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spectrum commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:35 am

Correction to links to Warren G. Harris’s from his 5/1/2006 post:

The original interior as the Lyric (1895):
www.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/criterionlyric.jpg

The stage as re-built for the Vitagraph Theatre (1914). This permanent setting had a drop curtain in front of it that was raised just before a performance started:
www.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/criterionstage.jpg

A fuzzy image of the Vitagraph’s box seats adjoining the stage:
www.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/criterionboxes.jpg

The Criterion in 1933, showcasing a German import released by Universal:
www.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/criterionsos.jpg

Basically, you want to remove “i18” from the domain name in the links. Looks like Photobucket reorganized their structure at one point.

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spectrum commented about Iowa Theatre on Oct 18, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Their official website doesn’t mention anything (that I can find) about the status of the theatre building itself. Their box office at the building is open but all of their events for the 2008-09 season are at other temporary venues.

Ironically they had just began a new capital season about a year ago to raise several million dollars to do a range of infrastructure improvements.

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spectrum commented about Theatre Corona on Oct 18, 2008 at 7:50 pm

The website mentions (in french) something regarding interior renovation in 2003 or 2004. I am not sure if that meant the renovation was done then or if they merely got approval or funding. The photos make it look very good (nice color scheme) – can’t tell if it is renovated in the photos but believe it is not. It still looks very attractive though!

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spectrum commented about State Theatre on Oct 18, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Sorry for my goof — Lost Memory’s link IS correct.

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spectrum commented about State Theatre on Oct 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

The link from two messages above is incorrect. Here is the correct link:

http://www.lifeatthestate.com/Life_Church.html

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spectrum commented about Valentine Theatre on Oct 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Their webpage is:

http://www.valentinetheatre.com

The theatre was remodeled in 1999. They show some before & after photos. The 1942 renovation looked like a slightly squared off version of the Radio City Music Hall design – the radiating sunburst pattern with some art-moderne swirly decorations with an oriental motif on the sides. Not in very good shape. It has a new design now, from the small photo looks fairly modern, but with vibrant red and white colors, a fantastic fancy chandelier in the auditorium ceiling and new old-style side boxes. The lobby has some asian-themed paintings covered over in the renovation but the marble and gilt grand staircase has been nicely restored.

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spectrum commented about Plaza Theater on Oct 13, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Forgot to mention. My estimate from looking around is that the auditorium originally seated about 1,100. Interesting – the auditorium walls had windows in then – looked original and must have simply been curtained off (The building may have been built earlier than 1912). Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst about 10 miles east also has windows along the sidewalls, but virtually all of their performances are at night anyway.

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spectrum commented about Plaza Theater on Oct 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

sorry for the mispellings in my message above. I was referring to a “curved ceiling room”, which was the former back portion of the orchestra seating area under the balcony.

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spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 13, 2008 at 6:46 pm

The story of 3/15/08 states that the city has pledged 2,500,000 bucks towards the renovation of the capitol, but that the tax-increment financing plan cannot be used if a private entity buys the building. But it appears the city is very interested in getting it reopened, calling it vital to the redevelopment of downtoan.

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spectrum commented about Strand Theater on Oct 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm

THS’s Marquee magazine for 4th quarter 2005 describes the Strand constructed by National Realty Company, headed by Rose, Archibald and Charles Silverman, and opening June 12, 2005. Architect was Thomas J. Hill Pierce, organ (installed 1930, later removed) was a Wurlitzer 3/13, style Balaban 2. Originally seating 2,500.

In January 1916 the Strand Theatre Orchestra was formed, followed by the Strand Operatic Concert Company in April 1917. They both provided concerts Sunday afternoons and evenings that drew large houses. That was the only live action on the stage until the rock concerts of the 1980s.

In 1930 Paramount Publix leased the theatre, renovated it, rebuilding the proscenium and lobby. The console for the organ was destroyed in the 1938 hurricane. Paramount gave up its lease in 1934,.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theater on Oct 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

The Paramount originally opened in 1909 as the Olympia.Had a large squarish classically designed proscenium and opera boxes on the side. Photos just prior to its 1970 closing show the balcony side walls had been covered with a very light (white with gold?) damasque pattern. Entrance by then had a v-shaped marquee out front with 7 lines for lettering. A nice one-story classical facade with retail stores to the left side.

