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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Mar 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

A few days ago the Chicago Tribune announced the 5 buildings that were endangered. It included the Jeffery theatre and the Guyon hotel. It stated the owner also owned the Paradise Ballroom. I bet he also owned the land that the Paradise Theatre was built on. Wasn’t B&K the third group that built the Paradise? They must have eventually bought the land because they sold it or maybe leased it to the ill-fated grocery store that replaced the beautiful building.

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BobbyS commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 14, 2014 at 8:14 am

I hope the snowstorm didn’t keep the crowds away. Sounds like a great bill. Wish I lived in NY (at times). Wonder how Loews Kings is doing?

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Dec 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for the update guys…I wonder if it will get off the ground this time. The “old gal” won’t give up"..

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BobbyS commented about Fox Theatre on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Scott, missed you by two days. I took Amtrak down there to see “A Christmas Carol”. What a Theater !! The staff member gave us over an hour tour. The auditorium was closed all summer for a complete cleaning and touch-up. It looked absolutely gorgeous…You are so right, one has to be there in person to see this beauty. What a lobby entrance with the organ playing as you entered. First time there and will return. This is what a movie palace is all about. A nice photo tribute to Stan Kahn. This palace is lovingly taken care of.

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BobbyS commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

In so many cities across the states, plenty of these buildings stayed around for many years and found new uses. The west side theatres went down almost 60 years ago. When you think of Brooklyn, New Jersey and the Loews Theatres there all seeing new life. Chicago’s Uptown awaiting; Joliet & Aurora came to life; Rockford on the rise. This was a major destination in Chicago. I have no idea how property taxes might have influenced the decision to wreck. Couldn’t the city hold the deed like the King’s in NY? A mega church maybe? There is still life I would imagine around there. Probably a Starbucks or two. The Granada should have been saved as a jewel performance art centre. The time was right.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Nov 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

How do these people stay out of jail? Imagine taking on the Keith’s and the Keith’s wins.

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BobbyS commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 14, 2013 at 5:20 am

Too bad the Marbro & Paradise Theaters were not just boarded up and still there waiting for a new generation to discover the wonders of those buildings. But I imagine B&K would be liable for break-ins & other things that might have gone on inside.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Nov 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

You would think so. The Indian culture is very ornate as well as the Chinese. They both show films in major cities, but I think the size of the RKO was against even their budgets. A cultural center is another matter. It is tailor made for that and should have been persuade.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Nov 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Thanks for the wonderful photos. It is really happening. What a thrill it will be to see it when it comes back to life. Wish all the grand movie palaces had the same dedication.

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BobbyS commented about Midway Theatre on Nov 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

If the Midway was used as a vaudeville theater in 1918 & beyond I could not find a stagehouse. I thought all theaters that used live shows had to have a stagehouse. Even some of the suburban theaters that had shallow stages and showed movies had a fly system.

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BobbyS commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Hi Scott..I Thought of you when I passed the MIDWAY theater in Rockford last week. What a facade! I passsed the Guyon a year ago and it was boarded up I remember. It seemed like something was happening and it just stopped. Maybe grants just dried up who knows. This was “our little world” way back in the 50’s. Madison/Crawford corner. It sure made an impression on alot of people for we still remember the Crawford, Paradise and Marbro with great fondness.

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BobbyS commented about Auditorium Side View (1926) on Nov 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

What a beauty!!

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BobbyS commented about Ambassador Theatre on Nov 12, 2013 at 6:26 am

I am going to the FOX in December to see a show and now will seek out thoses two chandeliers at the Des Peres Cinema. Thanks. Two bad an opera company or other group could not rescue this theater. These beautiful buildings will never be built again.

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BobbyS commented about Midway Theatre on Nov 5, 2013 at 8:08 am

I saw “Hello Dolly” last week at the beautiful Coronado. The manager told me the TIMES & MIDWAY theatres will be re-opened. Serious people with serious moneybags are involed…I agree with your comment as I passed the MIDWAY myself.

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BobbyS commented about Times Theatre on Nov 5, 2013 at 7:50 am

I saw “Hello Dolly” last week at the beautiful Coronado. The manager told me the TIMES theater is in the process of re-opening. Many people inspecting & photographing every corner. I was amazed the marquee is intact after all these years closed. Also he told me the MIDWAY will re-open as different theater groups are interested and have the money to do it. I passed it by and couldn’t see if the roof was still there. Still looks good.

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BobbyS commented about Crawford Theater on Nov 5, 2013 at 7:21 am

I think the sign reads DANCE. The ballroom was still going strong I presume. I also think it was called Paradise but not sure. Great photo of a great street!

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Oct 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Has the old marquee been removed yet? Anybody know.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Oct 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

That is a good question..I bet Tinseltoes would know. I would say mid 1940’s when neon became big. I thought the present one was a bit bland…One size fits all. Chicago was much more creative when it came to modern signage.

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BobbyS commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

I also did not know this theater was the twin to the Detroit. I wonder if they still show movies. Looking forward to a trip there. Also wonder if the two are the same size in detail. Thanks Tinseltoes for the ceiling video.

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BobbyS commented about Alex Theater on Oct 8, 2013 at 5:51 am

On the other hand, these theaters all had organs….Sorry I couldn’t resist.

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BobbyS commented about Alex Theater on Oct 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I don’t remember that at all..However the Alex did show alot of “Hercules” movies which would attest to that fact.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Aug 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Thanks Matt…What wonderful news! What a re-opening this will be!

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BobbyS commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 10, 2013 at 2:11 am

You do realize the people that work there have no passion for the name Ziegfeld. They could care less. Its a job. Only someone like us that love these theaters would go over & beyond the call of duty to give 110% to patrons. We understand what it means to be part of a long by-gone era. Even if its only a name!

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BobbyS commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 9, 2013 at 4:57 am

Hard to believe the Ziegfeld will continue to be in operation in the future. What a wonderful throwback to those glorious days of the single screen movie palace when entering the lobby was a sensation all by itself !

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BobbyS commented about Best Buy Theater on Aug 9, 2013 at 4:52 am

Thanks Tinseltoes for your BOXOFFICE. LOEWS Astor was a great place to see a picture…Nothing that large left in Chicago at present. I fear for the Zeigfeld in NY..