Comments from Joe Vogel

Showing 251 - 275 of 10,927 comments

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Dreamland Theater on May 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

An ad for Zegiob Theatres Inc., operators of the Dreamland and Pearl Theatres in Lorain and the Liberty Theatre in Vermilion, appeared in the June 21, 1955, issue of The Lorain Journal. It said that the Dreamland Theatre had been in operation since 1917 and had recently installed a wide screen, new projection equipment, and air conditioning.

A timeline of Lorain history said that the Dreamland suffered a major fire on August 18, 1947, and was reopened on April 7, 1948.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Euclid Theatre on May 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

The Cleveland Architects Database (large pdf file here) lists an Ivanhoe Square Block and Theatre, 16341-7 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, as a 1926 project of architect Frank Wooster Bail. The storefronts in the three-story theater building as seen in Google street view run from 16345 to 16357, and I can’t explain the address discrepancy. This is the place, though, as we’ve got the vintage photo showing it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Royal Theater on May 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

This item from the February 20, 1915, issue of The American Contractor indicates that some contracts had been let for a movie theater at Madison and Ridgewood Avenues by that date:

“Motion Picture Theater & Store Bldg. (seating 756 & 2 stores): 1 sty. & bas. 52x133. $20M. Madison & Ridgewood avs. Archt. Henry Hradilek, 1001 Illuminating bldg. Owner J. H. Brown, care archt. Brk., stone trim, re. cone. Mas., re. cone. & cement work let to C. N. Griffen Co., 3111 Carnegie av. Struct, steel let to T. H. Brooks Co., 3104 Lakeside av. Ptg. let to Moskopp Bros. & Co., 5706 Broadway.”
I’ve been unable to find any other references to this project, nor have I found any mention of the U-No Theatre in the trade journals, though Cleveland Memory has an undated photo of it. I don’t think we can rule out a possible 1915 opening for this house, even though I haven’t been able to confirm that it did.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Logan Theatre on May 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

I don’t believe this has been linked yet. This post from Hidden City Philadelphia has several photos of the Logan showing the interior renovations as of 2012, most of them paired with vintage 1924 photos of the same scenes.

The text notes that Dr. Williamson bought the Logan in 2005. The church which had moved into the house in 1973 had moved out in 1992, and much damage had been done during the years the building was vacant. The Logan Theatre closed as a movie house in 1972.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Rockland Theater on May 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm

The Rockland Theatre should be listed in the Logan-Fern Rock neighborhood, along with the nearby Logan and Broad Theatres (all of them in a three-block stretch of Broad Street) instead of Germantown, which is some distance west.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Broad Theatre on May 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

The original Logan Theatre probably opened in 1913, and the 1915 project that I mistook for evidence of a delay in construction was in fact an expansion of the already-operating house. This clarifying item comes from the January 23, 1915, issue of Motography:

“Plans have been completed by M. Haupt for alterations and the erection of a one-story addition, 50x150 feet, to the moving picture theater at 4817 North Broad street, Philadelphia, for the Logan Amusement Company.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Rockland Theater on May 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm

The Rockland Theatre opened in 1915, not 1914. Here is an item announcing the status of the project in the February 20, 1915, issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater & Stores: 1 sty. & bas. 50x175. $30M. Broad & Rockland sts. Archt. Albert F. Schenck, Real Estate Trust bldg. Owner Clarence Shilcock, Broad & Westmoreland sts. Brk. Up to roof. Bldr. Freund-Seidenback Co., Bulletin bldg. Ptg. let to Potteiger & Hainley, 1829 Filbert st. Rf. to McFarland-Meade Co., 46th & Woodland av. Plmg. & htg. to Gray & Dormer, 1729 Columbia av.”
As contracts for painting and roofing had been let at this time, the project was pretty close to completion, making an opening in the spring of 1915 very likely.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Hillcrest Theater on May 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I believe that the remodeled building Frank Albrecht mentioned is indeed the former Hillcrest Theatre. It is currently occupied by businesses called Diamond Design Construction (probably offices, located at the rear of the building but with a narrow entrance at the street) and Tamara’s Spa Salon & Hair Studio. Their addresses are, respectively, 2503A and 2503 Peach Street, so the theater’s address was probably 2503.

