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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!
Another small town theater with orchestra pit and organ being restored! Music to my ears!
That’s what we like to read “completed a $3.5 million restoration, resulting in this theater’s designation as a National Historic Landmark.” The photo shows a beautiful facade and thank goodness the x-rated movie house era ended for this theater!
Someone needs to contact this Dorthy Nesbitt and at least inform her of this cinema site and the interest that is out there! Sometimes one spark will start a fire in someone’s belly which in turns help save a theater such as this one!
Wish there was a photo of The Grandin on their website!
Morgantown is the home of the University of West Virginia so I’m not surprised that this theatre was purchased by a group that will restore it to its original condition!
I travel through the Bluefield W VA area enroute to NYS each fall and spring so may just stop and take a look at this art deco theater.
The Warner isn’t in any danger, real or imagined…they are still in the process of completing restoration and are asking for donations to cover the cost of additional theatre projects as I see it.
I believe I have an EXIT sign from the Hipp.
I would say this theatre is more French Renaissance than Art Deco, if at all.
So many theatres “succumbed to the advent of TV”.
“Small town treasure” it certainly is and the folks of Coudersport PA can be very proud of themselves. The front doors are very unusual with their half circle windows. And I sure wish more small town communities could boast about their theatres, too.
The Colony sounds like it is worth saving so I hope that the community can band together and save their theatre as my hometown did not! :–(
Just read in a great book entitled How They Met by Joey Green about Laurel and Hardy. Ollie Hardy was born in Harlem GA and attended the University of Georgia in Athens GA. He dropped out of college and “opened a movie theatre”! Interesting!
Hate those words…..TORN DOWN!
If this theatre is still standing today, maybe there is hope that one day it will be restored for the citizens of St. Catherines to enjoy once again. I have St. Catherine friends so will certainly get their thoughts on this theatre!
The Julie had a ‘crying room’ which I had never heard of. It was a special area in the back where a mother could take her crying child so as to avoid bothering fellow patrons. Great idea!
I wonder if the bar and nightclub have kept the art deco theme?
Near Athens in the Town of Hartwell GA was another theatre called the Julie. It is now an Ace Hardware Store, but the current owner recalls going to the movies at the Julie. The name came about because the family that owned the Julie and another one across the town square along with a drive-in south of town were all named after the owner’s daughters. Sadly, none of them today exist.