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ghamilton commented about Elma Theater on Jul 1, 2005 at 5:55 am

As much as I like Aberdeen(I used to make more $ per sq.ft.there than any other town for my industrial sales efforts),the whole place was a bit seedy and unsophisicated.I had hoped they could market the place for its timber boom past,but no way.There is great potential there still,but money,vision and willing hands are not there.The two theaters there could have had a great part in that untried effort.

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ghamilton commented about Elma Theater on Jul 1, 2005 at 3:33 am

People here would have to go to Olympia or the S.shore in Aberdeen for entertainment since the theater in Montesano closed a long time ago.It’s a tribute to these tough folks who have been through so much,from heartless robberbarons,anti-human enviro nazis,and the occasional hostile bigfoot,to keep this treasure going.

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ghamilton commented about Pitts Drive-In on Jun 29, 2005 at 1:31 pm

Emporia used to have one of the finest small town movie palaces in this country.Acording to the National trust magazine some years back and a man engaged at the time to the owner’s daughter,the soulless pratt cared not a witt about it,and it was leveled.

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ghamilton commented about Sunset Drive-In on Jun 29, 2005 at 1:27 pm

I believe a Regal mutiplex occupied part of this site,but it has been closed for several years.

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ghamilton commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 27, 2005 at 3:35 pm

According to another web site,this nice old theater is used for community theater productions.Was built in 1926

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ghamilton commented about Carpenter Theatre on Jun 27, 2005 at 12:59 pm

It is sadly inronic that say much of the old retail core of downtown Richmond,the great department store hulks ,are going and gone for this arts center boondogle.Anyone familiar with the horror that is politics in the City of Richmond,knows there is big trouble in Little China.The “Arts Center"has become a political football between several forces.Mayor Wilder,in his patented,butt-headed way has tried to interject sanity into that zoo.The inmates of the zoo are saying "no way Jose”.Hopefully the great theater will not be hurt by the over-reaching of some and the infighting by others.

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ghamilton commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 23, 2005 at 7:58 am

It is sad to hear that this theater is no more.I saw several movies there in 1967 era.It was a very nice house.There was a nice theater very close to this one.Plus,A block away was a “new” theater in the basement of the Regina Inn.I got my hair cut in a shop near the enterance of the theater,also below the hotel.The Americans I was always with refered to it as “Redchina”,rather than Regina.That wasn’t nice.Sask.is much better than the home of the chicoms.Did have some fun run-ins with real commies at the college theater during some public events.We Americans in dark suits were suspected of being FBI agents hunting draft dodgers.

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ghamilton commented about Avalon Theater on Jun 23, 2005 at 7:48 am

The “style"of this theater can best be described as post-WW II concrete block.I got a Vandermeide record as part of a white elephant gift at a HP Christmas party a few years ago.I’m too frightened to play it.

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ghamilton commented about Gem Theatre on Jun 22, 2005 at 1:10 pm

This was one of the most beautiful small theaters I ever saw.They managed to stuff a lot of features into a small house.

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ghamilton commented about Byrd Theatre on Jun 22, 2005 at 6:33 am

ONE THING THAT IS A FACT!!!the Byrd is the grandest theater in the whole region that still shows normal,scheduled movies.Yes,the Carpenter and a few others in the mid-Atlatic are a bit grander or larger,but NO movies.You don’t have to pay 35 dollars or more to see the trans-siberian ballet and bagpipers to enjoy the experience.I’ve tried to figure out how many great theaters still operate as the Byrd.There are not many in the entire country.

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ghamilton commented about Byrd Theatre on Jun 22, 2005 at 6:22 am

I had a conversation recently(last wk.)with a Byrd manager type.I tried in a nice way to convey that they do a less than satisfactory job of communicating what they do to the public.Not everyone is going to seek out the website.There could be out reach to school groups and community clubs,etc.I’ve seen elementary age kids going into the Byrd the first time.The wonder in their faces is something to see.99% of adults under 35 have never been to a REAL movie theater in their lives.The near uniqueness of this grand ols lady MUST be preserved,nutured and,most of all,used.The National Trust and other groups need to be utilized and constantly communicated with,in order to keep the Byrd’s restoration on the front burner.

