Tuesday, September 2, 2008

WOW

The Iris Theatre neon sign was turned back on last night. The theatre closed a few years ago but the sign survived. On the 83rd anniversary of the theatres opening Ron and Gayle Harris owners of Books & Crannies, which now occupies the building, had the sign refurbished and rewired. Ron and Gayle have a small theatre in the back of the bookstore. Last night they had a screening of the first movie ever shown at the theatre, it was The Lady starring Norma Talmadge. At the upper left of the page is a search blog box. Type in Iris to see all of my photos of the building and Books & Crannies.


Back on, with the original colors.

Punch and cake was served inside the bookstore prior to the lighting. It was neat to meet people that have seen my site.
Before the sign was turned back on, Ron Harris spoke to the crowd outside the building.

The guests posed for a group picture. Ron is in the tux, Gayle is in the beautiful green dress

She sure looks pretty.

I have a couple of more pictures that I will post in a day or so.

22 comments:

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

good news, but I want the cake! :)

Small City Scenes said...

She does look pretty. Interesting and informative. How neat to meet people who read your blog. Good for you. MB

Kim said...

Jim, this was a big treat. First, I really, really like the first photo and that pulled me into the post. Then I got caught up in the premiere and the fun of the event. You took us right there with you all.
OK, so if I'm not mistaken, didn't Carol Burnett do skits with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway that spoofed Norma Talmadge films?
Good to see old neon return to light the street. Sounds like a great business.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Kim said...

Ooops, went and looked it up: Burnett spoofed Norma Desmond. -K.

Olivier said...

voilà l'iris tout illuminé, superbe soirée pour fêter ça.

is illuminated while the iris, beautiful evening to celebrate it.

angela said...

Books and Crannies; I'd visit the shop for the name alone.
I like the idea of the shop showing films too...didn't recognise that one though.
Very interesting report, Jim.

Sailor Girl said...

I just LOVE neon signs!!!!
Great post!!!

Betty Flocken said...

What a neat place! Love the group photo

Knoxville Girl said...

oh hooray! I love that first shot, so noir! You should be in that shot wearing a zoot suit and a fedora.
What a great community event!

Marcel said...

I agree pretty. I'l be back to see the other postings of the sign that you do.

Boise Diva said...

Great way to connect to the community.

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Jim,
Since you have a photo on your masthead of the Carnegie Library in your town, you might be interested to check out the photo posted today in Phoenix Daily Photo by Sharon of the 1908 Carnegie Library in Phoenix. Yours is much bigger and grander.

tr3nta said...

The 1st shot is really great... beautiful nocturnal photo...

Wanda said...

Very nice evening, and your pictures make me feel like I attended.

I'm with Andrew...sure would like a piece of that cake.

lavenderlady said...

What a wonderful occasion! Pretty spiffy looking group.

crittoria said...

The moment we have been waiting for...it looks beautiful! Great job photographing the lit-up sign. I also like all the photos of the people involved...

marley said...

Very nice, just as it should be :)

Lynette said...

It's every bit a lovely as I figured it would be--sort of makes me wish my name was Iris.

I miss the Carnegie Library, but I know I can see it again with the mere click of a mouse and a Google search--it's elsewhere on your blog, right?

D said...

Lovely, like a trip into the past. The fact that there are books inside makes it even more interesting and inviting!

alicesg said...

Beautiful night photos. The neon light really looked good.

smith said...

Hi to all this is smith I am new to this site but your site was excellent.
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operahousegifts said...

Jim! Thank you so much for preserving these incredible memories on film! Terrell is lucky to have you!