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spectrum commented about Fox Theatre on Dec 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm

A couple nice videos on YouTube:

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This one is from a period newsreel or documentary from 1963. It starts with some documentary color footage of the auditorium and organ chambers with descriptions of the pipe setup. Then continues to newsreel footage of the demolition and concludes with the final organ solo played at the Fox during the farewell concert. Really interesting to see the inside of the organ chambers during a concert with the shutters swinging and the relays in action!

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This one shows a lot of color still photos of the Fox auditorium, lobbies and lounges with some narration about its demolition and the performance of a final medley on the organ just before the organ’s removal from the theatre. The Fox portion starts about 2 minutes into the video.

spectrum commented about Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Dec 11, 2007 at 6:56 am

Their new website is up at and the Hanover Theater Organ website is now at

Great news – Opening date is March 14, 2008!! They already have three shows scheduled after that (Hairspray, Stomp and Jesus Christ Superstar)

From the pictures it looks like they were in overdrive the past year with renovations — proscenium, side boxes and orchestra walls all reconstructed. they’re doing a great job! Great to hear that they’ll have a Mighty WurliTzer 4/35 organ!

spectrum commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 7, 2007 at 2:03 pm

The webpage has changed – it is now

spectrum commented about Hudson Theatre on Dec 7, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Those Library of Congress photos show the ornate pressed tin ceiling still intact. Unfortunately the google photo of that address shows that the theatre portion of the complex has been demolished. Status should be changed accordingly.

spectrum commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 5, 2007 at 11:10 am

The Palace’s website has changed – it is now

The website has a couple “virtual tour” photos. Nicely renovated!

spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Nov 30, 2007 at 7:05 pm

On YouTube there are now SIX videos of Ralph Ringstad Jr., at the Wonder Morton organ at the Loew’s Jersey on 11/3! Go to the links below or directly to and search for videos by “loewsjersey”. They add up to almost 35 minutes!

Opening song: View link
(“Drums in my Heart”)

5th song: View link

2nd song: View link
(“You” – from 1934)

3rd song: View link
(“Jeepers creepers”)

4th song: View link

Encore: View link
“I only have eyes for you”

Fantastic! And he really pulls out all the stops for the first song. It would be well worth a long trip to be able to hear this organ live!

spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Nov 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

From the google photo of this address it looks like this theater has been demolished.

spectrum commented about Garden Cinemas on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:23 pm

The organ remained in use until the theater was converted into a seven-plex in the late 1980s. I presume it was sold, but unfortunately have no idea who it was sold to. I would really like to know whether the original walls are preserved behind all the multiplexing. At least the original rear railing behind the seats still exists in the balcony spaces. The stairs to the balcony are still the original creaking wood underneath the new carpeting!

spectrum commented about Colonial Theatre on Nov 14, 2007 at 8:41 am

Status of this theatre should be changed to Open, Function = performing arts.

spectrum commented about Venetian Theatre on Oct 20, 2007 at 11:05 am

The architect for the Venetian was J. E. O. Pridmore

spectrum commented about Cinema V-Salle Hermes on Oct 20, 2007 at 9:29 am

This theatre originally opened in 1928. In 1936, according to the AFY Yearbook, it was known as the Empress Theatre then with 1,600 seats. The outside facade has a classical look to it, now painted white. In 2004 photos outside facade is still in good shape. Other names it has been known by: Royal Follies, Home of Blue Movies

spectrum commented about Empire Capitol 7 on Oct 20, 2007 at 8:13 am

According to the AFY Yearbook of 1936, the Capitol then seated 1,207.

spectrum commented about Capitol Civic Centre on Oct 20, 2007 at 5:45 am

According to the 1936 AFY Yearbook, the Capitol seats 1,350.

spectrum commented about Ballard Theatre on Oct 19, 2007 at 7:54 pm

According to the 1936 AFY Yearbook, the Bagdad then seated 1,800

spectrum commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 18, 2007 at 9:15 pm

According to the 1936 AFY Yearbook, the Strand at that time seated 1,000.

spectrum commented about TCC Roper Performing Arts Center on Oct 18, 2007 at 9:14 pm

The Roper Center’s official web page is: From there is some history, renovation info and color photos, both interior. Looks like a simplified renaissance revival scheme, but also possibly simplified by the renovation. The auditorium is fairly wide with a low ceiling – looks like it originally had no balcony and that they reduced the capacity by building a shelf balcony in the middle of the auditorium with all the space behind it converted into separate rooms. Still looks really nice though and very attractive. The page says it was built in 1926.

spectrum commented about Langley Theatre on Oct 18, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Accoding to the 1936 AFY Yearbook, the Langley at that time seated 850.

spectrum commented about Suzore Theatre #1 on Oct 18, 2007 at 5:59 pm

According to the link above, the Suzore was built in 1930 and razed in 1981.

spectrum commented about Sottile Theatre on Oct 17, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Status should be changed to “open”

spectrum commented about Sottile Theatre on Oct 17, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Listed in the 1936 AFI Yearbook as having 1,800 seats.

spectrum commented about Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Centre on Oct 17, 2007 at 8:00 pm

According to the AFY Yearbook for 1936, the Capitol at that time seated 1,024 (now seats 600) and the Strand seated 1,300 (now seats 1,268). From the photos at their official website , the two theatres are side by side with the Strand occupying the corner of a block, the Capitol (with a narrower entrance) immediately to the left. Capitol’s facade is very neo-classical; the Strand’s has almost a late nickeoledeon look. The Strand was built in 1925, and E. C. Horn & Sons were the architects. has a lot of good photos taken during the restoration. They did a fantastic job! The new balcony looks like it was designed in 1925 – fits right in. The strand looks almost like the auditorium is piggybacked right on to the back end of the Capitol’s stagehouse, almost like the State and Palace in Cleveland. Capitol must have a long lobby… Capitol was previously known as the Theatorium and the Jackson.

spectrum commented about Community Arts Center on Oct 17, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Their web page has moved to

Their history page has a lot of info:

The theatre was built as the Capitol in 1928, and reopened after restoration in 1993 as the Community Arts Center. It was the largest theater in the area and the first to be equipped for sound movies. It was considered the most beautiful theater in the Comerford, amnd featured cast bronze chandeliers, and a proscenium with trompe l'oeil details. It originally featured stage shows with movies. In 1936 the main level and stage area were flooded, wrecking the organ.

It never really recovered from the flood damage, and limped along until it’s restoration from 1989-1993. Cost was $13,500,000 with the bulk of that coming from Penn College. By 2004, there had been over 500 performances and 1,500 movie screenings, with 911,000 patrons through the doors by Oct. 2006 (774K for live, 128K for movies)

Unfortunately their web page does not show any pictures except a night view of the front facade. The seating plan shows orchestra, loge and balcony but it is hard to tell if the “loge” is a separate level from the “balcony”

spectrum commented about Manor Theatre on Oct 16, 2007 at 7:27 pm

The AFY yearbook for 1936 shows the Manor as having 1,146 seats. They must have done quote a remodeling job when they multiplexed it.

spectrum commented about Kenyon Theater on Oct 16, 2007 at 7:24 pm

AFY yearbook for 1936 lists the seating capacity as 1,636.

spectrum commented about Allegheny Theatre on Oct 14, 2007 at 3:32 pm

AFY Yearbook lists this as 2,858 in 1936. Numbers above should be changed. The other Allegheny theatre did not go by that name in 1936.