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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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The architects attributed to the Earle/Warner Theater were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim. It opened in 1924.
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.
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.
The architects of the Capitol/Paramount were C.W. & George L. Rapp
The architects of the Roosevelt Theatre were C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim
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)
In the 1941 Film Daily Yearbook the Farrell Theatre is listed under South Ozone Park (no address given). In the 1950 F.D.Y it is listed under Ozone Park with the address given above. Obviously a case of correct address, wrong area in the 1950 listing. The Farrell Theatre needs to be up-dated to read South Ozone Park.
The street address of the Criterion is given as Atlantic Ave in 1950 listings. It had 903 seats. In 1941 it is listed as having 981 seats.
The address of the Farrell Theatre is given as 118-12 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park. It had 519 seats.
The address of the State Theatre is given as 106-05 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park it had 675 seats.
The T. & D. opened in 1916, it closed in 1976. Various seating capacities have been given over the years 3,350 (on opening?), in 1941 it was 2,944 and by 1950 2,632 is given. still a very large theatre for it’s time.
I have a copy of Motion Picture News dated April 10, 1920. On the cover is a beautiful photo of the T. & D. Oakland which had just opened. There is also a full page spread of four interior photos and a full page descriptive article on the building. It was billed as the ‘largest theatre west of Chicago’ with a seating capacity of 3,611. The architects named are Cunningham and Politeo of San Francisco and construction was of concrete and steel, the only wood it contains is in the office door! An unusual feature of the building was that ‘there is not a step in the entire house, every elevation is approached by a series of ramps or gradual inclines’. A staff of 90 (including the orchestra) were employed.
There is a great collection of recent photographs of the Loew’s Paradise showing what is being done in the current restoration. Check out the CinemaTour web site. http://www.cinematour.com
The Astor is now used for retail use as a clothing shop. Very little of the internal decorative features remain.
Just heard from Amazon.com that my copy is winging its way to me. Looking forward to receiving it and adding it to my collection. Congratulations!
Hi Mike, I finally tracked down a copy of ‘Exit’ after searching for it for many years. I live in London, UK so if you would like to make arrangements to come over and take a look at it, please get in touch. Ken