Demolition Starts on Corpus Christi Theater

A 90-year-old movie theater in Corpus Christi that had fallen into disrepair is being demolished.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that demolition began Thursday on the Melba Theatre.

Seventy-one-year-old Carlos "Charlie" Garcia was among dozens who came out to catch a last glimpse and photograph of the theater before it was demolished. He remembered coming to the Melba as a child, when admission was about 15 cents.

The Melba closed as a regular theater in 1966 and in in recent years had boarded-up windows, a crumbling exterior and weeds growing from its cracks.

Harvey Grossman said the theater was the creation of his father, Simon Grossman, who immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1914 and operated a number of businesses in Corpus Christi.

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