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siding of the theater was metal .. " -~ ~":~:'~ ....... ~ .... ~' and therefore, the flames could not break through and endan- i gered other nearby buildings. 7~ .... ~:' ~ ..... The theater was owned by the John W. Cool Estate and leased for a period of five years by The year of 1907 and motion sets of scenery, which com- pictures were the new entertain- bined with the setting, made the C.E. Allen. ment in Kingwood. court one of the most up-to-date Sam Fields. who had a con- The armory of Brown Avenue and attractive little theaters in fectionery in the building, also (across from the Fireman's the state, suffered a considerable loss in building) had movies every Attorney James T. Daily, own- the way of broken windows and Monday night. Price of admis- er of the theater since its instal- damaged goods from the con- sion was 15 and 25. The mov- lation, sold the building and all stant stream of water which was ies continued until September the fixtures to John Cool in Sep- poured into the building. 1909 when the armory was sold. tember 1919. In December of The court theater was remod- The court theater on the East the same year. Mr. Cool remod- eled and open for business only side of Price Street (two doors eled the theater, to have a disaster three years from the Western Auto build- Early Sunday morning on De- later. ing) opened for business on Sat- cember 18. 1921. fire was dis- Saturday night, August 23. urday, January 8. 1916. The the- covered inside the theater. The 1924. at 11 p.m., a fire was dis- ater produced its own electricity entire interior of the building covered in the Hub Store beside by a modern plant and a motor was on fire when it was dis- the theater. The Hub was a dry driven machine showed the pic- covered Soon the fire fighters goods store located in the Bow- tures. Mrs. L.C Hanst. daugh- arrived and this time as usual ermaster Building and managed ter of Henry Hanst. played the they were right on the spot with by Joe Margolis. The volunteer piano in the theater, their flame destroying devices fireman were quickly, on the Monday, March 4, 1918. the and their hose soon attached to scene and for a time it looked court theater had a floor show. one of the nearby fire plugs and as though they would be suc- The people who attended re- soon a stream of water was shot cessful. But owing to the flimsy ceived a pleasant surprise by through windows of the burning nature of the buildings, it soon the new scenery. Mr. Clair R. building with telling effect. For- became apparent that night the Hub. nor the court theater could Churchill from New York City, tunately, the flames were con- who was a scenic painter, has fined to the inside of the build- be saved and they were soon just completed three beautiful ing by reason of the fact the burned to the ground. "COVERS PRESTON LIKE THE BUCKWHEAT" ESTABLISHED MAY 19, 1868 CONSOLIDATED WITH PRESTON REPUBLICAN IN 1944 GARY A. BOLYARD, Publisher TINA M. BOLYARD, Editor CAROL A. PETERS, Ad Manager 'DENNIS PETERS, Business Manager The Preston County Journal is published every Wednesday by Preston Publications, Inc.. 427 Morgantown Street. Kingwood. WV 26537 Periodical postage paid to Kingwooc WV. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to Preston County Journal. P.O. Box 587. Kingwood. WV 26537. Subscription Rates: Single copy 47 cents. In-county rates: 6 months $12.00; 1 year $23.00; 2 years $42.00:3 years $61.00. Out-of-county rates: 6 months $18.00; 1 year $29.00; 2 years $55.00:3 years $83.00. USPS 443-400 Phone 304-329-0090 September 22 Robert Hixon Luke Bolyard Darrell Slaubaugh Dillion Koontz Hillary Adams Jill Edwards Gary Nice Richard Detrick Teressa Plum Palmer Reckart Dillion Stemple Fire damaged the Herring Building next door (Wester Auto.) The first floor of this building was occupied by the Hamilton Department Store and the Orr-Montgomery Drug Store. both were badly dam- aged by water. On the second floor the American Legion was a total loss. The law office of E. Vernon Fortney, The Garner Studio. The Red Cross Rooms and the Dental Offices of Dr. B.A. Rees all badly damaged. Also all the records of Justice of the Peace M.C. Bowermaster were destroyed. The Odd Fellows Lodge Room on the third floor had more damage than their in- surance would cover. March 19, 1925. Mrs. Mae V. Brennan purchased from James stitution Co. of Terra Alta. The new theater called the "Arcade" opened their doors for the first time on Friday, June 12, 1925. The theater had a seating capacity of 500 and was full the first night to see the move "Lover's Wilderness." Admis- sion was 15 and 25. Early in June 1930, King- wood's only picture house was closed. The Tower Amusement Company leased the property from Mrs. Mae V. Brennen and immediately installed sound pictures machinery and oper- ated for one week. When a pay- ment for rent became due, the management is said to have is- sued checks for the amount and when these came back for lack of sufficient funds. Mrs. Bren- nan notified the drawers, and when they failed to make them good. she had the place closed. Shortly after the closing of the Arcade Theater. Charles An- derson started coming to King- wood twice a week with por- table machines to show movies in the Kingwood High School Auditorium. On April 21. 