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This theater closed in March, 2010 after the town cancelled the operator’s lease.
This theater has now gone digital.
A lot more is involved than installing new equipment. To prevent dust intrusion, the projection booth had to be sealed and air-conditioned.
Here’s a couple of old interior pictures from the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Click on the small pictures to expand them.
Here’s an early 1900s picture of the Gotham Theater, showing an elevated train, a streetcar, and other vehicles. Click on the picture to enlarge.
Chicago had its film row on South Wabash Avenue. Here’s an article on those times
The theater marquee is prominently featured in the movie “Hop” which opened this weekend.
Crown opened a megaplex in suburban Skokie,Illinois that is now part of AMC. It is a very popular theater, with covered parking.
At least Chicago might have a chance with light rail. Here in Wisconsin, our new governor turned down federal money for high-speed rail and he is also an opponent of light rail as well.
Not sure how he feels about movie theaters, tho.
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“Green” film festival at the Nevada. View link
This listing is no less appropriate than some others on this site. For example, there is a high school auditorium in Wisconsin that was listed because it occasionally screened a movie.
At least this venue seems to be more dedicated to frequent movie showings.
This theater now hs 16 screens. Wonder if they will change the name?
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Here are some pics recently posted on Cinematour: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/1685.html
From the time I moved into the neighborhood in 1951, the building was always an auto parts store. The high ceilings and wide front hinted at another use in a previous era.
To me, it appears that the building is still standing and has been taken over by a church.
It was called the Ferrara Manor, because the owners of the Ferrara Pan Candy Company in Forest Park purchased the theater once it closed. The owners of the candy company also had (and still own) a bakery in the old Italian neighborhood in Chicago. The family lived nearby in River Forest and wanted the building as an ancillary venue to their primary businesses. Renting the banquet hall meant you would use Ferrara for your wedding cake and candies as well as other catering needs.
Eventually the decline of the neighborhood around the Manor caused their banquet business to go south.
The Goetz website has a wealth of information and pictures. View link
Compare this picture taken yesterday to the one taken in 1981. The two corner stores are gone, the theater expanded into them.
From across the street: http://tinyurl.com/3xyhmth
They still sell tickets from this outside box office. A little sign says “Only cash or checks.” Guess they don’t want to pay transaction fees for credit cards.
Can we get rid of these spammers? All they’re doing is taking up band width.
The Michigan was seen on the TV show “Detroit 1-8-7” last night. A cop meets with an informant in the structure and ceiling and wall details are clearly seen.
Just as indicated above, this theater has now closed.
I don’t think it’s government intrusion. Look at the back of any food package you might purchase and you’ll see the same thing spelled out. Those of us who have diabetes and other health issues welcome this kind of disclosure.
That seems to be the case. Try this link and type in “Uptown” in the search box.
A 1960 view of the Uptown can be seen to the right here: