Theaters

  • September 8, 2015

    Rosa Rio’s Career as one of the Country’s Premier Theater Organists

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    The New York Times featured this wonderful image of Rosa Rio, shown in 1934 at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, where she had performed as the house organist. Ms. Rio died in 2010 at 107, after a career as one of the country’s premier theatre organists.

  • September 2, 2015

    Lakewood Theatre and Historic Landmark Status – Dallas TX.

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    Our Friends in Dallas are working to gain historic landmark status for the iconic Lakewood Theatre. Have you worked on a similar project? Please share you experiences gaining historic landmark status and how your community works with building owners and concerned citizens.

  • September 1, 2015

    Loews Valencia Movie Palace, now the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, hosted a rare tour this summer.

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    The home of the Tabernacle of Prayer Church in Queens is physically divine – one of five incredible “Wonder Theatres” opened by the Loew’s chain in the NYC area in the 1920s. The enormous cinema looks where anyone would feel comfortable kicking back and watching a double feature.

  • August 28, 2015

    Moberly Missouri Restored its Treasured Theatre

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    When we think of grand theaters, it is the ornate movie house in places like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco that come to mind. This thoughtful issue of our Marquee shifts our focus from the great cities to a small town, the sort of place where most Americans experienced film entertainment.

  • August 24, 2015

    A Great Collection of Old Pictures From the Michigan Theatre in Detroit.

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    The Michigan Theater was built for the Kunsky circuit in 1926 by Chicago-based firm Rapp & Rapp, in their traditional French Renaissance style, and sat over 4,000 in its cavernous auditorium.

    It cost over $5 million and was extravagantly elegant. The Michigan’s four-story lobby was decorated with a set of huge chandeliers, towering columns painted to resemble multi-colored marble, and oil-paintings and sculpture from Europe. Its grand staircase swept up-wards to a mezzanine level complete with a sitting area with antique furniture and another staircase led to the balcony levels.

  • August 19, 2015

    Macon, GA’s Historic Douglass Theatre Goes Digital!

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    Great News From Our Friends in Macon, GA: The Douglass Theatre has a new digital projector! The success of the Douglass is something for historic theatres to celebrate. The 400 seat venue raised more than $100,000 for the new projector with the support of the community.

  • August 17, 2015

    Abandoned America’s Gallery of Historic Theatres

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    You’ll be moved by Abandoned America’s gallery of historic theatres and might be be inspired to renovate a theatre in your neighborhood! There are also galleries dedicated to the Victory Theatre, the Variety Theatre, the Donnely Theater*, and the Lansdowne Theatre.

  • August 12, 2015

    Historic Theatre Preservation: How New Mexico is Saving its Historic Theatres

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    This article written by Elmo Baca, a New Mexico MainStreet Program Associate, Economic Development Department, looks at how historic theatres are achieving success with investment from Main Street programs.

    A tiny prairie town of 3,200 on the state line in northeastern New Mexico, Clayton welcomes many Texas snowbirds in the winters en route to the New Mexico and Colorado mountains. Long before, Santa Fe Trail wagon caravans rumbled westward near here, and the vast buffalo plains surrounding Clayton nurtured great herds of cattle.

    In town, meanwhile, sits the nearly 100-year-old Luna Theater, which operates today as one of New Mexico’s oldest movie houses, and the state’s best preserved from the silent movie era. The reason for its success: New Mexico’s MainStreet Historic Theater Initiative, the only program of its kind in the nation to actively invest in rural downtown theaters to keep them as economic anchors for their communities.

  • August 7, 2015

    Saving the Terrace, a Masterpiece of International-Style

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    Robbinsdale, MN: Considered a masterpiece of International-Style when it opened in 1951, The Terrace was one of the first ultramodern theaters in America. The spectacular venue was the most luxurious, comfortable and up-to-date theater in America. Local movie theater owners, Bill and Sydney Volk, spared no expense when they built their flagship overlooking the marshes on the west side of Crystal Lake.

  • August 6, 2015

    American City & County Governments Make the Case for Historic Theatres

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    The American City & County website makes the case for historic theatres. Historic theaters like Count Biase Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. pictured above, bring beauty and revenue to local communities. Enjoy the article ‘Preserving the past is a key to the future’ by Michael R. Schnoering, AIA for American City and County.