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Not gone but it Lou’s like everything that was original is gone. I feel your pain. Most of the paces that I went to…. All those concerts at the Arena and Kiel Auditorium, movies at The Varsity, Shady Oaks, the Granada, the TransLux, even the theaters at the malls are gone and so are the Malls… Northwest Plaza is almost completely gone.
Chris, have you driven by there in the last few days? It looks like it’s closed for demolition. The long glass panels are broken out, the “Esquire” letters on the marquee are gone,the marquee is pretty much trashed, and if you look inside there interior has been completely gutted and there are a number of dumpsters. It’s a pity that it suffered that horrible pseudo postmodern renovation that obliterated much, but not all of the original Art Decó façade and interior, but it looks like all original remnants have now been destroyed. It is nfortunate that the last if the Art Decó theaters in the city has been treated this way. A beautiful renovation and modernization of an old theater is The Tivoli on Delmar. Though they changed it from one big screen to three smaller ones, the original decor was lovingly preserved and the. we was beautifully integrated. I fear that the Esquire not be so lucky. I’m pretty sick of the disdain this city shows towards it’s architecture.
Before the theater was torn down much of decorations were removed. A young couple starting up a lighting business bought the chandeliers. One of the chandeliers was sold to Johnny and June Carter Cash and was installed in their entry hall. May have been dining room but I believe it was the entry hall. The couple now own OCL, a lighting business and one of their specialties is accquiring vintage lighting and making reproductIons. I believe they did the lighting for the Peabody Opera house.