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Joe Vogel commented about Carlson Theatre on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:03 am

Also, I see from the Google map that Mayville doesn’t have a street called Main Street. The main business district is along Erie Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about Carlson Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 11:43 pm

The March 11, 1947, issue of The Dunkirk Evening Observer had an article about a fire in the building which housed the Carlson Theatre, but the theater suffered only some smoke damage. The article said that the theater, which was operated by Blatt Bros., was on the second floor.

That opens the possibility that the Carlson was the old Swetland Opera House, an upstairs theater dating from around the turn of the century. An ad in the December 29, 1933, Observer touted a New Year’s dance being held at the Carlson Theatre Hall, which suggests it had a flat floor, which was not an unusual feature of old opera houses in small towns. The most recent mention of the Opera House I’ve found is from 1929, and the earliest mention of the Carlson Theatre Hall is 1933, so there would be no overlap between them.

A February 3, 1949, article about Blatt Bros. in the Altoon Tribune listed the May Theatre in Mayville as the only one of the chain’s houses outside Pennsylvania. In 1950 Blatt Bros. opened the Lakewood Drive-In near Mayville. As the 1947 article is the most recent mention of the Carlson Theatre I’ve found and the 1949 article the earliest mention of the May Theatre, there is no overlap again so it is possible that they were the same house. Still, as the Carlson was an upstairs theater, it is possible that Blatt Bros. decided to replace it with a new theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Idc402000: Thanks for posting the article. My Boxoffice links have been broken twice as the magazine has moved from one site to another and then changed its own urls. The links to pages at are gone forever, but I’ve found that the links to the magazine’s own web site can be fixed by going into your browser’s address bar and replacing the part of the url that says- www.boxofficemagazine -with- pro.boxoffice -while the remainder of the url remains the same.

Carthage Press has apparently removed its weblog section altogether, but that particular page has been preserved by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, though without the photo that accompanied the original text.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 4:46 am

Here is a description of the Bordentonian Theatre from the July 10, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World:


“The Bordentonian theatre, Bordentown, N. J., was recently opened to the public. The theatre is of Gothic architecture and is 221 feet in length and 43 feet in width, and cost about $30,000. It has a seating capacity of 700 and is absolutely fireproof in construction. E. K. Minnick, of Bordentown, who for more than twenty years has been interested in the theatrical business, and who managed the only other theatre of which Bordentown could boast, the Park Street Opera House, is managing the new theatre for the owners, the Mercantini Brothers.”

The September 12, 1925, issue of Motion Picture News had this item about the reopening of the house as the Fox Theatre:
“JACOB FOX, executive of the Fox Amusement Company and successfully operating theatres in Riverside, Beverly and Burlington, New Jersey, has reopened the Bordentonian theatre and renamed it the Fox. The Bordentonian was at one time under the management of the Mercantini Brothers who are local merchants of Bordentown. Their other enterprises taking up too much of their time, the Mercantini’s leased the theatre to the United Theatres of America, a Newark corporation that after a short period, gave up the project. Since then the house has been dark up until the time that Mr. Fox added it to his circuit. The whole theatre has been completely renovated and reconstructed, the lobby being entirely changed, new lighting fixtures installed, new scenic equipment, and many other changes made to make the house more comfortable. Feature pictures will be shown with changes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.”
Here is a photo of the house as the Sharon Theatre. It appears to be closed, and the photo probably dates from around 1960.

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Joe Vogel commented about Crystal Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 3:32 am

Calling all reclusive old fogies (presumably, old bats were welcome, too.) From The Moving Picture World, July 3, 1915):

“The management of the Crystal Hall theater, of Bardstown, Ky., in an effort to interest the recluses in motion pictures, has advertised that the shows at the theater will be free of charge to all persons over 65 years of age. This offer expires July 1, but in the meantime it is hoped that numerous old fogies will become interested.”
No word on accommodation for duffers, codgers, geezers or coots.

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Joe Vogel commented about Arco Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 2:52 am

The May 28, 1949, issue of Boxoffice had a photo of the Melody and Arco Theatres from the opening night of the Melody.

