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To brunt, or not to brunt … that is the question for Pooter, always.
racegirl8: Sorry to be so quick to make assumptions. Of course I know how passionate some of our friends are about the theatre and bringing her back to life … I definitely don’t mean to rain on their parade and I will be there to help when the time comes and if I am needed.
The fact that the 25th Street Theatre has stood vacant so long without literally crumbling to the ground has everything to do with the skillful restoration performed by Mousey and his small team back in 1986 … but mostly it was Mousey. (All of you who knew him know that he was capable of doing the ENTIRE renovation of 2-5 by himself.)
I am saddened that the City of Waco and the estate of Mousey are now burdened with an eyesore and an expensive clean-up. But I am not at all surprised … seriously. I’m not surprised in the least.
Watching the slow death of yet another piece of Waco history is terribly depressing, but it has become quite obvious that there is no serious intent toward saving this structure. Too bad.
Poor City of Waco, the city just doesn’t seem to appreciate a good thing when it is staring them in the face. This isn’t the first time Waco has neglected something of great intrinsic value within her city limits, and I am confident it won’t be the last.
No worries here, though. The memories created in this theatre space and in a prior location (O.L.) over the decades are more precious to me than mortar and brick.
Thank you to everyone here who has helped to keep the memory of this once grand space, and our favorite mad-man, alive in our minds.
“Thank you … drive through!”
Jake, is there a 25th Street Theater (nightclub) reunion happening in September (2011)? I hope racegirl8 and the others will contact you if the answer is ‘yes’. Would love to see the old gang again.
This information is like a reprieve for a death-row inmate. She will not go down without a fight, apparently.
I am broadcasting a request photographs of the interior light grid if anybody is willing to share them. Myself and a couple other acquaintances of Richard would like to create as accurate a blueprint of this show-piece as possible. Your photographs of the grid and light shows (even if they are blurry, dark or out just plain useless otherwise) will help accomplish this goal. Who knows. If the old girl is revived, we might be able to install a light system exactly like we remember. It is my personal opinion that, with her passing the structural integrity inspection, we have the best opportunity to do this the way Richard would like. Jake, thanks for all of your hard efforts. Robert, the same goes for you.