Alexandria’s Old Town Theater Closing This Weekend
The Old Town Theater, on King Street in Alexandria, has been showing “moving pictures” for almost 100 years, along with vaudeville, community theater, puppet shows, and anything else you could put on a stage or screen. But no more. David Sachs reports in Thursday’s Alexandria Times that the Old Town is closing for good this weekend, the stuff inside auctioned off next weekend, and the great old marquee torn down shortly after that to make way for more retail space in the heart of Old Town. Roger Fons, the managing partner, told Sachs he was tired of slow business, employee theft and a string of crummy movies. “You’ve got to have a product that is worth something,” Fons said of Hollywood’s recent output. He said the King Street Trolley bypassing the theater and increased parking fees may have contributed to declining income.
(By Monica Hesse, Washington Post, April 22, 2012)
The librarians of the nation kick off Preservation Week today, the Holy Week for collection specialists, a time of dusty tomes and deacidification spray and the other niche materials used to preserve the great documents of our country: our presidential papers and Lincoln Bibles and notes handwritten by Emily Dickinson. But for now, let us talk about Rise of the Dragon. Rise of the Dragon was a video game released in 1990. It is about a private detective who sets off to find the drug kingpin responsible for the death of the mayor’s daughter. It came on a stack of six-inch floppy disks, which meant that it was played on a belligerent, boxy computer, a pile of tan plastic with a bubble screen and keys that got gummy and grimy and needed a Q-Tip. Rise of the Dragon was designed to be played on precisely the machine that you finally sold at that garage sale nine years ago. No right-thinking person would still own this game. The Library of Congress owns it.
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