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Joe Vogel commented about Melody Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 2:50 am

The May 28, 1949, issue of Boxoffice had a photo of the Melody and Arco Theatres from the opening night of the Melody.

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Joe Vogel commented about Crystal Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 2:33 am

The Spring, 2014, issue of quarterly newsletter Preserving Bardstown (PDF here) contains excerpts from an interview with a Mr. J. Robert Crume on February 26, 1967. Mr. Crume said that Crystal Hall was operated by Sisco and Mann from 1912 to 1928, and by Sisco and Arnold after that. In 1938 the theater moved to a new location.

The local newspaper, The Kentucky Standard, was advertising the house as the Crystal Theatre by 1915. Here is a representative listing from December 28, 1916:

“Thursday, A Rough Knight and The Lion and the Girl.

“Friday, The Deserter, featuring Charles Ray.

“Saturday and Monday, 6 reel show, title not yet known.

“Tuesday, Kasey at the Bat, featuring De Wolf Hopper.

“Wednesday, Gloria’s Romance, Muster Suffers, Athletic Series.

“Thursday, The Snow Cure, Her Marble Heart.”

Bardstown had a Sunday blue law, so the theater operated only six days a week.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 5, 2015 at 12:39 am

Here is an early photo of Ware Auditorium. A guidebook to Downtown Northfield (PDF here) says that the auditorium was designed in the Federal Revival style by Minneapolis architect Henry Carter.

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Joe Vogel commented about Tany Theater on Apr 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

Tauy Theatre was to be the name of this house according to the item in the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:

“E. Van Hyning is building a new theater in Ottawa, Kan., and will name it the Tauy Theater. He operates other houses at Iola. Parsons and Independence, Kan.”
The Tauy Theatre can be seen in the penultimate picture on this web page featuring scenes of Ottawa during a flood in 1957.

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Joe Vogel commented about Royal Theatre on Apr 4, 2015 at 8:04 am

The Royal might have been the new house the Spencer chain was planning to build at Truro in 1941, noted in this item from the January 3 issue of The Film Daily that year:

“Truro, N. S. Is Getting Third Spencer Theater

“St. John, N. B.— The Spencer circuit, with headquarters in the local Strand, mother house of the group, already operating the Strand and Capitol, in Truro, N. S., will start construction on a third Truro theater early this month.

“A lot, 59x130 feet, has been purchased as the site. There will be about 800 seats, all on one floor. This circuit already has 21 houses.

“Truro is the center of unusual activity because of the establishment of new army and air force camps at Debert, about 10 miles away, and with Truro as the nearest town.”

The Strand dated back to at least as early as 1925. In 1916, Truro had a house called the Princess, and in 1907 one called the Electric.

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Joe Vogel commented about Prince Theatre on Apr 4, 2015 at 7:40 am

The original Prince Theatre was replaced in 1940. The April 5, 1940, issue of The Film Daily had this item:

“Dobrow to Erect New Theater Building, Refurnish Another

“Pahokee, Fla. — A call for bids is being made by Abe Dobrow of the Everglades and Prince Theaters, for a new structure to replace the present building housing the Prince theater. Bids will be opened April 8. Plans also call for complete refurnishing of the Everglades theater.”

This follow-up item is from the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:
“Open New Pahokee House

“Pahokee, Fla. — New $40,000 Prince theater, has been opened. The 600-seater is owned and operated by Gold & Dobrow. Don Hiller & Sons, Pahokee, were the contractors.”

Listings of the Prince Theatre in FDY’s from the 1930s consistently give it a capacity of 250, so it was less than half the size of the new house. It seems unlikely that the original Prince Theatre would have been demolished in 1940 if its building was only nine years old, so it’s likely that it was either an older theater that had operated under a different name earlier in its history, or it was in an older commercial building that had been converted into a theater in 1931.

Architect Chester A. Cone was still in practice at least as late as 1985, so it seems likely that it was the 1940 rebuilding of the Prince Theatre that he designed, rather than the original house.

