Comments from Ken Roe

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Ken Roe commented about Bay Theatre on Nov 1, 2004 at 5:44 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 1:28 pm

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 12:17 pm

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 12:06 pm

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 11:52 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 9:26 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 9:16 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 8:49 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 1:17 pm

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 31, 2004 at 1:48 am

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 31, 2004 at 1:33 am

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 31, 2004 at 1:09 am

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 11:17 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 10:56 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 10:48 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 10:23 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 10:15 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 9:59 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 7:20 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)

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Ken Roe commented about Farrell Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 7:16 pm

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Criterion Twin on Oct 30, 2004 at 10:51 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Farrell Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 10:25 am

The address of the Farrell Theatre is given as 118-12 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park. It had 519 seats.

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Ken Roe commented about State Theatre on Oct 30, 2004 at 10:22 am

The address of the State Theatre is given as 106-05 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park it had 675 seats.

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Ken Roe commented about T & D Theatre on Oct 26, 2004 at 1:20 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about T & D Theatre on Oct 25, 2004 at 10:20 pm

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.