Update: Siloam Springs movie theater

Movie theater or big tin shed?


I vote for the latter. A friend lamented over lunch last week at the ugliness of the building. Apparently the corrugated metal is the finish material. He, rightly so, was hoping for an actual facade. I wish for the same thing, but replied that if city code required brick or stone or stucco, something with a little visual weight, the builder probably would have ditched the project over the additional building costs.

Despite the industry doing poorly in recent years, new movie theaters still dress up most of the time. I’m not certain, in all honesty, if I’m glad the movies are coming to town if they’re coming in such a dilapidated form. The drive to Rogers isn’t so bad, at least not while gas is under $3.00 a gallon.

Amending 11 July 2007: Per a friend in town, it now appears some sort of facade, other than corrugated metal, is going on the building.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

4 Responses to Update: Siloam Springs movie theater

  1. Always be thankful..... says:

    So quick to judge? Maybe a trip to Rogers is best for some people and Siloam would be more enjoyable if they made the trip. I for one am thankful of Siloam Springs community and moving ahead.

  2. TAE says:

    Rogers isn’t necessarily better.

    My own hope, hence the reason for this blog, is to get people to at least begin thinking aesthetically. Certainly we need to be grateful, but if being grateful means we settle for something sub-par, for less than what could be (even if it isn’t always the best), if it means we subconciously lower our standards, then it’s a short-sighted point of view.

    We live in a visually saturated environment where we’ve learned to ignore the important pursuit of a most basic blessing: Beauty.

  3. Grateful for the not so sub-par says:

    Perhaps now that the theatre is open and complete, a new picture/update would be in order? I believe that the final product is rather pleasing to the eye, and that the landscaping will be beautiful once it has grown in. Whoever did the interior design of the building definitely has an eye for it, as it definitely looks professionally decorated. Maybe your judgement of this building was a little premature? Not everything can have intrinsic beatuy when it is still under construction.

  4. The facade is fine, but nothing to right home about — i.e., it’s not going to win any architectural awards. Understand that I nitpick when it comes to all things visual; it’s who I am and, frankly, I don’t think enough consideration is given to the visual environment around us as I noted in in my previous comment. And if you were to read the rest of this blog, you would realize quickly that I don’t deny the presence variety of aesthetics.

    My first visit to the theater wasn’t the best. First of all, my wife and I were a bit confused as to where to purchase tickets. Generally, in our experience, tickets and concessions are separate. Further, although this is no fault of the theater, the movie made me nauseous. The Bourne Ultimatum camerawork was jittery (was the cameraman krunk?). I knew this going into the film though.

    I meant to post a new photo, but didn’t remember to take the picture.

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