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spectrum commented about State Theatre on Oct 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Described in a 1993 edition of Marquee Magazine as having been a small, narrow, quite shabby theater, later converted to retail and eventually demolished. Ads for the State stopped appearing in local newspapers in 1958.

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spectrum commented about Arch Street Theatre on Oct 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm

An account by Gary J. Bravy in the Theatre Histocial Society’s Marquee magazine of 1993 describes the Arch Street theater as being a newer theater built probably during the 1940s, not really distinguished, but clean and servicable, with a vaguely art deco motif. The theater stopped appearing in newspaper advertisements in 1964 and the building was later converted into apartments or demolished and replaced by an apartment building.

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spectrum commented about Murphy Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Architectural style could best be described as Sullivanesque

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spectrum commented about State Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Accoring to Marquee Vol. 20:2 (put out by the Theatre Organ Society), Charles Dawley designed the theater based on a design by John Eberson. As of 1988, the theatre was still owned by the Chakeres chain.

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spectrum commented about Regent Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm

The Regent was opened in 1919. Originally built by Gus Sun for the Sun Vaudeville Circuit. Sun Circuit was considered the bottom rung of the vaudeville hierarchy. Performers who could survive a season could then go on to the Orpheum and other circuits.

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spectrum commented about Madison Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm

The Madison (along with the Ohio Theatre) both closed in 1980. An attempt was made to restore the Madison but it failed. Attention was then turned to the Ohio which was renovated as the Renaissance Theatre. According to Marquee vol. 20:2, the Madison opened in 1931.

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spectrum commented about Center Mayfield Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 12:37 pm

The above link doesn’t work. Try this instead:

View link

Nice, art-moderne single-level design. I got an exterior shot in 1985; may be able to post it sometime.

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spectrum commented about Lake Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 11:41 am

Good news! according to the article, there will be new seats and carpeting and wider rows, and new auditorium wall coverings. They’ll also renovate the restrooms and put a new single-pattern carpet in the main lounge. The last renovation had been done in 1996.

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spectrum commented about Iowa Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 11:17 am

According to CRATOS, organ consoles at the Theatre Cedar Rapids are the Paramount were both flooded, particularly the one at the Paramount, which was toppled over and tossed around by 8+ feet of water. The console at the Theatre Cedar Rapids was hit by 4 feet of water but remained standing. Both organ consoles have been removed to a restoration site by the CRATOS, and will be restored.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

According to CRATOS, both consoles were damaged, particularly the one at the Paramount, which was toppled over and tossed around by 8+ feet of water. The console at the Theatre Cedar Rapids was hit by 4 feet of water but remained standing. Both organ consoles have been removed to a restoration site by the CRATOS.

The CRATOS website is providing regular updates, but unfortunately the Paramount’s website is down; I hope their renovations are continuing.

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spectrum commented about Palace Performing Arts Center on Sep 28, 2008 at 10:55 am

According to the article the Palace was built as the Roger Sherman in 1925, on the site of the Rialto which burned in 1921.

The developer, David Nyberg, has been maintaining the building (it’s been kept heated since pipes burst 2 years ago, flooding it.)

They’ve put on a new roof and done complete asbestos removal and plumbing work, but right now a lot more needs to be done with regard to HVAC, electrical, adequate dressing rooms, concession area, administrative offices, bigger lobby, etc. Ceiling has been repainted midnight blue, and a lot of the ornamental details are well preserved.

The main problem is finding an entertainment group to run the theatre – they said once one is found, the building could be ready to open in 6 months.

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spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

Looks like they’re planning to do more renovations beyond lobby and restrooms – primarily in the backstage area.

Also they’ve expanded beyond concerts; their current schedule includes ballet and opera as well.

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spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Ralph Ringstadt is at it again! Some more great videos of his performances at the Jersey are on YouTube. Just search on “ralph ringstadt” at Youtube to find five more video performances.

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spectrum commented about Springfield Cinemas 3 on Sep 25, 2008 at 12:01 pm

There was a fire on July 8-9 which caused extensive damage to the rooms above the lobby. According to their website they plan to repair the damage and re-open. Hopefuly this will not take too long. The website shows some fire photos.