Old Hollywood is Reborn on Franklin



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When Paul and Susan Shareshian learned that Franklin St.’s only movie theater was closing down, they decided to not only buy the theater, but also to give it a makeover. Reopening in November, the fresh Varsity theater will have elaborate new molding and classic red carpeting to go with its “Old Hollywood” style. The Varsity regularly plays both current and classic movies for a much lower cost than other cinemas. In renovating the venue, the Shareshians want to “keep the community in mind and get their opinions, because ‘classic’ means different things to different people.” The couple is seeking the help of UNC art majors to suggest and carry out new looks for the theater’s lobby. Soon enough, you will be able to get a first-hand dose of Old Hollywood romanticism just down the street from campus.

To ignite or not to ignite…

Despite the fact that basketball season is still painfully far away, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the recent arguments concerning post-victory bonfires on Franklin. On the one hand, I understand the obvious danger involved in lighting a large fire in the middle of an extremely crowded street (I also understand it is illegal), but I still can’t seem to picture Franklin without fires. We may even go (knock on wood) an entire year without bonfires on Franklin, but that doesn’t make it any less a part of our culture. To eliminate fires is a clear breach of tradition… for what? To prevent the twelve or so people who were too drunk to jump from falling in? What about all these freshman who may never get to see a fire on Franklin?! If our concern is for safety on Franklin after basketball victories, then we should also forbid crowd-surfing. And we should probably limit the amount of people allowed out there. No running, either. Definitely no drinking because that just leads to disaster. And then what do we have? Franklin on any other night. As far as I can see, we’re all adults here, and we all know the dangers of being on Franklin after a big win. Maybe a better solution would be to make students more aware of the dangers so that they can better plan their nights around safety.

Fires on Franklin- are you for or against? Image courtesy of justinsomnia.

Fires on Franklin- are you for or against? Image courtesy of justinsomnia.