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July 2, 2013

Movie Memories, Part 2: Usher at The Dome recalls life tending to the big, small screens

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NEW CASTLE — LATER YEARS

The Dome was built in 1907 and was transformed multiple times, becoming the Paramount in the 1940s, the Vogue in the 1950s and the New Vogue in the 1960s. It was then closed for several years before it was remodeled and reopened in 1968 as The Cinema. The theater closed its doors in 1997 and was torn down in 2007, exactly 100 years after it opened in the silent film era.

“I was heartsick when they tore it down,” Charles said. “I couldn’t believe how small the empty lot looked. The theater had always seemed so much bigger.”

After working for a short time at the Mesta Plant on Moravia Street, the former usher became a television repairman for RCA Factory Service. He still has a 1948 Motorola, one of the country’s most popular models of the 1940s.

“People thought he was crazy when he took that job,” said Charles’ daughter, Ruth Horner. “They didn’t think television would last too long.”

(Email: d_burcham@ncnewsonline.com)

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