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Fort Collins Coloradoan from Fort Collins, Colorado • 19

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FORT' COLLINS COLORADOAN 'Aggia' Opsning 'Aggls' Opening Qohtinuing Fort Collins Express-Courier SUNDAY MORNING APRIL 12 1953 arid Dowdy to Open New- Theater Tuesday ing with the builders to assure the safest construction possible He also reported that Rep William Hill helped obtain the priority for materials used in construction Mr Aydelotte said boi Commissioner Ben Wilkinson and Guy Palmes city manager gave advice and co-operation NAVY AVIATION TEAM TO INTERVJE WSTUDENTS Members of a naval aviation cadet procurement team from the Naval Air Station at Denver will interview potential applicants at Colorado A College next Wednesday Thursday and Friday The men will be LL Olson a Navy aviator and Tech Sgt Emil Ketelsen of the Marine Air Corps They will tell college studeijts how they may win commissions as naval aviators under' the re-established cadet program STEEL BEARINGS Hardest chrome steel Is used for anti friction ball and roller bearings which withstand load capacities up' td as much as 200 tons Welcome Fort Collins 9 Newest Show Aggie Theatre From Fort Collins9 Newest Drive Inn When the doors of the Aggie theater are opened for the first time at 5 30 Tuesday Foil Collins patrons will enter a build-ing completely new except for the outside walls Almost entirely fireproof the building exceeds all safety and fire hazard requirements of city state and national building codes Robert Dowdy of Fort Collins co-owner and builder of the theater supervised the construction job and did much of the tilf and cabinet work After an extensive clean-up job on the burned-out Interior the basement was filled with earth and sand Reinforcing steel was laid over this and 'a four-inch slab of concrete poured to form a continuous floor throughout the building A row of pilasters rising from the basement floor to the roof Is bolted through -the outside walls at Intervals These pilasters reinforced with one-inch steel rods support the steel roof girders so that none of the weight of the roof rests on the walls Stronger Than Original Aggie theater follows every safety requirement In the books" said Treadwell qty building inspector inspected it every day during construction It not only meets the city building code but is a stronger building than it was A modem automatic safety device guards the fire-proof projection room In event of fire this device automatically closes (he steel door of the room as well as all portholes However projection room fires have become extremely rare since most film now is fire-proof safety film An Interesting fact about the 40-by -100-foot long auditorium concerns the persistent smoke odor that clung to the walls throughout construction As soon as the special acoustical plaster 'was applied all smoke odor disappeared Other Work Pending Further work remains to be done after opening The door at the south end of the building still bearing the Inscription "Lincoln will eventually lead into aj-age room for advertising equipment The space formerly occupied by the stairway which led to the second-floor hotel will le reduced to one-story height and the south side of the theater stuccoed to match tlie rest of the exterior C-A door opening from the' concession bar In the lobby will lead into a second storage room for concession supplies A new concrete sidewalk will be laid in front of the theater Built in 1916 The orivinal building now occupied 'by the new Aggie Theater was constructed In 1916 by Mrs Clara Hoe widow of Dr George Hoel It was built to house a furniture first the Harris-Englefield then the Harris-War-ner furniture store and finally the Neutze Furniture Company until the fire of Dec 22 1951 The fire smoldered for a week delaying salvage work by the Neutzes which required several more weeks After that there Vlas further excavation and hauling of debris! The site then lay undisturbed until last Oct 29 w'hen Mr Dowdy began dismantling and stripping the shell preparatory to construction Frank Aydelotte co-owner with Mr Dowdy expressed highest praise for the co-operation of Fire Chief Cliff Carpenter and Building Inspector Treadwell in work 4 51 A I i I 1 1 1 aateMi kiwi i mi' li i I I sl mi CRAUD OPEIJIflG SOOII I I I Located at- the South Edge of Town 2005 South College' Drive Down After the Show ft your up theater Is opposite the Postoffice on College avenue near Oak Street NEW PICTURE THEATER Shown here is the front of Ihe new theater to be opened Tuesday Jy Aydelotte and Dowdy The You havo- nov'pr witnessed anything in the world like this before! the schools were designed by Mr- Knight present he is engaged in drawing plans for a large new home here f- Jespersen Will Manage 'Aggie' Herb Jespersen former house manager of the Trail theater will move to the Aggie theater in the same capacity Herb will be graduated from Colorado A (jlol- VWWw 1 sales were the largest in its 85-year' history For the fiscal year ended Feb 28 the company reported earnings of $6123819 or $169 'a share This compared with $1863209 or 51 cents a share in the previous year 1 S' Sales amounted to $212119205 compared with sales the previous year -of $177114661 in increase of 20 per cent LIBBY" McNEIL LIBBY REPORT RECORD SALES Libby McNeil Libby canning firm which con tracts for cucumber pickle acreage in the Fort Collins area has reported its last Knight Drew Plans For New Theater Most Fort Collins residents will learn with Surprise that the architect of the Aggie Theater is Perry Knight shop instructor at the Junior High School Mr hobby for many years however has been architecture and construction although his first interest is training boys to use their heads and hands in building things In drawing up plans for the new theater Mr Knight collaborated with-the owners on design and ideas ffom the time-' the property was bought last summer Using past experience in designing 'the building to meet building safety codes he worked closely with the city engineer and building inspect in your errmsi W' A Small (size) but SINCERE GREETING to our new AGGIE THEATRE Frank Aydelotte and Bob Dowdy Tho flat screen is gone! You not a camera but you aro there! I From I ANGELL'S CAFE 130 Linden Street THE HOME OF GOOD FOODS or Many recent improvements In THIS IS NATURAL VISION HERB JESPERSEN lege in June with a degree in civil engineering He will continue to attend classes while employed at the Aggie Next October Herb probably will go into the Air Force Both Herb and Mrs Jespersen the former Miss Marjorie Andersen have been working at the Trail A native of Denver he has recently spent summers working in Alaska The Jespersens live at 617 Mathews Street to I Relented thn United Artat The AGGIE was selected as the Theatre to First Preisent this New Medium of Motion Pictures in Fort Collins Frank Aydelotte and Robert Dowdy and their fine addition to Fort' Collins' hew businesses I Wyoming Suspect Going to Hospital! WHEATLAND UR Clay (Tricky 1 Higgle accused of the double slaying of two persons here March 28 will be sent to the Wyoming Hospital at Evanston for observation County Attorney Foe announced that Riggle will be sent to the hospital as result of a change of plea in the case Riggle pleaded innocent when arraigned before District Judge Sam Thompson However he appeared before Judge Thompson later and changed his plea to one of Innocent by reason of insanity Riggle is charged with the fatal shooting of Mrs Frances Williamson 53 and Walter Ackerblade 55 OAKES MOTOR CO The Home of Nash in Fort Collins 354 Walnut Fort Collins Colos 9.

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