Friday, October 24, 2014

Pool Halls

The first set of photos shows that old uptown Charlotte really had some personality!

Did you ever shoot pool at The Rex?

'I wrote sports for The News in 1950-57, which meant you worked frantically from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., shot a little pool at Rex's Pool Hall then came back to work on the next day's stuff.' - Sandy Grady
'The Rex Pool Hall'
121 1/2 S. Tryon Street.
1972. Bill McCallister/Staff

'Rex Pool Hall' 
1972. Bill McCallister/Staff

'Second floor of The Rex, where pool is king...
urban renewal will break up a big family.'
1972. Bill McCalister/Staff
(I can't find clip files for The Rex, but it must have been torn down to make way for the 
Radisson/now Omni?)


'Charlottean Chris Hastings is silhouetted as he lines up a shot in Bailes Recreation Center, a part of Pineville life for more than 70 years.'
322 Main Street, Pineville
1982 Jeep Hunter/Staff

'Bill Edgerton tries a long bank shot as others watch at the Morehead Cue Lounge. Behind him are Herb Owens (left), Ronald Woodbury, Charlotte Woodbury and Bill Faile.'
919 1/2 E. Morehead Street. 
1987. Don Sturkey/Staff
(Was this in the basement of Cavalaris skating rink?) 

'The Paramount Game ... afternoon pool shooters take time to run a rack at the Paramount Pool Hall.'
L to R: Johnny Knight, Major Kemp, Bill Long
1974. Tommy Franklin/Staff
(anyone know where this was?)

'South Side Johnny's has 11 pool tables.'
1982. Don Hunter/Staff
(anyone know where this was?)

'It's afternoon and time to relax a little, maybe shoot a friendly game of pool at Amusement Crossings, a games arcade at WestPark Mall. Miesa Myrick, center, ponders her next move.
1980. Jeep Hunter/Staff

'Nathaniel McManus shoots pool at South Side Grill on S. Tryon Street near his home.'
1975. Phil Drake/Staff


Roxanne Daugherty said...

Southside Johnny's was on South Boulevard.

Maria David said...

Roxanne - thank you!

Anonymous said...

dirty grimy smelly pool halls?

yuck !!

JSilk said...

the WROQ shirt in the Amusement Crossings pic is classic

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Anonymous said...

An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto
a colleague who had been doing a little research on this.
And he actually bought me breakfast because I found
it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!!
But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your website.