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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
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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

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spectrum commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Jan 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I didn’t actually post the pictures that I linked to on 12/23/08. They were posted by a man whose handle is “826 PARANORMAL” – he has quite a few interesting photostreams there. Some were posted 6/5/07 and some 10/2/08. If a movie shoot had been held there they may have repainted a few small sections for the filming. (at the Loews Jersey, they actually built a few sets – candy counters, etc, nice faux black marble with white streaks – the theatre still uses those counters). I think also a lot of the plaster damage is localized, some areas are definitely in worse shape than others. It’s still salvageable though. Looks a lot like the Waterbury Palace. The Palace and Majestic would look great restored – I hope they can pull it off. At least the roofs have been replaced – they look brand new from the Google arial photos.

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spectrum commented about Wayne Theatre on Jan 23, 2009 at 6:02 am

The link posted by Lost Memory on 1/27/08 now shows photos of the demolition.

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spectrum commented about Saenger Theatre on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

It would be great if the Saenger, State Palace, Orpheum and Joy could all be restored! A criotical mass of that size could attract a lot of performances, witness Playhouse Square in Cleveland with their four restored movie palaces.

According to this article:

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Both the Saenger and Orpheum are starting to move forward, the Orpheum hopes to have reopened by the end of 2009. Owners of the State Palace and Joy theatres are still deciding whether to renovate, sell or demolish.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

According to this article:

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the owners of the Orpheum have started to renovate the theatre and are hoping to have it reopened by the end of the year. (The Saenger is renovation is also moving forward and the owners of the State Palace and Joy are still deciding whether to renovate, sell or demolish.)

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spectrum commented about State Palace Theatre on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:08 am

Accoring to this article,

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the owners of the State Palace theatre are still deciding whether to renovate, sell or demolish the theatre (ditto for the Joy. The Saenger is going ahead with a renovation project, and so is the Orpheum; they expect to have the Orpheum finished by the end of the year.)

Hopefully they will chose to renovate!

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spectrum commented about Gardner Cinemas 1 & 2 on Dec 26, 2008 at 11:16 am

According to the article mentioned above, the building had been triplexed by the time of its closing. From the looks of the google photo, the building had a very long narrow lobby going to the auditorium which was well back from the street.

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spectrum commented about York Theater on Dec 26, 2008 at 11:10 am

The website now shows the building as no longer available. Hopefully it means it has been sold. The page describes the building as 20,900 square feet, with the auditorium, its balcony and the italianate decor intact. The building includes a bar which is currently operating. a town-owned 200 car parking lot is immediately behind the building.

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spectrum commented about Metropolitan Theater on Dec 26, 2008 at 11:02 am

From the google photograph it looks like this theatre is now an empty lot.