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Latest news – December 2009 the foundation officially purchased the Victory for $7,500.00 (They had previously been leasing it for $1.00/year), and currently they only have to raise $8,000,000 of the $27,000,000 needed to complete the renovation!
Google maps still shows the bowling alley there, and the roof looks new.
Their website now has panoramic views of the auditorium and lobby; they also completed a renovation in 2006.
Well, in November 2010, they are listed in the on-line yellow pages at 616 Blue Hills Avenue, the address of the former theatre. I hope this means they have been able to repair the damage and move back.
The website has been stripped of all content except for the basic template. I wonder what’s happening…
Good news: The Granada is open again. Now owned by Imagio Dei – Friends of Christianity, an ecumenical arts organization. They replaced the roof in May 2010 and as of November they are open and performances are being held. It is available to the community to host events of various types.
The website is: http://www.imagodeiarts.org/index.cfm
Also has a link to a page on the organ which was removed and dismantled several years ago. The KCPTO recently purchased the organ and had it trucked back to Kansas City where they plan to restore the organ and install it, but they haven’t secured a location for it yet.
The 2009 photo indicated an event was being held there but the marquee is blank in the 2010 photos. I can’t find a website listing anywhere. I wonder if the renovation was even completed.
Their website appears glitched but under the top page these two are still functioning:
For events they only list a play with no date on it. But the top link can get you to a nice photo gallery of interior spaces. I hope thye can get things back on track!
Current website for the church renovating the theatre is:
The renovations have begun! Their webpage has a photo of the auditorium which shopws the interior decor to be in excellent (and unaltered) condition!
From Google street views (2010) it looks as if this theatre is demolished.
From, the Google Street View, the building is still there, the exterior looks nicely renovated and it is being used for something but I can’t tell what. From the decor, it may be offices.
Contrary to what was said above – it looks like the auditorium was not gutted in the 1950s. The current banquet hall shows a nicely renovated atmospheric auditorium with balcony and priscenium arch. Still have clouds painted on the ceiling. Their history article makes no mention about conversion to a Woolworth’s – they merely mention it going into decline in the 1960s. They renovated it into a banquet hall starting in 1993.
From Google Views it looks like this theatre was demolished long ago. It was just a block away from the Indiana Theatre.
This is now the church for the House of Prayer, Church of God in Christ.
This is now the Israel Methodist Community Church.
This is currently the Ambassadors for Christ Church. They have done a beautiful restoration of the building both inside and outside. All the original features retained!
Now the message says that both the web page and the theatre itself are under renovation. The webpage has a link to the Chicago park’s District calendar which indicates the next event at the Virginia will be at the end of December 2010, so it looks like this renovation will be a fairly quick one.
Detailed restoration plans for the theatre have been released; the restoration will include a complete restoration of the WurliTzer and replication of the original console. http://www.cr-atos.org
The closest cinema to the Delman and Almeda is the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Natural history but that’s probably not it. Somewhat to the north and east are the Park (Delman Street), the Sunset at 1711 McGowan, the Dowling on Bowling Street and the French Quarter (although I can’t get any info on that one)
New official website is: http://grandtheatredouglas.org/site/
Quite a bit of progress – they’ve virtually completed restoration phases I through III, and have completed some parts of Phases 4 and 5. Quite a job too. Some of the pre-restoration photos show the auditorium with the roof, ceiling and part of the auditorium wallks completely gone – looks like a two-level outdoor theatre! But a lot hsa been done since then and their plan calls for complete restoration/recreation of the archictural details.
From the photos above, it looks like there was a fire at the Paramount in 1980, and the current Google photo shows that the auditorium has been razed, wiuth the lobby portion remaining (with marquee) as a retail store.
From the google photos and the postcard it looks as if the Rex has been demolished. Replaced by a small single story retail building.
Interesting trying to find the theatre on the Google aerial photos. Their website says they’re located at the intersection of Smythe & Seymour, but the address Cinematreasures has is 884 Granville, two blocks over!
Well, the original entrance is at 884 Granville, and that takes one through a VERY long lobby, all the way to the other side of the block and over a service street, into the main building on the next block. Patrons then enter the main lobby and turn left into the auditorium. If they turn right, they go out to Smythe Street through a new entrance added onto the side of the lobby.
…And a great panorama of the auditorium at the official website top page:
Here are some more auditorium, also from Susan Griffin’s Flickr Photostream:
…and the lobby