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Thank you same for the correction and update! A great piece of vintage 1960’s era cinema architecture. Would be great to see the original screen back in place.
From examining the archive photo here in the cinema was in operation, it seems to strongly resemble the Gateway 8 on Federal Way. Are the two identical?
Upon review of the photos on Cinema Tour, the non-stadium auditorium(s) photo(s) does not have the trademark Cineplex Odeon decor of the 80s four-plex. It is possible that these are the same auditoriums and that AMC just remodeled the interiors to match with the newer additions added when it was expanded to 16.
The source of all things Tara resides in Sandy Springs…the one called George Lefont. He took over operation after Loews folded and built the third auditorium, ground up, in the late 1970s, early 1980s. George also had the left auditorium divided into two during the 1980s as well.
The theatre’s seating occupancy has been reduced from 2,100 to 960 with the installation of reclining lounge seating. Finishing touches are being made to newly built IMAX auditorium, which will be one of the largest of this type venue west of the Mississippi.
thanks for the interior shots! It appears that they have dropped the ceiling and leveled the floors. i am hoping that at least one of the auditoriums is still mostly intact from its day as a cinema as that this was one of the flagship theatres of the gcc chain.
Totally unremarkable venue. Plitt/ABC cinemas were usually top of the line and state of the art. The Mall Corners was a very sterile and bland design.
This needs to be updated to “Open” Towne Cinema
The Perunke (Sunset) Theatre originally had a 2/4 Wurlitzer installed October 1919 as opus #253, a Style 135B. In 1942, the instrument was moved to the Emmanuel Tabernacle in Seattle, Washington by Balcom & Vaughan.
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/news/article/lincoln-district-revitalizationThe Rex Theatre exterior is in the process of being restored! Unless someone opts to operate the site as a theatre, the interior will be gutted and converted to retail space. The interior looks in relatively good condition for being shuttered for decades and equipped for both stage and film presentations.
The actual total seating of 519. The theater was reconfigured with two screens on the main level and one upstairs in the former balcony. East main floor screen has 177 seats, west main floor screen has 163 seats and the upstairs screen has 179 seats.
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.