Vintage DTM: Christmas on Main Street, circa 1959

In December of 1959, local photographer Ed Roseberry captured this nighttime view of Main Street, today’s Downtown Mall.  Many changes have occurred in this section of town in the last 5 decades. The Paramount went dark for 30 years. The buildings to the west of the theater were destroyed by fire (1973) and have become “Central Place.”  Most of the shops seen here have moved or gone out of business.  But, in 1959 this was the place for Christmas shopping and the city would decorate Main Street to attract shoppers and visitors to the festive atmosphere downtown. “Vintage DTM” is produced by Steve Trumbull.  You can see more vintage Charlottesville photos at



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