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spectrum on Sep 9, 2007 at 9:43 pm

This is the same as the Five Flags Civic Center (nee majestic) (/theaters/1176/) – both at 405 main street, built 1910, etc.

spectrum commented about Florida Theatre on Sep 9, 2007 at 5:20 pm

According to the Motion Picture Yearbook for 1936, this seated 2,400.

spectrum commented about Old Town Theater on Sep 9, 2007 at 3:59 pm

According to the 1936 Film Annual Review, the Richmond at that time seated 750.

spectrum commented about Strand Theater on Sep 9, 2007 at 3:33 pm

According to the Film Annual Review of 1936, the Strand seated 1,300.

spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 9, 2007 at 3:22 pm

According to the Film Annual Review of 1936, the Capitol had 1,497 seats.

spectrum commented about Esquire Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 5:46 pm

The book “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk” does list S. Charles Lee as doing the remodeling in 1936.

spectrum commented about Tower Theater on Sep 8, 2007 at 5:35 pm

According to “The Show Starts on The Sidewalk”, S. Charles Lee designed this theatre in 1939 in an art-moderne style and it seated 900.

spectrum commented about Plaza Theater on Sep 7, 2007 at 9:59 pm

In the early 1980s the Plaza had been long closed, most of the former lobby was a retail store (no original details remained), and the rest of the lobby was an entrance corridor going back to the former inner foyer running along the back of the auditorium. At the north end (the right), was the original staircase upstairs. In front I saw an empty large room with a ceiling that curved downward (the ceiling under the balcony), and a new floor had been put in order the seating area. The staircase went up to the former balcony area which had been converted to offices. Behind the “curbed cailing room” was the rest of the auditorium fairly intact. Windows on either side had been uncovered and you could still see the ornate balcony front with a solid wall about 6 inches behind the balcony railing. The auditorium walls were plain (very old looking) plaster, and the front still showed the proscenium which was made out of fairly restrained ornemanetal pressed tin. The stage was walled off, both of these spaces had been a former dance studio. The cailing was very fancy ornamental plaster in a square classical design. The upper floors (former hotel space) was run-down single-room-occupancy spaces. Around 1983 or 1984, the entire building was renovated with the stage and auditorium being concerted into offices – the main auditorium portion is the law office and the ornamental ceiling was beautifully restored. An oldtimer remembered this as the 2nd run house which also featured saturday matinees, the Calvin being the ritzy place for major movies.

spectrum commented about Calvin Theatre on Sep 7, 2007 at 9:48 pm

The restoration of the auditorium was very well done. Unusual color scheme (yellow & gold primarily with various muted shades of green & white trim, but a whole lot better than the original appearance, and the color scheme extended to the formerly all dark brown ceiling. The place is certainly brightened up! The first thing i saw entering the outer lobby was they removed the drop ceiling of the 1960s, revealing the former two-story lobby ceiling which had been hidden for decades.

Nathan Goldstein had renovated the lobby areas in the early 1980s, and actually did a very good job – the walls were painted with cream color paint that must have had mica mixed in because the walls literally sparkeled (it was muted and tasteful, not ostentatious) – it really looked nice and I wish they had kept that effect in the latest renovation. But they still did a great job.

The Calvin showed 2nd run movies as far back as I could remember (1970s – of course all theatres in Amherst/Northampton were 2nd run in those days), and remained 2nd run when the Hadley malls finally became 1st run. Although they did get a 1st run of Star Trek: the Motion picture in 1979 (originally was to be the exclusive booking in the area but the malls got it too). This drew some good crowds – in the 600-700 range – but still not enough for them to open the balcony. I had to wait until 1980 and an arlo guthrie concert to get upstairs (still had seats from the 1930s up there!) When they started showing occasional concerts in the early 1980s it was reported that until the end stage had been unused since the 1920s.

Before ther renovation, it was mostly cream color and the wall columns had blue background with dingy gold paint sloppily applied over the decorative motifs (vines and fruit, a simpler version of some decorations at the wonderful Wang (nee Metropolitan) theatre in Boston, MA. ) The ceiling was a dark marblized brown color. The areas between the columns had square accoustic tiling in a nice harlqeuin (read tilted 45 degrees) pattern going up about a third of the way, which I (in my architectural ignorance of 20 years ago) assumed had been original with possibly damask fabric above (which actually wouldn’t look that bad – the walls are a little bare now).

spectrum commented about Springfield Plaza Cinemas on Sep 7, 2007 at 9:24 pm

They didn’t actually add a third auditorium to the complex, they split one of the original auditoria down the middle. The original theatres seated approx. 300 each. They didn’t even bother to remodel the remaining “large” auditorium during the split; when I visited in the 1980s, the decor was noticably different in the larger one (older, but oddly, in better shape! – the original walls with minimal decoration were still there, the other two just had curtains down all the walls.

