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Boxoffice of January 19, 1935, said that Waldron’s Broadway Theatre in Haverstraw was celebrating its 50th anniversary. It had been operated by the same family during that entire time.
George M. Cohan made his stage debut at this theater in the late 1880s. The theater was listed in various editions of Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide as Waldron’s Opera House.
Boxoffice of January 19, 1935, mentioned this house in its “Theatre Notes” column: “The University, formerly the Band Box, West Fordham Road, Bronx, is now operated by Devoe Theatres, Inc., Alfred Goldreyer in charge.”
Trade magazine Billboard reported in its issue of November 29, 1952, that an attempt to reopen the Rouge Theatre had been thwarted by the city’s new parking law. Existing theaters had been grandfathered in under the new requirements, but the Rouge had been closed for about three and a half months. The city contended that the closing meant the Rouge was no longer an “established” business, and would have to conform to the requirement of one parking space for every four seats before it would be allowed to operate. I’ve been unable to discover if the house ever reopened after this.
Boxoffice of January 19, 1935 carried this in its “Theatre Notes” column: “The Rexy, Houston Street, is dark.”
The name Grants Pass should not have an apostrophe in it. According to the town’s web site, there was originally an apostrophe, but it was dropped from the town’s official name early in the 20th century.
The Tower Theatre is mentioned in Boxoffice of January 26, 1935.
The State Theatre was mentioned in Boxoffice of January 12, 1935.
Town Hall was showing movies by 1908. It was listed in the 1908-1909 edition of Julius Cahn’s Guide, with 600 seats. Because of its limited stage facilities, the house could present only vaudeville, concerts, and movies. The town’s main theater, the Putnam Opera House, had burned down in 1905.
The July, 1915, issue of a religious publication called The Expositor had an item about a deacon of Clarendon Street Baptist Church who, when the church had been holding its meetings at the Scenic Temple, had distributed an advertising circular about the church’s Sunday evening events. The circular said that the evening services included a half hour of movies. It doesn’t give the time period during which this was happening, but it’s clear that the Scenic Temple was used for church services for at least part of the time after it had already been converted into a movie house.
In addition to the Scenic Temples mentioned in earlier comments, there was one in Chelsea, listed as a 1,200-seat, ten-cent vaudeville and picture house in the 1908-1909 edition of Julius Cahn’s Guide. I’ve also found an item in the April 23, 1921, issue of an insurance industry publication called The Standard, saying that the Scenic Temple on Temple Street off Central Square in Cambridge had burned on April 17th, with the loss estimated at $45,000. The house had already been closed for some time.
The article I quoted in my previous comment was accompanied by a photo of the entrance to Quimby’s theater (in the left column— click on the + sign in the toolbar at lower right to enlarge.) The entrance was later altered, as depicted in the photo linked by Chuck on April 27, 2009, but some of the original detail can still be seen above the marquee in the modern photo.
There is a photo of the Orpheum in The Reel Journal, August 9, 1924.
From The Reel Journal, March 22, 1924: “W. A. Halley, architect of Warren, Ark., is preparing plans for the Pastime Theatre, Warren. It will cost approximately $20,000. ”
The March, 1917, issue of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s house organ, Pacific Service Magazine, featured an article about the Kinema Theatre, with one photo. The house had reopened as the Kinema on January 27, 1917, under the management of Emil Kehrlein.
Here’s the opening of an article from The New York Times of August 25, 1883: “The city of Yonkers is to have a new opera house, and men are now at work on the foundation walls. It is to face on Woodworth Avenue, but will have an entrance on Warburton Avenue.” My guess would be that this was the same theater. The entrance was through an existing building, to the back of which the theater was to be connected.
Although the Times article doesn’t mention it, there are multiple sources on the Internet saying that the Yonkers Opera House (possibly its opening name) was designed by Francis Hatch Kimball and Thomas Wisedell. Best known for the long-vanished Casino Theatre, Broadway and 39th Street (1882-1930,) Kimball & Wisedell also designed the Garrick Theatre on 35th Street (1890-1932) and the Fifth Avenue Theatre, apparently the only one of the three that ever became a movie house.
The 2008 NYCLPC Landmark Designation Report for Kimball & Wisedell’s F.W. Devoe & Co. factory building has a long section about the firm (fully quoted on this Flickr page) which includes the following information: “The firmâ€™s theatrical commissions also included Haverleyâ€™s Theatre in Chicago, the remodeling of a former church into a new home for Harrigan and Hartâ€™s Theatre Comique, interior renovations to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as opera houses in Yonkers, New York and Springfield, Massachusetts.” The firm’s first project had been the remodeling of the Madison Square Theatre in 1879.
This web page has considerable information about the Warburton Theatre, and two photos, dated 1890s and 1904, showing the Warburton Building and the theater’s blank-walled auditorium behind it.
The title of this photo of the Aladdin Theatre from the Denver Public Library attributes the design of the theater to the architectural firm Ireland & Parr. The records of the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company, suppliers of polychrome terra cotta for the project, also list Ireland & Parr as the architects.
Click on the name Aladdin in the title line on the photo page to see three additional photos of the theater from the Denver Library collection (for some reason, if you click on the name Aladdin Theatre in the subject line, it fetches only two of the photos.) I think these are probably the same photos Philbert Gray linked to earlier, but his links are dead.
The Columbus Journal periodically runs a feature with news bits from 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years ago. Of the four instances of the feature online, all mention the Rudalt Theatre in 1960 or 1961, but not for any of the later decades. As whoever writes the feature apparently considers the theater’s program worthy of inclusion, it seems likely they’d include it for later decades if it had still been in operation. The most recent column says that on March 30, 1961, the Rudalt was showing Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson,” and that “Butterfield 8” was scheduled for the following week. The Rudalt was open at least into April, 1961, but was probably closed by 1970.
