Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
One of the more unusual shows came the weekend of Friday, August 25, through Sunday August 27, 1972; The Beatles Away With Words was a multi-media extravaganza. A few weeks before this a man named Howard Ragland came into the Allen, asking about rental availability. We were sort of skeptical of this guy in a cowboy hat with the southwestern accent as he boasted of sellouts across the country. But when showtime rolled around, mobs swarmed the box office. There were three shows a day, at 8, 10 and midnight on Friday and Saturday, and at 4, 8 and 10 PM on Sunday, all nine were sold out. The show itself consisted of a 360 degree sound system, with the sound set at the maximum level. 26 film projectors and a wall of slide projectors bombarded the film screen with 6,000 slides. The show opened with a brief montage of rock and roll before the Beatles, then a quick Beatlemania segment, before heading into the much longer later Beatle era. Dick Wooten in the Cleveland Press didn’t care much for it, but the crowd did seem to enjoy it. A couple days before the show, when it was time to put the show up on the marquee, Ray was insistent that the Beatles, should be spelled Beetles, and it stayed that way all weekend, I seem to recall Jane Scott poking fun at us in her column. Ragland and his associate, whose name I can’t recall, were sort of shady individuals. On Saturday night they got a few counterfeit $20 dollar bills, which they passed at a local restaurant. By Monday morning, these guys had left town and the phone was ringing off the hook as hotels and other suppliers tried to collect on their bills. We took cash up front, so we did OK.
Dick Wootten review, The Cleveland Press, Saturday, August 26, 1972, p. C-2.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Chiellino Building in Carbondale continue to deteriorate. The building was constructed by Salvador & Antonio Chiellino on River Street in 1913.
The Chiellino Building, August 18, 2012.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Bittenbender Company Building at 126-132 Franklin Avenue in downtown Scranton. This was last used as Whistles Pub and is currently up for sale.
Below an ad from the 1931 Scranton City Directory.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Remembering Marvin Hamlisch at The Palace, Saturday and Sunday, July 12th &13th, 1975
I watched both shows from the projection room at the top of the balcony. The show opened with the Brel cast performing a few selections from the hit show that had recently closed. If I remember correctly, Hamlisch hit the stage and said, “I wrote this when I was 15” and launched into a version of Sunshine, Lollypops, and Rainbows, much to the delight of the crowd. He played selections from The Sting, and A Chorus Line, saying hopefully in the future shows lIke a Chorus Line would appear in the Palace.He showed scenes from The Swimmer and had the audience choose the tryp of music for the scene, fast, slow, etc. I don’t remember wht he closed with but both nights were an overwhelming success.
The top half of Mary Strassmeyer's column in the Plain Dealer, Monday, July 14th, 1975.
The Cinerama booth in 1959
This is what the Palace auditorium looked like in 1975.
Photo by William Gesten/Foto Arts Inc.
Monday, August 6, 2012
A 1908 postcard of the Sheriff Street Market.
The Sheriff Street Market opened on December 24, 1891 on what later became East 4th Street, a portion of the market was destroyed by fire in May 1930. This later became the Central Market in 1950, after the original Central Market burned. This operated until 1988 when the building was razed as part of the new baseball park/basketball arena complex.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Cleveland Worsted Mills was located at East 61st and Broadway in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood. The Mill was in operation from 1902 until a lengthy strike in 1956 forced its closure. Afterwards the huge complex was used by a variety of smaller companies until the morning on July 4th 1993 when a fire broke out destroying the complex. The photos below were taken three days later on July 7th, 1993. At one time this was one of the largest worsted mills in the country.