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Other Name
PARAMOUNT THEATRE SALVAGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20070023001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PARAMOUNT THEATRE SALVAGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
146.5
Width
91.2
Description
SWATCH OF CARPET, RED BACKGROUND WITH FILIGREE PATTERN IN BLACK, GREEN, OCHRE, AND TAN COLOURS. SEAM ALONG LENGTH OF CARPET. CARPET HEAVILY WORN IN TWO PLACES. LOOSE THREADS AROUND EDGES AND STAINED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
SWATCH OF CARPET REMOVED FROM STAIRWELL OF PARAMOUNT THEATRE AFTER ITS CLOSURE IN 2007. CARPET APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINAL TO THE BUILDING (SEE 19752201444 AND 19752201445 IN ARCHIVES FOR EARLY IMAGES OF THEATRE. PHOTOS TAKEN AT GRAND OPENING OF THEATRE). THE SAME PATTERN REMAINED IN USE IN THE THEATRE'S LOBBY UNTIL AT LEAST 1968 (SEE199110764140 IN ARCHIVES). NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010 AND HE SAID THE RUG SAW A LOT OF TRAFFIC. THE SEAMS WOULD FALL APART AND GET FIXED UNTIL THEY COULDN'T BE FIXED ANYMORE. WHEN NEW CARPETS WERE PURCHASED THEY TRIED TO PICK OUT DARK PATTERNS THAT WERE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ONES. THEY WANTED THE RUGS TO WEAR WELL. ACCORDING TO SHACKLEFORD, THE LOBBY, BACK OF THE THEATRES AND AISLES WOULD HAVE BEEN CARPETED. IN JANUARY OF 1946, MAJESTIC THEATRES, OWNED BY A. W. SHACKLEFORD AND FAMOUS PLAYERS, PURCHASED A SITE AT THE CORNER OF EIGHTH STREET AND FOURTH AVENUE FOR THE FUTURE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. THE 950-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE COST $250,000 TO CONSTRUCT AND OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 9, 1950. DURING IT’S 61 YEAR HISTORY (IT CLOSED IN 2007), SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC WERE THE TWO OF THE TOP SHOWS, GRACING SCREENS FOR 13 AND 11 WEEKS, RESPECTIVELY. EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVELY, IN 1997 AND 1998 "THE TITANIC" RAN FOP 24 WEEKS. ROBERT SHACKLEFORD, CAPITOL’S HOUSE MANAGER AND A. W. SHACKLEFORD’S YOUNGEST SON, SAID, “THE PARAMOUNT BECAME A LANDMARK IN THIS CITY… IT WAS CONSIDERED THE FINEST THEATRE OF ITS TIME, NOT JUST IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT ANYWHERE.” IN ADDITION TO THE THEATRE, THREE OTHER BUSINESSES WERE HOUSED IN THE PARAMOUNT’S BUILDING, ALL OPENING OCTOBER 4TH, 1950: DON’S FLOWER AND GIFT SHOP, MARGOT’S LADIES WEAR, AND BROWN’S MUSIC SUPPLIES. THE PARAMOUNT DINER OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 9, 1950, AND CLOSED IN 2005. DOUGLAS SHACKLEFORD, A. W. SHACKLEFORD’S ELDEST SON, MANAGED PARAMOUNT THEATRE FOR ITS FIRST YEAR, WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE NEW PARAMOUNT THEATRE, DOUGLAS SHACKLEFORD RESPONDED, “[IT’S] THE BEST IN THE WEST.” IN 1951, THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE RECEIVED THE LARGE MERIT AWARD, THE HIGHEST HONOUR AWARDED BY THE MOTION PICTURE THEATRE INDUSTRY. AN ACCOMPANYING PLAQUE STATED, “SELECTED BY THE SKILLED TECHNICAL EDITORS OF EXHIBITOR AND THEATRE CATALOG TO RECEIVE THE “LARGE MERIT AWARD” INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AS ONE OF THE MOST MODERN AND WELL APPOINTED OF ALL CURRENT THEATRES IN 1951.” THE THEATRE BOASTED STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND AND PROJECTOR EQUIPMENT. THE PROJECTORS WERE THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND TO BE INSTALLED IN WESTERN CANADA. