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Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Theatre Turns Into Sports Shop

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is from 1954 and is of Clemson’s original movie theatre. The movie being shown in downtown Clemson on this day is The Man With The Golden Arm.

The Man with the Golden Arm was based on the novel of the same name by Nelson Algren, which tells the story of a heroin addict who gets clean while in prison, but struggles to stay that way in the outside world. It stars Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang and Darren McGavin.

It was nominated for three Academy Awards: Sinatra for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Joseph C. Wright and Darrell Silvera for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Elmer Bernstein for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Sinatra was also nominated for best actor awards by the BAFTAs and The New York Film Critics.

The film was controversial for its time; the Motion Picture Association of America refused to certify the film because it showed drug addiction.

This theatre would make a bigger name for itself in 1984 when a Clemson coach bought it and started selling Clemson apparel from it.

Dr. I.M. Ibrahim, better known by fans and friends as "Coach”, began the business in 1974 after founding the soccer program as a varsity sport in 1967. In his 28 year tenure as head coach, he led his teams to two NCAA National Championships and 11 ACC Championships and he was one of the winningest soccer coaches in America.

Coach Ibrahim received his PhD from Clemson in Chemistry but soon tired of the research environment. After a good deal of convincing, football legend and then Athletic Director Frank Howard had faith in Ibrahim and approved soccer as a varsity sport.

In 1974, Ibrahim had a small savings from his camps, and he invested in a little tiny store in downtown Clemson and began selling Adidas shoes. At that time, his specialty was much in demand, because not too many people had access to good quality athletic shoes.

One thing led to another, and pretty soon, the Tiger Sports Shop had a new and bigger location in the old Martin Drug Store building which was its home until 1984 when the Clemson Theatre was renovated and became the new and current home.

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