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Article: Memorial city Aud.

Let me say at the beginning that no final decision has been made about the operation of Memorial city Auditorium. As city Commissioner I know that. Mr. Munden does no.t I think my observation Mr MMunden's attitude toward the city Auditorium is that no matter what he would not approve. I watched him at the city commission meeting Thursday nigh,t deamatically shaking his head, "No",from the time the director of the Belcher theater stepped up to the microphone until she sat back down her seat. So he had absolutely no intention of listening to her, of evaluating her opinion. He came there disgruntled and he left the same way

What Mr Munden doesn't seem to realize is that that building is not going away. It will sit there is a derelict or it will be a useful part of downtown but it will not go. His 35 years of experience does not include experience in theater and I see absolutely no facts justifying his attack on the ETBU theater director it's just his opinion. My opinion is he's wrong - and I have the facts to back it up.Tom Webster does know.. Kermit Poling does know.

Others -- Marshall
Article: Chapter 2 -- OPINION: TONIGHT, THE MARSHALL CITY COMMISSION WILL MAKE ANOTHER MEMORIAL CITY HALL MISTAKE

Jack Canson -- Kermit, the City of Texarkana, Texas owns The Perot Theater and contracts with the TRAHC to manage and program the theater. I don';t know how El Dorado manages its auditorium, but I do know that an enormous amount of money has gone into downtown restoration in recent years. I think the situation in Marshall is such that the question of whether the facility would fare better under management of a non- profit should have been examined carefully. If it is to be able to provide the type of facility you and I both want it to be, it cannot operate at a loss that is borne by exclusively by the city. The money isn't there.

Kermit Poling Kermit Poling The downtown work in El Dorado is mostly private money donated to the project. Two new venues were completed with more coming in phase two. The auditorium restoration was a city project. For Memorial Hall, it may be that a partnering presenting organization can offset costs to some degree but it's not going to be a money maker. The Strand holds its own, but you'll notice there is very little local production in there.

richard anderson -- Marshall
Article: slideshow: IT'S ALIVE! GINOCCHIO HOTEL COMES BACK TO LIFE

The Loudermilks have done a wonderful job or restoring the Ginnochio Hotel. As a veteran of four historic restoration projects, I can attest to the fact that these are not inexpensive projects, usually take longer thank expected and require endurance and patience. This couple has demonstrated these qualities and have been a great addition to the City of Marshall. Special thanks to them for this restoration work. Let's combine efforts to encourage others to attend this fine dining venue, and contribute to their success. Best


facebook readers -- Marshall and beyond
Article: slideshow: IT'S ALIVE! GINOCCHIO HOTEL COMES BACK TO LIFE

Susie Lee Scasta Congratulations Alan Loudermilk and thank you for giving this beautiful piece of history back to Marshall. What an awesome job. I can't wait to see it.

Sheila Clark It's a beautiful place historical part of Marshall Tx ..I was born & raised here & at Caddo Lake..I sang there about 3 years ago when it was open a short time.. Love to again sometime.. Glad it's open again.will sure have to come have lunch or dinner soon ??

Phil Miller My dad ran the barber shop in the Hotel for a number of years. My dad and I ate breakfast in the cafe in the mornings after my mother died. My dad liked to play dominos with the conductors and engineers who had layovers in the Hotel. In winter, they played in a back room and in summer, the game was on the sidewalk next to the tracks.

Karen Bachus Stafford My Dad played dominos there just about every week day. Beautiful

J.K. McCandless Crawford: Karen Bachus Stafford what is the street address so I can see it on google maps?

Brenda Loudermilk Wagner : Beautiful! Great job Alan!!

Kay Solomon Andrews: This restoration is really awesome! Hope our next reunion is there! Thx for posting!

Patty Hadlock Ramsey: Me, too, Kay. Would be a fabulous spot for our next one!!! Let’s make it happen!!! ?? ?? ??

Kay Solomon Andrews: Patty Hadlock Ramsey .. and Patty, cocktails first at Hotel Marshall!

Karen Koenig Taylor : Beautiful restoration Alan! Loved seeing your results last night!

Nancy Conley Miller: Thanks for the wonderful photos Ron! Spent a lot of time there as a child! Can't wait to see it soon!

Laura Floyd Parrish :

Melonie Parrish Belcher : It is soooo gorgeous...Just like I always imagined it would be!!!! Harris Teel...Here are some more pics!!! Laura...The awning was missing the day we looked at it...That's what was off!!!

Jan Jeffries: Yes

Howard Canada : Congrats to the Loudermilk family on a beautiful restoration.