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ghamilton commented about Gordonsville Drive-In on Jun 16, 2005 at 4:42 pm

There was an indoor theater in the town.Couldn’t figure out a possible bldg,day before yesterday,as I looked.

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ghamilton commented about Southeast Theater on Jun 16, 2005 at 3:54 pm

I went to shows here several times in the 60’s,once in 1970.It was a beautifully elegant house.The nice place that was Sugar House back then added to the enjoyment.My new wife liked to check out the furniture store across the street.Still have the only pc.I bought there,an end table.The ice cream store around the corner was a legend.Only Country Boy Dairy in N.Ogden can compare in quality today.

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ghamilton commented about Grove Drive-In on Jun 16, 2005 at 3:44 pm

I should also ask if any sources have anything on the old theater in Burkeville.It was a drug store for many years and is now an insurance office.In nearby(3 miles) Crewe is an ancient downtown theater that looks to be closed for MANY years.The adjoining bdg is being demolished.Believe it was at one time a railroad hotel.

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ghamilton commented about Grove Drive-In on Jun 16, 2005 at 3:04 pm

You do a great job ferreting out the old drive in records.One of the last to close in VA was not far from this one,just down the road,North of Keysville.It was a small venue,family operation,closed about three years ago.

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ghamilton commented about 220 Drive-In on Jun 14, 2005 at 2:26 am

Another victim of Walmart.

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ghamilton commented about Lee Hi Drive-In on Jun 14, 2005 at 1:01 am

Mucho thanks for the Lendy’s pages.Boy!Did those waft me back through the ages.I remembered my fender-bender in the Franklin Rd.location on prom night ‘64.I would have one disagreement,a lot of Cave Spring people went to Lee Hi.Yeas that was the 220 Drive In I was refering to.I remember it ,like the Salem Theater,had a brief turn showing porn before the lights went out.Have you been to the place on Shenedoah Ave that serves Lendy’s food?

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ghamilton commented about Salem Valley 8 on Jun 13, 2005 at 3:05 pm

Sits partly on the site of the LeeHi Drive In

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ghamilton commented about Lee Hi Drive-In on Jun 13, 2005 at 3:04 pm

Saw TORA TORA there.Then you’d head to Lendy’s a few hundred yards West for that after theater treat and to see who was with who.It was a pretty good drive in.The valley used to have several,all long gone.I guess the Hull is the closest one to Roanoke now.Hope this fellow will list the legendary drive in S on 220.

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ghamilton commented about Colonial Theater on Jun 13, 2005 at 2:59 pm

The beautiful facade is preserved as the front of another nondescript office bldg.It just teases and taunts at the short-sightedness of man.

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ghamilton commented about Academy Theatre on Jun 11, 2005 at 3:45 pm

The Paramount and Uinta were both in the 100 East block of Center St.

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ghamilton commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 6, 2005 at 5:44 pm

Downtown Newport News is a monument to the utter idiocy of “urban renewal"What a wasteland.There are 3 old theaters in NN being used as churches.One S.of the freeway,2 N.

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ghamilton commented about Peninsula Community Theatre on May 31, 2005 at 4:05 pm

This theater was the center piece of a planned community,Hilton Village,primarily ship yard workers.Get off the freeway when in Tidewater and visit this scenic area.The once thriving business district still has some interesting shops.

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ghamilton commented about Grandin Theatre on May 27, 2005 at 7:49 pm

My favorite movie memory from the Grandin was Dr.Strangelove.A lot of the senior class of Cave Spring,‘64 saw it there and did skits from our favorite parts during school time.Giving the nazi salute to Quillan or Overstreet when their backs were turned often happened.I do remember some ads styling the Grandin as Roanoke’s last movie palace.That reminded me of a line from 1776,but forget that..It’s like calling a ford pinto a BMW.Both beat walking,but there is a difference.The Byrd is a movie palace.The Grandin as a nice neighborhood movie house that through great love and pain has survived,when every other one in the beautiful valley has bit the dust.Kudos for that.

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ghamilton commented about Villa Theatre on May 23, 2005 at 5:59 am

Today’s SLC paper has a good article on the theater and the owner’s intent.He stepped up to save the building atleast,when no other person or group would.