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HowardBHaas commented about Warner Theatre on Feb 26, 2012 at 6:25 am

Photo of auditorium ceiling http://www.decopix.com/LR_DOA_Gallery-Final/content/West_Chester_Warner_4_NX_large.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Colonial Theatre on Feb 26, 2012 at 5:50 am

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel section has an article “The Berkshires' show goes on” from New York Times News Service, but I can’t find online link. There’s a gorgeous photo of auditorium facing stage. We have it listed here as still showing movies. Does it show movies, perhaps classics, at all?

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HowardBHaas commented about Charles Cinema on Feb 25, 2012 at 4:36 am

Dan, webmaster can’t “move” picture but unlocked Street View in case anybod can manually guide locale to the ex-cinema. It might be miles, though.

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HowardBHaas commented about Alden Theater on Feb 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Copy & paste this link from East Falls Historical Society, then click on photo to make it larger: http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com/?p=763

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HowardBHaas commented about University Village 3 on Feb 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Also known as a Triplex

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HowardBHaas commented about University Village 3 on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

No, Chris, I was having fun. I thought about doing the same with Danny’s comment, i.e. I should book a flight right away! Fortunately, there are many greatly positive memories on this site, too, albeit none yet for this one!

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HowardBHaas commented about El Capitan Theater on Feb 24, 2012 at 5:03 am

ABC’s Good Morning America is being broadcast right now live from the auditorium in a pre-Oscar show, with audience in the seats.

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HowardBHaas commented about University Village 3 on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

Now I am laughing. This site was created so we could “treasure” our historic cinemas. You were doing the reverse, so yes, I was deadpanning appreciation. Of course, I realize there are some not so good, usually post 1960s, movie houses here, too.

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HowardBHaas commented about University Village 3 on Feb 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Chris. It is so good to know just how much our historic cinema gems are truly “treasured” and how fondly people recall their childhood movie theaters.

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HowardBHaas commented about Alabama Theatre on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

Proscenium arch & murals destroyed! http://www.ghpa.org/news/?m=20111129

http://www.ghpa.org/news/?p=104

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HowardBHaas commented about Alabama Theatre on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

Cement going into floor thttp://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2011/10/readying-for-trader-joes/o level it for Trader Joes,

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HowardBHaas commented about Digital Film switch could signal end of historic movie theaters on Feb 22, 2012 at 6:21 am

I understand a Blu Ray is about equivalent to 16mm, but not to 35mm and that it takes at least 4 k to be ballpark equivalent (and sometimes not as nice) as 35mm. So theatrical presentations from Blu Ray or DVD discs aren’t the same quality & resolution as film!

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HowardBHaas commented about Vista Theatre on Feb 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

The exterior with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on marquee was featured for a few minutes in tonight’s episode of TNT TV’s “Southland” cop drama show.

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HowardBHaas commented about Music Box Theatre on Feb 21, 2012 at 8:19 am

Joe, thanks, the wrong photo has been removed as I sent in the request to the site masters.

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HowardBHaas commented about Stanley Theatre on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:55 am

In reply to my question as to which Center City movie theater “Auntie Mame” was shown, Vince Young replied that “Mame” was the well received Christmas 1958 attraction at the Stanley….ran for weeks on end.

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HowardBHaas commented about Suburban World for sale on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

I didn’t realize they built small atmospherics. I don’t understand if it is closed as the article says why the website lists specific events?

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HowardBHaas commented about Attikon Cinema on Feb 16, 2012 at 5:37 am

Let’s hope they mean a restoration so it looks like the photographs. http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/53299 6. REBUILDING CINEMAS The government will fund the reparations to the neoclassical building housing the historic Attikon and Apollon cinemas, in central Athens. Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos announced the decision at yesterday’s cabinet meeting. The two cinemas were seriously damaged in an arson attack during Sunday’s riots in central Athens.

