A renaissance in older movie theaters

This New York Times article highlights several North Dakota towns’ efforts to keep their vintage, movie theaters open.

Owensboro is home to a nearly century-old movie house. The Opryhouse, formerly Goldie’s Best Little Opryhouse in Kentucky, at 418 Frederica St. is now leased by Theatre Workshop of Owensboro. The theater first opened in 1912 as The Empress, the first movie theater in town. It was later operated by Malco.

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is in the process of raising money to purchase The Opryhouse. It is also hosting auditions for its first show of the 2010-11 season, Five Guys Named Moe.

Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the H.L. Neblett Community Center, 801 W. Fifth St. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Baptist Church, 2311 West Ninth St. TWO is looking for six male singers ages 17 and older. They should bring a song to perform.

John Dunham, Messenger-Inquirer/jdunham@messenger-inquirer.com, 926-0123 Director Lisa Mingus Tullis sweeps the stage after designing the set for Theatre Workshop of Owensboro's production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" at The Opryhouse, formerly Goldie's. "It's been an adjustment," Tullis said. "I'm very pleased with the set. This is community theater when the paint isn't dry on opening night."

For more information on TWO’s  fundraising or auditions, call 683-5333.


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  1. Jason

    I would LOVE to see some old movies played in the theater! Old movies that aren’t copy written anymore, I would pay to come out and watch some just for the experience.

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