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Before my twin sons were jerked out of college at Southern Virginia University nearby and sent to beautiful Baghdad for a year’s paid vacation in body armour,they enjoyed this rare place.A bunch of those care-free kids would make a real party of it.Nice people run it with a great attitude.A body shop next door is a customer of mine,so I see it regularly.
There has to be few cities in the nation with so little left of the theatrical heritage.Downtown Danville sits,a sad monument to our desire for cheap chinese products.It’s only going to get worse.The furniture and fabric industries continue to disappear by the minute.Wake up.I could name a large list of cities in VA,NC,SC and a few others that I travel in that have closed or destroyed theaters that can be attributed to our lack of desire to buy American products.A short list would be Pulaski,Martinsville,Burlington,Henderson,Greensboro,Roanoke,Emporia,Roanoke Rapids,S.Boston,Suffolk,Lynchburg,etc.
I remember in the mid 80’s,the place had been closed for a while and it reopened.It was a sad sight,but still it was alive.The balcony was used for storage.You could look up and see the old seats and other crap up there.I’d still love to hear what opened to the Temple facility up the street.
What a moron.He can’t spell film
Today’s Salt Lake papers carried stories that this place’s salvation may be to become the headquarters for Ballet West.The fate of this place has weighed on me for years.Before multi-screening,it was a grand facility.It has been sitting for a LONG time.I hope if the restoration and reuse proposed comes to reality,that consideration be made for multi-use,like flim festivals.What a venue for some of Sundance.I’d even travel from my home in VA for that.(not to join the crowd in Park City)
About the time this great place closed,another grand old theater down the street was either closed or on it’s last legs.It had been multi screened.What was it?when was it torn down?
Dallas has lost so many great places.This was one.Question for any locals.What has happened to the old theater on the square in McKinney?I remember going to a theater E of Preston on Spring Valley,one on Preston just N of Belt Line.That was where I saw Animal House first run.You don’t forget moments like that.
I believe it was at the Inwood that one of my most memorable movie experiences took place.It was a sneak peek of JAWS.I mean a REAL sneak,Zanuck was there,we were quized,formed to death,and scared to death by Bruce and the blood.Dallas used to have a lot a REAL sneaks.I saw Burt Reynolds and other lumunaries at various screenings.
During a brief residence in Pomona in late 62 to June 63,I attended this great palace several times.What a glorious creation!The whole downtown mall was so nice.Dead as a door knob now.I’d visit a girl friend who was working a little at Buffums(top of the mall),I bought my Pomona High letterman’s jacket at a shop on the mall.It could have been Lincoln Road.How fricken'sad.
I passed this theater last week on a Fla.trip.Still sitting empty.The area is doing well.If I won a big lotery,I’d buy it and run classics.With all the old theaters that still exist in Miami Beach,why can’t ONE show a movie?
My gosh,get a life.There was a theater due East of the capital,about a mile.Could the name of the BIG negro theater on W.Tennessee St.be Ritz?Probably not.Ironic,but the theater was right nxt. to the Fiat dealer.The area around there was called Frenchtown back then.Never found out why.
I liked this one better than the Florida after the fire.The “new"Florida was painfully plain.I remember going to the State in 60 or 61 and watching Gone With The Wind.It used to be re-released every few years.It had a great balcony.Living in Tal.for 3 years in my formative early 60’s time frame was a fun experience.It was user friendly for a kid with a bike.There was a large Black theater on w.Tenn.St.that reallt did a land-offices business till the late 60’s.
The area across the Main St.Bridge was once a vibrant seperate city-South Jacksonville.There were a lot of streets and hundreds of bldgs that are just GONE.Into the 60’s the area was commonly called S.Jax.Now,the San Marco.It will always have the softest of spots in my heart.It was the site of my first “date”,walked with little Janie Jenkins from her parents nearby mansion to the movies.I believe we saw the Strategic Air Command w/Jimmy Stewart.I am so thrilled with the overall condition of the San Marco area.It is almost as nice as it was in 1959.Nearby is the wonderful legit theater with a long history also.
