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CSWalczak commented about Auburn's Old State Theater to close, but.... on Dec 10, 2008 at 5:46 pm

That’s one reason I posted this. Here on CT – and I think in general – a theater is thought of as a building. Here’s a case where it is being regarded as a business name and, well, “portable”.

I imagine that if and when the lady re-establishes her business at another location, and that location is called “Old State Theatre” and is entered on CT, the headnote will reflect these circumstances. It also appears that what is now the Old State Theater in Auburn will eventually have a new name, and “Old State Theater” will become one of its akas and hopefully lessen the confusion.

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CSWalczak commented about Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm

OK, here’s the story:
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This would appear to create an odd situation for the theater’s entry on CT as the article indicates that the owner has copyrighted the name “Old State Theater” and apparently intends to use it as the name of her relocated cinema. I think this theater’s status should now be, or soon be, closed.

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CSWalczak commented about Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:01 pm

According to its website, the Old State Theatre is “moving” from its current address after Dec. 4, 2008. Does anyone know what this means?

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CSWalczak commented about Commodore Theatre on Dec 1, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I was sorry to read that the Commodore is no more, though its demise was probably inevitable, given the decayed state of the building and the general decline of the neighborhood over the years. I recall seeing many films there while growing up in Cleveland, among them an odd, Canadian-made, partial 3-D film called “The Mask” (not the one with Jim Carey) and “Mysterious Island”. I think the seat count of 650 may not be accurate; I remember it being larger than that, but the last time I was there was over 35 years ago. The ceiling was dominated by a huge light fixture, like a large, thick wheel divided into pie-like wedges of red glass.

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CSWalczak commented about Loew's New York Theatre and Roof on Nov 26, 2008 at 6:49 pm

The EST was never apparently used as a movie theater. You might want to look at the entries for the EST on either Wikipedia or the Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) for its history (which is interesting). It would not be appropriate to post the details here.

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CSWalczak commented about Duluth fails to support Omnimax Theater on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I would also suggest that the problem is that it’s an Omnimax rather than an IMAX; there is a far smaller number of films made for Omnimax presentatation compared to the number that are available in IMAX. Most of these domed Omnimax theaters are attached to museums or similar facilities and most of the films are documentaries. IMAX theaters, now often a part of multiplexes as well as museums, can also show conventional 70mm and other films. To succeed in a smaller city, the ability to change the program more frequently is probably essential.

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CSWalczak commented about Palace Theater on Nov 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

It is possible that the Palace and the Poli are the same theater. S.Z. Poli once operated a chain of the theaters in Connecticut and Massachusetts, many of which were named “Palace;” many were Thomas Lamb designs.

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CSWalczak commented about Neon Movies on Nov 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

This theater is revered by thousands of Cinerama fans for being the place where, for about three wonderful years – about 1996-1999 – real, three-panel Cinerama was shown in the United States for the first time in over thirty years. More information can be found here:

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I made the trip to Dayton three times during that time, tearing up when that magnificent overture preceding “How the West Was Won” began, and reliving the thrill of “This Is Cinerama” which I had not seen since that morning in 1957 when my family all went to see it at the Palace Theater in Cleveland.

This revival was instrumental in creating the momentum that ultimately resulted in the installation of three-panel Cinerama capability at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood (which, despite its name, was never exhibited a three-panel Cinerama film there until 2002 following a major renovation), and the reinstallation of three-panel at the Cinerama Theater in Seattle after a sweeping renovation there as well.

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CSWalczak commented about CN IMAX Theatre Canada Place on Oct 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm

This IMAX theater actually opened in 1986 as a part of the Canadian Pavilion exhibit which was housed in what is now Canada Place. (Canada Place was connected to the main Expo site at False Creek by a Skytrain shuttle line). Upon entering the pavilion, fairgoers saw a documentary film that was made in Douglas Trumbull’s Showscan process. Then each fairgoer had to choose one of three additional presentations, one of which was in the IMAX theater. That film was in 3-D, one of the first, if not the first, IMAX 3-D film. Except for the IMAX theater, the other theaters that were part of the Canadian exhibit were temporary and ceased to exist after Canada Place took on its permanent role as cruise ship terminal and convention center.

