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Latest update on the renovation effort:
They now have commitments for approximately $27,000,000 towards the new total cost estimate of $43,000,000. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, the roof was repaired and asbestos removed.
The link above is glitched in the URL code. But if you copy and paste it into your browser, you’ll get there!
Their official website (on facebook) is at:
The Fox’s webpage has their technical specifications manual which has a lot of tech details about the theatre and stage facilities, as well as partial floor plans. It can be accessed here:
Proscenium opening is 79 feet wide and stage depth from fire curtain to back wall is 34 feet 7 inches.
They have a new official website up:
Matt Lambros had a mention of this with before and after photos of the auditorium
Auditorium is now gutted to the brick and steel skeleton.
It looks like renovation will finally happen for the Palace!
According to this article, the Exact Capital Group plans to renovate both the Palace and Majestic Theatres and the Savoy Hotel (to be expanded), as well as build two residential towers across the street and another residential tower nearby.
The Palace would be renovated into a banquet ballroom and a family-friendly indoor recreation center, and the Majestic into a performing arts center. They plan to begin work win about 12 months (late 2018).
here’s a link to a nice detailed article about e history of the Hollewood Theatre – and two photos. (One interior!)
Website down; the restoration may have stalled.
According to the Google Aerial views (April 2017), the auditorium is now completely demolished; only the lobby portion remains.
It looks like a proposal is underway for a possible major renovation of the Alameda starting in 2018:
The following article has some good interior photos and descriptions of the renovations:
Here’s a news update about the Palace (Orpheum) renovations. It also shows the new owner/manager is Jam Productions and that the restoration is almost complete and it will open sometime in early 2017.
The Palace Theatre’s website is up at:
For now it’s little more than a placeholder, but does announce it will open in 2017.
From their website, information on the upcoming 2016-17 renovations and info on the original and current organs:
“Originally, the Keith-Albee was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ to accompany live performances and motion pictures. The organ was capable of creating almost any sound effect needed for silent films shown in theatres of the day. In 1950, the organ was sold and removed from the Keith-Albee. Huntington resident Robert Edmunds and his Huntington Theatre Organ Project, Inc. took on the project of replacing the organ. Thankfully as a result of significant efforts, a 1927 Wurlitzer organ, originally in the Granada Theatre in Bluefield, WV, was purchased and installed in the Keith-Albee in 2001. In 2009, the original Keith-Albee Wurlitzer became available and is currently being reinstalled in the theatre, and the Granada Theatre organ has been relocated to its original home.”
“Projects that are in the process are restoration of the heating and cooling system (2016), seating (2016-2017), 4 dressing rooms (2015-2016) and women’s restrooms to begin the spring of 2016. Through community involvement work has begun to recreate the original carpet. KAPAC will have the carpet reproduced and installed. Several other projects are under development, such as the electrical system upgrade, restoration of the furnishings, rear façade repairs and restorations, restoration of the dressing room towers and basement, and finally the restoration of the plaster and painting of the theatre. All projects will be funded through public funding and private donations.”
Recent article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the upcoming restoration of a historic curtain at the Academy.
Theater will soon close for renovations & restoration of art deco architectural details, and will reopen as a quad cinema.
Their webpage (VERY Minimal now) now says it will open in Fall 2016.
It looks like the restoration is a go!
Uptown Reinvestment Corp and Whiting Co. have bought the Capitol and are ready to launch a $21,000,000 plus renovation of the Capitol as a performing arts center set to open in Fall 2017.
According to the article here, the renovations have begun! Currently they are working on the front facade repairing the brickwork (approx. $550,000). No timetable yet for when the interior work will begin. It will be a $55,000,000 project including the entire building which was landmarked by the city in 2002.
I’m happy to see that my comment above was wrong and that the theatre is still standing. I had not recognized the back wall of the Apollo and confused that with the Victoria when I was checking last time. According to the 2016 aerial view and the street views of the front (2015) and back (2014) the theatre is indeed still standing.
According to Google Street View in 2016, the building is still there, renovated quite nicely and converted to retail.
For some time, a second cinema operated in Amherst – the auditorium in Town Hall was known as the Town Hall Cinema and operated as a cinema through 1949. A large room with fairly simple décor and an arched proscenium – seated probably 600. The auditorium was mostly gutted when it was converted into additional offices back in the mid 1950s. The beamed ceiling remained above the shell created for the offices and during a more recent renovation (I believe in the late 1990s) a third floor was put in and I believe at least some of the ceiling were incorporated into that plan. The Jones Library across the street from the Amherst Cinema also had an auditorium approx. 250 seats which I was told showed movies from time to time. In the 1960s, the stagehouse was converted into stacks, and a floor divided the auditorium horizontally creating two new rooms. A more recent renovation removed that division, restoring the original auditorium space; the barrel-arch ceiling is still there but considerably modernized.
Direct link to the cinema official website:
Their press release from Dec. 2015 indicates restoration will start in 2016 with the opening tentatively in 2018.
The theatre itself has an official website at