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The saga continues.Today’s Times-Dispatch has another fine article on the war over the Carpenter Center.This soap opera continues to descend into the depths of stupidity that has surprised even me,a total cynic.I had thought cooler heads would have risen to the top by now,but no,everyone in the loop are keeping the loop below the surface of the sewage lagoon,probably the big one right across the James from downtown-the one East of I-95.
Bremerton has never been a cultural high spot on the map of W WA.
Sorry about the mess above.The subject just drives me nuts.
I visited Hamilton several times in the 80’s.The Coast Guard piddled there a bit and the Presidio choppers lived there.I thought that Hamilton had to be the most beautiful base in the US.The bldgs were just gorgeous.The hangers were clasics.I still believe it should have retained an aviation function to benefit the community at large,but the tree-hugger enviro weenies are unbeatable in the Bay area.Witness the bird flipped at the battleship recently to show the mentality of the area.The same forces that dictated no aviation at Hamilton are determined to bulldoze the great El Toro facility,so desperately needed by the community as a major airport for SoCal.The was or is a great theater at Toro too.
Patsy,what happened to the old theater in downtown Concord?An old guy in Richmond claimed there was a nice theater in Concord in the 50-60’s.I drove down every street and saw no evidence of one .
Drove by these theaters twice in the last week.The Gem is showing Transporter 2.The closeby other theater around the corner and down a block is the CannonVillage visitors center.It is a beautiful building of a somewhat Georgian style matching the rest of this unique shopping area.The pathos of the area really bummed me out.The half dozen or so HUMONGOUS Cannon factories are being demolished.This devastation is all of our faults,since too many of us would rather pay a few cents less for a crummy import that won’t last half as long while a way of life disappears and our real jobs go to china and pakistan.Oh,yeh,the grocery store theater is a very well-built,handsome building at the corner of S.Main and Dale Earnhart Blvd.
Article in the Times-Dispatch today shows the current state of the bloody battle.It’s going to get a lot uglier.
The fight just gets uglier.I am quite disturbed by how much of the original theater is suppoed to be demolished.Mayor Doug has thrown a lot of wrenches in the gears,but that may be a good thing.Someone should look at reality.How can so much of a listed property be destroyed?The egos in this fight are so transperent and self serving.The good and honorable mayor may even want some of the city’s mis spent $ back.WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!
Gosh,Charles,you must be almost as old as me.As in Richmond,the enemy in SLC is the various egos and factions fighting for the soul of the town.Rocky is always the fly in the ointment.Right now,he thinks leading protest against Bush is his highest priority.Politics aside,his priorities are often a little strange,to say the least.There is an old fellow in SLC,one Harold Cowley,that used to manage some of those downtown venues.The stories he could tell were fantastic.During the sixties and 70’s there was no downtown that held a candle to SLC for compact,safe and varied theater district.
Article in a SLC paper today points out the ongoing struggle to save and rehab the Utah.A study due in Dec.will carry a lot of weight.A Broadway type venue is the dream of the ever weird mayor.The worry by the worried class is that there will be too few cultural dollars chasing too many venues in the downtown region.
If that’s what they are playing-close'em up!!
I first noticed this theater up close in 1969,when I stopped for the night in a Holiday Inn in downtown-imagine that?Spending the night in E.St.Louis?It looked like it had closed recently,although,I guess it had been closed for about 9 years.What a shame.It appeared quite pristine.
I drove by this theater a few weeks ago on a cross-country jaunt(made a point to look up as many theaters as possible).I found this bldg absolutely breathtaking.Aren’t there any shots of the interior or news on the state of the interior?
Yes,that was the Roxy,of course.I was in UT last week and realized this great old theater wasn’t listed here.As I drove past,the place looked good.I wonder if it is breaking even with the competition from the multiplex a mile and a half or so South.Same owner isn’t it?By the way,this has nothing to do with show places,but the fresh tree ripe cherries on down S.on old 89 were sooo good.I ate nearly a lb.while driving S on I 15.
This theater was aimed at the black audience,
Yes sir,I passed a drive-in site right on the N.C.border on the S.side of Danville,on rt.29.The only thing left is a rusting sign frame.The site has been leveled and is used for trailer storage.
Way to go,Mr.Memory.I passed this site twice yesterday.The place is slowly crumbling since it was just walked away from.The hurricane damaged the screen rather badly,holes are showing,the weeds are now high enough to nearly hide the play equipment.The sign is starting toward the ground,though one side still says closed.Some one took down the “see you nxt year"that was there.The cottage style bldg that held the projection equipment and snack bar is still in good shape.
From the pictures of the place,it had a full stage set up, some great architectural features.The “retail"use doesn’t tell anything about what is left intact.
This posting took me to the fact that there are MANY theaters on current and former military bases around the country.Some are simple wooden stuctures that look like they were built from left over parts or materials from the “temporary"WWII barracks.Take little Ft Pickett,Va.It has two theaters,one dating from WWII,one built in the 50’s or 60’s that still shows movies.Ft Douglas,Ut has a nice old brick theater that I think was built in the 30’s.I could go on and on.Sadly many really nice theaters have been destroyed.A beautiful stone one at Camp Blanding,Fla.comes to mind.We could start a whole new site,just for military theaters.Ft.Lee ,VA uses theirs as a very active community theater site.
Is this the one being used as a gym?
Yes,I was one of those tiny kiddees dropped off.Saw swashbuckling,cowboy and g-type war movies.The theater was built just before the “new bridge"was built.Went to the ancient elemetary school just down the road for a few years.It still looks the same.I thought that the last time I was down that road(Univ.Blvd.) the theater was being used as a church.Saw some English movie there around 1956 or 7 that had Rex and his wife Kay Kendall as leads.In my pre-pubescent youth,I thought she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.
The front is “preserved”,but the auditorium is no more.The place was used by a church a few years ago,as the theater across and down still is.My caustic comments are on this site elsewhere about this place.It should have been saved.
I have driven by this theater several times in the past few years and it is obvious it was a sustantial and probably noteworthy facility.The bulk and design showed it’s vaudeville origin.I’m thrilled that something will be down to preserve and use it.South Hill and the surrounding area is one of the hardest hit by the destruction of the US textile industry(thanks for trying to save 1 dollar on jeans and destroying people’s lives)and the concurrent destruction of the US tobacco industry.It’s kind of a sad little town,like others of its ilk,but there are good and tough people here who realize that quality of life is to be savored and presreved.
Mr.Memory,you are awesome.Does your seer stone reveal what the indoor theater’s fate was in Louisa?