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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.
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.