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Google Maps street view shows rear side of the auditorium, which runs parallel to Roosevelt Avenue.
B&W newsreel coverage of a glamorous film premiere at the Carlton in the Haymarket:
The Google Maps view should be displayed at the listing for the Seneca Theatre. The current Google view at the Seneca Theatre listing is obviously incorrect, and appears to be miles away in the countryside…I suppose it’s possible that the Royal was close to the Seneca, but the building numbers are too far apart (provided that they’re correct).
I don’t like this! Makes the “Recent Comments” section even harder to find. In the former CT format, it was prominently displayed on the home page. Perhaps it could be swapped for “Newest Theaters.” I find that one of the least interesting sections since most of the additions are new plexes that have yet to prove that they qualify as “treasures.” They might be cinemas, but I don’t consider them theatres in the traditional sense of the word.
This Google Maps view at another listing shows the Seneca Theatre:
“GWTW” stars return in 1961: britishpathe
Here’s a link to the official website: elsinoretheatre
Surprised that Google Maps provides no street view for the introduction. Do they have a bias against Jehovah’s Witnesses? Nearby theatres such as Loew’s Kings and RKO Kenmore come under the Google cameras.
Residents of Ben Hur, Texas, attend guess what William Wyler movie at the Tower Theatre in Dallas:
So, in other words, whenever we spot a Google Maps view that has been “corrected” incorrectly, we should send an e-mail to
In the Google Maps view, the theatre entrance is occupied by the Halal Kitchen with purple canope. A bit of the auditorium roof can be seen in the background.
The auditorium is now used by a dog rescue group.
The building in the Google Maps view and in the 11/20/09 photo above are obviously the same, but which is the most recent? I would guess the one showing a T-Mobile store. Many of the Google views are proving to be outdated.
This is finally close to re-opening as part of the Conway chain of clothing/housewares stores. Front facade will remain the same except for the new Conway sign. Since previous tenants removed all interior traces of the theatre, I don’t expect any surprises in the new Conway.
T-Man, I think that the entrance and lobby of the Beverly Theatre in Brooklyn are now a bargain store. That’s the view I see at the CT listing, and I believe it correct. A school was built on the site of the Beverly’s auditorium, and you can see a portion of a school wall in the background if you maneuver around the Google view.
Here’s a link to B&W newsreel coverage of the opening of the ABC Preston:
Here’s a link to B&W newsreel coverage of the world premiere of “Gone With the Wind” in 1939:
Here’s a link to B&W newsreel coverage of the “Cleopatra” premiere:
Ross, Google views that are off base or “corrected” incorrectly include the Prospect and Parsons in Flushing,
Queens; the Merrick in Jamaica, and the RKO Albee and Loew’s Metropolitan in downtown Brooklyn. Also, for whatever reason, no Google view at all is presented for the Albemarle in Flatbush.
I would hope that the inaccurate Google Maps views will eventually be corrected. At the moment, I can sometimes find the correct view, but there is no way to re-set it. And some views are miles off due to incorrect zip codes listed at Cinema Treasures.
Here’s an undated view with retail conversions:
Curiously, the first arrivals shown in the newsreel of the “Streetcar Named Desire” premiere are Mary Pickford and husband Charles “Buddy” Rogers, but their names go unannounced. Did the commentator fail to recognize the legendary “America’s Sweetheart?”
In 1937, the Rockettes rehearse on stage at RCMH before sailing to Europe to perform at the Paris Exposition:
A recent view of the drastically changed exterior of the Queens Theatre can be seen near the end of this two-part article of a tour of Jamaica Avenue. Earlier on, the Merrick and Loew’s Valencia can also be found:
“Molly Brown” comes home: British Pathe
B&W newsreel footage of the 1950 world premiere of WB’s “Bright Leaf” can be viewed here: