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I spent many happy hours there in the mid sixties and a very few later.
Nearby is a much more attractive theater building being used for some retail/and or office application.A handsome brick structure with some interesting statuary.
Twig has a great shot from the stage showing the double balcony and the massive looking interior
I mentioned this theater on another Roanoke listing years ago.The building still looks good,but was LONG ago converted to office space.Doesn’t really look like a theater,per se,unlike the Salem Theater.The one movie I remeber seeing there was the semi-grim Swedish Elvira Madigan.
Why no official news about this place??
I was THRILLED to watch the clean up take place,see the re-opening.There are a few,very few,closed drive ins that COULD reopen,if the care,interest and money were availible.Nostagia is the key to get something like this to work.I haven’t noticed any publicity in Richmond about this going on in Keysville.
Passed by this sad sight today.The building still stands,the lot is still clear.Blackstone is a fairly sad place though,overall,with a number of closed textile-related plants.
I know it was in 1967.
YES!!This is a tragedy.Grant was a huge resource.Please notify,if you learn anything.He was very kind when I asked him for info directly.
I advocated here previously for a SEPERATE listing of REAL MOVIE PALACES that show REGULARLY scheduled films,notjust the occassional old movie or film festival.By the way,go to the Byrd website to learn about the big fund raising gala coming soon.
I would call the style “GEORGIAN”>
I have walked around this building several times.It appears to be very sound,but little used by some civic club.Would be a great venue for a summer playhouse and classic movie vemue,due to the HUGE amount of summer tourism in this scenic Eire Canal village.Being the 2nd most popular historical area for tourism related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,you have a huge deluge of tourists in the summer months.During the two week span of a mind-blowing out door drama there,you could have turn-away crowds,but the steady stream for several months would make for a valid idea.The “night life” in the area is almost nil,so such a project might be a doable.
Sure looks similar to the one at Ft.Douglas,Ut.
Drove by this theater today,while looking for the PO.Going strong,obviously.This is such a cute little city,it belongs in the movies itself.
Mr.Memory,You ARE the marvel of mystic oracles.I am always in awe of your ability to pull up knowledge others just don’t have.I think of you each time I pass the Byrd.HEY! We should schedule a movie party there.
I got some great shots of this theater from Twig’s OLD ROANOKE website and directly from him.It had a double balcony and LOOKED bigger than the stated seating number.It looked magnifecent.I know it was gone by 1960.There was another real beauty very near on Campbell,the Academy.(or Music Academy?)
WELL,A group of friends went this past eve.to see the NEVILLE BROTHERS in concert.Of,course the theater was the thing for me-although the concert was fabulous.
I have to say that,while a work in progress,the place is a thing of extreme beauty.The workmanship is awesome to behold.It is obvious that today’s custodians are aware of their stewardship.Gibsons resteraunt is not open yet,but when open,will enhance the evening,for sure.If they could get the sound system a bit better tuned in,that would add a LOT to the experience.
All in all,a great new asset to the area.A blast to all the senses.I really appreciate the effort.My only suggestion would be to add seats at the rear of the downstars.
YES!! It would be a crime if the UTAH is not saved,intact and brought back to it’s deserved glory.AS the number of grand houses worth saving-or savable in a practicalsense,dwindles down rapidly,the UTAH has to be at that top tier of such projects in the entire country.Some savable sites have now gone past saving or are in places that have not the will or resources to save them-like the heart-breaking FABIAN in the horrendous heck-hole,that is Paterson,NJ-BUT there is no NO legit excuses for not turning the UTAH into a real triumph.I go to the NATIONAL Friday night to celebrate its new life with the Neville Brothers.I’ll come to the UTAH,on one of my frequent SLC trips-just GET'ER DONE!!!
Big articles in yesterday’s SL Trib & Deseret News on proposals to turn the place into a Broadway venue.The city is now in a race with the city of Sandy,to nail down the 2,500 seat class Broadway setting.The time is NOW to move and I hope the new mayor really stays on this.
PRECISELY,oh wise,all knowing one.How do you get the powers behind this great site to edit the headings?
TIME TO CHANGE HEADING TO “OPEN”!!!!! 8 pm Fri.The lights go up and Dark Star Orchestra is opening act for this new chapter.I already have my tickets for Neville Bros.on Mar.7.Today’s WEEKEND section in Rich Times-Dispatch has great article,with layouts and pictures.
I get cousin Gary right on it.
SO-Is the theater now apartments?
I’ve seen a lot worse returned to use and glory.The sin of this great relic is its location.The curse of E.S.L.will probably be fatal,in the end.I drove past it a few weeks ago.I didn’t even turn my head to look.It really saddens me.
Of course,it may have just been Mr.Memory they encountered.I’m convinced he COULD NOT be human and come up with the spooky stuff he uncovers.