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Bob Ditt: Yes, the great actor James Stewart is originally from Indiana, PA. I don’t know if there is a festival surrounding his name, but do know that there is one in the town that James Dean is orginally from in the State of Indiana. I don’t recall the town name at the moment though.
Thanks again. We plan to make a trip to the town in June for their annual Laurel Festival where my husband and I met! At this time we will check out the theatre. In fact, several summers ago we did visit the town and during a walk down main street my husband stopped at the theatre and got to see inside (beyond the lobby area)though I didn’t see it as I was, unfortunately, elsewhere.
I wonder what the style was if it, in fact, was a former house or hotel? It is located in the middle of the block and not on a corner.
My husband believes that as you walked to your seat the ceiling got lower thus the “incline” that you walk up to get to the seats.
Thanks so very much Lost Memory….I’d say your resource memory is quite good though. I will relay all of this to my ‘other half’! Glad to read that the theatre has been designated ‘a historical building’! The town pop. is small about 3,500 and could use a main streethometown theatre, again.
This is the second theatre that I have come across in my research that is now an Ace Hardware store. The other one is in Hartwell GA.
William: If you have information about the Irving and your experience as an usher, please add it to the list under Add a Theatre…it’s easy.
Ben: Congratuations upon the purchase of this theatre. It’s too bad that the Corvette meet, Bloomington Gold doesn’t meet in Bloomington anymore as your theatre would have been a great night out for the Corvette owners! I see you are showing Polar Express and Ray…both great movies, but we recently saw Polar Express in 3D and, in my opinion, that is the ONLY way to see THAT movie!
First one in Tudor Revival style that I’ve seen…very interesting.
Steven W: Thanks for the Florida Theatre/Hollywood FL photos, but so sad that an art deco theatre such as that one in ‘art deco-land’ would be gone today…i.e. the art deco section on Collins Avenue in nearby Miami Beach. It would blend right in if it were around today!
I just spoke with a friend who told me about this theatre so I then looked here and found it! Great find!
And if you have any more info on the builder, John H. Carr please advise as he may have been involved with other PA area theatres. My husband thanks you! ;–)
Thanks for the additional information. My husband is from Brookville and remembers going to that theatre. Do you have a source book that you refer to or are you from the general area?
My RCMH interest and subsequent questions have certainly stirred up alot of commentary which is great so I thank all who have contributed to this theatre page as there is only ONE Radio City Music Hall! And if anyone is with 100 miles of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta the place to be on December 26th is THAT theatre for the special open house to commemorate the Fabulous Fox’s 75th anniversary! If anyone does go, please post your thoughts on the Fox page as we’d all love to read them! Thanks.
Lost Memory: Thanks for this info on the Barrow Civic Theater, but I wonder how it came up with the name Barrow? And do you know anything about a theater being in Titusville PA?
“amazing resource”…that it is and thank you!
Since I don’t seem to find where one can ask about a particular town and whether they had or have a theater could anyone visiting this site about the Jordan tell me whether the Town of Titusville PA had or has a theater?
“The place was a wreck” pretty much sums it up, but that doesn’t mean an effort shouldn’t be made to erect a memorial for the soldier and to the theater that once stood upon that land in Greenville PA.
When I visit Greenville this summer I fill try to find and speak with this “Dale” who is the contact person at the First Baptist Church. BTW, I will not like seeing a parking lot where the Jordan once stood even though it is or will be a church parking lot! Seth: I hope you were able to get inside the theater and get some interior shots. Let us know!
I just went onto read in The Herald 2002 article that the building was structurally “a good solid building” yet it has or will come down……just so sad!
Tom Scott: Yes, a monument should be erected in honor of the American soldier named James Jordan! Perhaps Seth or local, Paul H. could work with the First Baptist Church of Greenville on this monument/memorial project. In fact, I was in Greenville this summer as I wanted to see the local college and never knew about the theater so missed seeing it before it was demolished. I guess the 5 million dollar restoration figure was just too much to tackle! Ignorant neglect, over time, was the theater’s demise. So very sad to see another ‘former’ theater go!
Lost Memory: I just read the Sharon Herald newspaper article and find it so sad that a previous buyer, Mr. French had made an attempt to restore the theater then walked away from the project! In the article the Blatt Brothers are mentioned having owned a theatre in Mercer PA. I would like to know more about the Blatt Brothers as I think they also had some connection with my hometown movie theater, the Grand in Westfield NY.
Seth: So glad to read that the church “did save as much as they could from the interior” and that they “will be constructing a small memorial with glass blocks from the lobby and leftover bricks to honor Mr. Jordan and preserve a little history.” I truly wish this theatre could have been saved, but it sounds like it was too far gone…“Almost everything had been ruined by water, etc.” Also, glad that a photo site has been provided us.
Am enjoying the cinephoto.co.uk site. Thanks and it’s great to find a place on the internet to share with other cinema nuts! HO HO HO!
John Lauter: I was going to send you an email, but it’s not listed in your profile so will let you know here that you can go to www.ajc.com and read the articles with photos about the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and the upcoming 75th anniversary open house that is being planned on Dec. 26th from 1-7. You can also visit the Fox site on this cinema site. A Fox documentary was none on GPBS that will be shown on the 26th in the theatre with much more planned throughout the day….ballroom dancing in the theatre’s ballrooms, too! Our Atlanta friends taped the GPBS program and will be sending it to us.It’s been run on local GA TV throughout the month of December! Enjoy!