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Just a thought: You might consider contacting the Theatre Historical Association in Elmhurst, IL. They have a vast archive of movie theatre materials (architect’s drawings, photos and other memorabilia). Perhaps they might also have copies of theatrical equipment catalogues from different eras as well. Also, since they are in a suburb of Chicago, they might know something about the device’s manufacturer. They do charge for research services.
Theatre Historical Society of America
York Theatre Building
152 N. York Street, 2nd floor
Elmhurst, IL 60126-2806
Ph. (630) 782-1800
Fax (630) 782-1802
Two 1955 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
No one could be happier about the news about the Fox Oakland than I; I used to walk by it when was rather derelict, then saw it’s gradual rebirth, first with the restoration of its marquee and vertical sign to now.
I do worry though about its successs, especially in the short term; the Paramount just a few blocks away has sure had its ups and downs over last few years and is frequently dark. It used to have a regular program of classic films, but I haven’t seen any listings over the last year or so. The problem for me is that there is so little open in terms restaurants or shopping when the theatre is open. Now, with two grand old palaces open so close together, is there a chance that they will compete over the same kind of attractions and make it hard for both to survive? I sure hope not.
I know some people sill think of downtown Oakland as dangerous, but I have never had any problems there. As LuisV said about Market Street around the Warfield and the Golden Gate, that area is far seedier and intimidating.
A 1917 picture of an artist working on the mural that once occupied the space over the proscenium at the theatre when it was the Princess from he Ontario Archives:
A picture of the Cartier, probably from 1952 based on the release date of the film that is showing, from the Ontario Archives:
Pictures of the O'Brien from the Ontario Archives showing the theatre as it was in 1930:
Pictures of the theatre, as the Capitol, from the Ontario Archives as it was in 1947:
Interior, also from 1947:
A picture of the theatre as the Hume in 1946 from the Ontario Archives:
Some pictures of the theatre when it was the Roxy in 1947:
Pictures of the Audion from 1943 from the Ontario Archives:
Some additional photos from the Ontario Archives circa 1947:
Function should be changed to live performances.
A 1944 picture from the Ontario Archives:
Pictures of the Classic Theatre in Cobalt, the first two circa 1947, the other two from some earlier date:
A picture of the Grand’s interior from 1949:
Two 1947 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
Two pictures from the Ontario Archives of the Classic Theatre in
Owen Sound from 1947:
Four 1947 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
A slightly more direct link to the pictures Warren referred to:
and two more from the Ontario Archives:
Some 1947 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
Three pictures of the theatre from 1947:
This entry should be removed; it was once the O'Brien’s Theatre but it is already listed as the O'Brien Theatre which the current name.
It may be the same peron who does (or did) the marquee changing at he Neptune in Seattle; similar humorous commentary used to (perhaps still does) appear on that marquee.
This theatre was twinned in 1979; closed in 1999. Screens should be 2.