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Joe Vogel commented about Bay Theatre on May 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

terrywade: This page is devoted to the original Bay Theatre, demolished and replaced by the Majestic Bay Theatres which opened on the same site in 2000. Click on the “Majestic Bay Theatres” link in the “Nearby Theatres” field on the right hand side of this page to open the page dedicated to the new theaters.

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Joe Vogel commented about Abbey Cinema on May 1, 2016 at 2:15 am

The Little Book of Wexford, by Nicky Rossiter, says that the Abbey Cinema opened on January 18, 1947, and originally had 1,000 seats. Seating was reduced when the balcony was closed in 1976.

This weblog post by Annemarie O'Connor reminisces about the Abbey Cinema, and says that it closed in the early 1990s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Cinema on May 1, 2016 at 1:44 am

The Little Book of Wexford, by Nicky Rossiter, says that the Capitol Cinema opened on February 15, 1931. The building had previously been occupied by a furniture store. An article published in November, 2002, announcing that the premises of the Capitol Cinema were being renovated for a return to retail use noted that the theater had been closed for eighteen years, so it closed around 1984.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinema Palace on May 1, 2016 at 1:29 am

The Little Book of Wexford, by Nicky Rossiter, says that the Cinema Palace officially opened on December 7, 1914, in an existing building that had been altered for use as a cinema. It closed in 1970.

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Joe Vogel commented about Genesee Theatre on Apr 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Here is a larger version of an image on this theater’s photo page, the Marr and Colton organ company’s 1928 ad illustrated with a couple of images of the Gennesee Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Chateau Theatre on Apr 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

this page of the January 21, 1928, issue of Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World features three photos of the recently opened Chateau-Dodge Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about La Harte Theater on Apr 30, 2016 at 1:25 am

The La Harte Theatre was mentioned in the April 24, 1948, issue of Showmen’s Trade Review. The owner was named Ed M. Hart. Anton was developed in 1924, and Ed Hart was the first assistant sales manager of the development company, later becoming its general manager. He also owned the local drug store.

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Joe Vogel commented about Colonial Theatre on Apr 29, 2016 at 1:24 am

The two storefronts that replaced the Colonial Theatre are currently occupied by a bail bondsman’s office and a tattoo parlor. Page 86 of George T. Henry, Mark W. Hunter’s book Cedar Rapids: Downtown and Beyond features a photo of the Colonial in its early days (Google Books preview.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 29, 2016 at 12:46 am

Replacing an earlier comment which suffered linkrot:

Hanns Teichert’s November 4, 1950, Boxoffice article about the State Theatre can be seen here.

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Joe Vogel commented about Soledad Theatre on Apr 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm

The mail deamon might be set to reject emails over a certain size, or with files attached. Try sending a plain request without the photos. The theater editor, Ken Roe, might have another address you could send the photos to, or might be able to reset the program to accept the files from your specific email address, though I’m not sure exactly how the system works. But it might be quicker if you could just upload them directly to the photo page yourself.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theater on Apr 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

CinemaTour has a photo.

In the January 10, 1935, issue of The Seminole Sentinel of Seminole, Texas, Dr. J. D. Burleson, dentist, advertised his location as “Palace Theatre Bldg. Lamesa.” The building in the photo has only one floor now, but might have had a second floor with offices that has since been removed.

The Palace was mentioned in the July 6, 1929, issue of Exhibitors Herald-World. RCA Photophone sound equipment had been installed. The house was in operation at least as late as 1973, when it was still advertising in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theater on Apr 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

The Palace Theatre, originally seating only 400, was expanded to accommodate 896 seats in 1950 when it was remodeled with a streamlined interior. The August 5 issue of Boxoffice had a brief article with two photos (lower part of left page.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Soledad Theatre on Apr 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Soledad_Theatre_2: The theater your dad managed had to have been the second Soledad Theatre, located on Kidder Street, not this one (the first Soledad.) You’ll find a link to the second Soledad’s Cinema Treasures page in the “Nearby Theaters” field on the right side of this page. There is also a link to the page for the Rio Theatre.

You can upload digitized photos to Cinema Treasures. See the “Photos” section on the FAQ page for instructions.

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Joe Vogel commented about Greenfield Theatre on Apr 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

I’m assuming that Gary, or someone else, has set the Google street view to the correct location of the (still standing) Greenfield Theatre. The building certainly looks like a former theater, with the wide entrance now closed up. As the flanking storefronts display the addresses 237 and 241, the theater must have been at 239 El Camino Real. The zip code is 93927.

The theater’s auditorium appears to have been fenestrated and divided into a couple of retail shops, entered from the side of the building. One is an ice cream parlor and the other sells drinking water. Ah, California.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rio Theater on Apr 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

At the top of this page we’re currently displaying a photo of the second Soledad Theatre on Kidder Street, not the Rio. The Rio was in the building at 325 Front Street, now housing a grocery store. Google street view has been set to the correct location, but the pin icon on the map is a block off.

