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spectrum commented about Springfield Cinemas 3 on Jun 8, 2009 at 6:28 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 3:49 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 2:13 pm

Another website for the Madison Theater:

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spectrum on May 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

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 6:23 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 11:06 am

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 6:43 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 11:06 am

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 8:44 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 6:44 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 7:03 am

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

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spectrum commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 3, 2009 at 6:48 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 6:18 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 6:11 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 11:44 am

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

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spectrum commented about Pomona Fox Theater on Feb 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

According to their website, the grand re-opening of the Pomona Fox is set for April 5, 2009!

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spectrum commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Feb 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Here are more of SheffieldStar’s photos of the Fox Oakland grand opening:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonfisher/3257770250/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonfisher/3257771808/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonfisher/3256940755/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonfisher/3256942417/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonfisher/3258861154/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonfisher/3258859280/

The official website (www.thefoxoakland.com) has a nice gallery of construction photos. Also, it looks like they’ve got a busy schedule of shows over the next couple months!

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spectrum commented about Copley Symphony Hall on Feb 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Their official website (in the description at top) has a nice set of virtual tours from various places in the auditorium and lobbies. It looks the original inner lobbies/mezanines are all original (restored) and the only modern part is the new outer lobby.

The virtual tours are worth checking out – the color is somewhat monotone, but in a nice way, very appropriate for a classical musical venue.

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spectrum commented about Pantages Theatre on Feb 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Herre are three photos of the auditorium:

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and one of the Lobby:
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spectrum commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Here are three more from the Conclave:

View link – closeup of Fox Office Bldg entrance
View link – Proscenium
View link – organ screen detail

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spectrum commented about California Theatre on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

The THSA has a large photo gallery of photos of theatres from their 2008 Conclave in the San Francisco region, at

Here are links to their photos of the California Theatre:

View link – Interior – lobby
View link – Lobby
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View link – Auditorium seat
View link – Auditorium Detail
View link – Main Lobby
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View link – Lobby window
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View link – Auditorium Ceiling
View link – Proscenium
View link – Auditorium sidewalls
View link – Upper proscenium – sunburst
View link – Proscenium
View link – exterior
View link – vertical sign , marquee

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spectrum commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm

The THSA have a lot of photos of San Francisco area theatres from their 2008 Conclave at:

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Here are links to their photos of the Fox Oakland (taken summer, 2008):

They are all of the marquee and vertical sign:

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spectrum commented about Warfield Theatre on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm

The THSA 2008 Conclave has a large set of photos at:

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Here are their photos of the Warfield Theater:

View link – Upper Proscenium
View link – Auditorium ceiling
View link – Auditorium ceiling at rear
View link – Auditorium ceiling – from balcony to proscenium
View link – Auditorium sidewalls – from balcony
View link Auditorium Ceiling
View link – Auditorium
View link – Stage & Proscenium – from balcony
View link – Auditorium sidewall

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:50 am

The THSA 2008 Conclave has a large set of photos on Flickr at View link

Here are their photos for the Oakland Paramount:

View link – vertical sign
View link – exterior detail
View link – vertical sign View link – marquee
View link – auditorium from stage
View link – Auditorium from stage
View link – Auditorium
View link – Auditorium details
View link – front facade
View link – auditorium ceiling – blue lighting
View link – Proscenium
View link – Main Lobby
View link – main Lobby
View link – Main Lobby
View link – Main Lobby Staircase
View link – Organ
View link – Ornamental Details
View link – Auditorium Ceiling – Golden Lighting

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spectrum commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Jan 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

Lots of photos from the THSA 2008 Conclave here:

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Here are links to their photos of the Gonden Gate Theater:

View link – outer lobby
View link – inner lobby
View link – inner lobby
View link – outer lobby
View link – auditorium – from stage
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View link – balcony
View link – inner lobby
View link – stairs to balcony
View link – proscenium
View link – balcony from stage
View link – balcony from stage
View link – stage rigging