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.
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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.
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.
The Screamer was one of those rides that flipped you upside down and held you in the air. Not for me.
I think I’ll go to a fair again this year.
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 and ATF Agent assessing damage near the fire’s assumed origin on Broad Street.
Damage on Cherry Street (next five images)
Reporter Dal Cannady prepares for a live feed from Jesup.
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