Saturday, March 05, 2005

Capitol Hill

Yesterday on a whim I drove through the Capitol Hill neighborhood. What a diamond in the rough! The hill itself makes it a fun and unusual part of town, and the buildings are great. It reminds me of a trendy part of San Francisco or Austin minus most of the businesses and with more small town charm. The number of empty store fronts is amazing, but apparently much smaller than in previous years. We can all be grateful that the buildings haven't been torn down to make way for another Walgreens or Dollar General Store. The evidence of revival is apparent and heartening. The new entry sign looks terrific (and is how I knew where to turn off of Shields) and the street landscaping adds panache. I saw the empty theater on Commerce (for sale!) and thought what a great art film and independent theater it could be. Then I saw a truck with a Confederate flag as its front license plate, and wondered if my independent theater would be burned to the ground. Could Capitol Hill tolerate a showing of Going Upriver?

4 Comments:

Blogger Ceres said...

"Could Capitol Hill tolerate a showing of Going Upriver?" Me thinks not-- I bet the remake of "The Dukes of Hazzard" would do just fine. But what the hell do I know? Keep us updated.

8:24 AM  
Blogger CGHill said...

I bet they could make some money bringing in some Spanish-language films from South of the Border; media en espaƱol are generally booming around town.

7:07 AM  
Blogger OKPartisan said...

Yep. That would be fun, wouldn't it? My fellow dreamers and I had looked at the Tower Theater on 23rd (also for sale) and had thought of showing Vietnamese films there. We'd need a heavy hitter investor for that one as that theater is very very expensive! Someone suggested we speak to a guy in Tulsa who has successfully renovated a theater there.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ran across your blog while doing a search on Capitol Hill. As to your wondering about an independent film theater, I don't think you'd have any problem concerning safety. The biggest problem wih Capitol Hill right now is it's having to recover from lousy leadership. The Capitol Hill Main Street Organization was being run by a very inept and dishonest fellow who is no longer there. Since '06 there has beeen new leadership and I see things looking better. You should look into attending a board meeting and seeing how things are going. Meetings are the third Thurs. each month at 3:30 pm. at Union Bank on 25th street.

8:39 AM  

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