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Here’s an idea: reconfigure the original building to bring back the original screen by moving back the walls of the front two auditoriums. The original screen would out IMAX IMAX. Install stadium seating in all four of the auditoria. The larger screen could be used for screening 70mm classics like Lawrence of Arabia, Aliens, Patton and of course, Gone With the Wind. This would make it one of the best art houses in the USA and insure that it remains a viable operation for another 50 years. Just a thought…
Was in Montesano today and took a look at the building. The building is stunning and looks to be in great shape. Was able to take a peek through the front doors and from what I could see the auditorium seeks pretty much intact as well.
Was in Cle Elum in June, 2016 and the theatre appeared to be in relatively good shape from the exterior but was unable to get a peek inside. Still closed and no indication that it has been in use of late.
The Paramount is great! Not a bad seat in the house, great acoustics, and rich in design. Hope to hear the organ someday there.
If you were to try to locate the Star via GPS you will end up in a vacant lot. The cinema is literally hidden behind a strip mall with no marquee or signage indicating its presence. It carries some historical significance as being the only single screen Jerry Lewis cinema still in operation.
Drove by what is now the Doxa Church the other day. One would never know this was a former cinema theatre based on it’s current incarnation. Both the exterior and interior have been stripped on all artifacts which one would equate with a cinema and replaced with…nothing. The sanctuary resembles a cheap music hall with bare black walls.
It is still a church and appears to be in fairly good shape. Very little alteration has been made to the auditorium.
The King has reopened as the Indie Theatre with a seating capacity of 146. The address 114 West Main Street, Tishomingo, OK 73460 and the website is http://the-indie.com/index.html
The Dresden Theatre, now the Gazette Building on the south side of Washington Street, opened on August 8, 1935 with a seating capacity of 450. It closed in the mid 1960’s with the building remodeled for retail use.
The theater is currently being used as a community events center.
Still closed as of April 19, 2016. The building was purchased in late 2015 with the intent of making it into a live performance venue but no word since as to what, if anything, has been done to the theatre.
Was at the Crest this evening and could find no indication of any major alteration to the design of the main auditorium. There are two smaller screens situated behind the original one, but their seating configuration is completely different suggesting they were later added on rather than divided from the original. The main auditorium appears to be pretty much intact. The venue as a whole could use some sprucing up, but the staff as well as the presentation in each screening room.
I had heard that the city was considering purchasing the theatre as part of the Lincoln District revitalization project. Question is how redeemable is the property? It appears boarded up and in not very good shape. It seems like that it would be an ideal spot for presenting art and foreign film.
Nice but not ornate which I always associated with Loews. It looks like a AMC. All one level and spread out in two building.
Here is an article detailing the redesign of the cinema.
Is this theatre still equipped with 70 mm projection?
Nothing really architecturally significant about this multiplex, but it is quiet clean and has great projection and sound.
Really wish they would dispense with the curtains on the wall as well as the drop ceiling. Here are photos of the auditorium when it was a single screen venue.
Watch for reopening under a new name and format in November 2015: The Savannah Taphouse (http://savannahtaphouse.com/)
Only some of the original remains. The interior has been gutted and the marquee removed. It is now just retail space.
Thanks! Would really love to see some pictures of the auditorium in its original state. The Box Office link is no longer functional.
Any idea as to when the wider screen was added? The original, which is still partially visible behind the existing screen, appears to be curved rather than flat.
The building is now home to the Pan Andreas West Theatre Studios. The 23,000 square foot facility consist of 5 studio sound stages with 3 levels, several dressing rooms,and make-up and wardrobe rooms.
Whoever was responsible for the re-purposing of this building insured that nothing was left to indicate that this ever was a theater; the interior was completely gutted and all the exterior trappings as well leaving a rather bland, brick, building.
Was this equipped with stadium seating? It looks like it could have been a fairly decent venue. Wonder if it would have fared better if it had been in a location which greater street visibility? Are their any vintage GCC, circa 1965-1975, venues still around?