In 1966, the Gold-Dobrow chain leased three of their five theaters, including the Prince, to a Miami-based chain. An article about the transfer in the December 21 issue of The Palm Beach Post said that the Gold-Dobrow chain had been “…organized about 35 years ago….” That would be consistent with the 1931 opening of the original Prince Theatre, whether it was a new operation or an old house renamed by the new owners.

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Joe Vogel commented about Adelphi Theater on Apr 4, 2015 at 4:01 am

Fabfilmfan: Initial search on Cinema Treasures brings up a page listing only theaters of a given name that are currently open. To see a list that includes all the theaters of that name that have been closed you must go to the lower left of the map and click the link reading “All Theaters.” Here is the full page for the name Adelphi.

That said, there are still issues with the site’s search. Sometimes entire cities are missing from the drop-down menu and I, too, resort to Google to find their pages.

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Joe Vogel commented about Kent Theatre on Apr 4, 2015 at 3:51 am

The Kent Theatre was probably the project noted in this item in the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:

“Le Brun Plans 400-Seater

“South Whitley, Ind.— Don LeBrun will build a new 400-seat theater here. Erwin Fredricks, Chicago, is the architect, and building will begin as soon as the necessary steel is available.”

This video of a news report about the Kent Theatre was uploaded to YouTube on February 20, 2012, two days after the house was destroyed by a fire. One woman interviewed said she had started working at the Kent the day it opened, which she said was July 3, 1947. I don’t know if her memory failed her or if the project actually did have to wait until after wartime building restrictions were relaxed before it could be completed. The report also said that the house had been closed for about two years by the time it burned, and had been in use for church services.

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Joe Vogel commented about Admiral Theatre on Apr 4, 2015 at 3:27 am

An early item about the house that was to become the Admiral Theatre appeared in the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:

“Newman Awards Contract For New $300,000 Stand

“Portland, Ore. — Frank Newman, Sr., of the Evergreen Theaters, operating some 39 theaters in Oregon and Washington, announces that contract has been let for a 1,500-seat house, the Rivoli, at Bremerton, Wash., known as the Navy Yard city.

“The new theater to cost an estimated $300,000, will occupy a site 103x135 feet in size at Fifth Ave. and Pacific St. Plans are being prepared by McClelland & Jones, architects, who announce that the new house will be similar to the Academy Theater in Los Angeles.”

An article in the September 19, 2014, issue of The Bremerton Patriot about the 75th anniversary of the house confirms that it was originally to have been called the Rivoli, but in June, 1941, Evergreen Theatres held a “name the theater” contest and Admiral was the winner.

I’ve been unable to find any other sources naming McClelland & Jones as the architects of the Admiral, but neither are there sources naming anyone else. The firm, consisting of principals Robert F. McClelland and Victor N. Jones, was active from around 1933 to around 1946.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rex Theatre on Apr 4, 2015 at 1:41 am

A book called Johnny Briscoe, A Great Life, by Samuel C. P. Baldwin, Jr. (PDF here) has information about the theaters in Leonardtown, and photos of the New Theatre. Kenneth Duke opened the New Theatre on December 10, 1941. He had been operating a theater in Leonardtown since early in the silent era, first in the former Town Hall and then in the Duke Building.

The plans for the New Theatre were announced in the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:

“Ebersons Ready House For Maryland Community

“Leonardtown, Md. — A new film theater is to go up here and plans have already been completed for it, it is announced by Kenneth Duke.

“House will be a community project and is to have Colonial style for its motif, in keeping with local historical traditions.

“The theater will have the most advanced type of equipment.

“Plans have been prepared by John and Drew Eberson, film architects in New York City.”

Judging from the look of the building and from the appearance of the auditorium in Google’s satellite view, the auditorium was a new structure built behind an existing building that was remodeled to accommodate the theater entrance.

