1800 ANGIER AVENUE - HUDSON FUNERAL HOME

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1800 ANGIER AVENUE - HUDSON FUNERAL HOME

1800
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1950-1960
/ Demolished in
2012
Construction type: 
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  • Submitted by Elizabeth M. Johnson on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 8:52pm

    A movie theater "for the kids" might be a tough sell to "the kids", given the upscale nature of newer establishments, the huge expense of getting first run films, etc. etc. If it were me, I'd be inclined to go the opposite directions and try to attract older film goers with classic films. And I mean "classic" in the broadest possible sense. That would make it more of a destination spot instead of just one more movie theatre peddling expensive, B grade films to a bored public. Either way I will follow with interest what the owners decide.

  • Submitted by Ken on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 8:52pm

    This is not a "a classic" film neighborhood.

  • Submitted by WCS on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 8:53pm

    There is no way I would go to a movie in *that* building. The fact that it's a former funeral home just gives me the creeps.

    Come to think of it, I don't know of any business that could go in there that I would feel comfortable enough patronizing!

    It's a shame though. The building is rather pretty...

  • Submitted by Miles on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 8:53pm

    That place is the dead center of town.

  • Submitted by Renee on Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 2:00am

    Really? Just because it was a funeral home, you wouldn't patronize a business in that building? Why? Do you think there's zombies in the basement who want to feast on your brains or something? If there are restless spirits, which I doubt, I don't think they'd be hanging around a former funeral home. If you think about it, there's more respect paid to the dead in funeral homes than in most other places, so they have little for them to be attached to or angry about there. On the other hand, I could be completely irreverent and suggest that if a movie theater would work there at all, probably a theater for horror movies would be a good fit. There's a certain factor in that which might even appeal to the most jaded teenager.

  • Submitted by Ray Watson on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 2:00am

    A point of correction. The orignal house was never torn down. It underwent a major renovation in 1953-54. The second floor was expanded and the red brick front and sides were added. I have earlier photos of the house if you are interested on adding them to the web page. rwatson47@nc.rr.com

  • Submitted by durhamite on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 9:18am

    What an idea!  People are dying to go see a movie there!

  • Submitted by Perry on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 4:38am

    I would love to see earlier pictures of the house. I have photos of the house as well. I would love to see what you have to add them to my collection. You can email me at djpdogg@yahoo.com thanks

  • Submitted by Gary on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 5:34am

    Perry - what I have is what you see. Feel free to add your own photos to the entry for the benefit of all to see, or you can email them to me, and I will add them.

    GK

  • Submitted by Perry on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 1:17pm

    I would like to add more than just photos. I would like to fill in the gap you have between 1986 and 2011. My grandfather actually bought the property from Hudson and moved his funeral home in the building. It was called "House of Reeves Funeral Home". It remained in operation until he passed away in 1989. Later my mother took over the property and we lived in the building for 12 years.

  • Submitted by Gary on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 1:23pm

    Perry - great. Just sign up for a login and password, and then you can read the "How to add content of edit existing content" how-to guide here:

    http://www.opendurham.org/how-add-or-modify-content-open-durham

    Then just hit the "New Draft" tab at the top of the post when you're ready to start editing. Looking forward to your additions!

     

     

  • Submitted by willie george on Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:07pm

    My parents owned a house on the property where the Chapel was built 1968 . They bought the property in the mid 50's from Mr.& Mrs. Crain. He was in Charge of the Durham Foundry In Downtown Durham. My father worked at Hudson Funeral Home.

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  • Sun, 06/30/2013 - 9:33am by gary

Location

35° 59' 0.0492" N, 78° 52' 54.5376" W

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1800
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1950-1960
/ Demolished in
2012
Construction type: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

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The Hudson Funeral Home was started in Apex in 1919 by Vance and Ora Hudson. In 1928, they opened a second facility behind Crabtree Pharmacy at Angier Avenue and South Driver St. in East Durham. In 1929, they moved into a house at 1800 Angier Avenue, pictured above.

Ed and Ollie Hudson, the second generation to run the business, took over in 1938. In the mid-1950s, they tore down the old funeral home and built a new Colonial Revival structure.

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Postcard of the 1950s building

In the 1960s, they added a modern chapel to the east.

HudsonFuneralHomeandChapel_pcard_1960s.jpg

In 1986, the business, under the ownership of the third generation to run it, moved out to Miami Blvd.

The building has seen rough times since then.


1800 Angier Ave, 2003.


1800 Angier Ave., 04.04.11

The man who lives at 1801 Angier Avenue started up a conversation with me as I was taking pictures (he actually started coming down the block after me with a "Hey!" for taking pictures of his house. Not that unusual.) After chatting a bit and deciding I wasn't the nefarious type, he started telling me about a grand plan to turn this old funeral home into a local movie theater "for the kids." No idea if this could come to fruition, but a great idea.

Something's happening as of April 2012; I honestly don't know yet if it's good or bad.

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04.07.12
 

Comments

A movie theater "for the kids" might be a tough sell to "the kids", given the upscale nature of newer establishments, the huge expense of getting first run films, etc. etc. If it were me, I'd be inclined to go the opposite directions and try to attract older film goers with classic films. And I mean "classic" in the broadest possible sense. That would make it more of a destination spot instead of just one more movie theatre peddling expensive, B grade films to a bored public. Either way I will follow with interest what the owners decide.

This is not a "a classic" film neighborhood.

There is no way I would go to a movie in *that* building. The fact that it's a former funeral home just gives me the creeps.

Come to think of it, I don't know of any business that could go in there that I would feel comfortable enough patronizing!

It's a shame though. The building is rather pretty...

That place is the dead center of town.

What an idea!  People are dying to go see a movie there!

Really? Just because it was a funeral home, you wouldn't patronize a business in that building? Why? Do you think there's zombies in the basement who want to feast on your brains or something? If there are restless spirits, which I doubt, I don't think they'd be hanging around a former funeral home. If you think about it, there's more respect paid to the dead in funeral homes than in most other places, so they have little for them to be attached to or angry about there. On the other hand, I could be completely irreverent and suggest that if a movie theater would work there at all, probably a theater for horror movies would be a good fit. There's a certain factor in that which might even appeal to the most jaded teenager.

A point of correction. The orignal house was never torn down. It underwent a major renovation in 1953-54. The second floor was expanded and the red brick front and sides were added. I have earlier photos of the house if you are interested on adding them to the web page. rwatson47@nc.rr.com

I would love to see earlier pictures of the house. I have photos of the house as well. I would love to see what you have to add them to my collection. You can email me at djpdogg@yahoo.com thanks

Perry - what I have is what you see. Feel free to add your own photos to the entry for the benefit of all to see, or you can email them to me, and I will add them.

GK

I would like to add more than just photos. I would like to fill in the gap you have between 1986 and 2011. My grandfather actually bought the property from Hudson and moved his funeral home in the building. It was called "House of Reeves Funeral Home". It remained in operation until he passed away in 1989. Later my mother took over the property and we lived in the building for 12 years.

Perry - great. Just sign up for a login and password, and then you can read the "How to add content of edit existing content" how-to guide here:

http://www.opendurham.org/how-add-or-modify-content-open-durham

Then just hit the "New Draft" tab at the top of the post when you're ready to start editing. Looking forward to your additions!

 

 

My parents owned a house on the property where the Chapel was built 1968 . They bought the property in the mid 50's from Mr.& Mrs. Crain. He was in Charge of the Durham Foundry In Downtown Durham. My father worked at Hudson Funeral Home.

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