2505 is a vacant lot, which judging from the fenestration in the building across it from the theater’s site was always there. The detail around the windows indicates that they are original to the building, and the building looks to have been built no later than the 1920s.

The former theater building has a side entrance near the rear onto the vacant lot, and it is at a lower level than the front entrances, indicating that the building floor sloped downward at one time. The entrance tot he construction company’s offices probably slopes downward. Entirely new construction would be unlikely to be built on two levels like that, so this probably is the old theater building remodeled.

Hurstpacman’s revelation that Mr. Guerrein’s residence was at 2509 Peach is confirmed by the notice in the February 20, 1915, issue of The American Contractor:

“Picture Theater: $6M. Peach st., nr. 25th. Private plans. Owner Leo. Guerrein, 2509 Peach st. Excavating. Brk. Gen. contr. let to Deutsch & Dudenhoefer.”
The notice in The Music Trade Review cited in my previous comment obviously mistook Mr. Guerrein’s personal address for the location of the theater project. “Private plans” indicates that no architect was involved on the project. It was most likely designed by a licensed engineer on the staff of the general contractor, Deutsch & Dudenhoefer.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Bell's Opera House on May 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

Both Bell’s Opera House and the Orpheum Theatre at Hillsboro were mentioned in an item in the December 12, 1908, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Hillsboro, Ohio.—The Bell Opera House, which only opened with moving pictures on Thanksgiving, reports good business. Only high-class pictures are shown and highclass vaudeville.

“The Orpheum Theater has discarded the old style folding chairs and installed comfortable metal frame high back opera chairs.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Wabash Theatre on May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

Here is a reminiscence about the Wabash Theatre written by former projectionist W.F. Werzner. The theater is presumably still intact and usable, as it was the venue for a variety and talent show, part of the annual Grayville Days event, as recently as September 3 last year, and for a town-wide church service the following Sunday.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Avon Theater on May 18, 2016 at 8:10 am

The auditorium of the Avon Theatre has been demolished and its site is occupied by part of the multi-level parking garage that takes up the block from Broughton Lane to State Street and Drayton Street to Abercorn Street. The Savannah Taphouse occupies only the theater’s former entrance building, extending from Broughton Street to Broughton Lane. That is also the space once occupied by the Folly/Band Box Theatre, the small silent era house that the Avon’s entrance building replaced in 1944.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Don Mills Theatre on May 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

Thanks, Chris. Here is the correct link.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Ritz Theatre on May 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm

This post from The First News Junkies mentions that the Ritz is being converted into a hologram theater, but doesn’t give any details about the project. It does, however, have a nice photo of the News-View that I don’t recall having seen previously.

This post from the SFGate is about Dolby Laboratories' demonstration project at the Vine Theatre. I don’t know if Dolby is involved with the Ritz project. It isn’t the only company experimenting with holographic movies.

This Mashable post says that Seoul has four competing theaters presenting holographic versions of Korean pop music concerts, and another hologram theater is opening in Singapore. Their system isn’t very advanced, though. I would hope that Dolby’s experimental system is better, and is the sort of thing that will be going into the Ritz.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Dixie Cinema on May 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

The recent opening of C.F. Morris’s new Dixie Theatre in Holdenville was announced in the July 9, 1926, issue of The Film Daily.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Bellaire Theatre on May 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm

The July 9, 1926, issue of The Film Daily said that Sam Baker expected to open his new Bellaire Theatre the first week of August.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Don Mills Theatre on May 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

A two page article with photos of the Don Mills Theatre appeared in the October 21, 1963, issue of Boxoffice, and can be seen online at this link.

