By Bob Weaver|
It was "old movies" night Monday evening for members of the Calhoun
Historical Society. From the fabulous 1950's through
the 60's, the screen lit up with images of old CHS homecoming parades,
street scenes of Grantsville, church picnics and the
1956 Calhoun Centennial. The group barely made a dent in viewing the
old eight and sixteen millimeter film shot in Calhoun
County this last century, some of them in black and white.
Harry Beall and his wife, members of the Society, are working on a
project for the Society to preserve the old film, initially
transferring it to video tape and then to CD. They have opened Beall
Audio-Visual, a new business in their home near
Much of the film viewed Monday was loaned by Esther Parsons of Mt.
Jerry Collins and Harry Beall load the old projector
The Society has already previewed a number of films and lots more are
to come, including some dating back to the
1930's.There are lots of old football films out there, according to
One of the films showed the original movie houses in Grantsville on
Court Street, along with Grantsville's second theater, the
Kanawha, which closed in 1952. Pictures of various floods which
surrounded the old Calhoun High School in the 50's and the
great Grantsville fire in the 60's are to come. Then there are action
pictures of the first two fire trucks in the county.
Screen Lights Up With Old Calhoun Scenes
Beall and members of the Society are anxiously seeking old movies
which represent life in the county during the 1900's.
(EDITORS NOTE: You may contact the Hur Herald to help with this
project if you have old movies) Some of the highlights
may be made available to the public.
The "Night at the Movies" meeting was held at the home of Carl and
Helen Morris. Another highlight being a pot-luck dinner.