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The theatre is getting ready to celebrate 75 years on July 3rd. We will have Dennis James play our house organ to the silent classic “Phantom of the Opera” along with some other yet to be finalized festivities. I will post more when the details become final.
This July 5th we will be celebrating 75 years of entertainment.
I have no idea where the 75 figure came from for the seating capacity, but the theatre has 260 seats. Originally it had 450 but when it was reseated the new seats were wider and the rows were spaced farther apart to give more leg room. Also the new concessions stand and office was built into the back wall of the auditorium eliminating about 4 rows.
Lots of photo’s of the lobby, but any of what’s left of the auditorium? I understand only the lobby is supposed to be saved but would like to see whats being demolished. And hopefully someone will photo archive the rest of the theatre before demolition begins in earnest.
You can tour the theater on their web site. Beautiful photo’s of all the auditoriums and public spaces.
Having started in this business as a projectionist about 33 years ago I can totaly relate to the death of a profession. While I still run 35 mm it isn’t the same and as time goes on all the magic will be lost. Today there arn’t many houses left that have curtains & foot lights. Along with a trained profesional in the booth to make sure everything happens seamlessly. Also most of the audience does not care about showmanship. As long as the movie appears on the screen after all the advertising is finished they are satisfied. Most are to young to remember what it was like to attend a film in a great theatre with good projection. When the house lights dim and the curtain parts magic happens…..
Obviously the new board needs to “get there comeuppence” Joe was granted a place to live until he dies and that should be honored no matter what. They will get his apt. in the end. How fast people forget that without Joe there would be no Fox. Shame on the board of the Fox.
This theatre should really be saved. It’s rare today to find a house like this in such good condition. Someone should step up and get this started. I know it takes money and there has to be some kind of a plan for it’s use to warrent the expenditure but it would be a shame to see it fall into a wreck only to be torn down when it is now in such restorable shape.
Agree, I enjoyed the first part but not the end. Why not restore the theater and build a new section next door and incorporate the new screens there. Making the whole building look like the original theater. You get the best of both.
I was in McMinnville about 2 years ago and the Mack was closed at that time but I contacted the owner who said that the theater did good business but he didn’t have the time to devote to running it. It’s last incarnation was an art house running foreign, independent, art films. It still has a web page www.macktheater.com and it is still advertising it’s last film “Capote”. Check it out.
The photo’s for the Weir & Rex listed on the PSTOS site clearly show 2 different buildings. I was in the Weir and it was definatly the brick building with the crown on the roof line. It was next to the Masonic building (Later Browers dress shop). The Rex was next to the Weir more at mid block. At least that is what the photo’s show.
This is good news, the interior by the look of the photos is a total wreak. The roof is missing and the elements have taken their toll. At least the exterior will be cleaned and preserved and that is great. Much better than demolition which is usually the case with old buildings whose interiors have rotted away.
I agree with the comment on the name. This was built as “The King” and it should be called by that name. King Cat is rather wierd.
Amazing theater, this should be saved if the majestic is in as good of condition as the palace this could become a major performance center. Two theaters in one building. Maybe one for live and the other for film or some combination. Just amazing that the palace has never been stripped. Save it now!
Per the web site AMC runs the Cinerama.
Sounds like the Cinerama needs to hire a good old fashioned projectionist. It’s unforgivable to have a great venue with sloppy projection work. I know Paul Allen ownes the place but it is run by one of the major circuits. If Mr. Allen was told about the presentation issues he might be able to put some presure on whoever runs the theater to clean up their act.
With reguards to the showing of DVD’s in art house theaters. I run an independent art house and while we prefer 35mm film it is becoming increasingly harder to get. I am now playing 3 releases and one of those was shipped to me as a DVD. No choice was offered a DVD arrived and that’s what I will show. The film is “Mid-August Lunch” an Italian comedy. I have found that this is becoming more and more prevelant.
I’m still up in the air about the studio’s owning their own theaters again, there are good things and bad.
Shame, shame, shame, This theater is magnificent and should not be chopped up! I have to agree with what’s being posted that there are empty spaces around playhouse square that can be used for new construction of smaller performance space. The people of Cleveland should rise up and demand that the Allen be left alone. Otherwise when this travesty is finished and the day arrives (which it will) that someone wants the Allen to be returned to it’s original configuration a whole lot of money will again have to be spent to undo this mess. But here in America we like to spend lots of money to fix things then rip them out and then fix them again. Such a waste.
The original marquee for the Harbor Drive-In was a huge Paul Bunyun swinging an axe. The whole sign was done up in bright neon and the axe would swing back and forth. There was also beautiful landscaping and lots of colored lights along the fences and in the trees. The snack bar had disney characters painted on the walls by some local artist, done when the place was first opened, including Minnie Mouse nursing a baby mouse. Something I’m sure Disney would never have approved of! In the 70’s the theater was twinned, and a new booth was built on the roof of the snack bar. Now the land has some houses built on it and a business. All trace of the theater is gone.
I see that the theater finally got new carpet after 40 years. It will be nice to not have the duct tape holding down the seams. I do hope the theater saved the little bit of original carpet from the balcony for archival perposes. But all in all it now looks way batter.
I agree that the current marquee has merit and it appears to be in good condition, that said, it doesn’t really blend with the architecture of the building. Many theaters had their marquee’s replaced over time and usually each replacement was in keeping with whatever was in vogue at the time with no thought to the style of the facade or what the original architect had in mind. So my opinion is to go back to something more in keeping with whatever was originally intended. Also this marquee does not need to be destroyed, it can be removed and sold to grace another theater that may be needing a new marquee. Changing the name is minor and can be done by any good sign company.
Having never been in the state does anyone have any photo’s of the interior before it was split up into 3 cinemas. And any of the way it is now?
As a theater operator I can say that while the concessions may seem priced high and in many cases are, if theaters didn’t have concessions they would go under. While we do get a % of the box office gross the film distributors take the majority of that revenue. So the only way to make any money to pay our expenses is through concessions. People are quick to point out that tickets are high and so are the snacks. The film distributors dictate what you can charge for admissions price based on the theaters geographic location. Theater owners have some leeway in this area but not much. So in order to pay the rent, lights, wages, taxes, insurance, and many other expences we charge a lot for popcorn.
Sounds like the owners are just looking to make a buck. While making a profit is OK, It’s not OK to do so with the demolition of a historic building. There’s no reason why they won’t sell the theater for a realistic value other than to thwart anyone’s attempt to save it. The attitude of “I own this and I can do whatever I want with it” is what has destroyed much of America’s local historical fabric. Many towns are nothing but ugly strip malls due to owners not wanting to invest in the preservation of their holdings and allowing wholesale demolition. He should be stopped.
The photo’s look great! Hooray for the 7th st. it has been a long road to get this far.