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Yo!Mr.Memory,got a Portsmouth querry for you.Today,I took a wrong turn because of a tunnel jam.Went through the “Craddock Historic District"In the middle is the Afton Square shopping district.It is on hard times for sure,but what potential.There is a delightful old theater there-the Afton.It has stage facilities.Brick construction with the old marquee hanging on.Written in old paint on one side is"Help save the Afton”.The theater is on Afton Parkway.The place looks sound and savable,if the area took off.The area is a couple miles South of the drive in in question.
Three big questions here.#1 What is the condition of the interior?#2 What is the true seating?I know what a 400 seat house looks like-bulk-wise.The Olde Towne in VA is a much smaller place size-wise.How can it be as magneficient as some say in the old days and only be 400?#3 What owns it and how much $ are they asking(and for what purposes?).Would a purchase be possible?
Does anybody have a clue as to the condition of the hulk?This is clearly the largest theater space sitting in Miami Beach.
Thanks,Chuck.This is certainly one of the ones I know I saw as a tender youth.
Incidently,why are none of the other downtown theaters listed on this site?I remember in the early sixties seeing atleast three theaters on the downtown core,plus a black theater of some size.
The entire plot was recently leveled and new shops are being built.It is strange to see a huge mall leveled,would make my wife weep.
Big news here.Theater shut down recently.Now owned by the great Ballam’s Utah festival Opera Company.Stage will be expanded,a million dollar wurlitzer will be installed.A wide variety of live entetainment is projected,plus silent movies.Along with the other two theater,a yearly festival is planned that will make Logan a Mecca for the stage lover.This am’s SL Tribune has a small article on all this.
The building looked stable,if not sound.Is that an illusion?I’ve seen falling down ruins “saved”.This looks better than some that have been rehabed.I was surprised how bustling and busy downtown looked.(Although my employer has decided to get the heck out of Dodge and put their bldgs up for sale)
One fun thing about the Byrd is the eateries close by.The Thai place just out the front door and to the East is great.BBQ right across the street.Everything you could want is close by.Parking isn’t a big deal.The downtown private contract parking nazis aren’t much in evidence here.The funky stores should be avoided by all females-that means you Patsy-the temptations are irresistable to that side of the human race.
Forgot to mention-the balconey is the place to sit-the seats aren’t as worn and the view is beyond compare.
Sometimes we forget what this is all about.Sat.night my wife and myself went to the big Byrd.The Chronicles of Narnia was the earlier feature.Full house with tons of families and people of all ages.The organ program was great,just not long enough.People loved the movie,clapped,cheered,left with smiles.I watched people before the lights went down.You could tell who had never been there before.The wide-eyed wonder was not hard to see.It was like going to the theater 50 years ago.WHAT A BLAST!!!What a treasure.I still wish there was a section here on JUST movie palaces that show movies.Anybody within 100 or so miles of Cary St.should support this marvelous place.Every time I go there I feel like a little kid again,going to the Florida or the Palace in a Jacksonville that is long-gone.
I drove by the Fabian last week.It is a sad sight.This must be the focal point to turn Paterson around,or there is no point.If you could put potential in a bag,you could fill a landfill with the potential that is Paterson,but if there is no soul,a landfill is what Paterson is.
Please,no more Avalon pictures.Find some more interior shots of the Utah.Better yet try to find some shots of the biggest theater,by far,in the state of VA,and one of the largest in the US-the Virginia,in Danville.Sad truth is,the Avalon doesn’t really show much exterior beauty.
The article also list the former nearby Park Theater that is now a bread store.
According to an article in the Cedar City Review today,the theather is for sale and list the #.
Drove by it yesterday(Sat.).It is obvious that the building has had some real work put into it.It sparkles on the outside.The sign looks pretty good.A lot of paint has been applied.The inside????
This is the place I saw “A Man and A Woman”.It is a nice neighborhood type house.I’m so glad it survived,so sad the downtown places did not.I thought of it as the Saskatoon version of the Grandin.I was in Saskatoon for the summer months of ‘67.The green trees were quite lush and the little city gave off a great ambience.
Roanoke,Patsy,is probably the most livable,pleasent place in the country,with more beauty than is given to most places.The biggest stain is the total wipe out of the former array of great downtown theaters.Several are not listed on the site,including the largest and grandest.One attraction for a traveler like me,is the traditionally lower than anywhere in the region,gas prices.
Plan to open before the end of this year.
Today the TIMES DISPATCH outlined the new plans for the NATIONAL.Historic Richmond Foundation has signed to sell the house to Richmond Capital Ventures.Their operating arm has a good track record in other venues with musical acts and other performances.The puts the kabosh on the Arts Foundation’s hopes for the National.Most of their hopes were toilet city anyway.The group plans to work in concert with the NORVA in Norfolk,with regards to booking various groups.This all sounds good,so far.
Can you please provide the needed info and routing to contribute to this great work.Also your federal # for my accountant,and anyone else’s bean counter.
This is a beautiful bldg.Does anyone know if it is still equiped at all as a theater?
This theater is National site listed as the Florida,and most know as such.
Construction costs were “slightly"in excess of $550,000 king-sized 1928 dollars.
Thanks to a great guy named Twig,the man behind the “old Roanoke"website,I have received great exterior shots of the American and a fine interior shot.These pictures rekindled my distaste of that fine banking institution.One shot shows the place all decked out for Christmas.He has also sent me shots of the interior and exterior of the Jefferson down the street,taken before it was remodeled,long before it met it’s untimely demise.He also furnished a good exterior shot of the Academy of Music and an interior shot of the double balconied Roanoke Theater,once Roanoke’s largest house.From the pictures,it is obvious the the American was a much more massive edifice than the familiar Byrd.