Being that it was raining in a very outdoorsy town, I was looking for something to do. An old theater in town was showing a documentary… not exactly whoop-de-doo for my two young children, but there wasn’t a heck of a lot else going on, so we tried it. The movie not so entertaining… The movie-house – The Criterion -- what a jewel of the past. The boys had fun up in the balcony – the theater wasn’t crowded, so we had room to move around. Plus our seats had a table, and they could play with their toys, while I attempted to watch the movie. Finally bored enough by the film, we started wandering about and one of the gentlemen who manages the place showed us around. First of all, everything in there is original. For a history and/or architecture buff (of which I am both), I was in heaven. Not to mention, it was so lovely that the gentlemen who run the place took the time to give us a tour and showed us details (including backstage) which I will never forget. Does the place need work? Absolutely – they need money, and anyone who sets foot in the door should be heralding this treasure, because it could be in danger of being lost. Make no mistake, this is a historic treasure. To see all the Art-Deco details in their original state is amazing. Original movie posters on the wall… Even if you don’t stay for a movie – visit and pay just to wander around.
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