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Simon Overton commented about Paramount Theatre on Jan 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

For ORIGINAL PHOTOS & HISTORY of your theater, go to your local library and/or city hall and request they look through their archives.
Also meet with long-time senior residents who may have scrap books and personal photo albums. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PROJECT!!!

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Simon Overton commented about Paris Opera broadcast live to UK cinemas on Jan 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Anything “classical” in cinemas would be a most welcome change of programming from the cart loads of manure being dumped on us from those cretins in Hollywood.

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Simon Overton commented about Salt Lake's Utah Theater purchased by city for film center on Jan 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Finally… it’s about time and this place is right at Temple Square where the electric street cars pass!

For five photos, scroll down on the SLC Tribune story. Nothing too spectacular but this old lady must have been magnificent in its heyday! At least the city’s glorious Capitol Theatre is open.

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Simon Overton commented about Happy New Year! on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Wouldn’t it be lUverly…
if owners and/or managers of cinemas and theaters (especially historic places) were to have a movie-size poster made for their lobby advertising this website.
This form of publicity about “CT”, with a brief explanation of what this incredible site has to offer, would bring so much pleasure to those who don’t know about it! I didn’t until I bought CT’s publication at the mind-boggling Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Ca.

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Simon Overton commented about Korean theater claims to have world's largest screen on Dec 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Salt Lake City’s magnificent Villa Theatre HAD a 90 plus foot screen installed for the Cinerama process. Sadly, the huge Villa was converted into a carpet showroom a few years ago.

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Simon Overton commented about Adaptive reuse of historic movie theaters on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

A book shop occupies the former Varsity Theatre in Stanford, Ca.

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Simon Overton commented about Three Lakes Center For the Arts on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

When I lived in the greater Southampton (England) area, I was a volunteer at the Sarisbury Green Community Centre… which was a left-over Quanset hut from WW2. I believe Quanset and Nissan huts are alike but with different names.
Anyhow, this was at least one hundred feet long by fifty feet wide.
After the war they added a decent twenty foot deep stage with large wings. This is were my talents were developed as a stage hand during concerts, dances, bingo, plays and a few movies.
I had paid close attention to events when viewing live shows at Southampton’s (then) Gaumont Theatre, especially the correct use of curtains and specialty “mood” lighting.
I revisited my old stomping grounds in 2000 and was delighted to see the old hut is still operating. Ah, happy days!

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Simon Overton commented about Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Has theater designer JOSEPH MUSIL, who was previously involved in the Fine Arts renovation, been hired with this recent renovation?

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Simon Overton commented about Village Theater in Coronado will renovated, reopen as triplex on Dec 8, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Coronado really needs a cinema… Why must residents be forced to drive over the bridge into San Diego? It does NOT make sense.

Everyone involved should be lucky that Joseph Musil has been chosen to direct this renovation. I don’t know of anyone more consummate than him. His theatrical studio/museum, in the Santora Arts Building in Santa Ana, is nothing else than magnificent!

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Simon Overton commented about Grand holiday show & traditional free evening! on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

Congratulations to all of you at the Grand Theatre… you have certainly “Put The Show Back Into Show Business.” This is what going to the movies is all about; professionalism, fair pricing and an enjoyable picture. The organ must sound fabulous.

Another teaser, to passers-by, would be to re-broadcast your audio of film and organ from the marquee.

I’ve always used the above phrase for my little 30-seater Bijou home cinema here in Oregon and invite family, friends and neighbors in for one-weekly free classic films, popcorn and the Hammond organ.

Good Luck and loooooooooooong may your GRAND place sparkle!

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Simon Overton commented about AMC and Regal ban outside food from theaters on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:09 am

As a semi-retired part time usher, the incredible amount of garbage I pick up between 4 to 5 sets a day simply astounds me and that includes both sex restrooms!

The majority of the general public are quite respectful and I try to say a personal “thank you” when they pitch their garbage into a container.

What really makes me snort fire and brimstone is the thoughtless movie patrons who leave their outside purchase empties, etc., all over the floor. I wonder what their last servant died of?

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Simon Overton commented about Raging fire destroys Historic Central Texas Theater in Hamilton on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm

If every townsfolk and business were able to chip into a special fund, say about $10 a head -or more, perhaps this once lovely old cinema could return from the ashes. I hope so and good luck!

