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Where’s MR.Memory with a good picture and info on what happened to the organ?
THE PLOT THICKENS!!!Today’s Times-Dispatch has a lovely picture of the great house with the headline and story indicating that the city may “seize” the place and reopen it pronto w/o extensive “renovations”.Quotes from the usual suspects.
This is truly a family operation and is a refreshing change from the corporate mega-plex world.Not a movie “palace”,but definitely an old time experience.The fact that it is so family friendly and inexpensive is great for those big Mormon families.The Deseret News had a great article a few months ago on this operation.I believe the article can be located on the utahtheaters.info site
In a couple books I have on St.Augustine,there are several good pictures of this theater.The loss of this palace was and still is a tragedy for the old city.I often think what an addition to this magic place,this place would be now.
I can only pray that some group with smarts,vision and buckets of money can find Paterson before it becomes Port Arthur,Tex.Paterson could be the BEST place for many miles in all directions.I’m glad I work for a co.that appreciates the low overhead that Paterson offers.More capitalists could make the same discovery.It is an ideal location for the distribution of our disposable products(wipers,gloves,etc.)with the location,location,location.Has anybody ever thought of grabbing Trump and taking him on a tour of Paterson?
Anyone in Utah can enjoy a unique opportunity this coming Sat.-22nd, at the theater ,there will be a showing of a new film about the hauntings of Ft.Douglas.Ck out ftdouglas.org for details.Just in time for halloween.Fetzer,the guy behind the film is quite a guy.
Thanks,TA,I’ll take a camera and look closer next time.
There seems to be a film showing here almost every weekend for fund raising purposes for different worthy causes.It is great that this venue did not die off completely,as was the plan of some.
Still no Weldon,but that’s okay.I believe you have access to the deepest dungeons of this website.Find my super-secret E-mail address and send me a mailing address for your person.I procured something for you that you’d really appreciate,theater-wise.The part of NC that includes the above theater is not well economy-wise,so theater saving isn’t a huge priority normally.
As the 2nd picrure shows a lot of downtown,compare to a visit now.Where did it all go?You’d really have to look hard to find a downtown so destroyed.Leave it to the amazing Mr.Memory to show the truth so well.
Any place can be “cleaned up"if the will is there.Miami Beach was once a cesspool of vile filth.Everytime I’m forced to venture from VA to the bowels of downtown Paterson(I work for a Co.there)I am blown over by the potential there.The beauty of the bldgs still erect and the natural setting give rise to the imagination.I do have to admit to a degree of occasional real fear,since NJ doesn’t honor VA gun laws.The Fabian’s fate will be a sign of the real fate of this city.If there is no hope for the one,there is none for the other.
I went to this theater today to check out the current condition.It was REALLY locked up TIGHT.Continues to be in very good condition,probably due to being built like the proverbial brick outhouse.The neighborhood is in flux,but continues to be a bastion of middle class blacks who haven’t totally fled to the suburbs.The business district it crowns has some very attractive buildings and begs to become a artsy area of funky shops and eateries,with the theater as the focus.I wish a guy like Tim Reid and his lovely wife could get involved.Anyone remember “FRANK’S PLACE”?
There isn’t any way on God’s Green Earth(yes,Virginia,there is a God,no matter what the aclu says)That all this clever,witty vitriol designed to make the DuPage look like a piece of Pakistan after the earthquake and any one who cares at all about heritage,history and the arts into conmen and public tit suckers who want to rip the oppressed taxpayer off UNLESS something very strange is going on.This thread now has the longest area of blurb and bleeps of any theater on this great internet offering.Most of this,including my meager drivel,needs to be consigned to cyber hell and you people just fight in court.
It is obvious that this town is chuck full of small-minded folk who can’t see what happens when destruction takes away so much potential,or when INTENSE personal animosity rules heart and reason.When the theater is dust and one side has the smug look on their tight faces,what has been lost won’t be appreciated for 4 or 5 years.Let me say that whoever thinks a library will be a good sub for a thing of beauty,draw mobs to shops and eateries,is smoking something highly suspect-as suspect as the lofty motives cited herein.This thing stinks-REPEAT-this thing stinks.I’m not sure any of you civic minded people could pass a polygraph.Such a fine,cultured,upscale,cultured place as this could certainly support the theater and the programs that would follow.But I don’t think any of you deserve it.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
IS IT STILL THERE?
Are there any pictures of this theater?
As someone who drove by the 3 great theaters in Aberdeen and Hoquiam hundreds of times from 80-87,I’m thrilled that something good is happening.I contrast this to the horror that has unfolded over the beautiful DuPage Theater.Keep us posted,by the way are you a 501 yet,so we can contribute from anywhere in the country?
Alright,I’ve started several comments here,but as dupersuperman pointed out -I don’t,thank heaven, live there.There is an old and so true saying.FOLLOW THE MONEY.I don’t for one second believe that the one side is embued with the purity of the raped taxpayer wanting to avoid further ravishment.The zealotry,verging on the warped,I see on this page means one of two things.I do not have an advanced degrees in the arts of skrinkology,but my undergrad classes gave me enough info to say that there is the stink of the wacked out or the underhanded.Take your pick.No one is this determined to destroy beauty just for the sake of fiscal sanity-NO ONE.
You mean an NPR report wasn’t totally accurate???My faith in the liberal media machine could be hurt.
I listened a pc on NPR with regards the Philharmonic and their Memphis performance,mostly with borrowed instruments.(yes,one can be addicted to FOX NEWS CHANNEL and listen to NPR-just not too much)Hundreds of thousands worth of precious peices were lost in the bowels of the theater.One violin alone was worth two fortunes.I’m sure this theater will come back.What other theaters were lost in the storms????
My big memory of this house was “BULLITT” with one of the movie cars in the lobby.It was a grabd place that,like others,should have been saved.Seattle has lost so much,including the Bon Marche.
In the not too distant past,there was a tour given.People can’t imagine the real beauty of this theater.Even pictures don’t do it justice.This house is REAL ART.The volume “Celebrate Richmond Theaters"by Dementi,Dementi and Fuller-Seely,a work of art,itself,has a lot of pictures and history.The inner dome is the biggest design feature that captures the eye,but the detailing is just so right without over doing it.(yes,some grand houses are a bit over-done)In the entire country,I don’t see another beauty like this one,namely,in good shape-and unused. Richmond has quite a few theaters of note that have not made it into this great site yet,but the National is the star.