Today is a monumental but sad day in the Region.
The final curtain will go down tonight at Star Plaza Theatre as the entertainment mecca closes after the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas show. The venue will be razed next year to make room for a development project.
In the Lifestyle section today, fans and entertainment writer Eloise Valadez share memories of the theater, which opened in December 1979.
The stars who've come out to play at Star Plaza Theatre include everyone from Bob Hope and Liberace to Marvin Gaye, The Jacksons, Earth, Wind and Fire, Donny and Marie, Jay Leno, Willie Nelson, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Johnny Mathis, REO Speedwagon, Garth Brooks and thousands more.
Our story talks a bit about the history of what was known as the "jewel in the cornfields" as well as shares memories of certain concerts, meeting the stars who played there and the convivial atmosphere found at one of the Midwest's unique legendary theaters.
Coming Monday, read about the Oak Ridge Boys concert, memories from fans and the performers and what happened on Sunday, which marks the end of an era on the local entertainment scene. -- Eloise Marie Valadez