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when I would visit relatives in Cincinnati as a youngster from Chicago in the 50’s, there was definitely de facto segregation in public places, like movie theaters and the Coney Island amusement park.
No surprises here. In his autobiography, the comedian Dick Gregory wrote about having to sit in the segregated balcony of a Carbondale Illinois movie theater. Illinois and Ohio did not have Jim Crow laws on the books, but they existed in unofficial practice,nonetheless.
It appears that there is an ongoing effort to reopen this theater as a community arts center.
Galesville was director/writer Nicholas Ray’s home town. He probably got some of his interest in films by attending this theater, I would imagine.
This theater is closed and has been for at least 2 years.
According to the article, this theater is getting more than a facelift. The interior has been gutted and repurposed.
This building was recently featured on “American Pickers.” The school is used as a warehouse by a local developer who is renovating the community.
Popular place. This theater showed up again on “Dateline NBC” tonight. In “Deadly House of Cards”, an aspiring young Edmonton movie producer turned killer is profiled.
The theater is currently closed as it is moving to a new location at 1436 Main Street in Troy. The name is now Troy Movie House and it is scheduled to reopen in November. Information can be found on the website: http://troymoviehouse.com/
New website. http://www.foxcinemacafe.com/
A shot of Langdon’s Main Street with the Roxy front and center showed up on NBC’s “Dateline” show last night.
Here is a picture of the Gem from 1915.
Status should be demolished. The address given is incorrect. More llikely it is 151 South Ludington. This picture taken today from that location matches Don Lewis' postcard picture.
Notice that the sign for the steakhouse is identical to the 1960 picture, as well as is the cornice on the building adjacent to it . The theater has been replaced by the Columbus Public Safety Building at the right in this picture.
According to the website, the Patio will reopen on June 3 with a screening of “Thor.”
Hope it works out OK.
This theater closed in March, 2010 after the town cancelled the operator’s lease.
This theater has now gone digital.
A lot more is involved than installing new equipment. To prevent dust intrusion, the projection booth had to be sealed and air-conditioned.
Here’s a couple of old interior pictures from the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Click on the small pictures to expand them.
Here’s an early 1900s picture of the Gotham Theater, showing an elevated train, a streetcar, and other vehicles. Click on the picture to enlarge.
Chicago had its film row on South Wabash Avenue. Here’s an article on those times
The theater marquee is prominently featured in the movie “Hop” which opened this weekend.
Crown opened a megaplex in suburban Skokie,Illinois that is now part of AMC. It is a very popular theater, with covered parking.
At least Chicago might have a chance with light rail. Here in Wisconsin, our new governor turned down federal money for high-speed rail and he is also an opponent of light rail as well.
Not sure how he feels about movie theaters, tho.
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“Green” film festival at the Nevada. View link
This listing is no less appropriate than some others on this site. For example, there is a high school auditorium in Wisconsin that was listed because it occasionally screened a movie.
At least this venue seems to be more dedicated to frequent movie showings.