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spectrum commented about Paramount Theater on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I forgot to mention…

One of the photos on their website showed the organ console raised during a wedding reception. I don’t know if the organ is actually playable at present (an earlier post said it was not in playable condition), but at least the console has been cleaned up enough to be presentable. Hopefully someone can get it in condition to have organ concerts.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theater on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:17 am

Big updates!

Owners Michael Barasso and Steven Stein announced they have closed on a loan that will allow them to pay off the Hippodrome’s tax liens and upgrade the sprinkler system to meet the new codes and allow them to reopen the venue! The loan will also be used to buy out the other owners, and complete the Phase II renovations. The name is being changed back to the Paramount.

Phase I was the extensive renovation done before the place opened as the Hippodrome in 2000. Phase II will complete interior renovations started in Phase I, as well as upgrad restrooms, construct a new marquee and renovations to the outer facade.

Once Phase II is completed, the Paramount will re-open (sometime in late 2009)

Phase III will involve renovating the upper floors of the lobby portion of the building into offices, housing and Artisan “live-work” space.

Barasso and Stein have long and successful histories in managing a number of major nightclubs in massachusetts including the Roxy in Boston and Palladium in Worcester among others.

Read more at their page at:

http://paramounttheater.blogspot.com/

It will once again me known as the Paramount Theatre

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spectrum commented about Palace Theater on Jul 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Here are some new photos I took July 2009 of the Palace Theatre:

Exterior (front and side):

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spectrum commented about State Theatre on Jul 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Here are some new photos I took July 2009 of the State Theatre:

Exterior (Front and Side):

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spectrum commented about Ohio Theatre on Jul 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Here are some new photos I took July 2009 of the Ohio Theatre. Finally, we now have a photo of the main lobby as it now looks (original ornate lobby was destroyed by a fire in 1964):

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Backstage:
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spectrum commented about Allen Theatre on Jul 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Here are some new photos I took July 2009 of the Allen Theatre:

Lobby and Rotunda:
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spectrum commented about Bing Arts Center on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:44 am

Looks like it has reopened – they currently have an art exhibit which opened June 12.

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spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Jun 17, 2009 at 9:04 am

Here’s a nice gallery of photos:

http://www.brattleboroarts.org/galleryext.html

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spectrum commented about Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet on Jun 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Here’s a closer link for Aparofan’s photos of the Empire/Main St Theatre:

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spectrum commented about Hollywood Theater: Then & Now on Jun 8, 2009 at 9:56 am

The website above finally got updated – the association disbanded because of obstacles being put up by the city. They said the city apparently wants the theatre to be renovated by a commercial developer.

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spectrum commented about Springfield Cinemas 3 on Jun 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

According to the article posted by Ken MC on February 24, repairs are scheduled to start in summer 2009.

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spectrum commented about Michigan Theater on Jun 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Interesting photos – some show areas I’ve never seen before – shows more original plaster remain than I had realized, particularly the inner promenade between the grand lobby and auditorium area, especially ornate ceilings, and it looks like a fair amount of the upper lobbies still remains (even some carpeting on the staircase!) Even the top part of the balcony remains (although minus seats).

I read in the United Artists entry that Illitch has done some major repairs to the roof – and possibly renoavting the building. I wonder if the roof for the Michigan has been or will be repaired.

I wonder if the projectors are still in the projector booth. Apparently the original screen is still handing. If the projectors are there, they could put a railing on the balcony remainder, raise the screen to the top of the proscenium and have occasional movie showings at the world’s first multi-level drive-in! (sit in the balcony or in your car — but no honking!)

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spectrum commented about Madison Theatre on Jun 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Another website for the Madison Theater:

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spectrum on May 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Actually, I don’t think it is. The addresses are different. Perhaps the photo above was misattributed.

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spectrum commented about Allen Theatre on May 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

Recent (post-renovation) photo of the Allen Theatre Lobby:

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spectrum commented about Amherst Cinema Arts Center on May 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

The Kuhn-Riddle page has a nice photo of the main auditorium. Sleek modern decor, black walls with horitontal silver lines and stylish square white lights across the walls. Bright blue stadium-style seating. Large screen, with great sound and projection. Seats about 175 (the other cinemas are around 80 and 45 seats.) Even the smallest one is stadium seating.) The other two screens have the same style decor. Film fare is first run, primarily of the art and foreign film genres.

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spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:43 am

Here is what is probably the most official website – – The Capitol is park of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts:

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spectrum commented about Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Mar 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm

More updates on the organ! On March 3, the console was installed, and at present (3/10/09), 16 of the 35 ranks have been installed; the left chamber is about 95% complete. Donald Phipps is overseeing the effort, and was the one who built up and donated the organ. When operationmal it will be the largest theatre organ in New England, just slightly bigger than the 4/34 at Shanklin conference center.

Plans are for the installation to be completed by December 2009.

More details in the feature article at the Hanover’s web site at:

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spectrum commented about Illini Theater on Mar 9, 2009 at 10:44 am

Their website has some good virtual tours of the various interior spaces. The original ornate pressed-tin ceiling is still intact. It was a fairly long and narrow theater. The triangular marquee is still there, redecorated. The rest of the original decorations are all gone, all new elements and some bare brick. It’s quite a fancy place now.

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spectrum commented about Park Theatre on Mar 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

Now open as the Park Cinema. Shows 1st run south asian films (i.e. Indian subcontinent). They have installed state of the art projection and DTS equipment and stadium seating.

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spectrum commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

Actually, my mistake — the circular windows are not original.

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spectrum commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

You can click on the Google Maps link at the top of the page to get both aerial and street-level views of the site. The red pointer will point to the entrance at the Taft hotel. The auditorium was just to the right, between the Taft Hotel and the Time-Life building. It is a very plain modern building about 7 floors high, the facade all large glass rectangles. You can still see the arched and circular windows on the TGIF restaurant facade, although the marble paneling appears newer.

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spectrum commented about Franklin Park Theatre on Feb 26, 2009 at 8:18 am

More info: Boston Herald has related articles that you can link to from the one above (links on right). One of them:

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has a good photo from the back of the auditorium showing ceiling to be intact. The sunlight I referred to in my previous post may simply be from the media lighting. Fire officials are suspecting arson.

I certainly hope the insurance settlement is generous so they can restore this wonderful place.

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spectrum commented about Franklin Park Theatre on Feb 26, 2009 at 8:11 am

The Boston Globe article (linked above) has a better picture shoring the roscenium and left side wall. It is definitely restorable – the decorative plasterwork is singed, but largely intact, although sunlight is clearly coming in through the parts of the roof that collapsed.

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spectrum commented about Rialto Theater on Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

According to the Reclamation Project website (link in the description at top), the first phaser of their restoration has been completed.