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Simon Overton commented about The story of the St. Francis on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

San Francisco’s Market Street once housed a fabulous collection of cinematic and theatrical palaces… but not anymore. Known as “The City that knows how,” one can just about count the remaining citie’s theaters on one hand.
Future generations will never have a clue at what our forefathers created for us to enjoy.
Go on… Smash everything down for the sake of money and greed… Who the hell cares after we’re dead? Definitely not today’s pathetic and gormless youth we spawned. God help us!

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Simon Overton commented about Moving seats at Emagine on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Motion seats? I hope they don’t screen “Titanic.” Glug, glug, glug!

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Simon Overton commented about Blue Mouse Theatre 1923 opening night re-creation with Dennis James on Nov 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I forgot to mention that Mr. James makes San Francisco’s Castro Theatre Wurlitzer sound the best in the west!

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Simon Overton commented about Blue Mouse Theatre 1923 opening night re-creation with Dennis James on Nov 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I forgot to mention that Mr. James makes San Francisco’s Castro Theatre Wurlitzer sound the best in the west!

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Simon Overton commented about Blue Mouse Theatre 1923 opening night re-creation with Dennis James on Nov 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Like countless thousands of silent motion picture fans AND the pleasure of of witnessing Dennis James at the organ console, all I can say is “I’m GREEN” with envy.

Congratulations to all who keep the Blue Mouse Theatre open!!!

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Simon Overton commented about Iris Theatre on Nov 4, 2009 at 9:37 pm

If you are seeking interior photographs of the Iris Theatre, you might visit your local library, city hall or put out a request for help from possibly a seniors club, etc.

Good luck and “GO FOR IT”

P.S., You have a very famous black movie star hailing from your city (sorry, his name escapes me) but if you are non-profit, why not ask for his backing, especially for publicity and re-opening!

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Simon Overton commented about The Majestic Crest Theatre for Sale on Nov 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Peter… Getting back to the Majestic Crest and putting medical issues aside… the sparkling marquee lights are exactly what show business is all about and has been since the dot.

The auditorium’s decor is truly incredible -to say the least!
My friend Joseph Musil, creator of Santa Ana’s “American Museum of Theatrical Design, really did one of his most creative ever designs for this charming movie palace… and long may it twinkle!

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Simon Overton commented about Former San Francisco theatre, now Church meeting the wrecking ball on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm

And P.S. I might add that the listing of San Francisco’s cinemas on “CT” are 140 plus.
For a city of about seven square miles, that a hell of a lot!

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Simon Overton commented about Former San Francisco theatre, now Church meeting the wrecking ball on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Yes, San Francisco, well known as “The City That Knows How” keeps true to her famous title.
Pretty soon the historic cinemas and theaters will all be gone for good, under the name of progress.
Then we’ll be left with the ugly black boxes known as multiplexes. And that’s when I’ll watch flicks in my private home cinema!

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Simon Overton commented about Complete Set of 500 vintage marquee letters Pre-1900???? on Oct 18, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Contact the volunteer, non-profit THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY of AMERICA in Elmhurst, Illinois. Phone: 630-782-1800

Please don’t sell them to a private collector.I recommend donating them to their fabulous museum. It contains thousands of wonderful cinema and theater artifacts.
This organization is a tower of information, especially photos. They offer older and younger generations (still to come) the chance to physically see what our forefathers created for us to enviously savor in awe!

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Simon Overton commented about The Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival on Oct 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

San Francisco’s fabulous CASTRO THEATRE also hosts an excellent Jewish Film Festival.

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Simon Overton commented about Sea Theater on Oct 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

From the mid 1950’s, my wife’s family lived in a charming seaside town called Pacifica, just 15 miles south of San Francisco. The local cinema was called the “Seaview” which was cleverly decorated in an underwater theme and colors.
She said there were door prizes and plate nights, etc., and it was just total fun, especially for the Saturday morning kids shows!
Later it was twinned, then came the greedy multiplexes, the place went down with increasing costs and that was the end of the Seaview Cinema…lock, stock and barrel, as they say!

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Simon Overton commented about Boise Towne Square Reel Theater bites the dust on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Well… at least the magnificent and historic EGYPTIAN THEATRE is still open… This past summer, I stopped in to see a flick on my way back to Oregon from Salt Lake City.
It was my way of supporting a single screen cinema/theater that still uses their curtains!
HELLO OUT THERE… IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS STATEMENT?