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Whoever was responsible for the re-purposing of this building insured that nothing was left to indicate that this ever was a theater; the interior was completely gutted and all the exterior trappings as well leaving a rather bland, brick, building.
Was this equipped with stadium seating? It looks like it could have been a fairly decent venue. Wonder if it would have fared better if it had been in a location which greater street visibility? Are their any vintage GCC, circa 1965-1975, venues still around?
The address on this is 507 South 3rd Street, 98057 and the current seating capacity is around 300. This theatre opened some time in the 1920’s and was part of a Supreme Court case, RENTON v. PLAYTIME THEATRES, INC., (1986).
The building is in poor, but salvageable condition. It appears that that every effort was made to strip it of its original design in order to give it the appearance of a bland, multi-use facility. Pity. It seem to have adequate room and design to be used for live performance. Still it is drag to see it in such deplorable shape.
Was in the area today and made a photo of what exist of this once fine work of architecture. Regretfully little or nothing remains. The building is vacant and the area in which it resides leaves much to be desired.
I was just by the State the other day and the exterior is quite impressive! How was the theatre configured for the triplex-enclosed, split balcony with the main floor intact? Does any of the original interior ornamentation remain or was the interior gutted for the conversion to live performance? Something tells me the renovations were massive in that the seating went from 1000 to 212.
The actual address of the former Indiana Theatre is 30 South Main Street. According to the building marker, the Indiana was only in operation between 1930 and 1948. What ever existed of the theater’s interior is long gone.
A rare jewel nestled in the rural countryside of Indiana and well worth the journey to visit. Although it well supported by the local community, a tidy sum is currently needed to insure that it remains operational. Donations can be made at the Ohio Theater website.
The actual opening date is 1948 and the website is Ashland Theatre
Does anyone have any interior shots? I am curious as to how much of the original design remains intact. It is a very large building even for a twin.
Does anything remain of the original auditorium or was it gutted when it was divided into four venues?
This was one of the last of the Septum Cinemas before they were acquired by Cineplex Odeon. The chain seemed to give equal attention to its game room (Tilt) as it did to its screening rooms.
Does anybody have any recall as to when and how the addition four screens came to be? Were they built from the ground up or were the existing auditoriums partitioned off to make six venues?
Each of the 12 auditoriums are very well appointed with large screens, lounge chairs with movable food trays and none with a seating capacity greater than 110. Very nice set up but it does beg the question of why pay $11 a seat, not including the cost of treats, if you can create the same atmosphere at home at a fraction of the cost.
It would be great if Regal would primarily present art house fare on the order of a Landmark operation and use the Kingstowne down the road for mainstream features.
It appears that Regal is building a twelve screen complex in or around where the initial six auditoriums were. It will be all stadium seating and is scheduled to open in November 2014.
Does anyone know of any theaters of the design still existing? I would love to get some photos of them. The Tara in Atlanta, GA. is a variation on this theme.
How was the interior reconfigured when the auditorium when from having one screen to five?Does anyone have any interior shots of the theater?
Apparently at least one of the original auditoria still remains relatively intact as a conference/screening room.
The last time I patronized this cinema, which was in 2011, it had conventional, not stadium, seating. The venue is clean, some of the screens are of good size, but over all it is just a bland 90s multiplex.
It is looking great and am appreciative of all of the money and effort put forth in restoring it!
To be clear, nothing of the original interior remains in place. The theater was completely gutted, top to bottom. The four conventional auditoriums on the second level are architecturally on par with just about every mall multiplex designed between the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is a rather basic venue at best and a real shame nothing could have been done to keep the place intact. Still, it does have a nice exterior.
The theatre had a seating capacity of around 1200. The two auditoriums were split in half in 1986 to make it a four screen complex. The architect was Victor Smolen.
The Mercado was the work of the architectural firm of MacDonald & Englhart with a seating capacity of 820.
There are currently only two auditoriums in operation. Is the complex being retrofitted for stadium seating?
This was the standard design of just about every eightplex AMC built during the 1980s. from The Northlake 8 in Tucker, GA was identical to the Fashion Village.