• YongsanLegacy commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of Yongsan through the Smothers’ lensesYongsan through the Smothers’ lenses 5 months ago

    Note from Micah Granderson:
    I was there from the late eighties, through the nineties, mostly as a teenager. Also have had a few chances to visit since. Those large pipe barricades were still there at the time and I recall walking them as a balance beam while waiting for the bus to arrive. At that time the Moyer Rec had a large auditorium at one end ( apparently it was the former enlisted theater and all the projector booth was still visible ). The middle was travel and tour offices. Right side was Arts and Crafts. The crafts included photo lab, pottery, and wood shop. My brother and I got into photo development and have a lot of fond memories of messing with dials and film canisters along with the every present oder of photo chemicals. The top floor had offices and a large pool hall ( with a very stern man that made sure only enlisted military were allowed in, hence I didn’t spend much time up there ). There was also a glassed in space, you can kind of see it in the picture above the main entrance, where stamp and money collectors met on the weekends. I recall that section of the building wasn’t very well insulated so it was sweltering or cold most of the year, so it didn’t get a lot of use. Later they swapped out some of the travel offices for snack stands and yet another arcade, the former theater was home to the Performance Arts Center ( an amazing community theater group ) for its last few performances. Visiting more recently, the theater is now a tax prep office with the stage area demolished, and the arts and crafts were evicted for another pool hall. Overall the building doesn’t have the creative buzz that it somehow had back then. I would always cut through it just to see what was going on and who was there.

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