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BobbyS commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

When in NY years ago went to see “Jazz Singer” at the Ziegfeld. The matinee showing was almost filled! It was a wonderful experience and a beautiful movie palace. Not like the movie palaces of the past, but wonderful !! Sorry to see its passing…..

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BobbyS commented about Congress Theater on Jan 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

I wonder where Balaban & Katz got the money to buy out two major chains in Chicago in the late 20’s. Lubliner & Trinz and the Marks Bros. Where they both ripe for take over? Or did they have too much debt?

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BobbyS commented about Byrd Theatre on Dec 27, 2015 at 9:46 am

The San Fillippo Foundation in Barrington, Il. purchased the decal recently that was located above the marquee of the Byrd theater. They placed it above the stage and displayed it at their annual Christmas party/show… I could not make it out for I was sitting in the balcony. Does anyone remember it? I did not. I was always too busy reading the marquee. It was large. Next time I go, I will make a point to study it. It wasn’t Admiral Byrd.

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BobbyS commented about 1934 photo courtesy of Gregory Russell. on Nov 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Wonderful sign. Hard to understand how this corner looks today! Chicago had just great neighborhoods and beautiful theaters.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Nov 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for site. Very very sad to view…This theater keeps hanging on & on. Its almost like trying to survive!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Sep 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Thanks for the site Matt. I stand corrected.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Sep 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I heard from the owner himself that ACE turned his offer down….If this new developement is true, it is very welcome news. Thanks

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Sep 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Didn’t the ACE people predict shows 300 nights a year? It could never have happened. No theater is that busy. One only has to look at Radio City to see that. Great idea to put up a screen and show films. TCM should be interested…What about installing the donated organ that once played there…Owners refused the offer!!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Jul 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

The Coranado theatre marquee in rockford once was struck and ripped open by a truck passing too close after the theatre was re-opened. Guess it isn’t too hard if the driver is distracted and doesn’t realize the size of his truck and how close he may be. And this was before cell phones!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Jul 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

Beautiful shot!!

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BobbyS commented about Ambassador Theatre on Jul 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Hope you can all make it to the BIG SHOW at the FOX on Sunday, August 23rd. See my post on CT/Fox for details. A show this big in that theatre should be breathtaking!

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BobbyS commented about Fox Theatre on Jul 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

August 23rd at 2pm, The Fox will present “Those Were the Days”. The program will include Colonel Jack Moelman, Walter Strony and Lew Williams on the mighty wurlitzer. Also an audience sing-along, Laurel & Hardy movie, and a musical “Tribute to America”. $25 general admission, $35 for the mezzanine. What a Show!!! I won’t miss this one. Come one, Come all !!!!!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm

LuisV is right. A neon/bulb vertical is the finishing touch that a theatre needs. The show really does begin with the signage outfront!

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BobbyS commented about Genesee Theatre on May 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm

I just heard from a friend that the Genesee management is looking for an organist to play before shows. Does anyone know if they restored the barton and it must be in working order? I see where they resumed the movie series and you can buy tickets for events in person at the box office as well as the Chicago Theater in Chicago which means MSG is the new managment I imagine.

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BobbyS commented about AMBASSADOR (ROCKNE) Theatre; Chicago, Illinois. on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:11 am

Amazed as I drove right past it. The vertical is long gone and now is a church. The building is still beautiful

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BobbyS commented about WARNER (GRAND CINEMAS 1 & 2), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. on Apr 22, 2015 at 11:54 pm

believe its standing whith nothing doing. A great theatre who needs a vision. Marcus movie corp moved out years ago as there headquartes. Took a look & tour last year, it was intact and does'nt need the millions that other theater needs pretty well kept,maby there are waiting for the new streecar line coming next year.Starting from Amtrack station & going down mainstreets were the actions are and then on to the eastside by the lake..Sounds great to me

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BobbyS commented about State Theatre on Apr 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm

A great movie house. Not as grand as the Marbro down the street. When the Marbro closed the marquee read visit the B&K State. There is a picture of that sign somewhere. Quite a number of stabbings forced the theatre to close for a time in the late 60’s & 70’s. No theatre can operate under those conditions.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:30 am

I was in this beautiful movie palace last fall and when the organ appeared before the film it was magic! When he played the huanted song that was in the film on the pipes as the crowds were leaving was something you do not get these days. You cannot imagine unless you were there. The organ souded in prime form. I live in the mid-west and can’t wait to get back. A 70mm film ! Wow. Only LA has showings regularly in that format. Think I’ll join “Friends of the Loew’s”. Imagine seeing “Ben-Hur” at the Jersey?? at

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BobbyS commented about AMC Loews 34th Street 14 on Apr 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm

WHAT LANGUAGE WAS THAT ?? How does Loew’s Jersey keep the Loew’s name(I am glad they do ). The Kings is a beautiful theater no doubt, but the Jersey is out of this world beautiful with a pipe organ that will thrill you over & over. Kings should re-think the offer to give the original massive theater organ back to the people that own the Kings…It really would be the icing on the cake!!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

BRAVO!!

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BobbyS commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

Great idea NYer about Disney taking over operations like the El Capitan in LA. It would put the Ziegfeld back on the map. Maybe you can write to someone about the posibility.

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BobbyS commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Apr 15, 2015 at 8:44 am

I imagine they will leave the main floor as is for people like to stand & scream when they see a rock band or other groups. The balcony of course will have seats. There comes the 1500. Similar to the Congress theatre here in chicago. They can cram more in and put in bars where the real money is pouring in. I might be wrong but this would explain the 4,000 into 1,500. Anyway it sounds so very exciting. Marquee & vertical put back is always a thrill.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Orlando for the great answers. I thought neon came along in the 30’s. Now I know I was wrong. Years and years later LED is the fashion of the times.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's 72nd Street Theatre on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Does Loews still have the large auditorium decorated in red by the front of the complex? Is there a loews company anymore? Thanks

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Thanks for report on the neon. Did the original marquee have neon do you know? Chasing bulbs(not led)look so much better and so movie palace like.