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I went to my parent's house yesterday. My dad told me about one time over 40 years ago when he, my mom, and me went to the Santa Rosa. He said that during the movie that he silently "passed gas." He said that he remembered hearing teenagers coughing and shuffling their feet in the vicinity of where he was sitting.

When the movie was over, he said that as soon as we got out to the car, my mom told him that she would never go out to a movie with him again. All of you can lookup: "vstream02@earthlink.net." It's a photo of the Santa Rosa taken a couple of months ago. When I showed it to my dad, he said that it was closed down because of what he had done in there.

Chet Cuccia

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i navigated to the vstream02 earthlink page, but found no santa rosa photos. (however, there were alot of car accident photos!)

i haven't been to my new place near the santa rosa ina bout a week (due to the weather) but i plan on going there tomorrow or the next day (i have a door that i need to finish sanding and then stain - not rainy weather stuff!)

i will take my camera along

and as far as why the theater shut down, sounds like a good tall tale :lol:

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i navigated to the vstream02 earthlink page, but found no santa rosa photos.  (however, there were alot of car accident photos!)

i haven't been to my new place near the santa rosa ina bout a week (due to the weather) but i plan on going there tomorrow or the next day (i have a door that i need to finish sanding and then stain - not rainy weather stuff!)

i will take my camera along

and as far as why the theater shut down, sounds like a good tall tale  :lol:

When I showed my dad the picture, he saw that it was all boarded up. He said: "A picture is worth a thousand words."

Chet Cuccia

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i think it would be neat - at least before it's torn down or absorbed into something completely different.

as for venturing into places that have been out of commission for a while, it's my specialty B)

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That's a funny story.

Does anyone remember the Delman theater at Main and Wheeler? It burnt down a couple of years ago. It was boarded up but I think for a while you could get in the front area at least. It looked and smelled so bad it wasn't worth it though.

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That's a funny story.

Does anyone remember the Delman theater at Main and Wheeler?  It burnt down a couple of years ago.  It was boarded up but I think for a while you could get in the front area at least.  It looked and smelled so bad it wasn't worth it though.

That's what I meant. In addition to getting an "eerie" feeling, there is no telling what the inside of the Santa Rosa smells like after being sealed up for all of these years.

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well, the medical center buildings are coming along, and are really UGLY :angry:

what was to be expected though...

the theater, on the other hand, is still sitting there as it was - i was told it was to become some kind of "community center."

that might be lingo for "drug rehab center next to the clap clinic" <_<

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well, the medical center buildings are coming along, and are really UGLY :angry:

what was to be expected though...

the theater, on the other hand, is still sitting there as it was - i was told it was to become some kind of "community center."

that might be lingo for "drug rehab center next to the clap clinic" <_<

A few months ago I said that it would be an eerie and spooky experience to go into a place like the Santa Rosa Theatre, a place that has been closed, shut and boarded up for many years. But it would still be interesting. I mean, if any of you were to attend a "ceremony" where the doors would be "opened" with crowbars and you would walk inside, what do you think that you would see? I'm pretty sure that the seats were left in there. But would you find a rotten soda fountain or popcorn machine? Gum or Junior Mints embedded in the carpet? Or, since it spent its final years as an X-rated movie theatre, would there be a rusted out condom machine in the rest room? If the stage curtain was left, vermin most likely consumed all of it where there's no curtain at all now.

What do all of you think might be in there?

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I don't know about you, but I think that it would give a person a "spooky" feeling to walk into a place like the Santa Rosa that has been closed down for so long.

Chet Cuccia

The Santa Rosa hasn't been closed. It became a porn theater and video store sometime around 1986 and had been ever since. They changed the name to Starzz. It closed last year.

I actually stopped in out of curiosity a couple of years ago because as a kid I saw a few spanish movies with my parents there sometime in the late 70s/early 80s. I recognized the design on the floor in the lobby. The snack bar still in place, but there wasn't candy and popcorn in it..... It was practically the same except for that it was dark, dirty and dinjy. I made my way up to the balcony there were holes in the walls, ceiling fixtures hanging. I looked over the balcony and saw that most of the right row of chairs had been removed, broken chairs here and there. The projection booth was closed in but saw people going in and out of it. The movie was being shown from a video projector that was hung over the middle of the main floor (wondered how they got it up there) Don't know what was going on in the booth and I wasn't going to find out. It was a was a sad sight but interesting because it was like a step into the past. I hadn't set foot in that building since the very early 80s, I must have been 10 or 11. How many of us can still do that? Most of the places of our past are gone now or have been remodled to something else. I just had to know what it was like now because I knew one day I wouldn't be able to.

