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spectrum commented about Paramount Center on Apr 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

The lobby is also a form of art deco- a little unusual with the preponderance of varnished wood, but definitely art deco. In fact, some of the walls are original, with the others being recreations of the original.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theater on Apr 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

The paramount is reopening! First event will be April 7, 2010, and more are on their calendar!

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Apr 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

I posted too soon – according to the museum’s website, they HAVE been doing a lot of renovation in the auditorium during summer 2009 – including repairing and painting the plaster in a historic color theme.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Apr 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

The first link above is of the Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, WI, and the second is of the Orpheum, according to the photo captions. They are remarkably similar, and the Oprheum photo looks very recent. Have they been doing some renovations recently?? (The photos in the Jan 19 post the auditorium looks father tattered.

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spectrum commented about Tivoli Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Nothing left of this one. Google maps show a car wash and parking lot at this site.

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spectrum commented about Monticello Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

From the google street photos, it has quite an impressive widefront facade of fancy red brick and white stone. as of 3/24/10 is still a church, the bricks have all been cleaned – it looks obviously renovated. Windows in the auditorium area – they may have done major remodeling in the auditorium. Looks like a bad neighborhood – the doors along the front have roll-down corrugated gates. It is still home to Miracle Temple Pentacostal Church – at least they were having recitals there in 2009.

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spectrum commented about Cameo Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

The current store in the front is selling office supplies. The drugstore appears to be gone now, -the theatre’s storefront is the only one left on this side of the block – all else is parking. But you can see the auditorium in back. people would walk straight back and turn turn right to enter the auditorium. From the air it looks big enough to seat at least 1,000. There is a small window in the side wall of the auditorium so it may be gutted inside. Then again they may have simply punched a small hole in the wall. The side that’s the back of the lobby is still complete – no windows.

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spectrum commented about Orient Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm

The building still exists. From street level photos, it looks like a late 1920s construction – typical neighborhood theatre. The marquee is wrapped with a banner proclaiming “Our Lady of Sorrows Church” with a street number of 654. But there is painted plywood across the entrance with padlocks. Looks like the church has closed down or moved, but the building is still intact, and presumably also the interior.

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spectrum commented about Greenfield Cinema 6 on Mar 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Last time i checked, the cinema portion of this shop[ping center was still boarded up.

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spectrum commented about Garden Cinemas on Mar 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

According to their website, even they do not know what happened to the organ. They estimate conservatively they draw 90,000 patrons per year.

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spectrum commented about Fox Performing Arts Center on Mar 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Re-opened. Jesus Christ Superstar opens April 1, 2010!

New official website is:

http://www.foxriversidelive.com/

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spectrum commented about AMC Metro 4 on Mar 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Actually the Parkway Twin, which was opened by AMC in Kansas City in 1962 was their first multiplex. But this was certainly one of the earliest.

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spectrum commented about Monroe Theatre on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:16 am

Looking through Google Maps, I followed the entire course of Millpond Parkway (it’s fairly short, running parallel to the main street). I did not see any building which resembled a older cinema, however at the corner of Millpond and Smith Field Court (Just south of the Free Library) is a building labeled Monroe Cinema. No street view available here but from the air it appears to be a modern building, quite new. Perhaps they demolished the old theater and put up a new multiplex recently.

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spectrum commented about Colonial Theatre on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

Address should read Lakes St (not Lake St). From Google maps, it’s rather confusing. Going east through downtown you pass by #18, then #20, then #15, then #21 and #23. Between 21 and 23 is early 1950s vintage 1 floor retail buildings. Around #20, is a small building saying (Town of Monroe, John DeAngelis Hall) which looks too small to be a former cinema. Across the street are a couple larger buildings, one of which from the air looks like a former cinema. It’s dark red brick, currently retail. Not sure which was the former Colonial Theatre.

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spectrum commented about Victory Theatre on Mar 10, 2010 at 7:47 am

Here is a direct link to the Victory Theatre article in the Valley Advocate:

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Here is a direct link to their 360 degree photo tours:

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spectrum commented about Aztec Theatre on Feb 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

The Aztec is now open! The website listed in the description is active once again.

Starting February 22, 2010 the Aztec is presenting the “Rose Hill Live Show”, a two hour concert of traditional country, western swing and gospel music. The show is running Fridays through Sundays through at least July 2010.

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spectrum commented about Stanley Theatre on Feb 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Here is a webpage with some wonderful interior shots of the Stanley theater showing the renovation done by the Newark Gospel Tabernacle. Shows both lobbies and auditorium. This theatre may have served as an inspiration for Fred Wentworth when he designed the Stanley in Jersey City – the auditoriums are remarkably similar, although the Newark Stanley has a fully atmospheric lobby. The building looks in excellent shape!

http://www.newarkhistory.com/newarktabernacle.html

Their webpage listed above appears to be down.

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spectrum commented about Wang Theatre on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

Here’s a corrected link to the photos at the Conrad Schmitt studios. Some great before and after restoration photos!

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spectrum commented about Carrollton Theater on Feb 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

From the website listed above in the 1st comment, the Carrolton is now a banquet hall. It appears it is now back in business after Katrina. Looks quite nice inside and I can see the shape of the original auditorium. Nice decor, almost better than when it was a cinema.

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spectrum commented about Victory Theatre on Feb 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

There’s a whole bunch (48 total) of interior photos of the Victory at Rambling VanDog’s Flicker site:

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spectrum commented about Paramount Center on Feb 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

Here’s a corrected, direct link to the video tour of the new Paramount:

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spectrum commented about Brook Arts Center on Jan 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Sorry, here’s the third one:

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And as a bonus: a ten minute scene from the original “Phantom of the Opera”

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spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Sorry, here’s the third one:

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And as a bonus: a ten minute scene from the original “Phantom of the Opera”

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spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

To get an idea of how a silent film sounds with excellent organ accompaniment, check out these recent Youtube videos of a 1926 film “The winning of Barbara Worth” with magnificent organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson – real original silent film-type music!

This was recorded during a showing at the Bound Brook theater in September 2009.

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That’s over 20 minutes of film and organ bliss!

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spectrum commented about Brook Arts Center on Jan 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm

There are some wonderful clips on youtube of a 1926 film “The winning of Barbara Worth” with magnificent organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson – real original silent film-type music!

This was recorded during a showing at the Bound Brook theater in September 2009.

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That’s over 20 minutes of film and organ bliss!