Down mem­ory lane

Isis Town and Country - - News - By PETRA DE JONG

CHILDERS can proudly claim that the town has a rare state her­itage-listed theatre.

The Paragon Theatre in Churchill St was “built to per­fec­tion” in 1927 and was a popular hub for so­cial life in the Isis dis­trict for many decades in the 20th cen­tury.

A change of own­er­ship and ex­ten­sive restora­tions in re­cent years en­sured that the build­ing can again be shared and en­joyed.

A trip to the Paragon Theatre is like a trip down mem­ory lane.

The hes­sian ham­mock seats many res­i­dents sat in in years past are still used at the her­itage-listed build­ing.

Re­stored with fresh new cov­ers, the seats are part of the theatre’s unique at­mos­phere, which will make the Mother’s Day screen­ing of The Help all the more nos­tal­gic.

The award-win­ning 2011 film will be shown at 10am af­ter a morn­ing tea.

The film is about friend­ships and cre­at­ing change. It is set in Mis­sis­sippi in the 1960s.

Young writer Eu­ge­nia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) causes a fuss when she in­ter­views African-Amer­i­can women who helped prom­i­nent white fam­i­lies in the south.

One house­keeper opens up about her ex­pe­ri­ence, and a va­ri­ety of sto­ries fol­low.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SCREEN­ING: Paragon Theatre will show The Help on Mother’s Day.

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