April 23, 24, 2008 from Roy Kindrick email@example.com While I was still in the Airforce I saw a listing under Strout Realty of Rolla, Missouri that a small theatre in a nearby town was for sale. After I returned to civilian life I contacted Mr.J. W. Foree, the realtor, to ask if the property was still for sale and he replied that it was, and that the owner, Mr. Clifford Hough had even reduced the price by a thousand dollars. A few weeks later I drove to Newburg to look over the town and the Lyric Theatre located on Front Street. I purchased the theatre equipment and business, and was leasing the building from a 'committee' whose representative operated the pharmacy between the theater building and the Houston House hotel. As I recall, the balcony to the west of the projection booth was only used for storage and was quite small. There was also a small space in front of the projection booth, just wide enough for a couple of theatre seats where we could monitor the sound and observe the audience. I lived in the downstairs office at the southwest corner of the building. I believe there were 232 seats (but I've owned several theatres since then and that might have been the capacity of one of the others). The floors downstairs were wooden as I recall and the seats were padded bottom (no springs) with curved wooden backs I think. The front rows were wooden bottoms and backs I believe, and the stage was elevated about 3 feet from the front rows. The heating system was a coal-fired furnace behind the theatre with a motorized auger that fed the coal into the flames. In later years (about 1954) we added a 'barrel stove' in the auditorium using wood, and that's the one that someone remembered as sometimes having the 'red- hot' stovepipe above it (probably 4 or 5 feet) that glowed red when Roy Peck added more wood on some of those cold nights in the Ozark hills. I have returned only twice....once in 1958 when I was on a cross-country vacation from a job as film editor at the Oklahoma City CBS-TV affiliate (KWTV channel 9), and then again on a family vacation in 1974.
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