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Chet Cuccia
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From: Orange, TX
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 - posted May 20, 2005 10:49 AM      Profile for Chet Cuccia   Email Chet Cuccia         Edit/Delete Post 
You have mispelled the Gaylynn Theatre in Beaumont, Texas. On the tour, you have it spelled "Gaylyum" (#13585).

Yes, I have many fond memories of the Gaylynn Theatre. The last time that I went to it was back in 1981.

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Mark Richey
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 - posted May 23, 2005 10:10 PM      Profile for Mark Richey   Author's Homepage   Email Mark Richey         Edit/Delete Post 
I was in Beaumont for business about six months ago, and killed some time driving around looking for now-abandoned theaters.

Was the Gaylynn on the site of what is now a hospital? I think I remember the other now-closed theaters I was looking for are still standing, though they've been adapted for other uses now (except for one, which was sitting empty and run down).

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Jack Doyle
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 - posted June 19, 2005 08:49 AM      Profile for Jack Doyle   Email Jack Doyle         Edit/Delete Post 
during my stint as City Manager for Martin Theatres (now Carmike Cinemas) in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange in the eighties, I shared office space with the District Manager in rooms off the balcony of the Gaylynn Theatre,which were originally designed as a toddlers playroom so mothers could enjoy a matinee without interupting other patrons. By then the balcony had been converted into a 240 seat theatre, making the Gaylynn a twin. I assume the "run down abandoned theatre" mentioned by Mark Richey in his reply was the Lamar Theatre which was donated to Lamar University during this period.

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Mark Richey
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 - posted July 04, 2005 10:08 AM      Profile for Mark Richey   Author's Homepage   Email Mark Richey         Edit/Delete Post 
Actually, I didn't find the Lamar, though I vaguely remember seeing an article in the Beaumont Enterprise archives about how run down and neglected it was. I don't remember when the article was written, but I think it was sometime in the last ten years. The abandoned and empty theater I saw was an old UA six-plex-the Phelan 6, I believe. They had the parking lot blocked off from the street, so I didn't get to go by to take a look, but from what I saw, it was definitely left to rot.

I've actually been transferred to Beaumont, and will be living there in about a month, so I'll hopefully be able to find the Lamar, and see if it's still standing.

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