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HowardBHaas commented about Riots destroy Athens cinemas on Feb 16, 2012 at 5:36 am

Let’s hope they mean a restoration so it looks like the photographs. http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/53299 6. REBUILDING CINEMAS The government will fund the reparations to the neoclassical building housing the historic Attikon and Apollon cinemas, in central Athens. Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos announced the decision at yesterday’s cabinet meeting. The two cinemas were seriously damaged in an arson attack during Sunday’s riots in central Athens.

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HowardBHaas commented about Danaos 1-2 on Feb 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

2010 photo at night of exterior http://www.flickr.com/photos/comzeradd/5019725167/

2010 photo of an auditorium facing the screen http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrosmaragos/5898029750/

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HowardBHaas commented about Riots destroy Athens cinemas on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Ridiculous reasoning on this blog for why cinemas were set on fire-

http://cuntrastamu.com/

Attikon Cinema dating from 1870 burns, as did and a building housing the Asty, an underground cinema used by the Gestapo during World War Two as a torture chamber. Cinemas, like art galleries, help maintaining property values for the bourgeoisie.

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HowardBHaas commented about Riots destroy Athens cinemas on Feb 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

Best article is a newer one:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/02/14/attikon-the-death-of-a-cultural-icon/

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HowardBHaas commented about Attikon Cinema on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:57 am

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/13/1992173/greeks-clean-up-after-riots-against.html This AP & other reports reveals that the rioters selected the neoclassic buildings central Athens leaving the new buildings that many characterize as “dirty concrete building”

Here are excerpts" Police said rioters destroyed or damaged more than 110 buildings, of which 50 were burned. They included nine listed as national heritage buildings, mostly in the neoclassical style, while 30 stores were looted.

Smoke still rose from the remains of a landmark 1870 building which had housed one of the capital’s most loved cinemas, the Attikon, since 1916. About 100 people held a candle-light protest outside the gutted structure late Monday.

“Criminals targeted all that was best in the city of Athens, its neoclassical monuments,” said Thanassis Davakis, cultural policy chief of the conservative New Democracy party, a coalition government partner. “The damage must be swiftly redressed and the city’s memory restored.”

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“(The rioters) intentionally picked traditional buildings to burn,” New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said. “These scum must know that when the time comes I will rip off their hoods.”

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/13/1992173/greeks-clean-up-after-riots-against.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/13/1992173/greeks-clean-up-after-riots-against.html#storylink=cpy

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HowardBHaas commented about 2012 Gathering to mourn loss of Athens Attikon cinema on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:37 am

After the Feb 12, 2012 rioters burned down the cinema.

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HowardBHaas commented about Attikon Cinema on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:29 am

Correct, unfortunately not saved from fire, here are photos of its destruction followed by 2 articles & a link we can only hope comes true…. http://www.demotiximages.com/news/1051923/attikon-cinema-day-after-riots-athens

http://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/news.php?id=726 excerpt- The riots in Athens have claimed a historic victim – the 19th century Attikon cinema, famous as one of the city’s most beautiful new-Classical buildings. The key venue for the Athens International Film Festival, it attracted film fans from around the world every September and was a popular destination for tourists at other times of year.

With its sweeping galleries, arching sky-blue ceiling and lush red velvet seats, the cinema was admired by lovers of film and architecture alike, but today all that remained was a smouldering ruin following an arson attack. It had been operating as a cinema since 1912 and the previous night had been screening Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/02/14/attikon-the-death-of-a-cultural-icon/ entitled “Attikon: The Death of a Cultural Icon” ATHENS – As Greeks awoke on Feb. 13 after a night of violence and arson that destroyed 45 businesses in the capital city, they saw nothing was left of one of its most historic venues, the Neo-Classical building that housed the century-old Attikon theater, one of the lushest old movie palaces in Europe, gone now with the ashes that flitted into the night air like celluloid film burning away. It burned along with the adjacent Apollon, restored half a century ago.

