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Orton's Bar and Poolroom closing


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It is just that kind of place. Orton's in Wilmington has been serving drinks on Front Street for a long time. A short walk down the stairs, raise a few glasses and lift your spirits. Orton's has been a world famous poolroom for quite a while as well. It is even home to a world record.

But all that will end as this bar is closing. A favorite will be open no more, and this bar like another one where "everyone knows your name" will be missed by regulars like Anna Gamel.

"I am very sad," she said. "This is basically like my Cheers in town. This was the first bar I found when I moved here four and a half years ago. This is the place that I always come to."

Regular Adam Fiedler said, "I am going to miss it like crazy. I come here about three nights a week. It's just where me and all my friends have been coming for years. It's almost a home away from home”.

The Front Street bar is an institution that will be dark when the lights go down early Wednesday morning along with its companion bar Longstreets, but they may reopen again one day. The bars are listed for sale.

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I remember

meeting the actor Tom Berringer in Longstreet's. Many of the Civil War era items were his from his participation in the movie Gettysburg when he portrayed General Longstreet.

When it first opened, you had to answer a Civil War question in order to gain entry.

Is it true that Willie

Is it true that Willie Moscone actually played pool at Orton's?


Yea, back in the early 50's, Mosconi ran 365 balls to set what was a new world recoord at the time. Back when I use to frequent the place, there was a sign that hung over the table on which the record was set.

What a crying shame. I have

What a crying shame. I have spent several evenings in that bar while on vacation. It will be missed.