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CSWalczak commented about World's first boothless multiplex opens on Oct 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm

What a thrill it must be to see a computer server in operation! Look at those little flashing lights!

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CSWalczak commented about Holiday I & II on Oct 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Pictures and a reminiscence here:
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CSWalczak commented about Paramount Theatre on Oct 13, 2008 at 9:22 pm

According to the Balaban & Katz Foundation website, this was, at least at one time, a B & K operated theater.

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CSWalczak commented about Park Theater on Oct 6, 2008 at 7:57 pm

This exterior of this theater can be partially seen here:
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CSWalczak commented about Thumb Theatre on Oct 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm

There’s an old, rather obscure, postcard view and additional information here:
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CSWalczak commented about Wall Street financing massive digital conversion program on Oct 6, 2008 at 3:17 pm

And guess who will actually end up paying that “virtual print fee” through higher ticket prices and outrageously-priced concessions?

Furthermore, as should have been learned from the original 3-D period in the 1950s, and from the age of widescreen experimentation, 3-D (or Cinerama or 70mm) in and of themselves cannot make a bad movie better and excessive use of these processes on unworthy material ultimately contributes to the demise of their use.

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CSWalczak commented about Maple Theater on Oct 2, 2008 at 9:57 am

A picture can be seen here:
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CSWalczak commented about Maple Theater on Oct 2, 2008 at 9:50 am

I was there recently; I had not seen a film there since the theater’s AMC days. The screening rooms are getting rather shabby. With persistent reports that Landmark’s other Detroit-area operation, the Main in Royal Oak, will eventually close, and the apparent physical neglect of this house, one has to wonder what Landmark’s long-range plans are for the Detroit market.

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CSWalczak commented about Mayland Theatre on Sep 24, 2008 at 12:54 am

If memory serves, the Mayland was, for a brief time in the late 1960s, a roadshow house. I seem to recall seeing “A Man for All Seasons” there on a reserved seat basis.

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CSWalczak commented about Adams Theatre on Sep 14, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I have to disagree about Cleveland – while it certainly has not erased grittiness throughout the city, it certainly has done an incredible job of preserving most of its downtown movie palace treasures, something that New York City cannot claim. It may not be what it was in the past, but it is hardly a city in ruins.

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CSWalczak commented about White Oaks Cinema on Sep 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Aside from the bargain prices, this one probably will not be much missed. I attended a few showings there; it struck me as a most likely having been former twin that had been chopped up into five small cinemas, just non-descript shoeboxes with small screens. The lobby was little more than a bland foyer with a small concession area. It’s too bad, though, that bargain cinemas are a dying breed.

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CSWalczak commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Aug 23, 2008 at 12:58 am

Dave Strohmaier (“The Cinerama Adventure”) posted a neat flyer for the upcoming Cinerama showings of “HTWWW” and “2001” at the Dome on the “In 70mm” website:
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CSWalczak commented about Union Station 10 Cine' on Aug 21, 2008 at 8:00 pm

This article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentions this theater; prospects for either re-opening or re-use do not look good:
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CSWalczak commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:49 am

The effect was one of Director William Castle’s infamous movie promotion gimmicks called “Percepto”.
You can read more about it here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tingler

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CSWalczak commented about Euclid Theatre on Jul 24, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Your memory matches mine, WestlakeKid as far as it being opposite, not next to, the Roxy, perhaps just a little farther down 9th Street toward the lake. It was also very much a penny arcade in addition to the novelties it sold. I especially remember the steam shovel machines. I only went there once – when I was very young; I somehow lost track of my mother and remember crying on a step outside until she found me.

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CSWalczak commented about Island Theatre on Jul 24, 2008 at 1:19 am

The Island Theatre had 705 seats.