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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.
There are few,if any cities that have been so devastated as Dallas.The utter detruction of so many theaters was a tragedy.Having one left is better the zilch,I guess.Some still are not listed here.
I attended several movies there in the winter of 66-67.The balconey was a little odd,and since reading here that it was a tack-on,that’s not surprising.My main impression was OLD,now I know why.It was the only operating theater for many miles around.Lethbridge had a really fine,large theater at the time.There was a bldg in town that appeared to have once been a theater for the once wild and wooly Ft.Macleod audience.
Better,more revealing article in the Tribune.
Big article in the AM Deseret News on the return of the consultant’s report with regards the fate of the UTAH.The idea that the house should be rehabbed into a 2,500 seat Broadway style venue was poopooed by the bean counters.They came back with a 800-1500 seat proposal.With the now-probable crime in making with the destruction of the Raymond,the importance of the few remaining great theaters becomes more critical.
Fri eve.,enjoyed the new Harry Potter.Sat in the balcony.Seats pretty comfy.If the Byrd seats were that good,I could die happy.Great eats,treats and beverages avail.The owner had a chat before the film.Audience voted on which film he should book next.That was cool.The help were just excellent.Very motivated and acted as if they were glad you were there.The place needs new HVAC and owner explained his problems.Place deserves supportNot a movie palace,but definitely a great time warp experience.It is a fine asset for OldeTowne.
Good article today in the local cage liner on the current condition of the theater and the problems with it.
Man,you are quick!You must be retired from one of the firms or companies with three letter names.
St.A does have a rather odd little multiplex to the West of the Lightner.Serves some food and brew.Otherwise it’s a tiny multiplex at their tiny mall S.on US 1.On balmy St.A eves,I’d rather take a romantic stroll and dine and dance to the live musica at Havana Village.The Monterey is the best lodging location for the $.Right on the bay.Great family runs it.This town is my favorite place for a romantic weekend.Christmas lights and doings are great.Ck.St.Augustine.com.for all the info.
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