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Take a look at the modern lighting under the canopy!
Spoke with a lady that opened the door as I was walking up. Told her I was taking pics for this site, and I got a glazed over look. Maybe she hadn’t heard of the internet yet. They were showing a movie, or I would have gotten some pics inside. If she would have let me in!
Said they opened back up last October.
Mar 2009 pics HERE and HERE
HERE is a view from May 2005. May be going back through there on my way to Laredo real soon. Will update as soon as I get back….
Can your re-host the first set of pictures? Apparently we all don’t have a password yet…
May of 2005 pics here.
Outside of building HERE
Closeup of H in sign HERE
Underneath canopy shot HERE. Looks like the neon or something has been changed under the canopy since original install. Notice the caps in the metal.
Peeking through the left side of the building HERE and HERE
On the right side of the building, behind the window that says Air Conditioning is this old barbershop. HERE and HERE and HERE.
Yeah, I know I am in the last shot!
Think I see what’s wrong. The RIG is on Main St, not 1st St. If you do a Google Maps satellite image, the RIG is on the North side of Main St; across the street is a block square park, with a small building off to the center. Just a tad to the West of Hwy 281. The building with the long white roof is likely the RIG. You can see the small add on to the North. Right where the W is on the image text.
Did it again… First line in the post above should read 2/23/09, no ‘08. Doh!
Compare with the interior photo posted above….
Ria’s link goes to the Bordertown in El Paso. I went to the one in El Paso a lot growing up. I screen was very similar to the one in Laredo posted above as well.
I’ve had this book for years now (America Goes to the Movies) and this is one of the saddest pics from it. Photo credit to George Aurelius August 13 1965
I’ll post more from the book, and make sure to give credit where due. Unless I can’t do that, of course…
I’ve updated my picture size as well. My 2/19/09 post should read I took the pic while the screen was the only thing left standing. I had just moved to Dallas, and never saw the theater open.
My November 2005 picture HERE.
Looks in good shape here, and 2 screens too. Will get some updated photos next time I pass through. Was open a couple of weeks ago.
All the on-post theaters were indoor, sorry…
I grew up in El Paso and recall the drive-ins fondly. Bronco, Ascarate, Bordertown (I ran a business right across the street behind CharBurg), Rocket out on Dyer St., Del Norte (closest to our house…).
And being military dependent, numerous theaters located on post. Some very large, some super small (Logan Heights).
Next time I go to San Antonio to take pics, I’ll get some of what it looks like today.
There’s one in Houston too. Translates to Temple of Power & Joy
Should be Feb 2009 above…
Another angle from the same area. The arrows and text make no sense for a haunted house. Looks like instructions for a work crew?
No, just someone that takes my camera with me when I travel around…. Wether by company van or on my motorcycle…
Went by Feb 23 2008.
A view of the skeletal remains of the SCREEN
Underneath the screen looking up.
The Magical BOX where they keep the letters for the marquee.
Some sort of Decoration (fountain maybe?) where the cars filter in towards the ticket booth.
Ticket Booth As seen here in the weeds.
The screen As Seen from the ticket booth.
And the Projection Booth.
A Feb 2009 Shot HERE Notice the front entry way has changed. Looks like some work going on inside.
Truck parked right in front the first day I went by, was much more crowded the 2nd time I went through a few days later.
The Cozy theatre seen in Feb 2008 HERE
If you visit, don’t miss the fabulous Snack Bar and Arcade
Went by on 2/23/08 and snapped a few pics.
Outside View everyone’s seen before.
Back Side of the building with the added on Air Conditioning room.
To the LEFT as you peek into the hole in the back where the plywood is missing. And to the RIGHT in the same room.
A peek through some broken glass to view the LOBBY
Closeup of the RIG Sign
Inside the glass shot of the Edna. Lots of spare neon for the marquee. Not sure why the red arrows are spray painted at various places inside.
Historical Marker outside the Plaza Theater HERE