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Their official website is at: http://www.newarktab.org/
They have some good photos too – looks like the church is doing very well!
According to the article above and the official website, renovations started in 2010 with opening planned for first quarter of 2011!
This was right north of the Paramount, but the address is just a large empty space now – all covered in grass.
From both the aeriel and street views there is nothing that looks like a former theatre building – the buildings pposite the park are all quite small – nothing that could have been a 1,.500 seat theatre.
The front looks new – and enlarged. it is now a beauty salon. It’s hard to tell about the auditorium – either this is a new building that replaced a long narrow lobby leading back to a large wide non-balconied auditorium or it was a fairly compact auditorium close to the street. I suspect it may have been the former. The old photos show a quite narrow entrance.
Sorry, my comment above should have referred to the Regent theatre, NOT the liberty theatre.
The adjacent building with a marquee mentioned above was not a theatre unless it had a VERY long lobby going all the way behing the Liberty Theatre to available space back there.
I wonder iof there’s any chance any of the Liberty Auditorium survives behind retail modofications. There are no windows cut into the sidwall of the auditorium.
The article has a great interior photograph – it has been nicely renovated; the color scheme is white with gold trim. Nice job!
No indication of an auto parts store there now. The front has been renovated and modernized. Looks like it is now a multilevel parking garage. There are windows cut into a side wall so I assume the interior was gutted during the conversion.
Checked the google aeriel and street photos – this is a real mystery. On both sides of the street it’s all very old buildings none of which looks like a former theatre. To one side of the large building on the south of the street is a small long narrow building which could possibly have been a theatre lobby which leads back to a vacant lot behind the large building to the east. Possibly that was the location of the auditorium but it’s impossible to tell. At any rate I can see no auditorium at this location.
Found the location on Google Street Views. The small building with the big arch from the postcard is still standing (probably was a small bank) but the space where the Palace was on the other side of the street is a large parking lot now. Just across Harrison from the building with the arch is a large sweeping edifice that stretches a whole block on two streets is done up in a nice retro classical early 20th century style – nice and ornate!
Wish I could find a street address! I’ve looked through google areiel views over the entire downtown of Bridgeton (Especially Laurel St. where some other theatres were located) and can find no buildings that look like former theatre buildings, certainly not one this size. It’s probably demolished.
Still standing in Google photos – looks like there’s a long narrow entrance going from the auditorium all the way down to Cookson Avenue to the south – looks like a theatre entrance.
This building is still standing although the front of the building is all modern and looks considerably expanded. Looks like an office building; in good shape, looks like it’s being used but no sign to give any indication what’s in there. The auditorium section is still standing and the roof looks in good shape.
The Playhouse Theatre building is still standing and has a new roof – front facade is also in good shape although looks extensively done over. The main entrance opens into a violin shop. I don’t believe that extends to the auditorium – it would be a fairly large music store. Clearly no balcony, is a fairly low building. No hint of what is in the auditorium but there are a couple garage doors on the back right side. Maybe it’s a warehouse?
Their webpage (www.safari-sams.com) now goes to some other webpage about dogs. One of the internet yellow pages sites has their phone number ((323) 666-7267;
There is a small commercial building at that site which does not look like a former Cinema building. My guess is the cinema is demolished. Behind it is a large parking lot and shopping center.
Looks like its gone under a conversion – facade all redone just a small entry door with a Canadian Broadcasting Logo on it. The other end of theb building faces another street loks like an office tower undergoing interior renovations.
Their webpage has some good interior photos:
Looks from aeriel views like it’s been demolished.
According to their website- they have finished restoring the auditorium and had their grand reopening in November 2010!
The goole maps show the building still there although in much better condition than the 2000 photo above. Looks like the church did some renovations!
The outside now looks thoroughly modern – hard to say if iuts new construction or if they simply did extensive remodeling. There’s a modern addition on the side as well.
From the 2010 google aeriel views it is still standing. Bricked up in front except for a single door. No clue what’s inside, the the front is still in decent shape.
Update (November 2010): The fourth screen (in the adjacent storefront space) is now showing movies on a daily basis. It is located in an adjacent storefront with access from the main lobby – off to the left after the concession stand. Nice clean modern design inside – full capacity listed as 112 seats. Movable padded chairs, nice screen. You’re actually facing towards the front of the building, the front part of the store space is walled off, it looks like eventually that will be a separate lobby once its renovated. A great addition to the complex!
The Building is a fairly extensive complex – one of only two art-deco style commercial buildings in the state of Vermont. It includes the LatchisHotel (renovated), a large bar (space (I believe currently vacant), a restaurant and retail spaces along the side as well as the four screens. The auditorium section is a much older building with newer portions built around it (hence the long lobby). You can shop, eat, have a drink, see a movie and sleep over all in the same building! I look forward to the restoration of the main auditorium and refurbishment of the seats in the main aud and the upstairs theatre.