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I do see somewhat of a similarity, yet the Marianne is quite unique in the realm of art deco theatres as seen on page 115 of Popcorn Palaces as it shows the entire facade including above the lighted marquee. The same architect could have built both theatres though.
Heisenbottle Architects: Thank you so very much! The sites that I have posted will truly give you interesting insight on the Carolina’s past and future. “Looking a bit forlorn in the shadows of a new and progressive uptown Charlotte stands the Carolina Theater, a grand lady physically bent and broken but still spirited, awaiting her fate.”
Thank you, thank you and thank you! I will pass along your email address to my Charlotte friend and his group who have been involved for 10 long years in trying to create interest in restoring the Carolina Theatre in downtown Charlotte NC. This historic theatre’s history is documented on cinema treasures with a photo, but also can be found by going to the following sites: www.mtos.org
The Metrolina Theatre Organ Society (MTOS) has put together a very well done ‘virtual tour’ of the theatre which makes one feel as if they have virtually walked inside and the other site gives a well written documentary/no photos.
Does Clear Channel have an official website to contact them? Thanks.
It is great to see a group of architects who have interest in old structures. I have been in contact with an architect concerning the restoration of a 1920’s theatre and though cordial during our brief phone conversations his interest does not include historical theatres, but rather high rise condos and probably parking lots!
If you view the photos on cinematour, you’ll see one of the marquee with the words “Closed for Repair” and ironically the word ‘repair’ is in need of repair, too!
Charles: Your verbal description of Marianne is awesome and ‘on the money’ as I have before me the photo taken from Popcorn Palaces of the Marianne! As the owner, Jack Eck said “The Marianne has a lot of sentimental value. I hope it still has a future.” I wholeheartedly agree, Jack!
And I would highly urge anyone who wants to see this art deco theatre and many decos across this great land of ours to go to www.abebooks.com and order Popcorn Palaces! It’s a must for anyone who is a big art deco fan such as myself! ;–)
Where is Bellevue KY located in the Blue Grass State? If I lived nearby, I’d even volunteer to help restore it….food for thought to anyone who lives in or near Bellevue!
If anyone can get word to Mr. Eck about this site and the thoughts posted here about the Marianne, please do so as he should be encouraged in every way possible to reopen the Marianne! I’d even make a long distance trip to see a movie in that special art deco theatre….why not as my hometown theatre is forever gone! :–((
Brian: After viewing the photos on the cinematour.com site you posted I can see the facade in color much better. I do feel that the former squared-off marquee was in better keeping with the square lines of the tudor style building and that the curved marquee lends itself more to the art deco curves ‘look’! So just wonder how this change got approved?
Brian: Upon closer inspection I do now see some similarities i.e. the above windows and exterior moldings so these theatres are ‘one in the same’!
This one in Popcorn Palaces on page 83 is most like my hometown theatre as it sits on a corner and not between store fronts..the big difference is that this one is still open and was remodeled!
In the Popcorn Palaces photo the movie playing was Days of Thunder so that tells us about when the movie was OPEN!
“The front facade is art deco at its best.” This is very true as on page 97 of Popcorn Palaces is a painting that shows the facade as described above. What disturbs is the word CLOSED behind the word STATUS! Would love to know the architect who takes the credit for this art deco wonder in KY!
In Popcorn Palaces there is an art deco theatre with curved marquee listed on page 121 called the Glen which also in Glen Ellyn, Illinois at 540 Crescent Boulevard, but it is not this one!
I’ve been inside this theatre when in Watkins Glen for the historical vintage racing weekend. At that time, the theatre features old b/w racing footage! Thank you ‘local resident’ for saving this theatre for many to enjoy on race weekends and throughout the year!
This is featured on page 75 in Popcorn Palaces and is Davis Cone’s favorite art deco popcorn palace in Miami Beach FL.
The Senator is featured on page 81 in Popcorn Palaces.
This theatre is one of the art deco theatres featured in Davis Cone’s Popcorn Palaces on page 44. It caught my eye as it has a beautiful Time clock in the center of the marquee which is so unusual! Cone is the art deco painter who resides in Miami Beach FL.
Funny that I would log onto this theatre as my husband’s hometown theatre in Brookville PA (Columbia) had this same ‘backward’ or ‘reverse’ floorplan! I’ve posted about the Columbia, but would like to learn additional history on the Columbia.
Bway: Yes, the lesser of two evils!
Such a shame that this Chicago theatre and the Garrick are no longer with us today as they both were connected with the famous Alder/Sullivan team!
Charles: As you know the Fox in Atlanta was a Shriner’s Temple at one time and has an Arabian Nights interior design! You mention “Phantom” and it would be interesting to know how many cinema members have seen a live “Phantom” performance and where? I saw my live performance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach FL in June of 1995. Perhaps someone could start a poll with this question?
Lost Memory: I see on your profile you have several drive-ins listed and 2 of them are in Jamestown NY and Dunkirk NY!