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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Looks pretty good..Is this a plaster mold? Probably used it in many other places inside the Keith’s I suppose.

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BobbyS commented about Patio Theatre on Jul 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Wow, double the rents !! The stores are barely hanging on now. Just what Chicago needs more empty stores and even less population.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm

To me, not being able to show english speaking films is pure racism. Somehow being white is racism, being anything else is progressive. Yes Thomas Lamb was a white male like everyone else that founded this country. No apology needed !!

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BobbyS commented about The Morning After (1963) on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Tinseltoes, your knowledge is amazing! I can’t imagine the show went on the next day. The whole USA was in mourning if I recall. Even restaurants closed friday night in Chicago and people were “glued” to the tv tube. A sad day.

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BobbyS commented about The Morning After (1963) on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Tinseltoes, your knowledge is amazing! I can’t imagine the show went on the next day. The whole USA was in mourning if I recall. Even restaurants closed friday night in Chicago and people were “glued” to the tv tube. A sad day.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Don’t they need a temple to pray in or a community center? You mean to say they have no idea that a large space that they pass by every single day is sitting right there. What are they printing in those newspapers?Stories about their homeland?

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BobbyS commented about Atmospheric Auditorium (1928) on Jul 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I could not believe it was closing and would forever be gone. I still can recall the feeling of walking inside and seeing the massive ornamentations both in the lobby and the auditorium. I was heatbroken when I passed by and saw the marquee blank the day after it closed. For a child, this was Paradise!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jul 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I did it Scott. Posted photo at night. Would have liked to made it larger. Wish someone had a night view of the Marbro..

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jul 4, 2014 at 5:40 am

I WILL TRY SOON. ITS A GREAT PICTURE. I LOVED WALKING FROM ALL THE PINK NEON & ALL THE WHITE BULBS AT THE MARBRO TO ALL THE ORGANGE NEON & WHITE BULBS AT THE PARADISE..A LITTLE OF LAS VEGAS IN GARFIELD PARK !!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater...Chicago on Jul 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

The Paradise opened for business on Sept 14,1929. I know because my grandparents celebrated their wedding anniversary on that night. They never forgot that evening.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jul 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Wonderful pictures Scott !!!! I forgot how detailed the box office was. You would think somebody would have saved it for their home or back yard instead of the wrecking ball. I have a few questions. If the recent marquee is pictured and is from 1941, the original vertical from 1929 is still there. What year did the last vertical appear? In the Crawford theater posting, someone thought the year was 1947. If that is true, the Paradise had the original vertical still being used in that year. Means the newer block lettering only lived about 9 years. Is that possible? The Marbro got the new signage also in 1941, but both signs. Where was the free parking lot? I have almost the same photo in color at night. I will try and scan & post it if I can. I wonder how long “2 BIG HITS” remained on the marquee. Was this a cost-cutting measure or maybe the films were not that interesting.

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BobbyS commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

Thanks Robert….Once in awhile I see the ToddAO name in the credits of todays movies. I wonder if it is the same process being used. Even the largest screen in a multiplex, not counting IMAX, is not even close to the Michael Todd’s screen. I can only imagine the thrill of the Capitol’s.

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BobbyS commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

Thanks AlAlvarez. Was this screen as large as the Capitols? I remember seeing “Around the World in 80 Days” at the Michael Todd theater in Chicago in a very large cinerama-type screen. I believe it was super 70mm because there were not the usual 3 panels, but the screen was as large as Cinerama. Also what did Todd-AO mean? Was that a form of Cinemascope only larger? Thanks everyone. Glad everyone is back……..

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BobbyS commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

Thanks AlAlvarez. Was this screen as large as the Capitols? I remember seeing “Around the World in 80 Days” at the Michael Todd theater in Chicago in a very large cinerama-type screen. I believe it was super 70mm because there were not the usual 3 panels, but the screen was as large as Cinerama. Also what did Todd-AO mean? Was that a form of Cinemascope only larger? Thanks everyone. Glad everyone is back……..

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I thought Loew’s got rid of the King’s in the 70’s. Magic Johnson Cinema multiplexes was an arm of the Loews chain to be built in the black urban areas. Was this the same Loews company or a different one with the Loews name? The Keiths keeps staying “alive” doesn’t it? I hate to see it give in to a condo plan.

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BobbyS commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I have tried to get Warner Cinerama page and only got Warner theater which of course is gone. How did the screen at the Capitol compare to todays IMAX screens?

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BobbyS commented about Patio Theatre on Apr 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

GFeret, I hope you are wrong. But that would explain why the grant never came to be. It is hard to believe the city would not try and keep this corner alive & open for business and not add to the vacant stores. One only has to travel down the street and see what a closed Portage theatre can do to the vacancy rate!

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BobbyS commented about Frank Sinatra Moves To The Capitol (1947) on Apr 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Tinseltoes, What we all would do without you? You are a treasure of knowledge and so enjoyable to read.. Many Many Thanks…….

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Apr 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

Scott,negotiations must have occurred between the two parties both businessmen with plenty of capital behind them and probably egos got in the way. Having the most beautiful movie palace with all the dimes & nickels rolling in was hard to pass up..It is still amazing to me with all the business savvy around no one could see the Great Depression around the corner. The endangered list I gave was Illinois. Just annouhnced yesterday the Chicago endangered top ten came out and the Uptown theatre is back on it…It stated the crumpling condition and the lack of potential investors. Sad..

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater, Chicago, IL - 1930 on Mar 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Looks like the marquee is in the flashing mode…The show really did begin at the curb didn’t it?

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Scott, All this in only 26 years. WOW ! Didn’t anyone realize that the habits of the paying public would change? Didn’t anyone see how a new machine called television could change profits forever? It was a frenzy to see who could build a bigger more ornate movie palace. You would think B&K would have tried to buy out the Marks Bros. before they spent a dime or in this case millions to build the Paradise. I am glad they didn’t for I enjoyed both of them very very much and miss them both.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

The beautiful Rialto Theatre in Joliet, Il. does a very brisk business in weddings. I am there once a month on a Sunday and many times the marquee still spells out from the day before. Example: “A Love Story” starring the names of the couple who just wed. The theatre has many packages that include catering, flowers etc. all from local Joliet businesses. Some use the lobby alone, many use both lobby & stage & Barton organ. They do reach out and lobby the theater rental. You are right Lifes Too Short, management has to be creative & pro-active in these times for a successful operation.

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BobbyS commented about Judy Garland Headlining Vaudeville Bill (1938) on Mar 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

How great that must have been! Coming out of one great movie house and into another one…

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BobbyS commented about "Bringing Happiness To Millions" (August, 1958) on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Love the marquee on the State…The last one was so drab and uninteresting and darn right ugly !

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

You are so right Life’s Too Short. Stadium seating is really something. That would leave me to believe showing films might be in the future. The Uptown Theatre in Chicago which is trying to find funding to re-open is reported to have said their intenion is to remove all seats from the first floor and make it a dance club/theatre. The King’s sounds like the people in charge know what they are doing…I too hope the community is behind this beautiful place and will support it over the years…