director travels West
to gather ideas for Talladega
THE DAILY HOME NEWSPAPER
by June Winters
Antique Talladega Executive Director George Culver has just returned from a four-week, 5,600-mile driving tour of the West, which included important Ritz Theatre business.
He went to St. Louis, where he met with Tim Dunn, who is recognized as the top "Vitrolite" glass expert in the country. Vitrolite glass is the rare structural glass from the art deco period of the 1920s and 1930s which covers the entire front facade of Talladega's Ritz Theatre.
Plans were finalized for Dunn's trip to Talladega later this summer to conplete restoration work on the nationally recognized facade. This project is being funded by the Talladega Pilgrimage Council whose series of grants from April in Talladega makes it possible.
Culver then drove to Boulder, Colo., where he attended the annual conference of The League of Historic American Theatres.
Antique Talladega joined the League last spring in order to provide the Ritz with an important contact network among similar historic theatres across the United States for ideas on programming, operation, funding and ongoing preservation tasks.
Culver says he was pleased to hear the Ritz so highly regarded as a period architectural treasure, with absolutely no art deco theatre quite as unique anywhere else.
the Ritz Theatre online at TalladegaRitz.com