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Built in 1927 and reopened in 2003 the Jefferson Theatre has been through some rough times. But now, as part of the Beaumont Civic Center Complex, things are movin’ on up for this classic theater.

Jefferson Theatre Exterior

(If you want to move on up at the Jefferson, I reckon you could use those stairs on the left, though it might take a while)

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Built in 1923, beautifully renovated and reopened in 2009 after laying dormant for 40 years, we had the most elegant stay of our trip at the historic King Edward hotel in Jackson, MS (now called the Hilton Garden Inn.)

hilton-garden-inn-jackson-ms

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Ever been to a drive-in restaurant that had a multi-level parking garage? If you answer yes that must mean you’ve visited The Varsity in Atlanta GA – the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. According to their website:

“Our Downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. On days when the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are playing a home game, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity.”

Yikes!

The Varsity Drive In Exterior(I’ve got a photo of myself in front of this very entrance, from 1998 – if I can find it I promise to post it!)

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Isn’t this just a gorgeous art deco theatre facade? TOTALLY worth the detour into downtown Talladega AL to see The Ritz Theatre.
Ritz Theatre Talladega AL Movie Theatre Exterior

Look at those great, shiny glass tiles- the geometric Aztec influence designs, fabulous neon facade and zigzag top? now THAT’s Art Deco!

According to their website:

Talladega’s Ritz Theatre (circa 1936) is considered one of the best surviving examples of the Art Deco mainstreet theatres of the 1930’s.

And I’m not about to argue that.

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It was kismet that RetroRoadhusband and I were near downtown Media PA this week as I’ve been wanting to showcase Deals Variety Store as a shopping destination for the longest time. And who can resist walking on the wood floors of a once Woolworths right before Christmas? Not me!

Snowman and Snow Shovels

Entering the store you are reminded that Woolworths and their like use to be in practically every downtown, and served such a useful purpose as a one stop place to get everything you needed.

Deals - Woolworths Entrance

We needed some light bulbs for our front post light and Deals is the only place in the area I know that carries the ones I like. The big and boring chain stores only have the big and boring bulbs-!

Vintage Light Bulb Display

Deals is clean and bright and chockablock full of practically anything you could need! In our short trip in we saw candles, candies, galvanized buckets, twine, chain, lighter fluid, paint, squirt guns, table cloths, Christmas decorations and so so so much more. They make keys too!

Ajax Unbreakable Pocket Combs ( I love these Ajax Unbreakable Comb Displays, and am kicking myself now for not getting one to put in Retro Roadhusband’s Christmas Stocking!)

Speaking of Retro Roadhusband he thought we might want to get a magnifying glass, but I told him we were too young for that!

Magnifying Glass

So many useful things abound here. While we didn’t pick up any jute twine – it’s biodegradable AND holds a knot, dontcha know – I know where we can get some when we need it.

Jute Twine

Downtown Media is worth a visit itself for the number of independently owned and operated businesses, and if it wasn’t such a chilly day we would’ve done more shopping on State Street.

Deals Store Media PA

Don’t forget right down the block from the main Deals location is the Deals stationery annex with great prices on boxes, pads of paper, envelopes and cards. We cracked up at the Anne Taintor type magnets on display and were psyched to find a packing tape gun to replace the one RetroRoadhusband left at the post office.

Deals Variety Store
15 West State Street
Media, PA 19063
(610) 627-9996 ‎

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Here’s our list of our fave vintage, old fashioned and traditional places in the Philadelphia area during the holiday season. Click on the links to read more about these timeless treats, see additional photos, and learn how to get to these wondrous places courtesy of the RetroRoadmap archive!

The Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia PA

Meet Me At The Eagle

Strawbridge & Clothier’s Dickens Christmas Village at Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia PA

Fezziwig's Party

Fireside drinks and dining at McGillan’s Old Ale House, Philadelphia PA

I'll Have A Flaming Rum Punch!

Christmas Lights Galore at Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville PA

Christmas Barn in Bernville

Clear Toy Candy from Franklin Fountain, Philadelphia PA

Holiday Movies on the Big Screen at The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA

The Colonial Christmas

Old Fashioned Downtown Holiday Shopping at Sine’s 5 & 10 Quakertown, PA
5 & 10 HorizontalWhat is missing from the list? Let me know! As you can guess, Bethlehem PA is a big destination this time of year and a RetroRoadmap Reader reminded me of the National Christmas Center in Paradise PA, so I think I know where I’ll be heading this coming weekend!

What retro / vintage holiday traditional places do you go in your neck of the woods?

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It’s that time of year again, and RetroRoadmap will be your source for all sorts of cool vintage and retro places to go and gifts to buy for the holiday season!

Christmas Tree At The Fisherman

I’ve got a few new old places I’ll be sharing with you readers, but in the meantime don’t forget to search the archives for places near you to visit and shop at.

Buy gift certificates to your favorite local independent restaurant as gifts and introduce friends and co-workers to the wonders of diners and ice cream parlors!

Become a member of your local independent movie house, or buy gift certificates to there for the neighbors, mailman, et al. We just renewed our membership at The Colonial Theatre and it’s a great feeling to know you support something that gives pleasure to so many!

The Colonial Christmas

Visit your local 5&10 and buy some toys for the kids or something handy from their hardware department!

National 5 & 10 Newark DE(I’m heading here today to pick up a plastic cover for my sister’s dining table, and some odds and ends for the RetroRoadkids!)

Support your fellow fans of roadside related fun and buy a tee shir or print from Jeff and Kelly – the cool couple who are Vintage Roadside!

http://www.vintageroadside.com/

Pick up a diner guide from roadsidefan Kyle Weaver at Stackpole books!

Head out to your local antique, thrift, or junque store and do the best kind of recycling there is – unearthing treasures from a lost era and giving them a loving home. I’m off to do that today, to pick up a little something for my RetroRoadmum!

So while this can be the time to be overwhelmed with the barrage of messages imploring you to buy the latest electronic device or  overconsume in a big box store, remember there are independent mom and pop businesses out there who need our support at this time more than ever. Be a good elf, and buy from the small guy!
Christmas Elf

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