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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm

This web page has a few photos of the Pantages, including two of the interior, which displayed many of the design characteristics that Priteca called the “Pantages Greek” style which he would use on later Pantages houses well into the 1920s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX on Sep 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm

No, no deer ticks, just dear tickets, like most theaters these days.

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Joe Vogel commented about Coosa Theatre on Sep 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm

I thought I’d saved the rather long comment I tried to post which was rejected as spam, but the application lost it. I won’t try to reconstruct it. The bare bones version is that the Coosa Theatre was built in 1941 by Martin Theatres, and Martin operated it until 1963. Here is a photo of the Coosa under construction.

The FDY always listed this house at 20 N. 17th Avenue, not 17th Street, but that address doesn’t exist today (nor does 17th Avenue, as far as I can tell— 16th is as high as the avenues go now, which is probably why Google Maps defaults to residential 17th Street.) I’ve checked Google street views of Childersburg but can’t find any building that would likely be the one in the 1941 photo. Wherever it actually was, the Coosa has either been demolished or remodeled beyond recognition.

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Joe Vogel commented about Greenland Theatre on Sep 8, 2018 at 2:35 pm

I believe the correct name of this house is not Greenville Theatre (which wouldn’t make sense in a town called Greensboro) but Greenland Theatre. The building was probably built in 1940-41, replacing an earlier house of the same name, and is at 124 S. Main Street, currently occupied by a Chinese restaurant called (rather unimaginatively) the China Restaurant.

This web page gives a sketchy bit of history up to 1935, when the theater was rebuilt, burned down a short time later, then was rebuilt again. The 1940 rebuild must have been at least the third, and it was larger than the earlier iterations. Charles S. Aiken’s book The Cotton Plantation South Since the Civil War has a couple of paragraphs about the opening of the house in January, 1941, saying that there were 500 seats for whites on the main floor and 160 additional seats in the segregated balcony.

This 1941 photo from the Library of Congress shows the Streamline Modern theater before the building got the fake Colonial front and mansard it now sports.

The name Greenland Theatre goes back at least as early as 1917 in Greensboro, when it was mentioned in the October 20 issue of Motography. The planning of the 1940 rebuild was noted in this item from the October 11 issue of The Film Daily:

“Reynolds-Boswell To Build

“Greensboro, Ga. — J. M. Reynolds. Jr., and W. R. Boswell, operators of the Greenland theater here, will erect a new theater with a seating capacity of 660.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

The Roxy is mentioned in this 2010 article from The Tifton Gazette. The article says the Roxy was located on 17th Street West just off of South Park Avenue, in an American Legion hall.

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Joe Vogel commented about Coosa Theatre on Sep 8, 2018 at 1:18 pm

No, the comment I’m trying to post is not spam. This is getting annoying.

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Joe Vogel commented about Gem Theatre on Sep 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

The Gem is one of five Gadsden movie houses listed in Eric Ledell Smith’s African American Theater Buildings: An Illustrated Historical Directory. A footnote in the book cites a mention of the Gem in the July 15, 1939 issue of Motion Picture Herald. I can’t find that issue online so I don’t know what the item said, but 1939 was also the first year the Gem was listed in the FDY. The Gem still appeared in the FDY as late as 1955, when it was one of twentyfive houses being operated by Bailey Theaters of Atlanta.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elton Theatre on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

A house called simply the Royal Theatre was listed at the northeast corner of Broad and Cort [sic] Streets in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. My guess would be that the New Royal, a few doors west of Court Street, was its replacement. I haven’t found out when that happened, though.

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Joe Vogel commented about Amuse U Theatre on Sep 7, 2018 at 7:27 pm

An Amusu Theatre is listed at Gadsden in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, so if it burned in 1911 it might have been rebuilt, or just moved to another location.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Theatre on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm

The Moving Picture World of March 15, 1924 said that the Lyric Theatre in Gadsden would be closed and the building converted into a store. The Lyric had gone into operation by 1921, and was last operated by Will B. Wood.

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Joe Vogel commented about People's Family Theatre on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm

A house called simply the People’s Theatre is listed at Alabama City in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

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Joe Vogel commented about Savoy Theatre on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm

The Savoy was listed in the Motion Picture section of the 1922 Cahn guide, but with no details. In 1923 it suffered a fire, according to this item from The Moving Picture World of March 15, 1924:

“The Savoy Theatre, Alabama City, Ala., which suffered a disastrous fire last November, has been reopened. Mr. Woods, owner, has closed his Lyric Theatre, Gadsden, Ala., which is to be converted into a store.”
“Mr. Woods” was probably the man listed in the 1922 Film Year Book as Will B. Wood, the head of a small chain of theaters consisting of the Belle, Lyric, Savoy and Pastime in Alabama City. The Savoy and the Belle were both mentioned in the July 8, 1927 issue of Motion Picture News.

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Joe Vogel commented about Colorado Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

Mike, the 1922 article you linked to is about a different Colorado Theatre, which is listed at Cinema Treasures under its earlier (and later) name, Tabor Grand Opera House. It was called the Colorado Theatre in the 1920s.

