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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.
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.
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.
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.
I would love to attend anything in this venue.Never seen it,never been to Staten Island.What I see from this site is the blood,sweat and tears,not to mention drama,pain and heartbreak that go into this kind of undertaking.Everybody who cares is nice,but those who put their money,however much,their guts and life into bringing,or keeping life into one of these temples of the human spirit are doing God’s work.They deserve more than just our thanks.There’s some folks down on the Fla Gulf coast that are up to their armpits in aliigators with their project.They could use more than just sympathy.
The place is definitely gone.I used to love downtown SLC.It was actually one the the last downtowns to go totally pear shaped.I lived downtown for some many months from Aug,69 to June 70.My wife and I could walk to any number of theaters and great eateries that are all long gone.The Hotel Utah was still one of the world’s greatest.The soon to be gone,if not already, Inn on Temple Square was a sleazy hotel and the bus station.My,but time does march on.I wish all the best to the soulless pratts that think they can save the place.They want a G-rated urban paradise in a R-rated world.It will be tough sledding,or rafting if the spring floods come,as they might again.
I remember a building roughly at this location in the early 80’s that looked like it was at one time a movie house.It was either a drug store or an auto parts store,in feeble memories.
How a theater at this location couldn’t make it is one of life’s mysteries.Now a sporting goods store sitting there nxt.to I-15.
This whole mall is going bye bye in an attempt to rebuild this end of downtown.The LDS church(zion securities)owns the whole enchilada now.
This was a great theater,that should have been saved.The only good thing about the multi-plex sitting on the grave of its predecessor is the parking.Sadly,lack of parking contributed to the demise of many old theaters.That’s what I like about the Byrd-great parking.Downtown SLC is trying to save itself with new shopping areas,but nothing can regain the soul that has been cut out by short-sighted greed and lack of class.The list of grand houses that were once in downtown SLC,but were bulldozed,is enough to make a grown man weep.SAVE THE UTAH!!!Poor Jacksonville,Fla.has only ONE left.At least SLC has the chance to have two.But even if the Utah is saved,it probably will never show movies.I would like to see a seperate listing of JUST the old theaters that still show movies,Like the BYRD in Richmond,a REAL movie palace.
This is a fantastic looking theater,from my memories of seeing it about 12 years ago.Is there anyway to get interior shots posted?When possible,please update any way to contribute.I remember a 2nd old theater nearby.What is it’s state?
In the 80’s it was a Safelite Glass store.I was in the bldg quite a few times.The original parts that were left from theater days were the quaint restrooms.A few other little touches were there if you looked hard.The auditorium area was really GUTTED.Trucks could come in the rear entrance.The outside still looked like a theater.
The “gays"essentially saved two theaters on Lincoln Rd.Maybe they can save the Fabian.Make Paterson the new Miami Beach!
I remember the big hoot during the showing of Final Countdown when the Tomcats splash the Zeros.The cheers and yells were wall-shaking from the mostly military crowd.They were always fun to watch an action flick with,because they were so demonstrative.Now that my tiny sons then are now in Iraq,the memories are especially touching.
I’m glad this one is finally listed.I enjoyed going to this venue in the early and mid-80’s.I remember watching a lot of films here in the grand auditorium.My kids liked the grand scale of the place.It was so huge compared to the fancier,but much smaller Roxy-Panteges.It seemed to attract a lot of the military crowd,drawn by the sometimes double features.
I’ll be in UT nxt wk.I’ll look.
Highlight for me with this house was Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum.I loved that movie and still do.Must have been 1967?I remember going to a doctor in the bldg.next door.The interior was fairly severe.
Downtown Norfolk is a pretty decent place with so many old bldgs and the big mall right across from this theater.Where else can you shop at Nordstroms,go on a real battleship,take a harbor cruise,a broadway play and then go up the street a little to a great club in another old theater in one day?
The picture just shows the street front,not the big bulk of the bldg.Which brings up the seat figure.It looks like it would hold a lot more than 675 .
The theater once stood in a thriving and neat commercial area of shops and eateries.Seeing it sit alone and derelict for so long is just sad.Richmond has a similar area that still survives somewhat with a theater also.Both areas are victims of the same phenom.-the fleeing of middle-class blacks out of the inner city.The big difference in the two areas is the curse of “urban-renewal"passed the Richmond neighborhood by-although it did hit some other parts of Richmond with horrible results.(still hitting Richmond-drive down Broad St.)
Cinema supporters should concentrate on saving the few grand houses that are both in pretty good shape and empty like the National in Richmond,the Raymond and the Utah.The resources and efforts should really focus to save the best.The National Trust should be enlisted to bring their PR clout to this effort.`
This was a fun place to go in the mid-60’s.What about the several others in this immediate area?
I don’t know where else to post this,but where are the listings for Saskatoon and Regina?I’ve been to several great houses in both cities in 1967'ish period.There were two I remember in downtown Saskatoon and at least two in the center of “Redchina”,as some of my American companions nicknamed Regina.There was a newer theater in the basement of a hotel.In Saskatoon,there was a nice,large house on the S.side of town.I sucked my friends into to going to see “A Man and a Woman” by telling them it was about auto racing.They wanted to kill me.I saw “how to Succeed In Business Without,etc."at a large downtown place.There was a great Chicom eatery on the Eastside of downtown that was a fun after movie spot on Sat.aft.The Chinese thought we were all CIA agents.I guess short-haired young Americans in suits caused excitement.It couldn’t have been the phoney dialouge about someplace near DC.
As a resident of VA,but who works for a Paterson headquartered company,I’ve often marveled at the potential of Paterson.It has so many beautiful,classic structures.Saving this theater should be mandatory if there is any soul to be saved here.
I can’t believe this dump is listed and the American is not.It was the crown jewel of downtown.Warner Dalhouse has a lot to answer for.