The entire Don Mills Center was demolished in 2005 and has been replaced by a denser, more urban shopping district.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Oak Village Theater on May 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm

A couple of photos of the auditorium of the Oak Village Theatre can be seen on this page of Boxoffice, October 21, 1963 (click + sign in toobar at bottom to embiggen, scroll up two pages to read the beginning of the article.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Palm Springs Twin One & Two on May 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Linkrot repair: The October 21, 1963, Boxoffice article about Wometco’s new Palm Springs Theatre can now be found online at this link (embiggen with + icon in toolbar at bottom, scroll down for second page with two additional photos.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Movie Tavern Brannon Crossing on May 14, 2016 at 9:10 pm

The conversion of the Amstar Stadium 14 into the Movie Tavern Brannon Crossing was designed by the Houston-based architecture and construction firm The Beck Group. Business Wire has a brief article about the project.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Movie Tavern Juban Crossing on May 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm

The Movie Tavern Juban Crossing is one of a number of projects designed for the chain by the Houston-based architecture and construction firm, The Beck Group.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Garrick Theatre on May 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

The February 7, 1903, issue of The News Journal of Wilmington said that construction would soon begin on William Dockstader’s new theater at 828-839 Market Street.

The plans for the project had been drawn by the noted Philadelphia architect George L. Lovatt. Lovatt is best known for the many Roman Catholic churches he designed, mostly in Pennsylvania.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Buster Maxwell lamenting the demolition of the Roland Theater on May 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm

If demolition was underway when they were taken, the photos must date from 1976. I see there is an ornate letter “R” on the decorative panel adjacent to the proscenium.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Rowland Theatre on May 13, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Buster: As far as I know, the Rowland was the only purpose-built theater in Wilkinsburg. The town might have had some earlier nickelodeon-style theaters in converted storefronts, but they’d have been long gone by the time the Rowland was demolished in 1976.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Joy Drive-In on May 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm

The March 29, 1952, issue of Boxoffice said that the 400-car drive-in under construction at Minden, Louisiana, by W.H. Cobb and Ruth Cheshire was expected to open about April 15.

Though William Cobb had been a partner with New Orleans theater magnate Joy Houck in the Joy Theatre on Pearl Street beginning in the early 1940s, Houck was not involved in the drive-in project. The June 30, 1951, issue of Boxoffice had reported that Cheshire and Cobb had purchased Houck’s interest in Minden’s walk-in Joy Theatre.

Presumably Cobb had Mr. Houck’s permission to also use his name on the new drive-in, as I can’t find any reports of a lawsuit growing out of that use, and the name remained Joy Drive-In until it closed.

Also it should be noted that the web page jimroy linked to says that Ruth Cheshire, who later remarried and became Ruth Lowe, bought out Cobb’s interest in the theaters and operated the drive-in until it closed. There is no mention of Fox Theatres ever having any interest in the theaters in Minden.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel commented about Rex Theatre on May 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Minden’s theater history is a bit muddled and the sources have some conflicting (and probably some erroneous) information, but this web page says that the Rex Theatre on Pearl Street was the first house of that name in Minden, not the second, and that it was taken over by Joy Houck, remodeled, and renamed the Joy Theatre. The page says this happened in the 1940s, but the move of the Rex name had to have been in the 1930s. There are multiple sources indicating that the second Rex was operating by the later 1930s. I’m not sure when the first Rex became the Joy. The house might have been closed for some time before being remodeled and reopened.

Comparing various vintage photos with modern Google street views, I’m sure the page is correct that the Rex and the Joy were the same house, and I believe the correct address of the theaters is 114 Pearl Street (we have the Joy listed at 112, and the Rex at 116.) The vintage photo of the Rex at the top of this page shows that the theater was in a building adjacent to the building in which the historical museum is now located. Though many Internet sources say that the museum is in the Rex building, that is clearly not the case. The subsequent photo on the museum’s web page shows that the museum entrance is in the space that in the vintage photo is occupied by a dry cleaning establishment.

This web page has a ca.1951 photo of the joy and shows that there was a building to the right of it. That was the building at 112 Pearl, which ends at an alley and never had an adjacent building on that side. This web page has a photo of the Joy taken at the same time from a different angle, and the brick pier of the museum building can be dimly seen at left.

The museum’s own web site says that in the 1950s the Joy was next door to the building now occupied by the museum. The building has been remodeled, and the streamline modern front of the Joy replaced by a brick facade. I have no doubt that the Rex and the Joy were the same theater, and their address is 114 Pearl Street. Our pages for the two theaters should be combined.

Also, our vintage photo of the Rex displays advertising for the 1934 Shirley Temple movie Baby Take a Bow, so the Rex was still operating at this location at least that late.