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BarryFord commented about Crosstown Theatre on Feb 16, 2006 at 4:53 pm

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.

BarryFord
BarryFord commented about Crosstown Theatre on Feb 16, 2006 at 4:53 pm

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

BarryFord
BarryFord commented about Crosstown Theatre on Jan 25, 2006 at 3:47 pm

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?

BarryFord
BarryFord commented about Capitol Theater on Jan 25, 2006 at 1:56 pm

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 America’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. “This one is about community building at the scale of the neighborhood, it emphasizes a local part of the history and culture of Memphis,” said the jury. “We support this one for social reasons, as well as for its design merits. It has an exuberance and a vitality to its forms.”
Photo © Albert Vecerka/ESTO Photographics.

BarryFord
BarryFord commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 25, 2006 at 1:52 pm

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.

Barry

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BarryFord commented about Rosewood Theatre on Jan 25, 2006 at 1:36 pm

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.

BarryFord
BarryFord commented about Adelphi Theater on Jan 25, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Mr. Krefft,

Thanks for article.

BarryFord
BarryFord commented about Adelphi Theater on Jan 24, 2006 at 6:29 pm

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).

Barry Ford

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BarryFord commented about Bellaire Theatre on Jan 24, 2006 at 5:50 pm

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.

Barry Ford