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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 8, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Free press april 1990 Odeon a live theatre in its glory Days the closing of the Odeon for Merly the Walker has prompted Many nostalgic it was once of the finest Thea tres in Canada and i had a Long time acquaintance with particularly in the Day of Charles the Man who built it and put Winnipeg in the big league of the living my perhaps because she was had a great love for the stage and while she did not take me to All the she didst for get when the Christmas pantomime season or when plays such As Wiggs and the cab Bage Patch came to the Doyle carte opera company came regularly to the Walker but that was stuff slightly above my simple when you include these along with the visits of sir Martin Harvey and his com Winnipeg saw the if you were a Patron of the you May have noticed the plaque in the main a me Morial to sir Laurence and lady two great English performers who had just finished a successful run at the they elected to return Home to England and booked passage of the seem press of they perished when the liner was in collision with a norwegian Collier in the Law rence River in and Sank with an enormous loss of Mother had a particular enthusiasm for the acting of George a who also did Well in and 1 remember he performed at the Walker in an old the Green William Favers Hiim and Frances Mclennan were other Broadway artists who our i cites heritage Vince Leah thrilled local Winnipeg has a Rich history of the living even in the dark Days of depression John Holden and his repertory company held Forth at the old Dominion theatre on Portage Avenue where else could you see such wonderful plays As the Man who came to dinner for 50 cents it was a wonderful Refuge from the wearisome outside Holden had carried on after the closing and destruction of the Winnipeg Thea tre on notre Dame the theatre was As they say in the when it was destroyed by fire one december morning in killing four fire fighters As the Walls the Perma nent players held Forth at the Winnipeg with Anne Bronaugh As the leading the theatre never was the Queens theatre on Selkirk Avenue brought in some of the finest performers of new Yorks yiddish Eileen Pruden asks who remembers the Young Fellows from the Royal air stationed at car who put on their sizzling variety shows at the Walker this air Force part of the common wealth air training plan in the second world was loaded with Talent of All kinds including big league soccer stars from Bri musicians and these Brave lads offered a Bright spot in the anxious Days of the second world do you remember the dumbbells this group had its be ginnings in the Days of the 1914 a concert party put together by the troops to entertain their comrades when they came out of the front line for a they be came so renowned they were in de Mand throughout the Allied when the War ended they decided to carry on and if my memory is Correct they came to the Walker somebody out there May re member the names of the perform i recall Ross Hamilton and Al Winnipeg kiwanis also staged its annual minstrel show at the the kiwanis Kinky minstrel shows Are taboo now on the grounds they could be but i do not think they Kiwan ians of the 1920s had any intention of of fending Winnipeg Long was a Leader in the realm of Amateur drama and the Dominion Little theatre movement May have had its beginnings George Jean Murray and Paulin Boutell were among the prime movers of this when i was a Young reporter i often was assigned to cover Little theatre in the old times theatre at Selkirk and Winnipeg owes a deep debt to John Hirsch who revived the stage after the second world War to re store Winnipeg place once again in this particular entertainment this Genius from Hungary passed on much too but his memorial is a vast amount of drama groups for Young and and the Manitoba theatre the Odeon was once the a live performance seniors Block delayed by Jim Timlick plans for a proposed senior citizens Block sponsored by the Transcona Kin Smen club Are in limbo pending new fund ing from the Federal Alex project chairman for the said the future of the project is up in the air because there Are no guarantees it will receive rent subsidies from Ottawa mos Kalewski said they had expected thai by 1 Ottawa would put out the Call for new proposals under the Federal rent subsidies program but it never Hap the Kinsmen applied for funding under the program last year but were re fused because of a High number of applications submitted it is sort of like its in wed like to see it approved and get it up mos Kalewski said there is such a serious shortage of seniors housing in and most seniors dont wan to go downtown to Winnipeg to Transcona Kinsmen have proposed to build the 70suite Block on Regent Avenue near Madeline the total Cost of the project is estimated at the Kinsmen were to assume the Cost of constructing the main floor of the build ing including a seniors drop in the remainder of funding was to come from the Federal and provincial Levels of government mos Kalewski said the Kinsmen will not proceed with the project if Federal subsidies Are not he said rents would be substantially higher up to As much As a month total without sub without government subsidies seniors will not want to go he Transcona Kinsmen option to Pur Chase the Square feet of property expires the club has Al ready invested approximately on preparing the site for the building including lawyers fees and the Cost of re moving the old pirates Community club mos Kalewski said although no decision has been made on the future of the site the Kinsmen Are not Likely permit their option to Purchase to lapse because there would be no return on their he said because the Kinsmen have Money tied up in the site other projects have been delayed or put on although funding for the subsidies comes from Ottawa it is administered by Manitoba Terry a spokesman for the reiterated the departments position that the Kinsmen application was turned Down last year because there was a flood of Laferriere said he has no knowledge when the Federal government will put out another Call for project Lipsett deserves credit by Vince Leah this is a piece about a Street that deserves to be of Manitoba fighting men who have their names perpetuated As Street and Louis Lipsett should not be Many of in and out of the Mili know Lipsett a part of the military establishment in South no Street remembers this remarkable Man and the people at City Hall responsible for Street names would do Well to consider an he was Loa Ned to the Canadian militia by the British army As an instructor before the first world War a horse major Lipsett was Active in local Polo at that which generally was represented by the regular lord Strathcona on August 1914 when War broke out he was playing in a tournament for a team known As the Ethete Likely As not the players who were surplus to the rest of the he promptly transferred from the British forces to the Canadian and City streets the 90th regiments first Bat numbered the 8th by the militia minister Sam had him As its com manding he is remembered As a source of inspiration to his men in the dreadful Spring of 1915 when the enemy first used Gas in the second Bat the of where the 8th won undying Lipsetts ability did not go he was Given command of an infantry brigade and then assumed command of the 3rd general Lipsett was killed by a Puzzle solutions from Page 8 science notables today crypt quote music that is born Complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple Aaron co Pland today unlisted clue Galileo

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