A few hundred anarchists infiltrating a crowd of more than 100,000 demonstrators, protesting more austerity measures being imposed by the government so that international aid to keep the country from going bankrupt would keep coming, battled riot police deep into the night as Parliament approved more pay cuts for beleaguered Greeks. The firefights of Molotov Cocktails versus stun grenades and tear gas left Greeks, already inured to violence after two years of protests, riots and strikes, shocked at what they saw in the morning after: banks and businesses gone, livelihoods lost, more people out of work in a country with more than one million unemployed, and the movie theaters where many went to escape the misery of reality in modern Greece reduced to a pile of smoldering debris.

Not lost on most is that the Attikon and Apollo were nearly adjacent to the burned-out hulk of a former Marfin Bank branch that was firebombed by arsonists on May 5, 2010 in the first major riot against austerity. It killed three bank workers trapped inside, including a young expectant woman. No one has been arrested for those murders and riot police watched the movie theater burn away too. The beautifully restored Apollon, a historic 1960’s theatre, and the Attikon just next door, operated year-round showing the latest releases, and also hosted the Athens International Film Festival.

In a city filled with filthy, grey concrete buildings, the Attikon was one of the few neo-classical buildings left, and during the economic crisis had begun offering 2-for-1 admission ticket nights so that Greeks with little disposable income left could get away from their everyday lives and disappear into a movie. It dated back to 1870 and was a mainstay on one of the city’s main avenues, Stadiou Street, where one in four stores has closed during the last five years of recession, and was just around the corner from another theater that was burned, the Asty, whose owner said he was warned by anarchists earlier they would torch his business unless he paid a huge sum in protection money.

Ironically, the Attikon had survived occupation by the Nazis during World War II, who left it alone, while the Gestapo used the underground Asty as a torture chamber. It is adjacent to a WWII museum now gone too. The Attikon began operating in 1912 – now dead on its 100th anniversary. It was reminiscent of the golden days of movie palaces, with thick, lush seats, a giant screen, balcony and side boxes, luxurious and comfortable, a place where you could sink into your seat, the antithesis to boxy mall cinemas, a testament to a time gone past, which it now joined.

Anarchists roam at will during the protests in Greece, looting, burning, killing and destroying banks and buildings and luxury car dealerships. None have been arrested as Greeks complain that police instead apprehend innocent protesters. The perpetrators are not hard to spot: they come to their work wearing hoods, face masks, and often carrying barrel staves or other wooden poles with which to battle police.

Nikos Konstandaras, the respected editor of Kathimerini newspaper, wrote that what Greeks lost in the fires was more than just buildings. “The neoclassical building that housed the Attikon cinema was one of the most beautiful in Athens, among the very few that reminded us of what our city could have become if we had respected its past, if we cared about its present and its future. Perhaps it was a fitting sacrifice – a symbol of our rush to destroy because we cannot create, an expression of our need to abandon memories and pass into the future, blackened with ashes and rage,” he said sadly. Visitors also wrote lovingly of their time at the Attikon, as one earlier noted during an on-line review, stating, “The service was great the atmosphere fantastic and the surroundings were very nice.” It was a site recommended to tourists by the travel guide Lonely Planet, and now it has been lost.

With lit candles in their hand and tears in their eyes, a crowd of sorrowful citizens gathered outside Attikon yesterday to mourn the cinema’s destruction. Among the Athenians in the crowd who had fond memories of watching movies at the Attikon since they were children, were a number of artists who came to commemorate the building’s significance for the arts in Greece. In addition, reporters from several international media outlets gathered to express their shock and dismay at the burning of the Attikon, and wondered if it was really necessary for such a historic and culturally significant building to be destroyed as a result of Greeks’ rage against the government and additional austerity measures.

Rebuild? http://mydesignstories.net/profiles/blogs/we-will-rebuild?xg_source=activity

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HowardBHaas commented about Family Theater on Feb 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

That Washingtonian Magazine link is very interesting!