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This article in the 2/12/06 Topeka Capitol-Journal mentions the Co-Ed Theatre:
“Question: What was the name of the former theater at 1401 S.W. Lane, where Latta Whitlow now has its offices? —– S.M., Topeka
Answer: It was the Co-Ed Theatre, according to Topeka directories.
It operated at that location from 1938 to 1955 and also housed other businesses before Latta-Whitlow moved there in 1970.
Some of the occupants were the Community Center, Jake Simon’s Barber Shop, Johnson Music Mart, State Farm Insurance Co., Marjie’s Bakery and Roto-Rooter Sewer Service.
The location served first as the home for Topeka Fire Station No. 5 from 1926 to 1931 and also was the longtime home of the Topeka Auction Co".
Here is a photo of the Patio from July 1982. There was more left of the bottom part of the support for the former vertical sign at that time than there is now. Does anyone know when they took off the vertical sign on the Patio?
The marquee still looked great then, how I remember it when I went there when I was a boy. It’s too bad the marquee has fallen into such disrepair since it closed.
A photo of the Des Plaines Theatre before the fire from 1982.
Photos from July of 1982 after the March 1982 fire at the theater.
Reopened by the end of 1983 in this photo
Here is a photo I took about 2 weeks ago of the IFC Center.
Marc, you’re thinking of the Chelten Theatre, which has a page on Cinema Treasures here.
There was also a Pastime Theatre in Ashton on Main Street that operated until 1931. I wonder if the Ashton Theatre is the Pastime Theatre reopened at a later date and renamed?
I took the photos below of the former Paramount Theatre last week:
Some photos of Radio City Music Hall I took last week can be seen
“Paris 36” playing at the Paris Theatre, in a photo I took last week:
The exterior of the former Times Square Theatre, photographed last week, totally covered in advertising:
I took this photo of a dark Hilton Theatre last week.
A couple photos of the New Victory I took last week:
Here is a photo of the Empire 25 I took last week.
Here are a couple photos I took of the Paramount Building last week:
Here are day and night photos of the New Amsterdam taken last week.
A night view I took of the Palace last week can be seen here.
Here is a photo of the Shore I took last week.
What a great colorful marquee and vertical sign on this little theater. They more than make up for the relatively bland theater building itself.
Here is a circa-1948 exterior view of the Rustic Theatre.
The address given in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook for the Tremont Theatre is 187 Main Street, which is part of the block-long 19th century Merchant’s Exchange building, which today houses Martha’s Exchange restaurant on the first floor and law offices on the upper floors. On the history page of Martha’s (http://www.marthas-exchange.com/) there is no mention made that this building ever housed a movie theater, just various stores.
A case of taking censoring films into their own hands…from the Chicago Tribune Sept. 7, 1949 (in part):
VANDALS INVADE THEATER; RUIN “IMPROPER” FILM
Ruse Lures Operator Away From Booth
Three vandals gained entrace by a ruse last night to the movie projection booth of the Astor theater, 12 S. Clark st., and used an ax to destroy four reels of film which one of them said were “not the right sort of pictures to be shown."
Roland Reisch, manager of the theater, said his movie operator, Herbert Personne, 62, of 8446 Drexel av., had been lured from his booth by a telephone caller who demanded to speak with him. When Personne hung up on the caller and returned to his machine, he found the ruined film on the floor.
The films destroyed were being shown on the current program. They were "Hitler’s Love Life”, “How to Undress Before Your Husband” and “Passion’s Payment”, pictures of the Nuremberg trial. Duplicate reels were supplied to the theater by Dwane Esper, a Hollywood representative, after a call by Reisch.
A couple of photos of the Ritz Theatre can be seen here.
This site has a photo of what is supposed to be the Hiawatha Theatre. The Sept. 25, 1937 edition of Boxoffice states that “G.A. Peterson has opened his new 300-seat Hiawatha Theatre at Gwinn, Mich.” The 1945 Film Daily Yearbook, however, only shows a closed Gwinn Theatre for Gwinn’s only movie theater. By the 1951 edition, the only theater listed for Gwinn is the Hiawatha.
A vintage photo of the Freeman Theatre can be seen here.
Ristorante al Teatro is opening sometime this month in the Thalia building. I believe that the restaurant is located in the former storefronts of the building along 18th Street, not in the auditorium space. I wonder if the hall is going to be restored as well. There are also apartments in the former office spaces for the Bohemian groups that built the structure on the upper levels of Thalia Hall.