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Giovanni commented about Circle Arts Theatre on May 10, 2006 at 6:04 pm


I asked my mother some days earlier. It turns out that my father ( John Raymond, who didn’t go by Avenia because know one could remember it ) was doing a play with Howard Keel called “Kiss Me Kate“, I think that my father was the goofball with the pots and pans making all the racket doing odd things like falling into the band, Keel would just stand there with his arms crossed and wait for my father to get done. Every night it was a different act according to my mother. I have a photo here someplace according to my mom, I’ve got to find it…

Please, if you all find out anything about this like more photos or flyers I would be most interested.


Giovanni commented about Wilma Theater on Feb 18, 2006 at 12:32 am

I was one of the few lucky people that enjoyed the honor of living in this Theatre, 3rd floor, apartment #306 or was it #300,,, in 1996. I was the Elevator Operator for the Theatre and the apartments above. It went through many changes of hands through the years and has a beautiful history. As one of the few owners was cleaning out the basement of this fine theatre he proceeded to through away many of its wonderful collections of art, furniture and chandeliers, I at the time did not have the room for this but made it possible and collected as much as I could, along with some of this stuff was an upright piano from the main theatre, a love seat from the original Chapel of the Doves hallway and stocks from another theatre in Idaho called, ah, oh,,, I cant remember, something like the Starlight Theatre, I have the name somewhere. Books, diaries, lamps, movie posters and various other trinkets.

Giovanni commented about Circle Arts Theatre on Feb 18, 2006 at 12:14 am

I forgot to add, the flyer was the summer season of 1962

Giovanni commented about Circle Arts Theatre on Feb 18, 2006 at 12:12 am

I was digging through my mothers stuff when I came across a pile of old papers, there were 19 flyers for the “Circle Arts Theatre” May 22nd thru September 23, 18 weeks of hit musicals, mixed in with it all. I found that my parents were featured in the pictures on the back of it, I don’t believe that they have even met yet, finding this to be very interesting, I looked this up here. My mother is still alive and living in my home town but is now asleep and I could not wait so I am writing this now. I will ask her in the morning about this, in the meantime, I would like to find out more information about this theater.

Renato Avenia