Movie Theatres Wanted

posted by Lawford on December 9, 2005 at 9:29 am

LawfordTheatre asks:

Hello everyone! After having aquired a nice old 500 seat theatre and rescuing it, I have wanted to buy some more.

If any of you have any for sale, let me know. I would love to again restore a older theatre and welcome the chance to see if we can come to terms on the buying or leasing of it. Let me know.


Comments (19)

LouRugani on December 9, 2005 at 11:44 am

Please check into the Roosevelt Theatre in Kenosha WI, which has just come up for sale through Bear Realty (262) 694-2327. There are flanking storefronts and upper floors to provide extra income. The street is busy, and is WI Highway 50. Thanks!

shoeshoe14 on December 9, 2005 at 1:00 pm

What theatre have you rescued?

Lawford on December 9, 2005 at 1:03 pm

the name says it all :)

kateymac01 on December 9, 2005 at 1:54 pm

What about the newly closed Egyptian in Coos Bay, Ore.?

Lawford on December 9, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Hello Katie, if you can get me a number to call, would really appreciate it! and thanks

sdoerr on December 10, 2005 at 6:02 pm

We have a 60s multiplex here called the Quo Vadis. Though it is modern, I consider it to be rather interesting. It’s in Westland Michigan across from a mall. I can find out the real estate company that is listing it for you if you’d like, let me know.

Lawford on December 10, 2005 at 6:07 pm

yes, i would thank you, interested in buying or leasing,, thanks again!

sdoerr on December 10, 2005 at 6:19 pm

Ok here is the info I could find:
Quo Vadis Theater
7420 Wayne Road
Parcel ID: 015-03-0004-001
Zoned: CB-3 General Commercial Business
Permitted uses: Wide variety of commercial retail and service uses
Approximately 6 acres Located at the NE corner of Wayne and Warren Roads, across from Westland Shopping Center
For further information contact Bruce Thompson AICP, Planning Director, City of Westland (734) 467-3219

kateymac01 on December 12, 2005 at 12:05 pm

The Lakewood Theatre in Lakewood, Wash. It is listed on this site. The company in charge of leasing it is First Western Properties in Tacoma, Wash. First Western’s phone number is 253-472-0404. It’s a great little single-screen theater. I would love to see it come back to life.

JimRankin on December 14, 2005 at 3:54 am

Well, Mr. LawfordTheatre, I’m not sure if your skills and resources extend to a full movie palace of about 2400 seats, but if so, click on my name at the bottom to get my Contact info. and E-mail me and mention the GRAND THEATRE in your subject line. I will reply by sending you data about it, a photo of it, and the contact address for the owner. This is in Milwaukee.

StateTheater on December 17, 2005 at 5:14 pm

I am the owner of the State theater in Kingsport, TN. It was a 400 seat stage theater built in 1937. In the the 50s a movie screen was added and a balcony. Total capacity is 600. My email is

Lawford on December 17, 2005 at 5:41 pm

thank you, have sent you a email

96toy4run on December 26, 2005 at 4:15 am

Hello, I know of a very old theater called Orpheum .It is in New Bedford Ma. I don’t know who ownes it or if it is for sale, but it’s just standing there doing nothing. They have knock everything down around it and sort of made a beginning of a highway in front of it. In other words, you can get on the highway right in front of it. It’s very large and I would love to go in it sometime. My Dad use to go there as a kid.It would be very sad to see it get knocked down.

Hope you might be interested in it.

trsgirl on January 22, 2006 at 9:05 pm

Don’t know if you are close by, but the LaSalle Theatre in Cleveland, OH is for sale, and the owner knows of funding for help with costs. Check the site:
There are contact addresses, numbers, etc.
Terrific theatre, many of us really miss it!

Rhodetheater on March 11, 2006 at 6:43 pm

Before you look into the Roosevelt, there is another theater in Kenosha you may want to look at. The Rhode, designed by George Rapp. Our building is open and functional, unlike most theaters of this era. Our problem is that our auditorium was divided into two sections. We have been told that we cannot qualify as a historical landmark because of this. Our grand lobby is spectacular with the original chandeliers, mosaic tiles and benches depicting scenes from Don Quixote. The building needs help with the roof and water damage to basement and the auditorium needs to be renovated. It is currently owned by a non-profit who can no longer afford to keep it going. I am on the board of directors for this theater and we need help now. We may have to sell and are very worried about developers snatching it up and demolishing. It is located downtown, which is coming back in a big way. New condos, restaurants and wine bars are on the same block. If you are not interested in helping, please recommend grant options. We are desperate to keep it going, but have not had much community support.
check it out, and if anyone has ideas for us please write!

Lawford on March 12, 2006 at 7:47 am

Hello, we would be interested in a lease/purchase option, where we would do all the work and use our money to restore it, if this is a imeediate option, please call us asap at 321-402-2672 cell of at one of our theater 309-543-1225 (Chalet Theaters LLC) Robert
I am looking at 2 this week and will be making a decision, thanks

ssteve on December 16, 2006 at 9:23 pm

If you are still looking for a theatre, email me at

NativeForestHiller on March 21, 2008 at 4:10 am

I am a preservationist who is seeking parties of interest who will “save the day” for an endangered early 20th century theater of great historic merit in Queens, NY by Thomas Lamb. The theater is available for lease and possibly for purchase. Please e-mail me at your earliest convenience. I can be reached at for more information. Thanks!

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