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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.
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?