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The architect of the Flagship Cinemas Waterville was Gordon Greenfield. Construction bids were let on September 16, 2003, which would fit with the November, 2004 opening date.
The former Cinema 1&2 across the street (250 Kennedy Memorial Drive) was opened in 1968 by the Lockwood & Gordon circuit, and was designed by Denver theater architectural firm Mel Glatz & Associates, founded in 1965 by former in-house theater designer for the Fox Intermountain chain, Melvin C. Glatz. The last operational name I can find on the Internet for the former Cinema 1&2 is Hoyts Waterville 6.
The November 6, 1967, issue of Boxoffice Magazine published an article saying that the the first two auditoriums of the Campus Cinemas were scheduled to open about mid-November. The third auditorium was slated for a spring, 1968, opening. The owners of the independent house were Robert Waldman and David Dick.
The theater was being decorated in a colonial style by Janet Field. A pair of antique copper lamps that once hung in Charing Cross Road in London were affixed to the facade. Cinema 1 was equipped with 35mm and 70mm projectors, and Cinema 2 with 35mm and 16mm projectors, the latter to be used for movies presented in conjunction with local film societies and the various colleges in the area. Programs of independent and experimental films were contemplated as well.
A November 13, 1967, Boxoffice Magazine item about the planned partial demolition of the New Bedford Theatre (the auditorium and upper floors of the building were to be razed, and the former lobby converted to retail space) said that the theater had last been used to show movies ten years earlier.
Designed by architect James Thomas Martino.
Originally operated by General Cinemas. Designed by architect James Thomas Martino.
Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of April 1, 1950, carried an item saying that Century Theatres planned to open the new Shore Theatre in Huntington on April 8.
In its December 16, 1974 issue, Boxoffice said that Century was selling the Huntington Theatre in Huntington, but would still have two screens in the town because their Shore Theatre had been twinned.
A New York Times article about the theater business on Long Island, published January 27, 2002, said that the 8-screen multiplex that had replaced the Shore Theatre in 1998 was designed by architect James Thomas Martino of Port Washington.
The Fox Theatre had recently opened in Timpson, Texas, according to an item in Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of April 16, 1955. The 361 seat house was owned by Mrs. S.T. Smith. Managers were Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Winbury.
The September 13, 1971, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that AMC’s Eastmont 4 Theatres had opened to the public on August 18, 1971. Total seating capacity was given as 1300, with two 350 seat and two 300 seat auditoriums.
Del Amo Fashion Square’s UA Cinemas opened as a quad on August 18, 1971, according to an item in Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of September 13 that year. Each of the four auditoriums had 300 seats.
Info from the July, 1986, issue of Boxoffice Magazine: this theater, then called the Sun and Surf Cinemas, was acquired by Fox Theatres (a Reading, Pennsylvania-based company founded by Richard A. Fox in 1958, and not related to the earlier Fox circuit founded by William Fox) in 1980, when it was a four-screen house. It was expanded to eight screens in 1983. I don’t know who owned it before Fox, nor what year Carmike took it over.
The most recent reference to a Premier Theatre in Los Gatos I can find is an item in Boxoffice Magazine, November 20, 1937.
Items from various issues of Boxoffice in late 1950 mention the Los Gatos Theatre celebrating its ninth anniversary. Apparently, this house was part of a small circuit operated by A. Blanco, taken over by partners William B. David and Bruno Vecchiarelli in 1941, according to an item in the September 13 issue of Boxoffice that year. The name change to Los Gatos must have been made about the time David and Vecchiarelli took over the house.
William B. David was still the owner of the Los Gatos in 1974. The September 9 issue of Boxoffice that year ran an item headed “Los Gatos Reconstruction Expected to Start Soon”, relating that the Los Gatos Theatre had been damaged by a fire which had spread to its attic from an adjoining building. The building suffered water damage as well. David was quoted as saying “It looks as though there will be two theaters instead of one.” Thus 1974 is the likely date of the twinning of the Los Gatos.
The article doesn’t mention it, but I’d surmise that David did the design for the reconstruction and remodeling himself, as he was the designer of many Northern California movie houses.
Plans for the El Rancho Theatre were announced in the July 16, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The architect was named Howell Ewald.
Here’s an item from the July 10, 1948, issue of Boxoffice Magazine:
“The New Turlock Theatre at North Broadway and Olive Streets in Turlock was opened recently. Built at a cost of $120,000, the theatre is owned by United California Theatres and replaces the old Turlock which burned about two years ago.”
It sounds like it was completely new construction, given the price tag.
The June 14, 1952, issue of Boxoffice Magazine has the following information about the Crest, under the headline “El Centro Fox Opens After Remodeling:
“EL CENTRO, CALIF.— Fox West Coast reopened its Crest, 1100 seat house formerly known as the United Artists, Thursday (12)…. The house was closed for a month for a $100,000 remodeling job.”
