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Ken Roe commented about Imperial Theatre on Nov 3, 2004 at 1:32 pm

The seating capacity of the Imperial Theatre was 997 (651 Orchestra & 346 Balcony).

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Ken Roe commented about Palladium Cinema on Nov 2, 2004 at 6:35 pm

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Eastman Theater on Nov 2, 2004 at 3:19 pm

R.E. Hall was the consulting engineer, not the architect

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Ken Roe commented about Wang Theatre on Nov 2, 2004 at 3:12 pm

‘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.

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Ken Roe commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 2, 2004 at 1:21 pm

The street address for the Palace Theatre was 32 East Forsyth Street. It had a seating capacity of 1,878

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Ken Roe commented about Gillioz Theatre on Nov 2, 2004 at 9:11 am

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

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Ken Roe commented about Bay Theatre on Nov 1, 2004 at 12:44 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook for 1950 lists the Bay Theatre as having 800 seats.

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Ken Roe commented about Community Theatre on Nov 1, 2004 at 8:28 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Allen Theatre on Nov 1, 2004 at 7:17 am

The architects of the Allen Theater were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim

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Ken Roe commented about Lerner Theatre on Nov 1, 2004 at 7:06 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Medford Square 1-2-3 on Nov 1, 2004 at 6:52 am

Many thanks for your appraisal of the recent history of the former Medford Theater. I have an exterior photo and an auditorium shot taken in about 1924. There was very little decoration inside the auditorium and what stood out were two boxes on each splay wall beside the proscenium opening, which must have given a dreadful view of the screen (if they were ever used). The balcony had a seating capacity of 450. There was a ballroom located over the lobby and shop units which extended across the entire front of the building.

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Ken Roe commented about New Canaan Playhouse on Oct 31, 2004 at 4:26 pm

‘The Playhouse’ opened in September 1923. It was designed by architects Davis, McGrath & Kiessling, the exterior being in a Colonial style. Original seating capacity was 500, becoming 460 by 1950.

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Ken Roe commented about Babylon Cinemas on Oct 31, 2004 at 4:16 pm

I have a 1925 photograph of the exterior of the Babylon Theatre. It was certainly named the Babylon then, and not Capitol. The architect was J.H. Phillips and the seating capacity was 1,050. It was designed in a Colonial style. In the descriptive article I have (written by the architect) there are also photographs of the auditorium and lobby taken in 1925.

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Ken Roe commented about Bellevue Cinema 4 on Oct 31, 2004 at 3:49 pm

The street address is 260 Belleview Ave. The architect of the Belleview Theater when it was built in about 1923 was J.H. Phillips. The original seating capacity was 975 when it was a single screen.

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Ken Roe commented about Bryant Theatre on Oct 31, 2004 at 8:17 am

My June 1925 copy of “The Architetural Forum” magazine has plans for the Cameo Theater, New York (no actual address given) and internal photographs of the lobby and auditorium. The architect credited is Eugene De Rosa. The auditorium photo’s show seating for, I would say, around 600 on a single floor (no balcony). Listings in the Film Daily Yearbooks I have (1941 and 1950) give a seating capacity of 539 and 538 respectively.

I presume this to be the same theatre, but being “The Architectural Forum” magazine was a ‘talking shop’ publication aimed at architects, I assume they are correct to credit this building to Eugene De Rosa and not Thomas W. Lamb as listed here. Any further views on this Warren?

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Ken Roe commented about St. George Theater on Oct 30, 2004 at 9:48 pm

The architects of the St. George Theater were Clarence H. Blackall, Clapp & Whittemore. The seating capacity (taken from architects plans) was for 1,299. The street address was 79 Concord St.

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Ken Roe commented about Central Square Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 8:33 pm

This opened as Gordon’s Central Square Theater in c.1924. The architects were Mowll & Rand and a seating capacity of 2,121 was given in 1941. By 1950 this had been reduced to 1,800.

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Ken Roe commented about Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse on Oct 30, 2004 at 8:09 pm

Opened in 1921, the Fort Armstrong Theater was designed by architect Benjimin Horn of the Cervin & Horn practice, associate architect was W.T. Braun. The architectural style is Native Indian and it had a seating capacity of 1623.

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Ken Roe commented about Loew's Broad Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 6:17 pm

The architects of The James Theater were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim. A seating capacity of 2800 is given in 1941 when it was listed as Loew’s Broad.

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Ken Roe commented about Warner Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 5:56 pm

The architects attributed to the Earle/Warner Theater were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim. It opened in 1924.

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Ken Roe commented about Omaha Theater on Oct 30, 2004 at 5:48 pm

The architects of the World Theater were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim. It opened in the early 1920’s and had a seating capacity of 2500.

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Ken Roe commented about Eastman Theater on Oct 30, 2004 at 5:23 pm

I have a copy of “The Architectural Forum” magazine dated June 1925 which gives the architects as Gordon & Kaelber; with McKim, Mead & White as associate architects.

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Ken Roe commented about Paramount Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 5:15 pm

The architects of the Capitol/Paramount were C.W. & George L. Rapp

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Ken Roe commented about Roosevelt Theater on Oct 30, 2004 at 4:59 pm

The architects of the Roosevelt Theatre were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim

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Ken Roe commented about Park Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 2:20 pm

The address of the Park Theatre is listed in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook as 132-15 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park. Seating capacity is given as 920, but in the 1941 edition of F.D.Y it has 1028 seats (again listed under South Ozone Park)