Mystery Theatre

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 18, 2007 at 5:00 am

I was wondering if anyone there could identify this picture. It was incorrectly identified as the palace in Columbus, Ohio, in another source.

Thanks.

Bill Conner ASTC

Comments (10)

monika
monika on July 18, 2007 at 7:33 am

It does look very much like the interior of the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, though the Ohio (at least since the renovations) does not have the box seats shown in the picture. I can see how it could be incorrectly identified, sorry to not be of any help.

jon6444
jon6444 on July 18, 2007 at 9:32 am

Just taking a stab here….it is Definately not the Ohio Theatre in Columbus….It looks French Rennassiance, might be a Rapp & Rapp, I know they used box seats for alot of their designs….Good luck

Movieplace
Movieplace on July 18, 2007 at 9:34 am

It does look like a house designed by the great Thomas Lamb. The boxes on the orchestra floor remind me of The RKO Hamilton as well as the Capitol, both in New York City. This is a recent photo, is it not?

fmbeall
fmbeall on July 18, 2007 at 5:03 pm

This is the Palace in South Bend, Indiana. The unique curving boxes are the giveaway. It is now know as the Morris Civic Auditorium.

Patsy
Patsy on July 19, 2007 at 2:36 pm

The Palace in South Bend doesn’t seem to be listed on CT nor the present name, Morris Civic Auditorium.

Patsy
Patsy on July 19, 2007 at 2:40 pm

I just check under the word Morris and found in South Bend Indiana the MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

fmbeall
fmbeall on July 19, 2007 at 3:31 pm

My error. Years ago it was the Morris Civic Auditorium, but after the more complete restoration it became the Morris Performing Arts Center. By the way, the only other theatre I know with the curving boxes is the Orpheum in Minneapolis. However, there are three individual curving boxes not one long one like in the Palace.

Rdsylvester
Rdsylvester on July 26, 2007 at 11:59 am

I would like to add a story about my employment at the Warner Theatre at 62 Front St., Worcester, Mass. I am a 77-year old man now, having completed 56 years of employment in several facets of the U.S. Government, including 20 years in the USN During my High School days (Maj. Howard W. Beal, Shrewsbury, Mass) I went to work at the Warner Theatre, working part-time as an usher. It was an unusual situation, in that there were only two male ushers in their employ, all the other employees being female usherettes. I was advised by the manager (also a female) that the law required that at least one male usher be on duty at all times, so I alternated my good fortune with another male usher, whose name escapes me, as do the names of all those lovely usherettes! Though my memory is stretched at my age, I believe my employment at the Warner must have been in 1945/46, since I graduated HS and joined the Navy in 1947. I just thought I would add my recollections to see if anyone else out there can verify my earlier days at the Warner Theatre!

Rdsylvester
Rdsylvester on July 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm

I would like to add a story about my employment at the Warner Theatre at 62 Front St., Worcester, Mass. I am a 77-year old man now, having completed 56 years of employment in several facets of the U.S. Government, including 20 years in the USN. During my High School days (Maj. Howard W. Beal, Shrewsbury, Mass) I went to work at the Warner Theatre, working part-time as an usher. It was an unusual situation, in that there were only two male ushers in their employ, all the other employees being female usherettes. I was advised by the manager (also a female) that the law required that at least one male usher be on duty at all times, so I alternated my good fortune with another male usher, whose name escapes me, as do the names of all those lovely usherettes! Though my memory is stretched at my age, I believe my employment at the Warner must have been in 1945/46, since I graduated HS and joined the Navy in 1947. I just thought I would add my recollections to see if anyone else out there can verify my earlier days at the Warner Theatre!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Dick Sylvester: Cinema Treasures has a page devoted to the Worcester, Mass. Warner Theatre:

/theaters/6865/

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