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If this is the one I think it is (the address doesn’t work), it is located in a small office/retail mall. Back in the day, it was a general audience art house. At the time (1971-72) it was the newest theater in Panama.
I saw Superman here in 1981 —– this was the last film I ever saw on a “reserved seat” basis. The Lido was still in its classic form. And of course this being Singapore, the theater was spotless. I stepped outside to a biblical rainstorm —– yes, it was Singapore!
Good grief! I remember being bored in Shelby (I think that’s a redundancy) in 1995 or ‘96 and going to see “Babe” at a Saturday matinee full of kids. Free popcorn and about 40 degrees below zero when we walked outside. I do remember well the hospitality of the (then) owners. It was a pleasant experience, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have not paid Shelby another visit. Brrrrrr!
The first theater was located west of State Ave. (the main drag in Marysville) in the old downtown district. For many years it was the home of the local Moose Club. I have no idea what has happened to it, but the Moose moved away.
Ken, as usual your guesses are spot on: Park Hill Theatre in the “Historic Park Hill” neighborhood and JFK Blvd. It’s hard to tell by what is there today whether it was razed or renovated into a separate piece of a small strip mall. Whatever happened was done in the early 2000s.
Unfortunately, colder hearts are prevailing. A demolition permit has been issued for the Center. Apparently part of another attempt to “revitalize” downtown Little Rock.
There has been some consideration of incorporating the Center into a fine arts block that would include at least two new venues for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The local investor who owns the Center has a terrific reputation for projects that maintain their historic integrity. He also has a reputation for playing his cards close to his chest until a “real” project can be announced, complete with funding and a timeline. There is realistic hope here.
A tip of the hat to sugar and HowardBHaas.
I’m holding myself back … no, no I’m not going to say it … control yourself Andy … I think I’m falling …
I guess I’m kind of like Ed; the Monroeville theaters of the 70s have merged for me. I remember the Zayre store, and I have just the vaguest recollection of this theater. I must have gone there —– I was as big a movie buff then as I am now. I moved away from Penn Hills in 1980, so my memory is frozen in the past.
What a joy! I lived just a couple of blocks from this beautiful building in 1961-62. Even at a young age, this place impressed me. It says something about the propriety of movies in that era that we went to the Alameda every Tuesday evening. It just excites me that folks had the foresight (not to mention money) to get this done. I live far away now, so I won’t see it in the foreseeable future, but maybe some day …
Ahhhh, the anarchy of the internet!
Change is always difficult.
… and also the Bayfair bowl. How could I forget? I must have been a serious film buff even then, as I don’t remember ever going to the Oakland Drive-in, but lots of visits to the Stadium Drive-in.
The bowling alley was the Midway Bowl and there was also a miniature golf course just south of the mall. It was a madhouse on East 14th!
I guess that if I am old enough to attend the opening week of 2001 that I can be forgiven for forgetting the year. Thanks for the correction Michael.
I will never forget seeing 2001 the week of its release in 1969. The Century 21 still had its curved screen and the place was jammed. My date and I wound up sitting very close to the screen —– if I remember right we were actually within the arch of the screen. 70MM never looked so good. It was a transforming experience for me in the way I look at film. Great memory!
Another thought —— I absolutely agree with saps concerning the impropriety (did I get that right?) of posting homophobic remarks on this website. I’m all for free speech but this is just not the place. Remember, free speech does not cover yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.
Old theaters that are in use as sexually-oriented businesses are like bookmarks. They keep these old single screen theaters operating and as long as they are alive there is a chance (however small) of a future rehab. Frankly, I could care less what consenting adults do in such facilities. I’m not interested in it so I stay away. I would make the same suggestion to those who appear deeply offended by the very existance of such activities.
Actually a pretty cool sign!
I also remember the Norva being located on Granby in the early 1970s. In fact, I remember a little bar around the corner … oh, never mind —– I’ll save that for TavernTreasures.com.
Because the town in which it is located is Bay Shore!
A bit more on the plan to convert the Cinema 150 to a concert venue: many of the existing seats will remain in place, with a “pit” at the front and luxury boxes in the back. Is this the best and highest use of the theater? Probably, considering the realities of the marketplace. This distinct building at a very heavily traveled intersection will be saved, and its location across the street from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a pretty good fit for a well-managed concert venue. News reports indicate that its capacity will be about 1,100, filling a gap in Little Rock for medium-sized events.
I hate it when jobs get in the way of cinema!