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The Santa Rosa hasn't been closed. It became a porn theater and video store sometime around 1986 and had been ever since. They changed the name to Starzz. It closed last year.

I actually stopped in out of curiosity a couple of years ago because as a kid I saw a few spanish movies with my parents there sometime in the late 70s/early 80s. I recognized the design on the floor in the lobby. The snack bar still in place, but there wasn't candy and popcorn in it..... It was practically the same except for that it was dark, dirty and dinjy. I made my way up to the balcony there were holes in the walls, ceiling fixtures hanging. I looked over the balcony and saw that most of the right row of chairs had been removed, broken chairs here and there. The projection booth was closed in but saw people going in and out of it. The movie was being shown from a video projector that was hung over the middle of the main floor (wondered how they got it up there) Don't know what was going on in the booth and I wasn't going to find out. It was a was a sad sight but interesting because it was like a step into the past. I hadn't set foot in that building since the very early 80s, I must have been 10 or 11. How many of us can still do that? Most of the places of our past are gone now or have been remodled to something else. I just had to know what it was like now because I knew one day I wouldn't be able to.

Thank you for telling me all of this. I'm now 47 years old. My mother told me that she took me to the Santa Rosa to see a movie called "The Music Man". I looked up that movie on IMDB.COM. It said that it came out back in 1962. That means that I was four years old when I was in the Santa Rosa. I was just telling everyone what I heard about the theatre being closed down for many years. You have enlightened me as to the true state of affairs.

My dad also remembers the Santa Rosa. He said that one time when we went there that he silently passed some gas during a movie. He said that he remembered hearing people coughing and shuffling their feet. A few months ago when I showed him that recent photo of the closed down Santa Rosa, he said that it clcsed down because of what he did in it. He told me that one picture is worth a thousand words.

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Thank you for telling me all of this. I'm now 47 years old. My mother told me that she took me to the Santa Rosa to see a movie called "The Music Man". I looked up that movie on IMDB.COM. It said that it came out back in 1962. That means that I was four years old when I was in the Santa Rosa. I was just telling everyone what I heard about the theatre being closed down for many years. You have enlightened me as to the true state of affairs.

My dad also remembers the Santa Rosa. He said that one time when we went there that he silently passed some gas during a movie. He said that he remembered hearing people coughing and shuffling their feet. A few months ago when I showed him that recent photo of the closed down Santa Rosa, he said that it clcsed down because of what he did in it. He told me that one picture is worth a thousand words.

Not only did it close down for many years for what he did in it, now they've torn it down. I wonder if his distinctive aroma came out as the first wall came crashing down?

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Not only did it close down for many years for what he did in it, now they've torn it down. I wonder if his distinctive aroma came out as the first wall came crashing down?

Its gone? Like all the way gone? I thought they were going to do something with it. What a complete bummer. My brother and I were going to take a few pics of the old theater where we spent much of our summers when we went to the old neighborhood May 4th. Now I guess it will be a pic of what? A vacant lot?

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Its gone? Like all the way gone? I thought they were going to do something with it. What a complete bummer. My brother and I were going to take a few pics of the old theater where we spent much of our summers when we went to the old neighborhood May 4th. Now I guess it will be a pic of what? A vacant lot?

sorry..it will probably be dirt when you get there...see post #52 here.

i took some pics of it coming down on friday

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...st&p=162213

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sorry..it will probably be dirt when you get there...see post #52 here.

i took some pics of it coming down on friday

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...st&p=162213

I see what you mean. Dirt. Sure wish I had one of those turquoise tiles. I'd be rich if I had a quarter for how many time I leaned against that wall waiting for the show to open. .. Oh well...I'll go take a pic of the old Don Gordon.

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I see what you mean. Dirt. Sure wish I had one of those turquoise tiles. I'd be rich if I had a quarter for how many time I leaned against that wall waiting for the show to open. .. Oh well...I'll go take a pic of the old Don Gordon.

Was there another movie theatre named Don Gordon?

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Was there another movie theatre named Don Gordon?

