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Here are some recent photos of the Regent and the Starland theatres on Main St, as well in the album pages you will find some Interiors of the Pantages for your enjoyment. I have contacted the City of Wpg in order to see if i can get permission to go into the buildings to Photograph whats left of the interior of the Regent as well as the Starland, will post of course if it happens. Ken
Ps: more pics of mine can be found on the Met pages for those who don’t know. View link
Ok I have recently been pass the Met with a camera, but didn’t have too much room left on my camera for more shots, but here is the latest outside shots
Went pass the Met the other day,(with out my camera) and was shocked to see the condition of the out side, all the painted boards were painted brown, and all graffiti covered and posted, so much for all that hard work we did. don’t know what to say. Other that im saddend for the old girl.
Couldn’t tell you, i haven’t been over that way in sometime, will try to make a pass over there soon and bring the camera to see what i can see,, will post somewhere when i get some pics
Sorry if you went to the site location that was posted earlier i have reworked it and reposted it, so it has change locations here is the new link,,,
you can also find it by going to “echoo2” channel along with my other videos,
Wow Look who got in finely,,,,Never did get my emailed password from this site, but found a slip of paper with the info on it while cleaning up and seemed i was only a bit off,, anyways thanks Sam_e for pointing out the mistake, took care of it after reading the post, new remake on site now, gee the things you miss when working late at nite with one eye open. And thanks to burningdust for posting when i counldn’t get in here and sam for pointing out the mistake, hope you all enjoyed the show, and the rest of the vids on there. Ken
Here is a link to all article’s relateing the the Met take over from the Free press.
just a note garred if you look up my post’s, you will find a link to a site to show you some pic’s of the met as well as the colony and capital, in case you havn’t notice the posting, ken :)
Well, its nice to see that someone stepped up to the rail and bought the MET, Iâ€™m hoping that many of the features are retained within reason, such as the hidden staircase, intact with all the writings on the wall, I am attempting to contact the company to inquire if i can perhaps get inside the Met and finished what I had done in photographing the upper reaches of the place and the hidden areas that I missed the first time around, and offer them all the photos in consideration for this opportunity. I will let you know how this plays out.
I too was at the Walker Theatre 100th, and was very surprised at the production, i find the only thing missing, that i would have done was a short show of images from records or back room shots of any of the dressing rooms, basements, and just some of the stuff that people wouldn’t normally see, my only problem that night and depending on where one was sitting was when during intermission, i went to the washroom and found that the wait for the lower floor would have out lasted me, so i thought, maybe the upstairs are less crowded, sure enough they were and i got in with out much wait, the only blip on this was that no one told me that one had to have his ticket to return to my seat on the lower floor, But that was the only problem that night, i felt bad for anyone that didn’t get a chance to wander about the place, And for having provide some back ground photos of the place, I’m sure that they could have done a bit of a photo show on the work that was done on it as well as some behind the backstage and dressing room shots as well as places most people don’t get to see. I for one would be happy to offer my services as a photographer to cover the place such as i have on my other three theatres, of course minus any costs such as film. Other than that it was a good time and im glad i went, had great seats third row from the stage on the left of the stage, a little cramp, would have hated to been a large person trying to sit there.
I too was at the Walker Theatre 100th, and was very surprised at the production, i find the only thing missing, that i would have done was a short show of images from records or back room shots of any of the dressing rooms, basements, and just some of the stuff that people wouldn’t normally see, my only problem that night and depending on where one was sitting was when during intermission, i went to the washroom and found that the wait for the lower floor would have out lasted me, so i thought, maybe the upstairs are less crowded, sure enough they were and i got in with out much wait, the only blip on this was that no one told me that one had to have his ticket to return to my seat on the lower floor, well when i returned some “women” got into my face and refused my return when i informed her that it wasn’t told to me that i need my ticket to return and was not allowed to go and get my ticket which was left in my jacket i got a bit hot over this, like its not like im some 16 year old trying to sneak into a better seat and for the most part all the bottom seats were full, so i don’t know how she thought i was gona take someone else seat. well finely after raising my voice a bit she did find someone to take me to my seat to retrive my ticket and i made a bit of noise over this so people in that area knew i was pissed with this process. the guy did at the seat told me that he was fine with it but i insisted that i brought the ticket to the young lady, (and i use that term lighty) well haft way there i gave up and made my way back as the crowd was hard to move around in and i think i made my point, as for the other story for the night getting out of the parking lot across the street, the four floor one took 50 mins, never parking there again, and some kids in a car tried to sneak down the entrence part and my girlfriend took a strip off his back by yelling at him then another women in another car got into it with us,, well he ended up getting in about 5 cars behind us,, so it was intresting night to say the least.
