If I had been a little older in
1940, it's very possible I would have been as
interested in the new fire truck as the crowd in
the photo. But from my view now in 2016, it's
the theater that has captured my attention.
This is the only picture of the Alderson theater I've
seen as an operating theater, but I
wasn't prepared for it's appearance. The
building's front is an unusual design, looking
nothing like it did during the 1950s.
thing that caught my eye was the name, "Russell
Theatre" painted across the front. Secondly,
on the marquee of the theater
is a poster advertising the 1940 movie, Boom Town
- Staring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette
Colbert, and Hedy Lamarr. Third, the
two high arches open into an lobby where in
the center is what appears to be an
ornately designed ticket booth. On each side of
the booth, two more movie posters.
I was about
one and a half when I moved to Alderson,
but my first memories of the theater was the
large edge lighted canopy that was
attached to the front of the building and the
name was "Alpine". Around 1941 the front of the
building was sealed off, canopy added, and
became a member of the Alpine Theater circuit.
I also thank Tom Dameron
making the photo available.