The Don Gordon was located on Canal. It was close to Lockwood. Of course its not a theater anymore...I really dont know what it is but you can see from the building that it once was a theater. I only saw one movie there.. The Alamo. Check out windows live local and use the birds eye view and you can still see the building.

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Good Evening;

Yes I remember the Don Gordon. I saw "Cleopatra Jones" as a double bill with "Enter the Dragon" back in the early seventies. Before that I saw another double bill at the old Santa Rosa on Telephone. They are in the process of tearing it down. I snapped a few digi-pics of the exterior and, against my better judgement, I gained entry through a non-existent door.

santarosa004.jpg

For more picture go here:

http://houstonolddays.blogspot.com/

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Good Evening;

Yes I remember the Don Gordon. I saw "Cleopatra Jones" as a double bill with "Enter the Dragon" back in the early seventies. Before that I saw another double bill at the old Santa Rosa on Telephone. They are in the process of tearing it down. I snapped a few digi-pics of the exterior and, against my better judgement, I gained entry through a non-existent door.

santarosa004.jpg

For more picture go here:

http://houstonolddays.blogspot.com/

I always wondered if that wild wallpaper was still up. I dont have to wonder anymore. Thanks so much for the pics.

i think it's a church now.

thx for the update. sad pics.

Thanks for the info musicman. I thought it might be a church but wasnt sure.

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Another Santa Rosa Mishap (1971 or 72): My brother took a date to the Santa Rosa in the early 70's to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show or maybe it was a Frank Zappa movie. Anyway, he and his date were sitting in one of those oversized aisle seats when plaster from the ceiling started falling in their laps. Needless to say they left before the feature was over.

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I always wondered if that wild wallpaper was still up. I dont have to wonder anymore. Thanks so much for the pics.

Thanks for the info musicman. I thought it might be a church but wasnt sure.

It appears that all of the seats were taken out many years ago. They were probably shipped away for use in another theatre that was being built.

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Thanks for the info musicman. I thought it might be a church but wasnt sure.

we went to original ninfa's yesterday i was able to snap a pic while we were at the light. i believe this is the theater.

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that roofles my toofle.

When I would go to an indoor theatre, my biggest pet peeve was people talking too loud where I couldn't hear the movie. My second biggest pet peeve was whenever I would pick my nose, then would reach under the seat to wipe the booger, and my finger feeling a piece of sticky old chewing gum that someone had stuck there on purpose. That was gross and disgusting!

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My second biggest pet peeve was whenever I would pick my nose, then would reach under the seat to wipe the booger, and my finger feeling a piece of sticky old chewing gum that someone had stuck there on purpose. That was gross and disgusting!

...and you wiping your booger was not?

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in my book that is considered gross and disgusting too.

If you reach under your seat and touch a piece of chewing gum, you can feel the sticky sugar content. Then you have to go wash your hands. If you run your hand across a completely dried-up booger, most of the time it will simply fall down and you won't feel anything on your hands.

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Wow, what a difference. Thanks for the photo

Yep, Thats the old Don Gordon Theater. Famous for the Karate movie craze of early 70's.

Clunker's like The Hammer of God, Fist's of Fury, Shanghai Killer's seemed to never die down. The ever popular Kung Fu TV show only fueled the madness.

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Everyone thought prices were getting ridiculous when it went up to 75 cents a kid. :o

"Ki-yah!"

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Another Santa Rosa Mishap (1971 or 72): My brother took a date to the Santa Rosa in the early 70's to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show or maybe it was a Frank Zappa movie. Anyway, he and his date were sitting in one of those oversized aisle seats when plaster from the ceiling started falling in their laps. Needless to say they left before the feature was over.

Are you sure that it was plaster in their laps?

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Good Evening;

Yes I remember the Don Gordon. I saw "Cleopatra Jones" as a double bill with "Enter the Dragon" back in the early seventies. Before that I saw another double bill at the old Santa Rosa on Telephone. They are in the process of tearing it down. I snapped a few digi-pics of the exterior and, against my better judgement, I gained entry through a non-existent door.

santarosa004.jpg

For more picture go here:

http://houstonolddays.blogspot.com/

It appears that all of the seats were taken out of the Santa Rosa long before it was demolished. I would think that was done to install them in another movie theatre. I wonder how many dried-up boogers and pieces of sticky chewing gum was found underneath them?

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