just so right without over doing it.(yes,some grand houses are a bit over-done)In the entire country,I don’t see another beauty like this one,namely,in good shape-and unused. Richmond has quite a few theaters of note that have not made it into this great site yet,but the National is the star.
It has been used a few times for special presentations,I understend,but in no way could be considered"open".sadly.
Again,you awe and amaze,Mr.M.One word from me,who reads too many newspapers,and you are off on a Library of Congress research project.You always nail the essential truth.This place is a treasure.It can not be subjected to a muti-million dollar remake,as the idiotas in Richmond are doing with the Carpenter.First of all,they are very different venues.It’s like a super version of the San Marco in Jax., not Radio City Music Hall.Let them build a parking garage,not destroy the theater for someones ego.
A conflict between the Herald and Mr.Memory on dates.I’d put my money on Mr.Memory.
The Herald aricle has a nice picture of the bldg.Additional info of note in article include Style-Mediterranean Revival Architect-Richard Kiehnel,a great local man The 1950 renovation from movie palace to playhouse was by Alfred Browning.
Interesting article in the Herald today about the landmark comm.listing the entire exterior as precious.The board had only wanted to list the entranceway.The board seems to want to destroy the bldg,build a new theater and a commercial parking garage with bond funds.The desire of artsy commisions to go grande at the cost of historical integrity is a national illness that runs rampant through these type of individuals.I’ve been there and love the theater and the Grove.It is changing-and NOT for the better.
Is there something in the water of this burg?What a bunch of insanity!How can sane people throw away this treasure?It’s obvious that bad blood is at the core of this fracas.It’s a crying shame that the small people involved are willing to sacrifice a national treasure to their vanity and ego.Of course some of the people “fighting for preservation"are obviously suffering from some special personality defects.This is so stupid.Get a life.Let some different people,who are probably on the sidelines now because of the rancor,take the helm and save this priceless,irreplacible wonder.
Hi,Warren,You missed the Virginia Theater of Danville,Va,of all places.The remarkable palace had 5,000 seats.Your list of the biggies needs that one.The list I’d pay to see is actual,real,certifiable movie palaces that still show scheduled theatrical releases.
The architect was William Parke.The current status should be under going restoration to be an arts and performance center.It is used now for special programs.Recently(July) a large multi-state law enforcement conference was held there.I know they have sought large grants for their project from various sources.This bldg is considered a real treasure after years of neglect.
Of course if the date was really promising,you took here to the lovely Pioneer Drive In.Also you had the option to head to the Art City Drive In, or the theater in downtown Springville.For real adventure,you could take your life in your hands and head to Spanish Fork.The locals there did NOT like BYU people.
This theater should have been the one to “save”.It is more intact than the gutted one.Waycross is a diamond in the rough.If it were a little closer to Jacksonville,it could come back from the grave it is in.I believe there was a 3rd theater downtown in the 50’s.Could the church use facility be it?I often went to Waycross in the late 50’s with my father on church affairs.The WWII airfield was still totally intact then and as a very young military groupie,I loved it.
Yep,you did it.I worship your oracle-like product.
I will never forget seeing “How To Succeed In Business” at this beautiful theater.(1966 or 67)There was another theater nearby.There was also a very nice theater over the Broadway bridge on the South side of town.Saskatoon was a lovely city,because they planted a lot of trees during the depression.I bet Mr.Memory can come up the the names and dates.The man is a god.
When I visited lovely Moose Jaw in the winter of 67-68,I remember two operating theaters.Obviously you got the one,which was the other?Both were near the Simpson-Sears downtown.There was also two theaters in the thrilling burg of Swift Current.One large,one small.There was also a theater at the airforce base near MJ.Canadian bases didn’t have great theaters like some US facilities.I remember one CF theater was a quonset hut.
Mr.Memory,you never fail to amaze.How the heck would you ever stumble across a 1965 year book page?Sometimes you’re scary.Not retired from the NSA?I guess you’d have to kill me if you told me.
Newport News is one of the saddest victims of that evil curse-“urban renewal”.It once had a vibrant,busy downtown with large dept.stores,theaters and shops.It is a near total wasteland now.
It’s huge and it sits all boarded up and painted one gray color.
Small towns on the Canadian plains often have some real gems.Life was(is)harsh and the film escape was(is)even more important than Miami Beach,for instance.I remember seeing some pretty grand theaters in Ft.MacLeod,Lethbridge,Brooks,Medicine Hat,Swift Current,Moose Jaw and the larger cities,some listed here already.There was some real funky ones in places like Pincher Creek,Raymond,Taber and Cardston.I really ought to put Brooks into the funky class too.
I attended this theater often during one period of my life,as it was only two blocks from my apt.It was the first theater my first newborn child went to(he’s 35 now).SLC now has just 2 left out of many,and the jury is still out on one(UTAH).This is just so sad and wasn’t the way it should have been.“seismic upgrades"have been the excuse to destroy many bldgs in the West.
This theater has been known for decades as the Disney movie headquarters.It is closed on Sundays and often used for church functions.It was appearently owned by the predominate local demonination,before being spun off into a foundation situation.This organization has had many ups and downs,but tries to serve its community of good families.The style of the bldg could be called art deco,but barely.The main room was kind of plain when I was last inside.
These photos from the Utah theaters site via Mr.Memory show what a tragic,stupid waste that the destruction of this beauty was.The justifications for this slaughter were boiled down to one word-greed for profit at the cost of the soul of the city these pratts claim to care so much about.It’s a good thing I don’t have to sustain Zion Securities functionaries as Prophets,seers and revelators at general conference next month.I’d have to become a baptist.`
Micheal Ballam is the treasure of the theater.His talent is know to few nationally,but he is a world-class opera and musical wonder.People come from far and wide when he is onstage.
I’m far less fortunate than you.I just stumble across things as I wander the countryside.Challenge for you.There is a huge hulk of an old theater in Weldon,NC,used sometime in the past as a church.What?
Thanks for the link to Utah Theater website w/the pics.Grant Smith has done such a great job with this web site.He deserves mucho credit for what he has done.YOU-Mr.Memory are the most remarkable font of facts and pictures.You obviously do not need to up the ginko yet.
Yeh,this is the one I mentioned in my other Regina posting.It was a nice place,especially when it was 20 below zero.When I lived there,Canada had not gone metric,thank heaven.When you went there you could get your car out of the weather and descend to eternal spring.