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Jim444

Member Since 12 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 02 2010 06:13 AM
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In Topic: Old Burleson Theater

02 October 2010 - 06:13 AM

In the last week or so, I noticed that the church that had been located in the old Wilshire Village Cinema slot is now gone. Where, I have no idea. But the huge sign that covered the old twin cinema marquee is also gone and now reveals what the cinema looked like when it first closed and gave way to a new venture. And that was "Cowtown Jamboree." What exactly that was, I don't know as I didn't live in Burleson when that was open. Some type of Country & Western music site, I would suppose. Still, it's made me very sentimental seeing the twin marquee again and remembering some of the films that were advertised on it. Also revealed are two lamps below the marquee that shown upward, which I hadn't remembered. I'd always taken for granted that the movie marquees had their own lights that shown from behind, which is probably the case. The two upward curving lamps may have been added later for the "Cowtown Jamboree" or may have been put there when the cinema was running as night lights, as the parking lot was very dark after the theater closed for the night.

In Topic: Old Burleson Theater

15 September 2010 - 06:37 PM

Actually, the bowling alley was on the same side of the street, just in the next shopping strip. It was in the middle. Sadly, it's no longer a bowling alley, but it is an athletic club now, so it's in use. Going down the street (Wilson)that runs between the two strips, there is a Star Telegram subsidiary office, a Texas Overhead Door company, an apartment building, a hair salon and the street ends with a pharmacy (it used to be called West Pharmacy, but I think the name has changed) at the intersection of Wilson and Renfro. The old Pizza Hut that used to be between the theater and the bowling alley strip is abandoned, I think and for sale. There used to be a Sears Auto shop behind the Pizza Hut but I believe it's changed hands now. So a building or two empty but not too bad. I finally remmebered that the theater was called Wilshire Village Cinema. You'd think living right by it I would have figured that out. Oh, well.

In Topic: Seminary South Shopping Center

13 September 2010 - 01:15 AM

It was where Saginaw described it being and was the only bookstore there at the time. By 1977 or so there was a Waldenbooks along the east side. I believe the Book Oasis had closed by then.

Who remembers Cullem & Boren? By the time they turned up at SS I was old enough to buy firearms but never bought any there, though I did often go in for a look.


Well, I totally glossed over where Saginaw described the location. My bad. Thanks for "schooling" me.

In Topic: Seminary South Shopping Center

12 September 2010 - 05:33 PM

About the Book Oasis, if it's the book store that was down on the left as you neared the business tower, I have a memory. My brother went in during the early 70s and overheard this conversation. A somewhat snooty customer was looking for a book by famous French writer Honore de Balzac. He asked the obviously overworked young lady (it was Christmas) behind the counter: "Pardon me, but do you have anything by Balzac?" Right away she replied, "No sir." He was aghast and said, "What!? Why, a book store is not a book store without Balzac!" She shot right back, "Oh, I'm sick and tired of people telling me a bookstore's not a bookstore without this or that!" He huffed and walked right out. I still smile when I think of this. Good for her! :swg:

In Topic: Lone Star cafes and The Red Canary

12 September 2010 - 05:00 PM

Yes I remember the Lone Star Cafes. Spent many nights after work with some co workers drinking coffee and eating pie at 1a.m. on the Lone Star on East Lancaster Ave. Dave Benson also opened the Japanese Palace out on what I called old Hwy 80 West. He was quite the resturatuer of his day.
I also remember a Lone Star being at Jacksboro Hwy and Northside Drive area.


Thanks Mike. I didn't know he opened the Japanese Palace. Ate there many a time. Anybody else on the Lone Stars or The Red Canary?