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DavidZornig commented about Ritz Theatre on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

1941 photo added, courtesy of Billy Ray Merritt‎. It is the left building of the two that M & M Furniture currently inhabits. 307 W. Chickasha is the correct address for the Ritz.

M & M uses 309, because their entrance is in the right hand building, next door to where the Ritz was. As they now have a combined storefront.

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DavidZornig commented about Circa 1950 photo courtesy of the Memories of growing up or living in Mexico, MO. Facebook page. on Nov 22, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Sorry samariano, didn’t see your post until today.

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DavidZornig commented about Coliseum Cinemas on Nov 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Wider version of the B.S. Moss Coliseum, circa 1920’s photo added credit Wurts Brothers.

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DavidZornig commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Circa 1926 photo added, credit Duke University Collection.

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DavidZornig commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Nov 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Circa 1926 photo as the Columbia added, photo credit Duke University Collection.

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DavidZornig commented about 10/05/73-11/01/73 photo credit Chicago Tribune. on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

10/5/73 photo by Quentin C. Dodt, Chicago Tribune.

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DavidZornig commented about Times Theatre on Nov 16, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Late `80’s promo image as The Good Times Theatre Inc. added, image credit RockfordReminisce.com Facebook page. Don’t know the span in years for this incarnation.

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DavidZornig commented about Highland Park Theatre on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:03 am

This link has the chronology through May 2016, with a breakdown of the public feedback as of then.

http://www.cityhpil.com/index.aspx?NID=617

Excerpt here:

Public feedback was attained through a survey that was available from September 21 – October 17, 2015. At its October 26, 2015 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the City presented results from the public survey. The City received 353 responses to the survey; however, because the survey was voluntary, the results are not scientific and only reflect the sentiments of those who responded and not the public as a whole. Public feedback from the survey was considered directional and was one of several components considered to assist the City in making a final determination regarding the property. Overall, survey respondents noted that neighborhood impact and land use were the most important characteristics of development for the Theater. Historic preservation and public parking were ranked as less significant factors that should be considered.

The link also has a good 2011 night shot with the marquee lit, which I re-posted in the Photos Section as there was none.

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DavidZornig commented about Highland Park Theatre on Nov 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

Probably the most telling paragraph in the story, as well as in the 2014 comment.

“The city purchased the struggling movie theater for $2.1 million in 2009 with the intent of keeping an entertainment venue at the eastern edge of the city’s downtown. The city continued to operate the movie theater until mid 2012, when it was closed for fire code violations.”

So now instead of spending the money 4 years ago to get it up to their own code (which they should have known when they bought it), they now are taking a million dollar loss.

“It abruptly closed in summer of 2012 after code violations came to light”? What would have been the costs to get it up to code back then, so it could have at least continued operating and making money the last 4 years? Or at a minimum made it more attractive to potential investors as an active venue that could remain that way. Versus a dormant property for tear down.

Sounds like the city really didn’t want it there, and thought they could flip it much faster. I wonder if they had invested in digital projectors, so it it could have ran first run films.

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DavidZornig commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Rivest266, the Woods article re-posted here.

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DavidZornig commented about Today Theater on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:53 am

rivest266, the grand opening ad did not properly load to the photo section.

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DavidZornig commented about 9/29/64 photo via Tim O'Neill. on Nov 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

June 29th, 1964 via the recently added Grand Opening image.

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DavidZornig commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Nov 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

1955 photo added courtesy of Jim Jasiota‎. Giant Marilyn Monroe image on the marquee, for “The Seven Year Itch”.

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DavidZornig commented about Farnam Theatre on Nov 11, 2016 at 11:34 am

1928 photo added, photo credit Nathaniel L. Dewell, courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Copy courtesy of Charles Martens.

The buildings housing the G. & W. Sandwich Shop, Metro Cafe and Cole Theatre Supply Company, 15th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, 1928. Nathaniel L. Dewell, photographer. Notice that the Paxton Hotel is just beginning construction! The building with the arched window is known today as the Kraft building; there is a restaurant on the main level, apartments above and a photography studio. The Farnam Theater was on the upper levels in 1917.

Also the building and neighboring building’s full history in the below link.

https://myomahaobsession.com/2016/04/22/then-now-the-goodrich-pease-and-drexel-buildings/

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DavidZornig commented about Maplewood Twin Cinema on Nov 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

2011 article about the Jerry Lewis Cinema chain.

http://archives.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2011/08/25/bad-ideas-from-the-1970s-jerry-lewis-cinema-franchises-were-a-nutty-disaster

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DavidZornig commented about Omaha Theater on Nov 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

Omaha Opera House should be added as an AKA name in 1939. I added an April 28, 1939 photo of the premiere of “Union Pacific” at the then Omaha Opera House to the Photo’s Section. Photo & copy courtesy of Richard Thies‎.

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DavidZornig commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:54 am

1/16/37 photo & copy added courtesy of Charles Martens.

“Opening of the Burlington Bus Depot at the corner of 15th and Douglas Streets. 1-16-1937”

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DavidZornig commented about Cooper 70 on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

1961 photo as Cooper Cinerama added courtesy of Steve Raglin. (Full left side of the photo can be seen on the Rialto Theatre page.)

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DavidZornig commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:43 am

1961 photo of the former Rialto as Tully’s added, courtesy of Steve Raglin. There is a second photo of Cooper’s Cinerama next door as well. Maybe some one with photo editing skills can combine the two.

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DavidZornig commented about Edens I & II Theaters on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

Thank you rivest266 for all your postings.

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DavidZornig commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 9, 2016 at 6:25 am

1957 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Apollo Theatre on Nov 9, 2016 at 6:19 am

Late `50’s photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Wakefield Theatre on Nov 9, 2016 at 6:16 am

1969 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

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DavidZornig commented about Peepland on Nov 9, 2016 at 6:11 am

1978 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.