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The Empress is once again open for the business. It has been beautifully renovated from top to bottom. We went there last weekend and had a great time. http://www.empresstheatre.org/
I loved this theatre! Not because it was a great theatre, but just because I had so many memories there. Me and my mom and best friend went there all the time. And, I eventually worked there in the mid-80s, as well as my best friend. I liked its quirkiness—the odd shape of the theatres, the brick red coloring, the free-standing box office, the cagey off-limits projection booth, the restaurant Fiddler’s Three next door.
Fun Facts—one-time manager Monica Dashwood went on to manage many of AMC’s flagship theatres (and her sisters were AMC managers too), and eventually was hired to run George Lucas’s THX operation.
Also, my best friend met his future wife there, a co-worker, and they now have two great kids.