Extract from the archives of Echo Press, 2011: the cinema of Alexandria replaces the projector of the 1940s with digital
This week in 1971 – 50 years ago: Geneva Lodge, Minnesota’s first resort north of the Twin Cities, was demolished because its owners, Bob and Evelyn Brown, couldn’t find a buyer for the resort they had owned for nearly 30 years. The Browns bought Geneva Beach from Arthur L. Roberts of the Arthur L. Roberts Hotel Company in 1943. At that time it was a brand new building as the previous lodge had burned down in 1941 and Roberts had just rebuilt it. The Browns began to dissolve their interest in the Lodge in 1965 when they began to subdivide the property. The unsold property, which contained the old Lodge over 300 feet of lake shore, was not very salable. The Browns had it in the market for four years, with fewer people interested, and taxes went up. Now that the Lodge is gone, the Browns are hoping to have more marketable real estate. It remains over 300 feet of shoreline with one of the best views of Lake Geneva, which someone, the Browns hope, will buy for one or more residential sites.
1971, 50 years ago: The Toby’s Supper Club on the old Highway 29 North has been renovated, according to owner Toby Brede. The old cabins are gone and new chairs and carpets have replaced them. In addition, the walls have been paneled. The dance floor remains for those who like to dance.
Efforts are being made to protect trees and prevent their unnecessary removal during construction of the $ 4 million addition to the South Douglas County Hospital. The hospital site is three blocks deep and stretches from the current facade of the building on South Broadway to Jefferson Street across from the Alexandria Area Technical School. There are approximately 150 trees on hospital property and 75 of them will be in the construction area. So far, six have been approved for removal by hospital administrator Kent Sherwood, and there are five or six more who may have to leave.
1996, 25 years ago: The Parkers Prairie School District is the 3rd “wireless school” in the state, the 45th in the country. “Wireless” means the school system uses ClassLink, a minimal system installed in schools that allows teachers, principals, supervisory and security personnel to use small cordless phones to communicate with each other and with the world. outside.
The Holiday Food Store in Alexandria was sold. The official announcement came when Elden’s, Inc. of Austin, Minnesota announced the acquisition of the Alexandria outlet from the Holiday Company. Elden’s owns and operates a SuperFair Foods store in Austin which will be sold to Holiday Companies as part of this transaction.
2011, 10 years ago: The reel-to-reel projector installed in the lobby of Midway Cinema 9 in Alexandria has been replaced by a new digital projection system. In fact, the nine cinemas have entered the digital age. The relic in the window has pieces dating back to the 1940s; it was repaired as needed until retirement. “This is the biggest change since they added sound to the talkies,” said John Perino, owner of Tentellino Enterprises.
Just for fun, 2001 – ten years ago: In the past, projectionists had to place 35-millimeter reels of film on long tables in screening rooms. They would then have to change the reels every 20 minutes to keep the film moving. Now the entire film fits on a hard drive.
Sports Trivia, 1996 – 25 years ago: Mike Wencl, former top swimmer from Alexandria and graduate, was part of the winning team in the 200 QN relay for St. Cloud State University in the Huskies’ 61-34 victory at Wisconsin-River Falls. He added a second place in the 200 IM with a time of 2: 09.39 and was second in the backstroke with a time of 56.28.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular columnist for the Echo Press Opinion page.