I haven’t been able to discover when the New Theatre became the Rex Theatre, but an article dated October 17, 2014, posted at Gazette.Net said that the former theater had recently been converted into a bar and restaurant called The Rex in honor of the old theater. The article also said that the Rex Theatre had closed in 1986.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cine Yara on Apr 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

This vintage photo of the Warner from the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection probably dates from 1949 or 1950. The feature film on the marquee, Los amantes, starring Cornel Wilde and Patricia Knight, was originally released in the United States in 1949 as Shockproof.

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Joe Vogel commented about Edad de Oro on Apr 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Here is a vintage photo of Cine Santa Catalina from the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection. The photo is undated, but the Mexican movie Soy un Prófugo, which starred Cantinflas, was released in Mexico in 1946 and in the United States in 1947.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cine Candido on Apr 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Cine Candido probably opened in late 1940. The following item appeared in The Film Daily of January 3, 1941:

“Mesa Opens Cuban Theater

“Havana (By Air Mail)— The new Candido theater situated at Marianao has opened. House seats 1,000. Guillarmo Mesa is the owner-manager.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Dade Theatre on Apr 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I haven’t been able to discover the architect of the Dade Theatre, but according to the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily the contractors were the A. G. Witters Company. The Internet says there is still a Witters Construction Company operating in Hialeah, but I can’t find a web site for it. I don’t know if it’s the same company, but even if it is it seems unlikely they’d still have the records of a project built 75 years ago.

As for the style, from the one photo we have it appears to have been the basic Streamline Modern typical of most of the theaters built in 1940.

The Dade was in operation at least as late as 1954, when the October 2 issue of Boxoffice reported that it was getting a new manager, Allen Armstrong, formerly of the San Marco Theatre in Jacksonville. However, the house didn’t last much longer. The May 28, 1955, issue of Boxoffice reported that the Dade Theatre was being razed and would be replaced by a store and office building. The replacement building has apparently been demolished as well, and replaced by an apartment house called Friendship Tower.

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Joe Vogel commented about Chancellor Theater on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

This weblog post has a photo of the Chancellor Theatre from around 1950.

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Joe Vogel commented about Chancellor Theater on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm

750 Chancellor would be part of the vacant lot at the southwest corner or Chancellor and Union Avenue, just east of Michelle’s Caribbean-American Restaurant, which is at 754 Chancellor.

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Joe Vogel commented about Carelton Theatre on Mar 31, 2015 at 9:57 pm

The Carleton Opera House is listed in the 1905-1906 Cahn guide as a ground floor theater with 850 seats. Carleton was apparently the correct spelling, which is how it is spelled in an article about Carleton Brewster, the owner of the house, from the May 28, 2009, issue of the Islip Bulletin (PDF here.) Brewster built the Carleton Opera House in 1900.

A new owner planned to remodel and double the size of the house in 1926, but the Bay Shore Theatre was built nearby instead. The Carleton was razed in 1927 and a commercial building was erected on the site. That building burned in 1957. The site is now occupied by a park with a large gazebo, on the south side of Montauk Highway a few doors west of S. Park Avenue. I would surmise the theater address to have been approximately 82 W. Main Street (surprisingly, Google Street View’s address display is just about dead on at this location.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Coral Theatre on Mar 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Here are fresh links the the April 25, 1942, Boxoffice article about the Coral and Arlington Theatres (illustrations are on the first two pages, with text only on pages three and four):

Page one

Page two

Page three

Page four

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Joe Vogel commented about Colorado Theatre on Mar 31, 2015 at 6:25 pm

It was a mystery on Sunday Morning, but Ron cleared it up that afternoon. The vertical in the photo was on the first Colorado Theatre, aka Tabor Grand Opera House. The smaller Colorado appears in both photos as the Colonial Theatre, which was renamed the Colorado sometime between 1930, when the Tabor went back to its original name, and 1933, when the Colorado was listed in the city directory at 1629 Curtis, the Colonial’s old address. That was the mystery- why the seating capacity dropped so drastically from the 1920s to the 1930s- and the solution was that the name was moved from a big theater to a small one.