• December 22, 2010

    Capitol Theatre in Woodstock has met the wrecking ball

    WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO, CANADA — The Capitol Theatre opened in 1908 as the Woodstock Opera House, has been demolished as demanded by the city last June when the structure’s roof collapsed. It was long operated by Famous Players and closed in 1999.

    The Capitol, with its gold and burgundy carpeting, was where I worked as a teen in the ‘70s, where I met my future wife – she a cashier of some skill, me a red-coated usher, flashlight tucked neatly into my inner (ripped) pocket.

    Then-owner Tom Naylor used to pull up in front of the theatre on packed Friday nights, parking his car Batman-style in a No Parking zone, an acknowledged, flashy perk for the only theatre owner in a small city.

    The full reminiscence, with a picture, appeared here.

  • November 1, 2010

    Closed Beverly Drive-in in Hattiesburg razed by fire

    HATTIESBURG, MS — A fire early in the morning of October 30 destroyed the Beverly Drive-in. The theater had been closed since 2005, but there were hopes it might eventually reopen. The Beverly originally opened in 1948 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Only two operating drive-ins remain in Mississippi.

    A fire that started around 3 a.m. reduced the historic landmark to nothing but a smoldering memory. Hattiesburg firefighters gained control of the blaze by 4:15 a.m., but by then only the screen’s metal framework remained. The cause of the blaze is not known.

    The story, with a picture, is in the Clarion-Register.

  • October 21, 2010

    Cinedome 70 demolished in Utah

    RIVERDALE, UT — Despite the efforts of a Facebook group organized to help save it, the twin-domed Cinedome 70 has fallen victim to the wreckers. Opened in 1970 and closed in 2001, it was once a major venue for 70mm films.

    Early Monday morning a wrecking crew began tearing apart and knocking down the old Cinedome 70. And as wood was snapping and it’s 40 year history was being wiped out – we caught up with folks who remember the theater in its glory days. One is former movie goer Sean Poole. “I grew up in Riverdale and this is where we would always come for movies.” April Sajt not only watched movies here – she and her entire family worker here. “My mom worked here. My older sister worked here. I worked here and then my younger sister worked here.”

    The story and a video of the demolition are atABC4.

  • October 5, 2010

    Showcase Cinemas in Louisville to be razed

    LOUISVILLE, KY — Following the announcement that the closed Showcase Cinemas in Toledo, OH will soon be demolished, National Theaters has confirmed that the Showcase Louisville closed since 2004, will also be torn down soon. As was the case with the Toledo Showcase, the theater opened in 1964 with one of its auditoriums equipped for 70mm Cinerama.

    Steve Horton, vice president of operations, said the 20-acre property will be more marketable without a giant, deteriorating building that has in recent years become a target for vandals and loitering.

    The company has wrapped a security fence around the property and begun the first phases of demolition. Horton said the building will be knocked down completely by year’s end.

    The story is in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

  • September 29, 2010

    Long-closed Olympic Theater razed by fire

    FORKS, WA — Closed and boarded up for over two decades, the Olympic Theater burned to the ground in an early morning fire on September 22. Investigators are currently saying that the fire was of suspicious origin.

    There is more information and pictures in this blog entry and also here.

  • September 28, 2010

    Baronet Theatre torn down in Asbury Park

    ASBURY PARK, NJ — After almost 100 years, the Baronet Theatre was unfortunately razed last week.

    Giberson said the roof of the Baronet caved in to the interior of the theatre, probably sometime during the winter.

    “With the conditions found there, there was no saving it at this point,‘’ Giberson said.

    Read the full story at

  • September 23, 2010

    CityPlace project approval spells doom for St. Francis Theatre

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Board of Supervisors has approved a developer’s plan for a new retail development on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets which would result in the demolition of the St. Francis Theatre which opened in 1910 as the Empress. An attempt to at least preserve the facade failed.

    Some opponents also wanted a historic theater facade renovated rather than torn down with two other buildings to make way for affordable electronics, sporting goods and other stores.

    Transit and bicycle advocates said they didn’t want to stop the project but to ensure adequate safeguards for cyclists and pedestrians and limit parking to the 70 spaces allowed under the downtown plan.

    The full story is at SFGate.

  • September 21, 2010

    Demolition of Showcase Cinemas in Toledo is imminent

    TOLEDO, OH — Workers have erected fencing around the Showcase Cinemas in preparation for the theater’s destruction. The theater closed in 2005. Plans to build hotels on the site have been dropped and the property will up for sale when the theater building is razed. It was once a 70mm Cinerama house.

    The former theater at 3500 Secor Rd. closed in 2005. Last Spring, several regional hotel owners expressed interest in building on the West Toledo site. Under a site plan, the current structure, built in 1964, was to be demolished to make way for a pair of hotels and a retail strip on the property. That plan was withdrawn months later.

    There is more at

  • July 16, 2010

    Capitol Theatre in Woodstock ordered demolished

    WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO, CANADA —The city has ordered the demolition of the Capitol Theatre after a portion of its roof recently collapsed. The theater opened in 1908 as the Woodstock Opera House and became the Capitol when Famous Players bought the building in 1927. It closed in 1999.

    The full story is in the Oxford Review.

  • June 30, 2010

    Latest interior photos of Odeon (Paramount)

    NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND — Current owners of the building have allowed the Newcastle and Northumberland Society to tour the interior of the former Odeon Cinema, which closed in 2002, photos taken show many of its original features and fittings have been removed since closure. The cinema and neighboring buildings are earmarked for demolition.

    Urban Exploration website, 28 days later has been given permission to show the photos.