Office & Photo Page
The "R Theater" was built in 1946 by the Mitchell family. The
name came from the first initial of the children and mother of the family.
The Mitchell Family also owned the R Restaurant located in the theater as well.
A sign used on Rt 66 advertising the restaurant was salvaged and will hang
inside the building. The theater was sold in the late 70's as a new cinema opened in Springfield that
housed more than one screen.
The building would seat about 550 people and also had some other bands and
acts playing on the large wooden stage. The projection room sat about 25'
off the floor and there was no balcony. The Mitchells later sold the
theater to a local owner who tried to keep it open but was forced out of
business due to a lack of business.
The building later house such things as a video arcade, tattoo shop, and
apartments in a crude sort of way. The last owner place a wooden decking
to the sloped concrete floor and had bands play inside the building. The
last band that played their was the David Nelson Band. David Nelson was a
guitarist for Jerry Garcia.
The building was a disaster when we purchased it. It sat empty for 3
1/2 years and needless to say there was nothing functional. We have made quite a few improvements in the building and keep making these
as days go by. We would not be able to get as far as we have without the
help of one special individual, Bob Grooms. Bob is retired from the
construction business and has been a great help to us. When the call went
out for anyone interested in helping in the building Bob answered the call and
has been helping for over a year now on a regular basis. There was
enough junk and old wood laying around for about four 30 yard dumpsters.
Thanks to Bill Cowles & Bud King for allowing me to burn the old lumber.
Stop back and see the additional photos of the building as they are added and
additional things from the "to do" list are completed. We have enjoyed the work on the building
and are enjoying it much more now that things are getting closer to being
This is a picture of the entire front of the building. The old marquee and
ticket window have been kept as is.
Friendly, well most of the time, competition takes place at the checker board
table on nights where car cruise-ins are held in front of the building.
The terrazzo flooring is easily seen in the photo.
Many of our client's photos hit this thank you board. My wife puts some of
her favorite photos out to display. We also use the board for cruise and
show flyers during the spring and summer months.
If you ask Norma this is where she will tell you all the work gets done, we all
know the real story though. Hey stick with me on this.
Norma has quite a few things of nostalgic value in her office. I was nice
enough to give her the safety sign, I thought it was fitting and needed to help
protect our clients.
Norma spends some time in these cabinets keeping files organized for me and I
need all the organizing help I can get. You can see from the photo that
oldies "stuff" is everywhere. Our staple and stamp holder is
even an old AC light bulb holder.
Everyone needs a candy machine in their office but mine is a little old and
worse yet it is almost always empty. It sees a lot of use on those cruise nights in
front of the building.
You are seeing the lobby area of our office. Check out the movie border
and indirect lighting. The double doors on both sides where used to gain
access to the theater auditorium. You can also seen some of the terrazzo
flooring that has made it through the 55 years of traffic and abuse. It
cleans up great and looks especially nice after a coat of clear wax.
If you like old auto related items you will find them here. Not to mention
the 8-Track Stereo on top of the shock absorber cabinet. The cabinet
actually holds most of my 8-Track tapes. If you have any old 8-Tracks you
don't want let me know I would be interested, especially older rock and
roll. I am not much on the Country & Western stuff.
This wall is a curved concrete wall from the lobby. The
advertising wallpaper looks great with the recessed lights controlled by a
dimmer switch. The shelves hold quite a few of my small collector items,
not to mention dust. Is dust worth anything if you save it over a few
I enjoy David Snyder artwork and have a couple of Dave's prints on this
wall. These two have some of the sharpest muscle cars made. Of
course I am still upset as Dave has not done a Gremlin yet. Okay Dave
finally did the Gremlin!!
The rest of the wall is filled with auto items from ceiling to the floor.
My wife thinks it is all just a bunch of junk but we all know different, right?
Everyone needs a television to keep up on current events. You know things
like Shade Tree Mechanic, Crank & Chrome, My Classic Car, Hot Rodding, not
to mention auto races and such. It also comes in handy for things like the
news and other daytime shows.
One of my favorite memorable items is this Weaver brake testing machine from the
late 40's. I had a lot of fun restoring this machine and inserting neon
lights in place of the brake fluid tubes. I have an old oil rack and six gas pumps I
need to restore, not to mention my 1965 Chevrolet
Thanks for visiting we hope you will come back soon to see additional photos
of the office under construction. We have added a 1500 square foot
garage in the back. Not only has this become a great office but also a
place just like home.
If you have items you are interested in selling either auto or theater
related please email me as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some people like to put in a theater room in their home, I
decided to put a home in our theater!
We started on this project, after going through the typical red tape, in
June of 2003. I had it far enough along to be able to spend nights there
to work on things starting in just a month . The lower level was ready to
move into in August of 2003 which made it easier to work on the rest of the
residence. It has taken some time to finish everything but we can now see the light at the
end of the tunnel. We have taken the old theater and turned it into our
house. Below are some photos of what it took to try and get the first
floor level enough to put the I-Beam beams on. It seemed like we would
never get to the second floor but we finally made it. We had to bring in
by hand the 60+ 40' I beams, over 300 sheets of drywall, 120 sheets of sub floor
and that does not even mention all the other little things along the way.
We should have some of the "almost" finished shots on the site before long.
The entire house is about 3700 square feet, with a 31 chair theater room, a
retro room with over 500 45rpm records on the ceiling, four baths, four
bedrooms, living room, two kitchens, craft room, utility room, and a game room.
Just when we thought we were about done we have now decided to build a deck
on top of the building. This will be about 1500 square feet and hold a gas
grill, Jacuzzi, and plenty of chairs and tables to entertain. This will
hopefully happen Spring 2005. THEN I AM DONE!!! (at least I hope)