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Strand Theatre, 1924, Jesup

strand cinema twin theatre jesup ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

The primary tenant of the the O’Quinn Building, the Strand Theatre opened in 1924 with 894 seats. Theatre builders of this time typically rented space adjoining their theatres as it was considered prime real estate. The Strand was transformed into a two-screen theatre in 1988 and closed in 2009. Ralph and Jamie Hickox, who have done an exceptionally nice job of restoring and keeping viable the historic Jesup Drive-In, have recently purchased the Strand and are presently restoring it. The Strand is one of the few unaltered historic commercial structures still standing in Jesup and it’s preservation will be great.

strand theatre o quinn building jesup ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

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Jesup Drive-In, Valentine’s Day

Jesup Drive In Theatre Valentines Day Date Night Crowd Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Valentine’s dates were bumper to bumper at Jesup Drive-In tonight. It’s one of the few places in Georgia where you could experience a tradition like this, and it’s the oldest drive-in in the state.

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Jesup Jaycees Fair, 2009

Jesup Jaycees Fair Candy Kitchen Ferris Wheel Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

As I continue to revise some of my earlier posts, I’ll be sharing updates until I finish the process. Here are some random outtakes from the 2009 Jesup Jaycees Fair, which I thought were appropriate since it’s fair season all over South Georgia right now.

Jesup Jaycees Fair Orbiter Ride Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the midway through the next few photographs. Nowadays, I prefer the candy apples and Ferris Wheel, but when I was a kid, my favorite ride was something called the Scrambler. The ride shown below, called the Twist, was a variation.

Jesup Jaycees Fair Twist Ride 2009 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The Screamer was one of those rides that flipped you upside down and held you in the air. Not for me.

Jesup Jaycees Fair Screamer Ride Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I think I’ll go to a fair again this  year.

Jesup Jaycees Fair Midway Ferris Wheel Dixieland Carnival Company 2009 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Fire Damage to Jesup Business District

Jesup Fire 2014 Downtown Damage Police Line Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A fire which began at the Fair Haven Market in downtown Jesup last night is now contained, thanks to the efforts of the Jesup Fire Department and volunteers from surrounding counties.  Thankfully, no one was injured in this conflagration but nearly a quarter of the business district was destroyed. Many of these structures were among the oldest in Jesup. Most business owners are just glad no one was injured or worse, and they have vowed to rebuild.

Damage on Broad Street (next five images)

Wayne County Sheriff ATF Survey Fire Damage from Jesup Fire Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia 2014

Wayne County Sheriff and  ATF Agent assessing damage near the fire’s assumed origin on Broad Street.

Jesup Fire 2014 Downtown Devastation on Broad Street Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup Fire 2014 Broad Street Still Burning But Nearly Contained Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup Fire 2014 Broad Street Damage Loss Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup Fire Damage from Parking Lot By Davids Clothing Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Damage on Cherry Street (next five images)

Reporter Dal Cannady prepares for a live feed from Jesup.

Jesup Fire Coverage By Newscaster Dal Cannady Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup Fire Damage 2014 Cherry Street Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup GA Fire Downtown Business District Damage Cherry Street Independent Businesses Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup Fire Flying Eagle Feed & Seed Independent Businesses Destroyed GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesup GA Fire Downtown Business District Damage Cherry Street Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Jesup Arch

Jesup GA Wayne County Old Town Arch Welcome to Jesup Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Kathy Powell notes that this Jesup icon was originally located on Cherry Street, which becomes U. S. Highway 341 and eventually ends up in Brunswick. She said when you crossed under this arch, you were in Jesup. It was removed due to traffic safety issues in the 1960s and later replaced by a replica in front of what is now Jesup City Hall. This restoration of the old town arch is now located beside Jesup’s newly restored depot. It’s a really nice symbol for the city, so well loved that the town holds an annual festival in its honor

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Coca-Cola Warehouse, Jesup

Jesup GA Wayne County Historic Railroad Building Brians Service Center Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 201`4

Due to its location beside the depot, I believe this structure may have first been used for something related to the railroad. Randy Lartz writes that it once served as a Coca-Cola distribution warehouse.

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Old Water Tower, Jesup

Jesup GA Wayne County Old Cylindrical Masonry Water Tower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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