Today in Rip Payne

17 Jan

On this day in 1969, the Paramount Theater, then located on the streetfront of East Main Street, premiered Candy.  In good movie premiere fashion, folks lined up outside the theater to purchase their tickets and see the show R-rated movie, telling the story of a young high school girl who “goes in search of “truth and meaning in life”.  Besides the excitement of the technicolor production, starring Richard Burton and a young Walter Mathau, I’m particularly intrigued by the sight of the Downtown Mall with, well, a street running through it.  Being a youngster as well as a relative newbie to Charlottesville, it really makes me think about the way a seemingly simple landscaping project can completely alter the way a city circulates and the way a particular location is viewed and utilized.  Have you noticed such changes in any recent landscaping projects?

Enjoy the show!

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3 Responses to “Today in Rip Payne”

  1. yeahiloveit January 17, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Nice post!
    Can we use couple paragraphes for our site ?


  1. Today in Rip Payne « - April 27, 2012

    […] all that great. But, the Paramount is truly in all its glory here.  It is set on what was still a street-scape at this time (not the paved pedestrian mall of today), and I can just picture it all lit up against […]

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