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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.
The Mall,whose parking lot the joint sits in,refected the demise of this NON-treasure.When it opened in the 60’s,it helped kill the wonderful downtown theater scene.By the way,I was told that there is a bldg.on Campbell Ave.that was a theater till sometime in the 50’s,between the Roanoke Times and Jefferson St.Somewhere near where Woolworths once was.Anybody out there older than me?
The section on Richmond is sooo lacking.No mention of the Mosque and all the houses that were/are on W.Broad.
This place is quite nice,if you are in the main auditorium,The former balconey spaces are a little snug.
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?
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.