Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Ellis Theater
Did everybody grow up in a town like Cleveland, Mississippi? My hometown was big enough to have two movie theaters (plus the Big Chief Drive-in), a college, more churches than anything else, and all the other things that made it a special place to grow up in. Like people who showed up on your front doorstep with Funeral Casseroles, New Baby Brownies and the like. Yes, everybody knew your business, but mostly they let you alone if you pretty much behaved yourself.
On Saturdays we'd walk downtown to the matinee at the Ellis. Then the theater shut down.
Unlike a lot of little towns in the South, Cleveland is a thriving place, filled with restaurants and shops and now a terrific Railroad Museum right along the beautiful walking path, created when they pulled up the train tracks, overlooking rose gardens.
And recently, the Ellis has become a fantastic center for the arts. Right now they've applied for an arts grant. It's easy to help out here, folks. Just go to this website and click the link for Delta Arts Alliance:
I love the quote in the description of the Delta Arts Alliance on the voting site:
Delta Arts Alliance's mission can be best explained in the words of Mississippi artist Eudora Welty,
"When asked what kind of art would be for 'everybody' there can only be one answer: the best."
Well said, Miss Eudora.
Now click on over there and vote.