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Joe Vogel commented about Corona Crossings Stadium 18 on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Six photos of Edwards Corona Crossing are featured in this slide show on the web site of BB Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm

The Big Newport’s rather austere new auditorium interiors can be seen in this slide show on the web site of the firm that designed the remodeling project, BB Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Regal carried out a remodeling of this theater beginning in 2015. Reseating has undoubtedly reduced the overall capacity, but I haven’t been able to discover the current number. The plans for the remodeling were by BB Architects, and the firm’s web site features this slide show with eight photos displaying some of the results.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Carlsbad 12 on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Seven photos of the Regal Carlsbad can be seen in this slide show from the web site of BB Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14 on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

The web site of BB Architects (the new name of Blair Ballard Architects) features this slide show with four photos of the Regal Santa Fe.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Kapolei Commons Stadium 12 on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

The Kapolei Commons 12 was designed for Regal by BB Architects of Laguna Beach, California. This slide show from the firm’s web site features six photos of the theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Here is a slide show with nine photos of the Galaxy Sparks, from the web site of BB Architects. It is much more sedate than the designs the same firm has done for Regal Cinemas.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Lancaster Mall Stadium 11 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

BB Architects provides this slide show with four photos of the Lancaster Mall cinemas.

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Joe Vogel commented about Martin Village 16 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

The web site of BB Architects features this slide show with seven photos of Regal’s Martin Village cinemas.

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Joe Vogel commented about Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

BB Architects provides this slide show with eleven photos (mostly interior shots) of the Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9.

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Joe Vogel commented about Issaquah Highlands Stadium 12 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Google maps pin icon is too far east, as is the current setting of the street view.

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Joe Vogel commented about Issaquah Highlands Stadium 12 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Fuller Sears Architects designed the multi-use project in which this theater is located, but the interior layout and design was by BB Architects, who have designed many projects for Regal. Here is a slide show with eleven photos of the theater on BB Architects' web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Landing Stadium 14 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Here is a slide show with six photos of the Regal Landing Stadium 14 on the web site of the architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about iPic Westwood on Jul 10, 2017 at 11:57 am

I believe the architectural firm Hodges and Associates changed its name to Hodges Architecture because there is a large law firm called Hodges & Associates. Lawyers would be the last people anyone would want to get into a naming rights conflict with.

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Joe Vogel commented about Kiva Theatre on Jul 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

Thanks, Edie. I see that the rebuilt entrance to the Kiva was in the store front now occupied by a cocktail lounge called Joel’s, at 119 W. 8th Street. What I assume was the theater’s auditorium houses a billiard parlor. The original theater entrance on Main Avenue, which must have been very long, houses a boutique called Gloss.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX on Jul 10, 2017 at 11:38 am

These days most new theaters are built by large chains who usually have complete control over the project, and they deal with large architectural firms that provide all of the plans in house, with the theater company paying for them.

There are probably exceptions when a theater is part of a larger project, in which case the developer might have more control over at least the exterior look of the theater portion of the project, and the developer’s architects would work in tandem with the theater chain’s architects who would fit their design for the interior into a building designed by the developer’s architect. In those cases the developer would probably pay for the overall plans for the building, while the theater company would pay for the interior plans and renderings.

Historically, when there were a lot of independent theater operators, it was not unusual for developers to build a theater on speculation and then lease it out to an operator, either an independent or a chain eager to get into that particular market. This has become rare, though. Big chains that dominate the industry today like to maintain control over the look and layout of their theaters, and will typically hire the same architectural firm to design one project after another.

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Joe Vogel commented about iPic Westwood on Jul 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm

As can be seen from this photo uploaded here by stepwest, the AVCO was mostly demolished and rebuilt for iPic. This page on the Robinson Construction Co. web site has four photos of the iPic, but the three interior shots are all of the restaurant and bar.

The rebuild was designed by the Dallas firm Hodges Architecture (formerly Hodges & Associates.) This page at Hodges' web site has a more extensive slide show that includes a couple of pictures of the Avco building before demolition.

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Joe Vogel commented about City Centre Stadium 12 on Jul 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Thompson Vaivoda & Associates has condensed its name to TVA Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX on Jul 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm

There are three exterior photos of the Bridgeport Stadium 18 on this page of the web site of Robinson Construction Co., builders of the project for Regal Cinemas. The cinema was designed by TVA Architects (formerly Thompson Vaivoda & Associates) of Portland.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Barkley Village 16 IMAX & RPX on Jul 9, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Blair Ballard Architects has decided to condense its name to BB Architects. I suppose Mr. Ballard should be commended for his modesty (a rare trait among architects, in my experience.) The Regal Barkley Village 16 is among the theater projects given its own slide show on the firm’s web site.

You’ll find more photos of the Regal 16 starting on this page at the web site of Robinson Construction Co., the firm that built the project. It gives the seating capacity as 2,935.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Meridian 16 on Jul 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The Regal 16 has been renovated, and one auditorium has been converted to 4DX (rumbly tumbly smell-o-vision with weather.) I don’t know what the seating capacity is now, but it’s probably been greatly reduced by the installation of new, larger seats as seen in the photo on this web page. They apparently couldn’t be arsed to remodel all the way with stadium seating, though. Architects for the renovation were The Design Collective.

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Joe Vogel commented about Gray Theatre on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

It appears that the magazines I cited in my previous comment misspelled the theater owner’s name. His capsule movie reviews in issues of Motion Picture Herald from 1946, 1947, and 1948 (there are dozens of them) are signed James C. Balkcom, Jr..

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Joe Vogel commented about Gray Theatre on Jul 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

The April 10, 1947, issue of Motion Picture Daily mentioned the Gray Theatre:

“Atlanta, April 9. — Martin and Thompson theatres circuit has sold the Gray, at Gray, to J. C. Balcom and the Roxy, at Milan, to Cecil Crumby.”
Mr. Balcom might have been the manager of the Gray for Martin and Thompson prior to buying the house from them. A brief review, written by J. C. Balcom, Jr., of the Gray Theatre, Gray, Ga., was published in the “What the Picture Did For Me” section of the May 12, 1945, issue of Motion Picture Herald.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 5, 2017 at 11:35 pm

Boxoffice of May 10, 1947, had a brief item about the Roxy:

“MILAN, GA. — The Martin & Thompson circuit of Atlanta has sold the Roxy Theatre here to Cecil Crumby.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Movies on Jun 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm

The current Google street view shows only one sign on the building, that being a “For Sale” sign posted by Stebbins Commercial Properties.

This web page indicates that the building has been bought by the Manchester Development Corporation, on behalf of the city, and it was to have been renovated as a home for the Old Sol Music Hall, with its opening planned for 2018. However, the latest news on the Old Sol web site says that the deal has fallen through.

I can’t find anything more recent telling of what is to become of the Rex’s building, but presumably the city still owns it and it is currently not in use.