Over 100 Years of AmuzU, from Cinema to Live Theatre | North Carolina Weekend | UNC-TV

Over 100 Years of AmuzU, from Cinema to Live Theatre | North Carolina Weekend | UNC-TV


[instrumental music] – [Bill] I sort of
was born into it. My grandfather was
a local businessman, mayor of Southport and all, he built the building
and finished it in 1918. So he ran it until in the 40s and then he was getting
too old to do it and my father took over
and ran it until 1962 and I was in school then and my mother and I ran
it from then until 1980 and then we closed
for like 25 years and in 2005 we started
doing live shows in here, so it’s been live
shows since then. Everything started changing
in the movie industry, so live shows were easier to do, I mean it was just, there
were a lot of local people that wanted to do them and we started doing
our own shows then. Both of my daughters
are musically talented and my wife definitely is and we just started
doing them that way. – [Cathy] My husband
owns the theater so, but he asked me to
do all the work. I plan and direct most of the
musical reviews that we do and we do a little
bit of everything, I also play keyboard
for all the shows and I just tell
everybody what to do, which is a nice role to play. And some of them actually
do what I want them to do. My whole life I’ve
been a drama queen, so you know, just having
my own theater to play in has just been a dream
come true for me. And so, it’s just a natural
addition as we decided, well actually we were pushed
by one of my former students who approached a bill
about reopening the theater to do some live performances and that’s how we
really got started. And so one thing
just led to another, now we just kind of
do it all the time. This place is one of the things that keeps our marriage
really strong [laughs] cause he’s the
analytical businessman and I’m the global musician, arty-type person and we just make a
good combination and he loves this place, this place is his baby, you know, he’s been
attached to this place longer than he has
anything else in his life. – It’s like a family member
or something, you know? I had one man ask me one day, he says, how come you haven’t
ever torn that place down, put something else
there or sold it, you know, or something, I said, get outta here! [laughs] we didn’t
discuss any further. To me, it was just like
probably the most constant thing in my life because people
that I knew when I was little or mostly all did now, but
the theater was here then, you know, and just
kind of flowed with it. I think the one’s that have
lived here remember things about it from way
back, you know, when how good the popcorn was or how they went on
their first date here or met their wife here or they, you know, I remember
seeing Jaws there or Star Wars or
something, you know, they’ll say things like that. It’s just, I think it
means different things to different people. – [Cathy] This is Southport’s
venue for public performance and this type of venue is
so much more popular now than it probably would
have been 20 years ago and we’re just so appreciative
of all the support that we’ve received
among the community and people tell us all the time, it’s just so nice to
have this place to go, plus Brunswick County is
full of talented people and this gives them a
place to come and perform and they love it, and once we get them out
of their little shell and we convince them that it’s
okay for them to get up there on that stage and do their
thing and have fun doing it then it’s just a
wonderful outlet, both for the audiences
and for the performers. It’s a sanctuary for me and
there’s no place I’d rather be. It’s just wonderful. – [Announcer] Amuzu Theater
is at 111 North Howe Street in Southport. For more information about
upcoming events and performances,
visit them on Facebook or give them a call
at [910] 523-2552.

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