Thursday, June 09, 2005

Famous for Quality

What does the five-year old Silver City theatre at Polo Park -the most "top of the line" multiplex in the city- have in common with the 93-year old Rex Theatre on Main Street that has spent most of the last four decades abandoned?

They both have leaky roofs.

Has anyone else that goes to Silver City noticed the buckets placed in the lobby that collect water dripping down from the ceiling? I'm not there too often, but it seems that each time I have in the last few months, those buckets have been sitting there, and the water keeps drip-dropping down into them.

From what I've heard, this kind of thing is common occurance in newly-built Famous Players theatres across the country.

This is a pretty pathetically telling example of the shoddyness of current building construction. I cringe at the thought of how many other new buildings will begin to "show their age" decades before they should in the coming years.

2 Comments:

Blogger A said...

I think the problem is that people don't build with the long term in mind. Quality is less important than affordability. Famous Players has no desire to build something as gorgeous as the Metropolitan Theatre when people will still flock to a ticky-tacky box like Silver City.

It's symptomatic of a decline in public infrastructure. Nobody cares how something looks. It's all about the cost, as evidenced by the Sun's constant attacks on the new St. Boniface bridge. Same goes for new home construction.

Keep up the good work. I enjoy your posts - you've got a good eye for what makes this city a challenging place to live.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You ought to write more often, Rob; this is good shit.

—D.

3:41 PM  

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