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN OCT 1950, HARRY BOYSE, HEAD PROJECTIONIST, SAID, “THE PARAMOUNT’S PROJECTION SUITE IS ULTRA MODERN. IT IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST PROJECTORS AND HAS SOUND EQUIPMENT THAT LEAVES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO BE DESIRED.” ANOTHER MODERN FEATURE OF THE THEATRE WAS THE ONE-WAY GLASS LOCATED BETWEEN THE MANAGER’S OFFICE AND THE AUDITORIUM AND FOYER. MANY DESIGN FEATURES OF THE PARAMOUNT STRESSED COMFORT. KROEHLER SLIDE-BACK CUSHIONED SEATS ALLOWED FOR CUSTOMERS TO REMAIN SEATED WHILE ALLOWING OTHERS TO PASS. LIGHTING SYSTEMS WERE DESIGNED TO GRADUALLY DECREASE AND INCREASE IN BRIGHTNESS SO THAT CUSTOMERS COULD ACCLIMATIZE. ADDITIONAL COMFORTS INCLUDE A WAITING LOUNGE, A WATER FOUNTAIN GUARANTEEING COLD WATER, A PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM FOR THOSE ON CALL, PRIVATE PARTIES, OR SMALL CHILDREN, AND A HEATING SYSTEM THAT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED HEAT. THROUGHOUT ITS OPERATIONS THE PARAMOUNT CINEMA UNDERWENT MANY RENOVATIONS AND FREQUENTLY UPDATED ITS TECHNOLOGY TO MEET MODERN STANDARDS. IN 1968, PARAMOUNT THEATRES ADDED A SECOND THEATRE, WHICH HELD 580 SEATS, MAKING IT THE FIRST MULTI-SCREEN THEATRE COMPLEX IN LETHBRIDGE. HENCEFORTH, IT WAS KNOWN AS PARAMOUNT CINEMA. IN 1985, SEAT WIDTH AND LEG ROOM WAS INCREASED, AND THE “CADILLAC” OF THEATRE SEATS WERE INSTALLED. IN 1988, 18 SURROUND SPEAKERS AND A DOLBY STEREO AMPLIFIER SYSTEM WERE INSTALLED. AT SOME POINT, THE PARAMOUNT RECEIVED A NEW CINEMASCOPE SCREEN. ACCORDING TO ROBERT SHACKLEFORD, THE GENERAL MANAGER OF LETHBRIDGE THEATRES LTD., “YOU RENOVATE OR STAGNATE… THAT’S BEEN MY POLICY ALL MY LIFE.” IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT, PARAMOUNT THEATRE SERVED THE COMMUNITY BY ALLOWING VARIOUS EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE INSIDE. IN JANUARY OF 1953, THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BURNED DOWN, AND SUNDAY SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE UNTIL A NEW CHURCH WAS BUILT. THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING HELD ITS GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT THE THEATRE DURING THE 1960S. THE PARAMOUNT HOSTED MANY CONCERTS, INCLUDING THE LETHBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL. AFTER UPDATING SCREEN TECHNOLOGY TO CINEMASCOPE, THE FRONT THREE ROWS WERE REMOVED. SHACKLEFORD SAID, “THAT’S WHEN WE DECIDED THE FRONT ROWS WERE TOO CLOSE FOR THE GIANT SCREEN AND WE EXPANDED THE STAGE TO ACCOMMODATE THE SYMPHONY…” IN 1978, THE SHACKLEFORD FAMILY ALONG WITH PARAMOUNT CINEMA HOSTED A WEEKEND-LONG EVENT TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF FILM. THEY SCREENED OLD CLASSIC FILMS, AND OFFERED TICKETS, POPCORN, ICE CREAM AND DRINKS FOR $0.50 AND $0.10, RESPECTIVELY, REFLECTIVE OF 1928 PRICES. FAMOUS PLAYERS BOUGHT OUT THE SHACKLEFORD FAMILY AROUND 1990. IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS, THE PUBLIC COMPLAINED ABOUT DETERIORATING CONDITIONS OF THE THEATRE. SUCH COMPLAINTS WERE IGNORED BY FAMOUS PLAYERS. A LETTER IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN OCT 2004 ENCOURAGED THE PUBLIC TO WRITE TO THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS TO VOICE THEIR DISAPPROVAL FOR THE STATE OF THE PARAMOUNT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD, DVD WALKTHROUGH AFTER CLOSURE AND ARCHIVES 19752201444, 19752201445, 199110764140. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20070023001
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PIANO BENCH COVER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHENILLE
Catalogue Number
P20010047012
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PIANO BENCH COVER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CHENILLE
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
114.0
Width
54.6
Description
EMBROIDERED RUG. FEATURES THE IMAGE OF TWO WHITE KITTENS, ONE WITH A GREEN RIBBON AROUND ITS NECK THE OTHER WITH A RED ONE. BENEATH THE KITTENS IS AN ARTIST'S PALETTE AND PAINT BRUSHES. THERE ARE SPLOTCHES OF COLOUR (PAINT) SURROUNDING KITTENS, INCLUDING WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW AND PINK. ALL OF THIS IS ENCOMPASSED WITHIN A WHITE OVAL WITH A DECORATIVE BORDER. BACKGROUND COLOUR IS BROWN, INDIAN RED, AND CORAL. TWO ENDS OF RUG HAVE CORAL COLOURED TASSELS.