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GREAT picture on front page of today’s Times-Dispatch,of interior work.Article on the project is in sec.B.
HEY! Wasn’t the exterior of the Grandin used in the movie “Crazy People”??
Notice the first pic is the outside entrance to the massive,double balconied Roanoke Theater.Wish I could find out more about it.
You found the Twig’s website,I refered to above.The other two great theaters I refer to above still are not listed,since I can’t get specs and other info on them.In the 60’s,there were still a lot of people who remembered them.
GREAT CONTRIBUTION,Mr.memory,the magic man.The other parts of the site show the isolated treasure in some detail.The tubing ans boating just upriver are a summer fav.The cable ferry across the James there is the last of its kind in the region,I’m told.Look at the old homes section.The flood section is a hint of the capricious nature of the river.Having helped clean up with a church group after the ‘69 flood in another river town,I feel their pain.
Good shot,but my question of a year ago still hangs out there,what’s its current state?
I believe the theater once held more seats,before the new arrangement.It is a LARGE theater for the size town.
HOW DO YOU DO THAT????????It’s spooky.
Thanks,Mr.Memory.Great shot,but I hope the folks will go back and forward and see the other shots,some of older theaters,some showing the rich cultural life that was,oddly,often the feature of small Mormon towns.I think part of that is the vast varieties of immigrants who brought their talents and cultures.
The word in question has been in common usuage for atleast 30 years.First popularized in Oregon,then Washington.It truly applies to the changes in N.Utah.Of course,there are those that do not regard the word as negative,but a sign of great progress.
A group in Virginia has saved the NORVA theater in Norfolk and now is going to reopen the long closed NATIONAL in Richmond,Va.Go the the VA section and ck them out.I am not thrilled with the way the main floor is going to be at the National,but atleast it will be saved and used.I have wondered if a similar concert use could be a vehicle to save the UTAH.I loved the place in my college years in UT.There aren’t many grand places left that are worth saving,but the UTAH surely is.When I think of the long list of great theaters in SLC that are just GONE,it is a crime.I went to the grand BYRD theater in Richmond,Va Sat.night to se WILD HOGS (again),just to experience the thrill of a REAL,GRAND movie palace.We are so much the poorer for the lack of these experiences.
SHOULD change listing to closed/renovating
BIG article in Richmond Times-Dispatch on Tues.5/29.Pictures show renovations in progress and discuss extensive work being done and new equipment being installed.This includes new stage area,orchestra pit,,dressing rooms,etc.New projection equipment is included in the 5.8 million dollar project.New seating total will be only 400.The theater will be used for community cultural events across the board,plus film festivals.Henrico County is the owner and Amy Pudue,cultural arts coordinator for the county seems to have a real passion for the edifice and its place in the community.Total square footage goes from 11,000 sq ft.to 17,800 in the finished product.GRAND-reopening is scheduled for Oct.
I saw a comment on the KSL news website that indicated this theater “may"be going to become part of the news "arts” district,with the realty arm of the LDS church getting involved.I hope that wasn’t just a puff of smoke.
BIG SHINDIG there last Fri.The Dr.Laura radio show broadcast from there with a full house of mostly military wifes in a honor the military families themed show.
HEY!Atleast I beat you to the story.(Delete this after reading)
HORRIBLE NEWS!!Gutted by a fire reported at 3 am today.Roof collapsed and bldg.is total loss.A terrible blow to the town.A REAL treasure gone.Source-KSL.SLC NEWS
The new issue of RICHMOND MAGAZINE has a great article on the renovation.Good pictures of interior.Detailed plans,dates and future laid out.Pictures of the visionary guys behind this project.Check it out.This is a beautiful theaster that has miraculously survived when most around it,including it’s grander neighbor,bit the dust.The interior is just elegant.I totally disagree with their plans to leave the main floor seatless,but,it ain’t my millions.
Blurb in news says that John Travolta is having his HOG from the movie auctioned for the benefit of the restoration.How nice.
WHAT is left of that grand interior?Does anyone have a clue?
In reading through the Charlotte listings,it’s almost like some evil force decreeed the demolishing/destruction of the beauty and heritage once extant.NC has suffered more than VA.,and the remnants there are sadly few.When compared to Richmond and Norfolk,the NC cities look bare.Raleigh,Greensboro,Durham,Charlotte,etc.-you can count on one hand any notable bldgs left.Just between the 2 VA cities mentiones-it takes TWO hands.We have the grand Byrd,a bit of real time travel.For two bucks,it’s back to the future.Atleast you can go to Kannapolis,but it isn’t in the same league with the Byrd.
I wish I could remember the reference,but there was another theater in the Grove.I remember an article referencing it as a silent film house running in the earky 20’s.If I’m wrong or senile,delete this,as I don’t want to appear less sharp than I already may be.
The new 4 plex is across the street and “sort of” in the next block.Address should be close,but an odd number.I was actually in Culpepper again today,on business.The State is really quite a large theater for such a small town.