Cinema Treasures has a page for a United Artists Theatre in El Centro, listed at 721 W. Main Street. There’s apparently a duplication here.
The United Artists was originally designed by Walker & Eisen, with Clifford Balch associated. Plans for the theater were mentioned in the June 5 and June 19, 1931, issues of Southwest Builder & Contractor.
Though the magazine gives the location as Los Gatos, I’m sure the brief item in the April 29, 1950, issue of Boxoffice is about the Saratoga Theatre in Saratoga:
“Mason Shaw, manager of the Saratoga Theatre, Los Gatos, held a first anniversary party with refreshments served at the theatre.”
It probably refers to the theater’s first anniversary, though I suppose it might have been the manager’s first anniversary.
The Fairview reopened as the Fairview Twin on December 23, 1978, according to an article in Boxoffice Magazine, January 9, 1979. Each of the two auditoriums had 300 seats. Metropolitan Theatres expanded their Cinema Theatre, also in Goleta, at the same time, and it reopened as the Cinema Twin earlier that December.
The day before the Fairview Twin opened, Metropolitan opened their new Plaza del Oro Twin in Santa Barbara.
This house reopened as a twin in December, 1978, the same month Metropolitan reopened the Fairview Theatre as a twin and opened their new Plaza del Oro Twin in Santa Barbara. The opening day for the Cinema Twin was December 23.
Lots of references to a Mrs. Elaine S. George of the Star Theatre, Heppner, Oregon, appear in various issues of Boxoffice through the 1950s. But the latest item about the Star that comes up in Boxoffice searches is one from June 25, 1962, saying that a fire had destroyed the theater and the Elks Club upstairs, with the loss estimated at $250,000. “Water in the theatre, owned by Elaine George… was 14 to 16 inches deep when the roof fell in.” Maybe Elaine rebuilt?
With regard to Sswank’s comment just above, this web page with an inventory of items relating to Arch B. Swank Jr. contains the following reference:
Smith, Raymond F. and A.B. Swank Jr., Architects
“Delman theater, Dallas.” Architectural Record 105:84-7 (Jan. 1949). Illus, plans, diags.
An item in the January 12, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, headed “New Dallas Theatre for Delman Circuit” says that architect Raymond F. Smith was preparing the final plans for Delman’s first theater building project in Dallas, to be called the Delman Theatre, and that construction was scheduled to begin within 90 days. However, the location the article gave for the project was Lemmon Avenue and Schley Street, confirming JGarland’s comment of August 11, 2008, above.
The December 13, 1947, issue of Boxoffice contains a brief item saying that I.B. Adelman and Harry Sachs were allowing an Episcopal congregation to use their new Delman Theatre in Dallas for services until the congregation’s new church was completed. The opening of the Delman must have taken place in 1947, then, and the architects apparently were Raymond F. Smith and Arch B. Swank Jr, not W. Scott Dunne. Dunne did design the earlier Delman Theatre in Houston, though.
The Elgin turns out to have been Canada’s second dual-auditorium theater, according to an article in the April 5, 1947, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The article announced that Twentieth Century Theatres, a Toronto company allied with Famous Players, was planning to add a second auditorium to their Elgin Theatre in Ottawa. But the article also mentioned that a second auditorium was already under construction at the Allen Brothers' Hollywood Theatre in Toronto, and was expected to open shortly.
Three dual-auditorium theaters are known to have already been opened in the United States by that time- two in 1935 and one in 1941. However, these three, and the Hollywood in Toronto, were all operated under a policy of showing the same program in both of their auditoriums. The intention of the operators of the Elgin was to show an entirely different program, consisting of foreign language movies and special attractions, in the new auditorium. The Elgin was probably the first movie theater in the world to do this.
The Boxoffice article gives the seating capacity of the original Elgin as 800, and the capacity of the “Little Elgin” (as it was then being called) as 350.
This was Canada’s first dual-auditorium theater, according to an item in Boxoffice Magazine, April 5, 1947. The item was actually about the Elgin Theatre in Ottawa, the expansion of which was then in the planning stage. The second auditorium of the Hollywood was already under construction at that time, and was expected to open soon. The second auditorium of the Elgin opened on December 31, 1947.
Three dual-auditorium theaters are known to have been built in the United States by 1941. All of these, and the Hollywood, opened with a policy of showing the same program in both of their auditoriums. The first dual-auditorium theater known to have opened with a policy of showing different programs in each auditorium was the Elgin.
If the Blue Mouse was not demolished until 1958, it had gotten a three-year reprieve. Boxoffice Magazine published an announcement in its September 10, 1955, issue that the theater was being razed to make way for a parking garage.