Jeffrey Linsey McBride: Brenda Beckman Judkins Mark Judkins

Fran Hurley: So beautiful! Looking forward to dining & drinking in the gorgeous ambience.

facebook readers -- Marshall and beyond
Article: slideshow: IT'S ALIVE! GINOCCHIO HOTEL COMES BACK TO LIFE

James Duncan: Can't wait til Dec.2 when we,(103.9fm kmht) get to broadcast from there

Shirley Rowland: Just beautiful. Hope I get to visit one day. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany Ammerman: Beautiful venue ! Great Food! Thank you Alan and Christine Loudermilk??

Mayor Allen Owen: It has come a long way since we were there for our 55th reunion this year. Beautiful resoration.

Patty Hadlock Ramsey: One of my favorite memories. So glad it has been restored, and I hope to see it again soon.

Terri Thomas: One of my favorite places!

Christy Cobb Dossett: This is so exciting for our community!

Jack Canson; No one has given more to our community's future than the Loudermilk family. All praise to them!

Narcie Crosby: Thanks Ron for the great photos. The Alan Loudermilks have given so much and it's an exciting time. age

Morgan Staggers: Truly a piece of history. The hotel was built to last; it was designed to withstand all the vibrations of locomotives.

J.c. Hughes Jr: Loved seeing you and your lovely wife, and ohhhhhhhh the beauty of Ginnocchio is back! Sitting outside and watching the trains come and go was AWESOME! You have added back a missing piece of Marshall - Thanks!


Richard Michael Pruitt -- Marshall
Article: OPINION: FOUR CITY COMMISSION TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE CITY MANAGER’S INSANITY-MOBILE’S TIRES

Ron and Jack, You are right. I was covering a concert in Dallas when the lead singer made a joke about playing at the convention center in Marshall, Texas. Seems the Marshall convention center has a very poor reputation with entertainers mainly because of the sound system, but other things as well. Marshall needs to get it right with the Memorial City Auditorium. You need a plan before hiring someone. You don't hire someone and say tell us what you want to do. You need to say here is our plan that we want you to execute. That is leadership. Not just go hire someone and hope they figure it out and do well.

Jack Canson -- Marshall
Article: OPINION: FOUR CITY COMMISSION TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE CITY MANAGER’S INSANITY-MOBILE’S TIRES

More than anything at this point the facility needs entrepreneurial planning. To what extent stage and tech management is needed, and whether those positions would be full time or drawn on an as needed basis from a cadre of qualified freelancers, can not be determined without comprehensive planning. One would have to be optimistic beyond belief to think that it is going to be easy to book "shows" into a 550 seat facility. 750 seats is considered to be the cutoff point for many professional productions, and we are surrounded by larger, well managed facilities in Tyler, Longview, Texarkana, and Shreveport-Bossier. In most cases, acts booked in any of those facilities will be barred from appearing within a 90 mile or more radius for up to 90 days. MCH will require guerilla marketing to move the product. And the product, which consists of stages, seating, banquet room, and concessions/merchandising is PERISHABLE. Every day the facility is not rented is lost forever, but the fixed costs will continue. So, at a minimum, before any permanent employee is hired, shouldn't we have a very good projection of fixed costs? And another thing that should be analyzed is whether the facility is city run or, like many other comparable facilities, operated by a non-profit that pays the city a fixed percentage of all income and takes over responsibility for all costs. This is what I have been trying to say to anyone who would listen, and not many have, for two years.

Richard Michael Pruitt -- Marshall
Article: OPINION: FOUR CITY COMMISSION TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE CITY MANAGER’S INSANITY-MOBILE’S TIRES

Phil, Running a Theatre is a little more complicated than you may think. You need a stage manager, sound person, lighting person, together with a manager that makes sure you you have ushers, security, and refreshments. Promotion people to help get the word out about the theatre being available. LikeShow more reactions · Reply · 18 hrs Manage

View 1 more reply You are right Rita. The city needs a plan. At some point the city manager is going to have to finally admit that this theatre is going to cost tax payers over $100,00 a year to operate. First you have to get input from citizens as to what they want from the theatre. Formulate a plan and budget. What types of acts will rent the theatre? How often? Surely most of the city commission members must know this in their hearts.

Richard Michael Pruitt -- Marshall
Article: OPINION: FOUR CITY COMMISSION TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE CITY MANAGER’S INSANITY-MOBILE’S TIRES

Has the city manager ever thought of another line of work. She seems to just do whatever the guy at ETBU suggests. He was the one that suggested the first architect firm the city lost between $100,000 and $200,000 on and never got any plans.

Phil Miller -- Marshall
Article: OPINION: FOUR CITY COMMISSION TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE CITY MANAGER’S INSANITY-MOBILE’S TIRES

Karma, Sound like all Marshall needs a booking agent to control the shows entering the complex. Someone to keep up maintenance and someone to clean up after a show. Some of these jobs could be done by a city employee.

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