The latest news about the 5 points is so sad.It was such a beautiful centerpeice of a formerly wonderful shopping district.With the revival of the area out from there,I had hoped for better.My cousins and i often went ther in the late 50’s.
As a wee child in the Jacksonville of the 50’s,my family often went to the Florida and the nearby,magnificent Palace.That there is only one of the many that were in downtown at that time is a perfect example of the results of folks deserting downtown.The sad plight of jax has been somewhat reversed,but what has been lost,can never be replaced.
By the way,does anyone know what will become of the lovely old theater in Tappahanock?I think I spelled it wrong.It is a handsome bldg.Too nice to waste.It was sad when that lovely theater on Forest Hill closed.Lucky thing about Richmond is the availibilty of the really fine volume on the theater history of the area.Barnes and Noble has it.The Venus still stands on Hull St.Is that the saddest street you’ve ever seen?The great theater still standing empty and in fine shape on Broad begs to be saved.One old theater West of the BLVD & Broad intersection is being used as a camera store.WHY no mention in the listings for the Mosque(Richmond’s Landmark Theater)????It must have been the largest theater ever in Richmond.
By the way,does anyone know what will become of the lovely old theater in Tappahanock?I think I spelled it wrong.It is a handsome bldg.Too nice to waste.It was sad when that lovely theater on Forest Hill closed.Lucky thing about Richmond is the availibilty of the really fine volume on the theater history of the area.Barnes and Noble has it.The Venus still stands on Hull St.Is that the saddest street you’ve ever seen?The great theater still standing empty and in fine shape on Broad begs to be saved.One old theater West of the BLVD & Broad intersection is being used as a camera store.
The Roanoke movie scene used to be a lot different.Near the corner of Jefferson & Campbell was the magnificent American Theater.Great lobby,great decor.Upstairs concession stand also.Great balcony.Torn down in the late 70’s,I think for a new bank bdg.Up the street two blocks on Jefferson was the Jefferson Theater,not as big or grand.I remember seeing 1776 there.The American,I particularly remember for The Graduate and Little Big Man.About ten blocks North from Orange Ave.on Williamson Rd.is the bdg that once was the Lee Theater.I remember seeing Elvira Madigan there.In beatiful downtown Salem,across from the old courthouse sits the handsome bdg that was the Salem Theater.It closed in the early 70’s,I think,after a short porno house run.I saw something there in the mid-60’s,can’t remember what,except John Wayne was in it.You have no section for Lynchburg,but after sitting for decades,the Music Academy is really getting a major re-upping.
Thanks for that.In my senility,I was sure I had been there in 64-65,I guess I was.
The books were cooked to justify destroying this place.It was soooo gorgeous.
When did this place close?
The Paramount and the other one in the same block(Uinta?)had a lot more personality than the Academy,now all three are gone.How sad.the mini-wharehouses keep winning.I also went to the Art City in Springville and the old Grove in Pleasant Grove.There was or is a nice old place in American Fork too.During my way-too many years at BYU,I loved going up to SLC,with movie palaces lining State and Main Sts.Almost all gone.When the LDS church destroyed the “Promised Valley"place,it was a sad day.That was a beautiful facilty that SHOULD HAVE BEEN,AND COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED(pure greed by Zion Securities).The only remaining question is the fate of the UTAH THEATER.
I really liked the guy who ran the Reel.He tried to have a real family-friendly place with great prices on the concessions.How sad that bad things happen to good people.
People cry over the demise of REAL: theaters,weeping and howling,but it’s a rare house that closed with crowds being turned away.Support the Byrd or lose it.Richmond has lost so many great theaters.By the way,I never heard a word when the oldest theater in VA,in downtown Frdericksburg was destroyed a few years ago.It’s across the street and down from a much larger theater that is being used as a church.I remember meeting the owner of the Old theater(he also owned car dealerships)at the theater.He told me he would never allow anything to happen to his historical treasure.What happened?Did he pass away?