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spectrum commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Dec 26, 2008 at 12:53 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 12:52 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 9:21 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 1:40 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 1:35 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 1:15 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 8:14 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 3:21 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 8:55 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 3:20 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 1:39 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 7:55 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 11:51 am

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 12:35 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 9:58 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 9:50 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 9:41 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 9:40 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 9:08 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 9:03 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 9:00 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 8:46 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 8:56 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 8:39 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 8:19 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.