Port Theatre Foundation kicks into high gear

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 02:57 PM.

He went on to say that a town hall meeting would soon take place so that the board of directors could better understand what the community wants the Port Theatre to be.

Collins is also focused on preserving the history of the building and will soon put out a call for anyone who frequented the theatre during its movie heyday from the 1940s and beyond.

“I want to preserve recollections that the citizens have,” said Collins. “Especially those who are in the autumn of their lives.

“If we don’t get them now, they may be lost forever.”

Port St. Joe native Tom Parker, considered by Collins to be the “unofficial historian” of the theatre, was an employee from 1943 until 1945 and has shared many memories and stories about the building.

“I think people will be interested in the theatre reopening,” said Parker. “People would reach out to any type of activity going on here.”

Parker said he was present in 1938 when the theatre opened its doors for its inaugural showing of the film “Gold Diggers in Paris” and began working as a projectionist at the age of 12 with his best friend Billy Howell.

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