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The sign has been sitting on the grounds of the Jehova’s Witnesses for the last couple of months. It has since been cut in half and given to a junk yard.
I shed a tear.
I shed a tear
There is nothing sacred left on this planet…nothing. How necessary was it for the Jehovah’s Witenesses to remove that landmark sign.
Does anyone know what they plan to do with it?
Capitol Theater/Stax Recording Studio
STAX Music Academy and Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects and Self Tucker Architects
The STAX Museum of American Soul Music is not only located on the site, it also re-creates the original buildingâ€"the 1930s Capitol Theaterâ€"that housed the once-prominent STAX Recording Studio. The clients, a not-for-profit foundation, wanted a museum to showcase and memorialize the genesis and evolution of Americaâ€™s soul music. They also wanted as part of the music campus a separate music academy that would intervene in the lives of at-risk inner city youth and help revitalize the surrounding distressed neighborhood known as Soulsville, USA. â€œThis one is about community building at the scale of the neighborhood, it emphasizes a local part of the history and culture of Memphis,â€ said the jury. â€œWe support this one for social reasons, as well as for its design merits. It has an exuberance and a vitality to its forms.â€
Photo Â© Albert Vecerka/ESTO Photographics.
Jack, The Hollywood theater site was torn down last year, against the protests of neighbors. The furniture store sits adjacent to where the theater once was.
As kids, the Rosewood was a fantastic concert venue after it closed as a movie theater. In the same building was a barber shop. The Rosewood Barbershop of course, and that’s where most of the neighborhood kids got their haircuts. Although the barbershop AT the Rosewood theater closed THAT location, it is still known as the Rosewood Barbershop at their new location in the Whitehaven neighborhood.
The theater itself is now occupied by a Church…Rosewood Church.
Thanks for article.
Although I just moved here from Memphis only a year or so ago, I am deeply saddened to have seen the news of the beautiful Adelphi being torn apart and tossed to the curb as scrap. I saw several beautiful theaters in Memphis and Houston meet the same selfish fate.
If it’s possible, can the supporters collect ANYTHING from the site such as bricks, chairs, some of the terra cotta for posterity? The developer could at the very LEAST grab SOMETHING before its SOLD for scrap.
Today I cried.
Rest in piece(s).
When I lived in Houston in the early 90’s, the Belleaire Theater was the closest…and the grandest of all the theaters blah theaters that I chose to visit for various movies.
At that time, she was a Multi-Screen theater…one large screen and a few small screens scattered about including upstairs.
There was a wonderful cafe downwstairs in the main lobby which served BEER as well. Outstanding service as well.
Sorry to see her demolished in another case of architectural homicide.
Rest in Piece(s). I’ll miss ya.