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ITEMS CAME FROM THE HOME OF PEARL AND JACOB LIEBELT, WHO LIVED IN WARNER, FARMED EAST OF WARNER, AND RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1996. PEARL WAS BORN IN WARNER TO GEORGE AND ETTA MAE WOITTE, SEPTEMBER 19, 1918. JACOB WAS BORN IN ANAMOOSE, NORTH DAKOTA AUGUST 1, 1910. JACOB WENT TO WORK AT THE AGE OF 12 OR 13 IN THE MILK RIVER AND WARNER AREA. EVENTUALLY MET AND MARRIED PEARL WOITTE, NOVEMBER 12, 1938, AND BUILT A SUBSTANTIAL FARMING OPERATION. PEARL WAS SECRETARY OF THE WARNER SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS VERY INVOLVED IN THE ALBERTA WOMEN'S INSTITUTE, WOMEN'S INSTITUTE GIRLS CLUB, AND FARM WOMEN'S UNION OF ALBERTA. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROPERLY DRESSED WITH HATS AND GLOVES WHEN SHE ATTENDED LOCAL FUNCTIONS. JACOB WAS VERY INVOLVED IN FARMING, SPORTS, LIONS CLUB, AND ELKS CLUB. SEE P20010047001 FOR LIEBELT FAMILY HISTORY AND P20010047047 FOR DONOR (ELAINE LIEBELT) HISTORY. ___________ AT THE GALT’S REQUEST, DONOR ELAINE LIEBELT PROVIDED MORE DETAILS WITH REGARDS TO HER FAMILY'S AND HER OWN USE OF RESPECTIVE OBJECTS IN THE LIEBELT COLLECTION ON 31 AUGUST 2011. HER ORIGINAL COMMENTS AS TO THIS OBJECT ARE AS FOLLOWS: “THIS PIANO BENCH COVER, FROM OUR BEST RECOLLECTION, BELONGED TO MAE WOITTE, PEARL’S MOTHER. WE HAVE NO RECALL OF IT BEING ON THE LIEBELT PIANO BENCH. (WITH 4 KIDS ON AND OFF THAT BENCH, THERE WAS NO CHANCE THAT THE COVER WOULD HAVE STAYED IN PLACE.)”
Catalogue Number
P20010047012
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SACKING
Catalogue Number
P19790003000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON, SACKING
No. Pieces
1
Length
109.8
Width
77.5
Description
RUG IS HAND HOOKED WITH RAG PIECES HOOKED THROUGH SACKING MATERIAL. DESIGN COLOURS ARE NAVY BLUE, BROWN, BEIGE, RED, GREY, GREEN AND YELLOW. CORNERS FRAYING.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
PROBABLY LOCALLY MADE.
Catalogue Number
P19790003000
Acquisition Date
1973-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RAG RUG
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940007002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RAG RUG
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. RUG: 110CM X 61CM RECTANGULAR RAG WOVEN RUG. RUG IS MADE UP OF VARIOUS COLORED RAG STRIPS WOVEN TOGETHER. COLORS ARE MOSTLY PASTEL BLUES, YELLOWS, BROWNS AND PINKS. ENDS OF RUG HAVE WHITE COTTON STRING FRINGE. THIS FRINGE IS WORN BADLY AT BOTH ENDS. RUG HAS SEVERAL SMALL HOLES IN IT. WEAVE IS IMPRECISE AND EDGES ARE NOT PERFECTLY STRAIGHT. 2. RUG: 253CM X 54CM RECTANGULAR RAG WOVEN RUG. RUG IS MADE UP OF VARIOUS COLORED RAG STRIPS WOVEN TOGETHER. THUS RUG HAS STRIPED SECTIONS THAT ARE BROWN, PINK, BEIGE, WHITE, AND BURGUNDY. RUG IS WOVEN UNEVENLY AND SIDES ARE NOT STRAIGHT. RUG HAS A FEW SMALL HOLES. ENDS OF RUG HAVE WHITE COTTON STRING FRINGE THAT IS BADLY WORN SHORT. ALSO HAS A FEW SMALL STAINS.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
RUGS WERE WOVEN ON HAND LOOM (P19940007001-GA) OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER. RUGS DATE FROM THE 1930'S. RAGS USED FOR RUG WERE RECYCLED STRIPS OF GARMENTS.
Catalogue Number
P19940007002
Acquisition Date
1994-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RAG RUG
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990014001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RAG RUG
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
107.5
Width
62.5
Description
RECTANGULAR FLOOR RUG. MULTICOLORED NYLON PATCHES, CUT WITH PINKING SHEERS AND MACHINE-STITCHED IN ROWS TO WHITE TWILLED-COTTON BACKING. EDGES OF NYLON PATCHES GIVE RUG PILE EFFECT. COLORS RANGE FROM BRIGHT RED AND BLUE, TO LIGHT BEIGE, GREEN, AND WHITE. LARGE YELLOWISH LIQUID STAIN ON RUG BACKING.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
PURCHASED BY DONOR AT THRIFT VILLAGE. STORE CLERK CLAIMS PIECE IS HUTTERITE-MADE; HUTTERITES BUY NYLON CLOTH AT THE STORE TO MAKE CRAFTS.
Catalogue Number
P19990014001
Acquisition Date
1999-07
Collection
Museum
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