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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?
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.
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.
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.
I believe a Regal mutiplex occupied part of this site,but it has been closed for several years.
According to another web site,this nice old theater is used for community theater productions.Was built in 1926
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.
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.
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.
This was one of the most beautiful small theaters I ever saw.They managed to stuff a lot of features into a small house.
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.
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.
There was an indoor theater in the town.Couldn’t figure out a possible bldg,day before yesterday,as I looked.
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.
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.
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.
Another victim of Walmart.
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?
Sits partly on the site of the LeeHi Drive In