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Joe Vogel commented about Soledad Theatre on Apr 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Yay, my link worked. And so nobody will have to hunt them down, this link should take you to the page with the final four paragraphs of the article.

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Joe Vogel commented about Soledad Theatre on Apr 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Linkrot repair: The August 5, 1950, Boxoffice article about the construction techniques used in building the Soledad Theatre is now at this link (I hope. The web site to which the magazine has moved its online archive is cranky as hell.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Sheridan Theatre on Apr 26, 2016 at 9:44 pm

The January 3, 1932, issue of The Film Daily said that an Ultraphone sound system had recently been installed in the Sheridan Theatre at North Chicago.

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Joe Vogel commented about Garrick Theatre on Apr 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

The text does not identify it, and the distinctive vertical sign is seen from edge-on, but I’m sure that this 1934 photo depicts the Garrick Theatre. The marquee and the shape of the parapet are recognizable from the photo I linked to in the second comment back.

A PDF from Iron Range Jewish Heritage says that the Garrick Theatre opened in 1921 in the building that by 1939 had become the Maco Theatre, so we have one source saying that they were the same theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Theatre on Apr 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

The papers of the Minneapolis architectural firm Kees & Colburn, part of the Northwest Architectural Archives at the Elmer Anderson Library of the University of Minnesota, include a set of blueprints for the Blue Mouse Theatre, dated 1920. I don’t know if Kees & Colburn had any hand in designing the house, or if the firm just acted as supervising architects for the out-of-town designer, Harry Lawrie. I do know that Kees & Colburn’s style tended toward Classical/Beaux Arts rather than the Gothic look of the Blue Mouse.

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Joe Vogel commented about Garrick Theatre on Apr 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I’ve come across something interesting but inconclusive. The finding aid to the Liebenberg & Kaplan papers has two entries for the Maco Theatre. One, undated, lists the blueprints for the project. The other, headed “Maco 1920, 1937-38” lists a pencil drawing. In that entry the architect field says “Libenberg and Kaplan (Kees and Colburn),” which I would take to mean that the Garrick was designed (and perhaps built) in 1920, and designed by the Minneapolis firm of Kees & Colburn (Frederick Kees and Serenus Colburn.)

The 1937-38 suggests plans for a remodeling by Liebenberg & Kaplan at that time, but the undated entry with blueprints suggests that the remodeling might have been abandoned in favor of entirely new construction. The introduction to the L&K papers finding aid says that the Maco was a 1940 project, but doesn’t cite a source for the claim. Again, I’m still not sure if the Garrick was demolished or just rebuilt as the Maco, but at least now we know the original architects of the Garrick.

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Joe Vogel commented about LoringTheatre on Apr 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm

I was unable to find this house with Cinema Treasures' internal search using just the name Loring. I think it’s because the words Loring and Theatre are run together in the page title. If you run them together in the search box, search finds the page, but it would be better to separate the words.

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Joe Vogel commented about Miles Theater on Apr 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

According to this page at Historic Detroit, the Miles Theatre was opened on May 15, 1910, ran its last show on Nov. 28, 1927, and was demolished around May, 1928, to make way for the Griswold Building, which is still standing.

The Miles Theatre was designed by the Minneapolis architectural firm Kees & Colburn (Franklin Kees and Serenus Colburn.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Garrick Theatre on Apr 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm

This web page with a history of Virginia says that the Garrick Theatre was the predecessor of the Maco Theatre. A photo from the 1920s shows the front of the Garrick, and several of the buildings on the block are still recognizable in modern Google street view. The perspective of the vintage photo is a bit different, but it does look as though the entrance of the Garrick was in the same spot as the entrance of the Maco, and so would have the same address, 415 Chestnut Street.

What I haven’t been able to figure out is if the Maco was entirely new construction or an extensive rebuild of the Garrick. The seating capacity of both houses was about the same (700+), so the auditoriums probably occupied the same footprint. I’ll see if I can dig up more information, but in the meantime at least we have an address for the Garrick.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theater on Apr 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

The building occupied by the Grand Theatre in our vintage photo was still standing when Google’s camera car last passed by, but might be no longer. In the current street view it was occupied by a shop called Wild Eyes Pets and Exotics, 430 Chestnut Street, which has since moved to a new location.

The facade of old theater building was looking pretty rough when the street view was made, and it’s possible that it has since been demolished. It is also possible that the roughness was due to restoration work, as the roof looked pretty sound in the satellite view. We’ll probably have to wait until someone visits the location, or Google’s camera car returns and updates the view, before we know the fate of the Grand Theatre building.