NO. 18  
This page put online November 17, 2002

Old Nanty-Glo Journal News
from the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society


JANUARY 10, 1928
THEATER BUILDING DESTROYED BY FIRE

Early Morning Blaze wipes out Star Theater and adjoining frame building causing over $20,000 loss, which is partially covered by insurance.

The shrieking tones of the siren alarm awakened the town at about 1 o'clock Tuesday morning, and called the people out into the sub-zero weather to fight a fire which was already raging in the whole interior of the Star Theater building on Railroad Street. A few hours later the entire frame structure, together with its contents, had been consumed by the flames leaving only the brick front and chimney standing. A small frame structure adjoining on the east, belonging to the estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zito, and occupied as a dwelling by Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Kavanaugh, was also in ruins.

The fire seems to have started in the front of the theater and to have swept back through the auditorium and stage parts. It is not known whether it originated from the heated flu, or whether someone may have dropped a lighted match or cigarette after the show in the evening. Everything in the building was very inflammable, and it burned like tinder when started.

The Nanty Glo Fire Co., Which responded promptly after the alarm was sounded, did heroic and efficient work in preventing the flames from spreading further than they did. The residence of J. J. Conrad, which stood less than ten feet from the theater building, was saved, with but little damage to the house. Another residence and store building belonging to the Chars. Zito estate, and but a few feet from the Zito building that was burned, was also saved. Angelo Zito, who lived in the house and carried a stock of groceries, etc., had no insurance on his goods, and is duly grateful to the firemen for saving him from loss.

The Star Theater was a large structure which was erected in 1910. It was owned by Jacob J. Conrad, and has been leased for the past several years by William Gallo of Johnstown. It had a good stage and large seating capacity and home talent shows and entertainments, as well as traveling road shows where often hale in it.

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OCTOBER 17, 1929
FIRST MIDNIGHT SHOW PROVED BIG ATTRACTION

The first midnight show held in Nanty-Glo, which was given in the Capitol theater at 12:05 Sunday night, proved a great success. There was an attendance of about 400. The same Al Jolson singing picture was shown to large crows Monday and Tuesday nights, record breaking crowds visiting the show on these nights. Another midnight show is announced for the coming Sunday night, when "On With the Show" a vitaphone color song picture, will be the attraction. It will also be shown on Monday and Tuesday nights. A great all-talking drama of newspaper life, "In the Headline" will be presented on Wednesday and Thursday nights of next week. The new theater seems to be proving more popular than ever as people become better acquainted with the entertainment furnished.

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MARCH 29, 1934
Altimus and Son Win Indoor Rifle Match

Take National Father and Son Championship for Second Time in Two Years

M. E. Altimus, Sr., and M. E. Altimus, Jr., Nanty-Glo, Pa., each turning in a perfect score of 200 x 200, were again winners of the father and son rifle match in the indoor rifle and pistol competitions of the National Rifle Association, according to announcement made at the headquarters of the association in Washington, D. C.

Their total score of 400 beat by two points their closest competitors, Frank E. and Joseph Bryson, of South Jacksonville, Fla. It is the second straight year the Nanty-Glo combination won the event, having taken it last year with a 399 count.

The indoor matches are conducted annually by the National Rifle Association, the governing body of the sport of rifle marksmanship in this country. The matches are fired by the competitors on their own ranges in the presence of witnesses and their targets are scored at the national headquarters. The association's outdoor postal matches will get under way in May.

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