1934, Charles Anderson opened the Alpine Theater. formerly the Arcade on Main Street. It had been com- pletely remodeled and redeco- rated. New seats were installed, the isles were carpeted includ- ing the walls for better sound. The early talkies were not syn- chronized to make "Motion Picture Sound" exactly simul- taneous with the action. Movies were shown on Mondays and Fridays starting at 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.. admission prices were 10 and 20. Five years after Mr, Anderson opened the Alpine Theater. con- tractors were hired to remodel the interior of the show house and this was in April 1939. The theater changed hands severak times in the next twen- ty years and finally closed its doors in September 1979. Fred Bucklew and Gertrude Smith Wednesday, September 22, 2010-Kingwood, WV-PF:ESTON COUNTY JOURNAL-3 Castle's life is celebrated On August 14, a surprise birth- day party was held from Helen Chedester Castle in celebration of her 90 1/2 years of life, at the Camp Chapel United Methodist Church social room. A glower basket containing African vio- lets was received from her sis- ter, Mary Drury, of Rossv]lle, PA. Guests attending were Rob- ert Metheny, of Millsboro, VA; Betty Walls, Edward andEddy Metheny, of Reedsville; Ruth Parker, of Terra Alta; Junior and Eloene Metheny, of Bruceton Mills: Harlan and Mary Castle, of Rowlesburg; Thomas, Na- Craft Show Helen Castle than and Grant Castle. of Fair- mont; Ben and Debbie, Weaver. Lula Castle. Bob and Dee Shaf- fer, Mazel Williams. George., and Sharron Castle and Helen Phillips, of Tunnelt~m. Lester and Betty Pratt. ol Indepen- dence: Ellen Swan, ff LaVate. MD: and Tracy Ridenour and Wilma Nine. of Kingwood. Also in attendance were the 45 family members attending the Chedester reunion, at the Camp Chapel U.M. Church pavilion. She expressed appreciation to all who sent cards or brought gifts. scheduled During this year's Leaf Peeper's Festival, stop by the Canaan Valley Fire Hall (Route 32, 7 miles south of Davis) and enjoy the 15th annual Craft Show, sponsored by the Canaan Valley Women's Club. The show will feature artists and craftsman from around the region. While you're there, you can also enjoy a delioous break- fast or lunch provided by the Canaan Valley Fire Department La- dies' Auxiliary. Please plan to attend and enjoy the autumn foliage. Show time will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Septembm 25. Charles J. Hayes, of Eglon, ticipate in the business meeting has been elected as a delegate an elect new officers and five to the 127th Annual American directors to the American An- Angus Association Convention gus Association board. of Delegates, on November 15 in Louisville, KY. The annual event is held in Hayes, a member of the Amer- conjunction with a banquet and ican Angus Association with the Super Point Roll :ff Victory headquarters in Saint Joseph, Angus Show. to be held No- MO. is one of 354 Angus breed- vember 13016 during the North American International Live- W. Flynn his interest in the the- operated the cinema until De- ers who have been elected by Tammy Bishoff David~King ~,'q Whitney Ridenour Teresa Gribble Gregory Sigley Eileen Wiles Elaine Pratt September 23 Betty Jean Riley Ashley Hamilton September 24 Mildred Goss Dusty Miller Happy Anniversary Robin Maier Ryan Hovatter September 22 Travis Hershman Michael & Jennifer Amoroso Gerald Clarkson Allen & Nancy Acuff Phil Burleyson Se ptember 23 Tony Stemple Sr. Larry & Gloria Huffman Patty Larew William & Joyce Cool Lisa Fike Eddie & Kathy Ridenour Billy Liston Chris & Denise Greenlee Alice Clark William & Karen Matlick Faye Wolfe September 24 Paula Young Eddie & Dionna Grimm Derek Borgman Jan & Cynthia Wolfe Mary Ellen Sanders r '1 t d Buying junk cars & hauling away Call 89 .-4490 or 4874806 698-8419 (Terra Alta area) Driveways Patch Work Seal Coating Free Estimates All Work Guaranteed Over 25 Years Expenence LChurch, Senior & Veteran Discountsl 30*/. Spring Discount ~ I Licensed & Insured ~| References Availabl~ Call Now! 30_~m~IBB'd81 ......... Gabr2eLle Hovatter ,,o~ ~ ater b~ldi.,ng which was under, cember 1979.~.The theater was fellow members i~.the~r,s~t0~g~O stoclg~position ..... " " ..... 4~ ~~hnsgn'~ " " " ' " ~ ' "" ~ ~ qo-nstrtictil3n' )n~..~, c