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spectrum commented about State Palace Theatre on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

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 2:16 pm

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 2:10 pm

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 2:02 pm

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

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spectrum commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Dec 26, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Two photo galleries of the Fox Oakland, done by Nathaniel Bennett Photography Studio, from May and September 2008 retrospectively:

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spectrum commented about Fabulous Fox Oakland to reopen February 5, 2009 on Dec 26, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Here’s a corrected link to the excellent photo galleries mentioned above – done by Nathaniel Bennett Photography Studio, from May and September 2008 retrospectively:

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spectrum commented about West End Theatre on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:21 am

From the google photo it looks to be demolished – no buildings in the area large enough to be a theatre and a vacant lot in the shape of a long lobby with auditorium to the rear.

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spectrum commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Dec 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm

One of the photos in the above series shows that the organ console is still in place – a little worse for the wear but possibly restorable.

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spectrum commented about Loew's Majestic Theatre on Dec 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Here is a whole series of interior photos (267 in the set) of the Loew’s Poli and Majestic Theatres. It appears that most if not all photos were taken in 2008.

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One photo shows the bedraggled organ console still at the Loew’s Poli.

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spectrum commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Dec 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Here is a whole series of interior photos (267 in the set) of the Loew’s Poli and Magestic Theatres. Some are from 2008.

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spectrum commented about Time Theater on Dec 22, 2008 at 9:14 am

According to the website (which has a few exteriot shots), the building is now Skelly’s pub. No indication if any of the interior architecture survives.

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spectrum commented about Riverview Theatre on Dec 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm

The 1945 Theatre Catalog has an article showing the plans for the Riverview Theatre. I would assume it was built sometime between 1946 and 1948. Art style is streamline mocerne, it seats 700 and architect were Lublin, McGaughy and Associates. The building includes storefronts to the right of the main entrance. A lobby leads back to an oval shaped foyer, with the auditorium going off to the right. Unfortunately the article did not have any photos of the interior but the plans indicate it had no balcony.

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spectrum commented about Bing Arts Center on Dec 2, 2008 at 9:55 am

According to their website, a fair amount of renovation has already been completed. The exterior has been completely repainted, building secured and roof replaced on the front portion. Restrooms gutted, prep work completed for insulation, new HVAC unit installed, with ductwork underway. No date on their description, but it’s good to see this much is already done. They indicated a “june” opening date but didn’t say which year.

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spectrum commented about Uptown Theater on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Haven’t seen URL’s posted for these two great photo galleries on flickr:

The first has 51 photos posted in August 2007 and June 2008, about a third exterior, 2/3 interior shots.

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The second has six interior shots from 2007:

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spectrum commented about LaGrange Theatre on Nov 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm

According to this article (http://cinematreasures.org/news/20189_0_1_0_M/),
the La Grange is now owned by David Rizner and John Rot, who have just received $1,000,000 from the city (through the tax increment financing system) for infrastructure repairs, including plumbing and electrical, and will use $650,000 of their own money for interior and business upgrades. In addition, the La Grange Business Association has pledged $50,000 to build a replica of the original marquee.

The above links to a Chicago Tribune article which also says the theatre was constructed in 1925 and the architects were Rapp & Rapp.

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spectrum commented about Fairfax 6 Theatres on Oct 29, 2008 at 8:55 am

According to their web page, they will install solar panels soon and are claiming they will be the first cinema in the nation to be completely solar powered.

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spectrum commented about Varsity Center for the Arts on Oct 28, 2008 at 12:51 pm

According to the article, there is still a lot of work to be done – the nlobby, intermission room and the “east” auditorium (the addition) have been refurbished; future stages call for renovating the main auditorium and balcony; total cost would be about 4.5 mil, to be completed by 2012.

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spectrum commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm

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 10:58 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 10:50 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 10:41 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 10:40 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 10:08 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 10:03 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 10:00 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.