spectrum commented about Loew's Poli Theatre on Sep 7, 2007 at 9:19 pm

The Poli Palace was designed by Thomas W. Lamb

spectrum commented about Grand Theater on Sep 7, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Saw a movie there in the 1980’s – interesting design – probably 700 seats all on one level, a flat wooden floor. Building had exposed slamnted wooden beams in the ceiling looked like it had been fairly recently renovated. I can see why it became a church later.

spectrum commented about Mohawk Theatre on Sep 7, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Recent developments posted on the Mohawk Theatre’s web site (link above) from spring 2007:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts committeed $500,000 of state funding to the North Adams Office of Community Development towards restoration of the Mohawk – the funding to go towards architectural design and engineering work, with the city providing matching funds. The OCD put out a request for proposals and received a big response with 7 quality proposals, the firm of Finegold Alexander and Associates being chosen for the project. An open house was held on March 16, and the project was to begin sometime after May, taking 1 year to complete. Accordiny to a previous study the building was considered basically sound.

spectrum commented about Europa Theater on Sep 7, 2007 at 8:24 pm

In it’s last years, it was known simply as “Chicopee Cinema” and was closed by 1984.

spectrum commented about Senator Theatre on Sep 7, 2007 at 7:29 pm

The Senator was remodeled by S. Charles Lee in 1936 in an art-moderne style.

spectrum commented about Oxnard Theatre on Sep 4, 2007 at 9:27 pm

This theatre was opened in 1949. According to “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk”, it seated 852.

spectrum commented about Carson Stadium Cinemas on Sep 4, 2007 at 7:07 pm

This theatre is now owned by Hollywood Theatres. The theatres include stadium-style seating

spectrum commented about AMC Gulf Pointe 30 on May 29, 2007 at 7:37 am

Address should be changed to: 11801 E Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77089

From the aerial google photo they’ve got a pretty spectacular circular outdoor entry court; building has three main wings, back left and right. Wonder how big the largest auditoriums are?

spectrum commented about State Theater on May 23, 2007 at 4:01 am

From the Google Map, it looks like the Rite Aid is a new building.

spectrum commented about Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on May 22, 2007 at 11:39 am

Lots happening at the Keith-Albee! The Hyman family, which had owned the theatre for the past 80 years gifted it to the Marshall University Foundation in 2006, which in turn gifted it to a new non-profit foundation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Inc, which now runs it as a performing arts center. Their new web page is at Function above should be changed to “performing arts”. Much of its current schedule is performances as part of the Marshall Arts series. Keith Hyman, whose grandfather built the Keith-Albee serves on the board of directors.

The foundation is conducting studies to plan a series of renovations. the first of these commenced late 2006; the removal of the downstairs mini-theatres to restore the auditorium to its original configuration. From their renovation info I see the proscenium is 47.6 feet wide and 25 feet high.

The website above has photo galleries both past and present. The auditorium looks in very good condition; the balcony was never separated from orchestra – the photos are the first I’ve seen of an atmospheric theatre with green sky lighting! Interesting effect. The webpage doesn’t have any recent news about renovations but it has been having performances all spring.

spectrum commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 21, 2007 at 10:02 am

Seating capacity is 2,514 according to the FilmTV Daily Yearbook of 1936. A lot of photos of the RKO Keith’s are on a page in the Empire State Theatre and Musical Instruments Museum’s web page- the Keith’s page is at: It’s quite a beautiful classically designed ornate palace. Two level lobby with oval balcony looking out over the lower lobby. Another inner promenade has a circular balcony looking out over the back section of the orchestra seats. It’s a shame this place was demolished!

spectrum commented about Landmark Theatre on May 21, 2007 at 8:37 am

Seating capacity for the Landmark was 2,908 in 1936 according to the FilmTV Daily Yearbook of Motion Pictures and Television. The interior is a virtual duplicate (slightly smaller) of the Loew’s 175th St. Theatre in New York City.

spectrum commented about Cinema X on May 14, 2007 at 11:22 am

Th went to the Cinema X in the mid 1980s. At that time it did not show porn films, it was all 2nd run movies. As you entered, you’d go down a short entrance corridor; then the concession stand to the left, the balcony stairs to the right, and straight ahead you’d enter the inner foyer at the back of the auditorium, which went off to the left. The decor was fairly classical, appeared to date from the 1920s. Balcony was closed, the proscenium was hidden behind a screen which had obviously been installed recently. It wasn’t in bad shape, and I’m sorry that it didn’t survive – by the early 1980s it was closed.

spectrum commented about Eastfield Mall Cinemas on May 14, 2007 at 11:14 am

Should be listed as demolished. There is nothing left of the original cinemas – that section of the mall was converted into a food court.

spectrum commented about Court Square Theater on May 14, 2007 at 11:12 am

In the 1980’s occasional live performances and/or outdoor movies in the parking lot on the site of the theatre. They actually had a marque with twinkling lights, and when you walk through the entrance and into the parking lot, there was a large screen off to the right just about where the back wall of the stage would have been. Every time I saw it, I regretted I wasn’t around when the building still stood.