This page is about the later Colorado Theatre, formerly called the Colonial, which was renamed the Colorado sometime in the early 1930s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Vermont Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Thanks for posting the photos, Mike. I’d had no idea this house was Egyptian in style.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm

The Empress Theatre was one of two houses listed at Chamberlain in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, the other being the Electric Theatre. Both were located on Main Street. In 1913 there was a house called the Julian Theatre, which might have been an aka for either the Empress or the Electric.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fad Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm

The Fad Theatre is one of two movie houses listed at Brookings in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, the other bing the Pleasant Hour Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Architects for the 1960 remodeling of the State Theatre were Harold Spitznagel & Associates. Harold T. Spitznagel was also the architect of the Hollywood Theatre in Sioux Falls, the city in which his office was located.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

This item is from the May 20, 1916 issue of The Moving Picture World:

“C. C. Baker, owner of the Strand theater, Britton, South Dakota, was seen by me at the convention. Mr. Baker built the Strand theater last year. It seats 300 people, and General Film Company’s service and miscellaneous features comprised of V-L-S-E, World and Fox makes are offered his patrons. The regular program costs 10 cents and the feature program 25 cents. Mr. Baker has the only theater in his home town, which has a population of 1,000 people. He is doing very good business.”
C. C. Baker was mentioned in the July 12, 1913, when he was elected treasurer of the newly-formed Motion Picture Exhibitors League of South Dakota. Theitem didn’t give the name of his theater, but the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory lists Britton with the “Dreamland Theatre and Opera House.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Barrymore Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 11:49 am

A report for the South Dakota Department of Insurance covering the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, listed Emmert’s Theatre in Alcester as having paid the require $5.00 public building license fee for that period. The Emmert Theatre was also on the list for the fiscal year ending in June, 1930.

The New Barrymore Theatre at Alcester is advertised in the December 4, 1930 issue of The Hawarden Independent from Hawarden, Iowa, a few miles east of Alcester, so the name change likely came in 1930.

However, it’s probable that the New Barrymore was in a different building than the Emmert Theatre had been. This item appeared in the July 7, 1930 issue of the Independent:

“Alcester Will Have New Theatre

“The business men of Alcester have organized an association known as The Greater Alcester Association, Inc. and will build a new theatre, work on which was started this week. The sum of $25,000 has been raised by the Alcester people for the erection of the building which has already been leased to Fred Elfine of Bloomfield, Neb. T. F. Thompson of Beresford is in charge of the building of the structure.”

The June 8, 1933 issue of the Independent reported that the Barrymore Theatre had suffered a major fire the previous Saturday night (June 3.) The building, still owned by the Greater Alcester Association but then under lease to a Mr. Harry Lind, would be rebuilt as soon as possible, the article said.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

The Strand must have been right around the corner from the Ritz Theatre, which was also at the southeast corner of Person and Dick Streets at 101 Dick.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Sep 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm

Here is an item about the Strand from the July 18, 1946 issue of The Film Daily:

“Asheville, N. C. — The new Strand Theater building, which has been under construction for some time, is expected to be completed sometime in August. The new house, when completed, will have a seating capacity of 750 persons. It will be operated by H. B. Meiselman, of Charlotte.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Star Theatre on Sep 5, 2018 at 8:23 pm

The July 18, 1946 Film Daily had this item: “Ft. Walton, Fla.— The Star, new 400-seat theater, opens this week. Neal Robinson of Crestview, part owner, will operate it.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Ritz Theatre on Sep 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm

A 1943 city directory places the Ritz at 101 Dick Street, which was probably right on the southeast corner of Person Street. The neighborhood has been redeveloped and streets realigned, that part of Dick Street and part of the theater’s site having been replaced by a small, triangular park, and the rest of the theater’s site must have been under what is now a street called Otis F. Jones Parkway.

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Joe Vogel commented about Noble Theatre on Sep 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

The Noble Street Theatre began as an upstairs theater, but was rebuilt and expanded as a ground-floor house in 1909. The July 14 issue of The American Architect had this item:

“ANNISTON.-Architect Oakley, Montgomery, has prepared plans for the renovation of the Noble Street Theater so as to make it a ground floor theater.”
Editons of the Cahn guide starting in 1909-1910 listed the house as the New Noble Theatre. I haven’t found it listed in earlier Cahn guides. I’ve also been unable to find a first name for architect Oakley, and the only other project I can find on the Internet that was attributed to him is the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee, also built in 1909.

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Joe Vogel commented about Bijou Theatre on Sep 5, 2018 at 11:31 am

This PDF is a masters thesis, dated 1976, by Robert A. Ellis of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. It is titled “The Bijou Theatre: 1909-1949” and has quite a bit of detail about the Bijou and its history.

Ellis gives the name of the Bijou’s architect only as Oakly of Montgomery Alabama. The only other reference to this architect I can find on the Internet is an item from the July 4, 1909 issue of The American Architect which again refers to him only as “Architect Oakley, Montgomery.” Perhaps he went by only the one name professionally, like Liberace.

Interestingly enough, the 1909 item said that Oakley had prepared plans for the renovation of the Noble Street Theatre in Anniston, Alabama, as a ground-floor house.