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The California Theatre opened in 1918 as Miller’s California Theater, the architect was A.B. Rosenthal and it had a seating capaicty of 1,650. It was at this theatre, leased at the time (1919) to Sam Goldwyn, that the famous showman ‘Roxy’ Rothaphel was brought in to manage the stage shows, prior to him moving to New York>>>but that’s another story.
The architect of the Astoria was Edward A. Stone in association with T.R. Somerford.
I have posted the address and details of the Garvey Theatre in that listing of Cinema Treasures.
Regarding the details for the Rosemead Theatre, I can only give you what I have here in print. I live in the UK so am not familier with the locality as you or Jeff are. Hopefully someone else can shed more light on this.
The address listed in the Film Daily Yearbooks 1950 and 1952 is; Garvey Theatre, 716 E. Garvey Avenue, Garvey, CA. A seating capacity of 740 is given.
The 1941 F.D.Y lists the Garvey Theatre in Garvey (no address given) with a seating capacity of 750.
There is a Rosemead Theatre listed for Rosemead, CA in the Film Daily Yearbook 1941. No seating capacity is quoted, so this could be that the theatre had only just been constructed/opened? By 1950 the FDY lists the Rosemead Theatre, 1629 E. Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA. Seating capacity 713.
The Rosemead 4 Theatres built by AMC in 1971 should be a seperate entry on Cinema Treasures.
In the Film Daily Yearbook 1941 the Ritz Theatre is listed with a seating capacity of 580.
The correct street address should be 7425 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA. When the Granada Theatre first opened in about 1926 the architects were Meyer & Holler and a seating capacity of 896 (on one floor) is given on their plans. The style of the building was Spanish Pueblo, not Oriental. It had been re-named Oriental Theatre (for some reason?) from at least 1941 and was still listed as such in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1950.
No location, just fiction. Perhaps the Hippodrome was intended, but that is North of the Empire State Building. Peter.K
Sorry to inform you that I have heard that a majority of the roof and ceiling have come down at the Pitkin. Looks like it will be gone eventually, well perhaps when land values in the area start to rise.
The ‘New York’ theatre featured in the 1933 version of “King Kong” was filmed in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. CA The same venue was featured in the 1954 version of “A Star is Born”. Of course over recent years, until 2001, the Shrine Auditorium has been host to the Oscar Awards and others. But back to the Loew’s Pitkin>>>>>
Ok, Thanks lostmemory, guess we just found another mistake in the FDY!
The street address given in the Film Daily Yearbook 1950 is 5254 Shenengo St
According to David Cone’s book ‘Popcorn Palaces’ the San Marco was opened in 1938. It is listed in the Film Daily Yearbook 1950 under South Jacksonville, NOT Jacksonville. Seating is given as 500.
The Five Points is listed in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook as having 800 seats.
‘American Theatres of Today’ Vol 1 published in 1927 gives Alfred C. Finn as the architect of the Kirby Theatre.
The architect of the Carolina Theatre was R.E. Hall & Co Inc., Architects & Engineers.
The seating capacity of the Imperial Theatre was 997 (651 Orchestra & 346 Balcony).
The Electric Palace was owned by Messrs. Holden and Peel, it later became known as the Picture Palace and passed into the control of Fred Taylor in the 1920’s later run by Miss Violet Taylor. In the early 1930’s with the coming of sound films it was re-named Palladium. Sorry I can’t find a reference to Charles Simcock in my reference books.
R.E. Hall was the consulting engineer, not the architect
‘American Theatres of Today’ Vol 1 (published in 1927) credits the following as architects of the Metropolitan Theatre;– Blackall, Clapp & Whittemore; C. Howard Crane, Kenneth Franzheim, George Nelson Meserve, Associated architects.
The Film Daily Yearbook 1941 gives a seating capacity of 4,330, by 1950 it was listed as 4,100 seats in the F.D.Y.
The street address for the Palace Theatre was 32 East Forsyth Street. It had a seating capacity of 1,878
The architects of the Gillioz Theatre were Johnson and Maack of St. Louis. The style both inside and out was in a Georgean Colonial style and seating was provided for 724 on one level. It opened in 1931 and was built for and named after Mr M.E. Gillioz a local contractor. The street address of the Gillioz Theatre was 520-22 Broadway, Monett, MO
The Film Daily Yearbook for 1950 lists the Bay Theatre as having 800 seats.
The Community Theatre opened around 1924. The architect was August Geiger and the general contractors were Beach Construction Co. It is listed as operating in the Film Daily Yearbook 1941, but not recorded in my copy of the 1950 F.D.Y.
The architects of the Allen Theater were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim
The architect of the Lerner Theater was K.M. Vitzthum. It opened 12.30pm on Thanksgiving Day 1924 with 5 Acts of Vaudeville on stage and Buster Keaton in “The Navigator” on screen. The Film Daily Yearbook of 1941 gives a seating capacity of 2,200 which reduced to 2,063 in the 1950 F.D.Y.