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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 18, 2008 - The Shady Oak theater has bowed to the wrecking ball. While some may see this as a time for goodbyes, I suspect that those who actually patronized the theater paid their last respects long ago.

Courtesy Don Marsh

If you’re a Star Wars fanatic, your thrusters are probably already in hyperdrive in anticipation of the release of the next installment of the franchise, “The Force Awakens,” which opened Thursday night. It is hard to imagine the films without the entire subculture of cosplay, props, toys, videogames, books and action-figures that come with them.  But, alas, there did exist a time before wookies and droids and Han Solo. That’s where “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh comes in.

A midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises turned into a horribly real scene of death and destruction in Aurora, Colo., early Friday when a gunman opened fire on the audience killing 12.

The Lens: Turning Hi-Pointe

Jun 12, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 12, 2008 - St. Louis moviegoers have long loved the Hi-Pointe Theatre, which under the James family's careful stewardship was an essential art-house destination for decades. Anglophiles jonesing for the latest Merchant Ivory could always depend on a costume-drama fix at the Hi-Pointe, but during its heyday the theater's offerings also included such films as "The Draughtsman's Contract," "Diva," and "My Beautiful Laundrette," so the blue-haired regulars received occasional shocks that no doubt quickened their pacemakers.