Hello there i see that some of the same people tour this page as does the Met,, takening a suggestion ( a good one at that) to post my photo pages for some of winnipegs theatres, of which i have three listed, The Met, The capital, and the Colony, these insider photos can be viewed at this link, View link
hope you enjoy look at the Met postings for infor regarding these photos, thanks for the suggestion sam,, as for some inside information on the capital, i had worked in this place for a few nites as exta staff, when i was in there after it closed Greg Agnew and myself took it upon ourselves to look it over well, he is a great sorce of information on winnipeg history, we had moved around the capital and had found underneath the stage the old band shell, somewhere i have photos and will post them when there located, but under there we had recovered i think at least 5 music sheet stands, as well as many documents regarding Famous Players records which were left over at the Met in the office, The Cap was near the end the Head office for Famous players in manitoba, upstairs we had also found a old combonation sink, oven, stove mini electric applience which looked like it would have been from the 50s, one of the old projection stands were also in the walk way as well, but somewhere i do have other photos of the Cap, so stay tuned, Ken
PS if you look at the photos of the colony, in one of the photos of what looks like a front plate you can almost see the gold word GAIETY, i didn’t see it till i got the film printed, much to my surprise. Ken
Good Day to you all, first of all i have now included some PHOTOS of the COLONY theatre, as for some information to start off, the order of the theatre was as follows,, Gaiety/Eve/Colony, sorry there Sam,, and in the end O' calcatte was the shop on the corner which at onetime was the entrance as i was told. as for strain"s cameras being there i don’t recall but it could have been. As for the history of the photos that if you scroll up and find my post with the link to the Met photos, there you will find some of the last photos taken in the Colony, these were taken during the after hours staff party, I was working at the Garden City location that nite and after the last show let out me and Ed, one of the projection staff went over and partied till the sun came up, i took the time to stop and get my camera gear, and took some photos, and toured a bit more, which took me to the basement and to the top of the screen, when you look at the photos you will see some faded shots one of those at the back wall has someone written in Aug 4&5, /43, in the room where the short stairs lead to the left there was an open room with a small window that would have looked out over the seats and some light fixtures on the back wall which looks really heavy i counted 4 from my picture, down stairs i recall there was in the letter room in the back wall which i didn’t get a picture of (one of my many regets) a huge Woodstock wooden poster, which i belive would hve been on the top of the marqee during which when the movie showed, it was rough looking, but if there was a way i would have taken it, ( my second reget there), i do have tho, one of the mirrors, i had two one broke, but i still have the orginal one that looked back at the snack counter and would have been there during the early years, very plain but big, something like 5 x 6 feet.
hope you enjoy these as they have been put away for some years in my boxs of photos. ,, Ken
disregard last post you can’t link to that from there,, the prev post will link to the photos
Also you can check out the photos from this page as well
Well here they are some photos taken during the “Friends of the Met” attempt of breathing in some life into the old girl, perhaps it was enought to keep it going a bit, here is the site of which i posted the photos on (below), if anyone should want some i request that you email me directly, as i have locked out the site to downloads, if anyone wants to list them anywhere else, i would appreciate the credit of
“Ken Spicer, Friends of the Met”, hope you enjoy i will post some more later and from both the capital and the long forgotten Colony which was located on Portage across from the Bay, taken from the last party there. Enjoy http://photos.yahoo.com/poolnut1ool
requests for photos to, with subject line THE MET PHOTOS
well after reading this and having it take so long to get the email to activate my name it finely came and i can now post,, so here is is, Hello there, I have just read this bog on the Met, and followed it with great interest, I was once on the board of the directors for the duration of the Friends of the Met till its demise, and find the interest in this fine old girl still out there, A bit about myself, I was the chief photographer for the FOM and still have all the photos from the work and the people that were involved as well as information that was collected, I will in the next few weeks find a way to put some of these on a web site for all to see and share, she may not live out there now but at least we can all share and see what she still looks like,, pictures include places no one would ever see when we had the tours during the Pan Am games, so stay tuned, a little teaser, the back hidden has hundreds of names of people that have hung around in the stairway to write down there names and some of there dates as well,, as well there is a list of the last employees of the Met,, stay tuned, will post the location of the pictures here soon. Ken