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Midwest Group is doing a wonderful thing. I have been in contact with Midwest, there’s was long, hard and arduous road to get the marquee relinquished to them, and I – am so grateful to them. I don’t believe that the marquee will be attached to “an ugly condo”, all their work would be in vain. Mr. Ken Achs reputation seems to proceed him and Colleen Wilson will have great plans for the unveiling in a most prestigous manner and building. Kudos to the whole Midwest Team!
MJ (aka RubyRed)
OMG……..OMG….thanks so much for keeping me posted. I cant believe this happening. What great, great news!! I am returning home to Saskatoon in July and Sept. and I will check it out. I hope that I am available to return home when they resurrect the marquee so I can get some great photos. Thanks again, I sure enjoy hearing about my theatre.
Regards to you Elissa.
THANKS, from Ruby
Thanks for the email. I too recently discovered the images from the Saskatoon History Room Library. It was so wonderful and nostalgic to the see pics. One of the shots in the lower level at the far end, which was the west exit to the street, I see myself and the other ushrettes standing there chatting. All the pictures came back with flooding memory and clarity and it was sad, sad yet to know that this absolutely beautiful masterpiece has disappeared. It wud be 81 years old this year.
Elissa – Yes I will.
All the best of the season to you.
Elissa – my sentiments exactly. I was speaking with my cousin in saskatoon this morning and we were discussing the building and the Capitol artifacts. He said he was going to do some investigating of his own on the A. Cook bldg., etc. I said the very same thing, that they should be in a museum for all to see. Cities, do some very funny things, as in Calgary too. Maybe a call to the City or the newspaper may prompt something – who knows. I trust that you have not seen the marquee in real life either? If found the write up in the paper as well, that you quoted….interesting.
Thanks. If I hear anything more, would you like to know?
Thanks for the little information above that you have supplied Elissa
I am wondering if Elissa or anyone knows exactly what city compound location the marquee is sitting at.
I will return home in the summer next year and I am hoping to hunt down that marquee. Also Elissa are you saying that the discarded items are behind locked doors in the Authur Cook Building?
Would like to know. Thanks
Reading Greg McKee’s comments was very nostalgic. I was born & raised in Saskatoon. In 1972 I moved to Calgary, but still came home to visit family & friends.
I worked at the CAPITOL THEATRE during 1968-69 as an ushrette and at the candy bar as a “candy girl”, during my high school years. Mr. Sutherland was the boss and was often found sitting in his favorite chair in the candy bar foyer watching the crowd as they entered the theatre to get their goodies & watch the movie. I loved my job there & it was the 1st job I had. I can smell the smell of the theatre as if it was yesterday and I remember the decor & the carpets well, the whole theatre was light up like a GOLD PALACE. The balcony was spectacular, the theatre was like no other. The small photos from Elissa Hamilton was very nice to see – I wish that there was more.
I was absolutely devasted and mortified when I come home to visit & thinking I wud go to the theatre & see a movie that my family told me the city destroyed it. What were they thinking – such a beautiful building should have been preserved for our generation to see today.
I wonder if that Marquee is still sitting in the compound? If Greg McKee has an email address or if anyone else in Sasktoon knows where it is, please let me know at my email address