Rename Oriental avenue in Redlands Al Harris Ave. In honor of Al Harris, "the Movie Man"

Rename Oriental avenue in Redlands Al Harris Ave. In honor of Al Harris, "the Movie Man"

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Robb Mc Dermott started this petition to The Redlands City Council and

 

In response to the Redlands City Council's decision on July 6, 2021 to consider renaming Oriental Ave :

I propose naming Oriental avenue in Redlands- Al Harris Ave. 

In honor of Al Harris, aka The Movie Man 



Al Harris, whose last job was as a host and manager at the Krikorian Theater / Studio Movie Grill  in Redlands California where he greeted moviegoers for 16 years.

 Prior to coming to Redlands, Al Harris worked for theaters in San Bernardino and Redlands since 1974

The street whose name is going to be changed, Oriental Ave,  terminates at the intersection of Eureka and the driveway egress of the former Krikorian / Studio Movie Grill  theatre where Al last worked prior to his death -  Sept. 4, 2020 of complications from COVID-19 at the age of 72.

A simple Google Search will show the outpouring of love and affection our community bestowed on Al after his passing. Al touched generations of families throughout the Inland Empire and most specifically, Redlands.

I knew Al for over 45 years, having been a 10 year-old going to the movies at the Crest Cinema in San Bernardino.

 Al was the unofficial babysitter of dozens of kids every summer at the Crest Cinema during their Disney feature showcase.

Later in life, Al and I were extras and background performers in several local film productions and regular attendees of the San Diego Comic Cons . Throughout the years Al never lost his unique personality and warm, wonderful smile.

Our proposal provides for a much more comprehensive, detailed delivery of the sites significance in the history of Redlands.

this includes:

A walking plaque display that would follow the sidewalk on the North of Oriental chronologically explaining the history and events

A 'pocket park" similar to Triangle park in downtown Redlands, which would include a dedication memorial and a list of the known residents of that area.

Lastly we would like to put a display of the recently unearthed artifacts at the remodeled Train Depot that would be viewed by the passengers using the new commuter train.

Our plan would not erase history at all but rather enhance the understanding of the past legacy and add a new one.

This gives everyone a victory. The Historical society gets to put forth an accurate, more  detailed history of the area than what the current street sign does, and the Redlands residents get to pay tribute to one of the most beloved members of our community .

This is a workable, and in my opinion, equitable solution to this issue

 

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