The use of the phrase “store-front theatre” in the first paragraph of the description makes no sense. This building was built as a vaudeville theater in 1905, and has always been a theater, both before and after it was rebuilt following the 1946 fire.
Bill Coady is correct. The El Rey is showing old movies on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with very low admission prices. Furthermore, they take requests on the theater’s Facebook page. There are also many live events upcoming. Apparently the theater is doing well.
The “Save the El Rey” web site that Lost Memory linked to on January 22, 2008, no longer has anything to do with the theater, and now exists only to host advertising links. There’s no point in clicking on it.
The only Columbus establishment called the Crystal Slipper that I can find references to on the Internet is this ballroom opened in 1926 and converted into Columbus’s first supermarket (and perhaps the first grocery store anywhere to call itself a supermarket) in 1934. This building, at 386 Lane Avenue W., was demolished in 1985.
Crystal Slipper certainly sounds more like a name for a ballroom than for a movie theater. Perhaps the building at 2573 High was also opened as a dance hall, but was unsuccessful and was converted into a movie house.
The January 30, 1954, issue of Boxoffice ran an obituary of the Paramount Theatre’s owner, Dan P. MacDonald. MacDonald began his exhibition career with a Sydney house called the Palace, which he later renamed the Capitol and then, after enlarging it, the Paramount.
The scan of the Boxoffice page is incomplete so the year is not fully legible, but this chain of events appears to have begun in the 1910s or the 1920s, as MacDonald arrived in Sydney about 1904 and ran a shoe store for some time before going into the theater business.
MacDonald also built the Vogue Theatre in Sydney (in 1939, according to its Cinema Treasures page,) and there might also have been a second Capitol Theatre, as the obituary calls him “…owner of the Paramount and Capitol theatres here….”
The Saturday, November 8, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Suffolk Theatre: “Charlie Higginbotham opened his beautiful new photoplay theater at Holyoke, Mass., last Monday, to a crowded house. The new Suffolk Theater is the name and the theater is distinctly superior to most in every way. It is fireproof and modern. Vaudeville and pictures form the programs.”
Thanks, Ken. I see that the Savoy is listed at CinemaTour, but with no details other than the address, and the Ritz is listed with no address.
Although the 1971 Boxoffice article listed the Martin as a conventional theater, I now think it might have actually been a drive-in. A 1961 article said that the former Funland Drive-In in Dyersburg had been renamed the Martin and was being renovated.
I think there’s something off about the photo used as the related web site in the description. The theater in the photo is obviously old, not from 1930, despite what its caption says, and it doesn’t have the name Paramount Theatre on it. There’s just a banner reading “Paramount Special.”
It’s possible that the theater in the photo wasn’t called the Paramount at all, but was merely advertising the 1920 Paramount release “Treasure Island” (the 1934 version of “Treasure Island” was an MGM production.) The photo probably dates from 1920, which means it probably doesn’t depict the Paramount or Majestic) Theatre at all, but another house that actually was at 26 College Street. This Paramount isn’t.
Some of the information in Jdr2010’s comment above is also on this web page about architect Albert Heath Carrier, provided by the North Carolina State University libraries. I think it’s safe to presume that it’s accurate.
Multiple sources say that the Majestic became the Paramount. The book Asheville: A Postcard History, by Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn, gives the Majestic’s address as 118 ½ College Street, the same as the 1951 address of the Paramount.
Google Maps actually gets closer to the actual location of the theater (College and Market Streets) using the address 120 College Street than it does with the correct 118 ½ address. The address of 26 College currently listed fetches a spot several blocks away.
I’ve been unable to find the Terrace Theatre in Greensboro mentioned in Boxoffice, but from the description of the house by raysson in his comment above, it appears that it was one of several Wilby-Kincey projects that, like the 1966 Terrace Theatre in Asheville, was designed for the chain by the architectural firm Six Associates, founded in the early 1940s by Erle G. Stillwell and five other North Carolina architects. By the time the Terrace theaters were built, the firm was headed by William B. McGehee.
The 1954 opening of this theater must have been a reopening. Boxoffice of April 17, 1954, had this item, datelined Columbia:[quote]“Insufficient patronage has caused the closing of the Tiger Theatre here. The Columbia Committee on Racial Equality and another group offered to sell subscriptions so that cultural pictures might be brought to Columbia and the theatre continue. The management was unable to secure the desired films.
“At one time the Tiger was known as the Frances Theatre. It was built in 1948 by A.B. Coleman at a cost of $40,000 as a Negro patronage theatre, with a seating capacity of 400. In May 1951 it became known as the Tiger, with a reserved section for Negroes.”[/quote]
I’ve only found Dyersburg mentioned only a few times in Boxoffice, and none of them mention the Frances Theatre. A Ritz Theatre was mentioned in the issue of May 15, 1954. The manager was named R.E. Gillett. Could Ritz be an aka for the Frances, or was it a different theater?
The January 4, 1971, issue of Boxoffice mentioned a theater called the Martin in Dyersburg. As the Martin Twin opened in 1972, it must have been some other theater. That’s the only time it’s mentioned.
Dyersburg once had a theater called the Georgia Opera House, listed in the 1898 edition of Julius Chan’s Theatrical Guide. It was a second-floor house seating 1,050. It was also mentioned in “Richardson’s Standard Southern Guide,” published in 1905, though that book gave the seating capacity as 1,500. I’ve been unable to discover what became of it.