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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Apparently my number guess was a bit off. A timeline for the Towle Theatre that I stumbled on gives the address of the Orpheum (apparently from a 1926 directory) as 156 State Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about DeLuxe Theater on Jun 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This web page has three early photos of the Towle Opera House. From the exterior photo it can be seen that it occupied the lot now containing the Towle Theatre and the lot next door with the building currently housing the Hammond Innovation Center.

This page has a later photo, when the Opera House had become the DeLuxe Theatre, and the commercial space in front of it was occupied by Woolworth’s.

The Towle Opera House opened in 1903, and was called the Hammond Theatre in 1911, but had become the De Lux Theatre by 1912. The spelling was later changed to DeLuxe. I’ve been unable to discover if the building housing the modern Towle Theatre is the one built on the site in 1929-1930, or is of more recent construction.

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Joe Vogel commented about Calumet Theater on Jun 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

A 2010 newspaper article said that the City of Hammond now owns the Calumet Theatre and intends to demolish it. The building’s cornerstone gives the construction date as 1930, and names the architect as Louis C. Hess. Local resident Debbie Thill petitioned the city to preserve the cornerstone to use as a headstone for Hess’s grave.

The article is here, for the time being. There are four photos and a three-minute video of Ms. Thill talking about Louis Hess.

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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Old Photos (see second photo on this page) show the Orpheum across the street from a rusticated stone building with the name “Long’s Hall” painted on the side. One web site (photos about halfway down this web page) mentions a dime store in that building having the address 247 E. State Street, so the Orpheum was probably at about 244, 246, or 248 E. State.

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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 am

Correction: This 1952 newspaper article says that the Orpheum opened on Christmas Day, 1911.

Also, this web page features Hammond author Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic article about the Orpheum Theatre, “Leopold Doppler And The Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 4:24 am

Several vintage photos of the Orpheum are displayed on this web page.

Here is a pdf file of a 2002 newsletter from the Hammond Historical Society, featuring a brief article about the Orpheum. It gives the opening year as 1912, and says that the theater was designed by a local architectural firm with the unlikely name of Bump & Berry. Prior to the installation of the Kimball organ in 1922, the Orpheum sported a $10,000 Wurlitzer Hope-Jones instrument.

The Orpheum operated for only forty years before closing. The building was demolished in 1952, according to this web page about downtown Hammond architecture.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 3:59 am

This web page features several photos of the Paramount Theatre in Hammond and, for some reason, one photo of the Oakland, California, Paramount.

A legal case in the late 1980s revealed that the 99-year lease on the land the Paramount Theatre occupied began in 1929, so construction of the theater most likely also began that year.

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Joe Vogel commented about Parthenon Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 3:32 am

Several vintage photos of the Parthenon Theatre can be seen on this web page. The text on the page is mostly quoted from Cinema Treasures, so there’s no new information available.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Jun 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

This web page has several photos of the State Theatre both before and after the bombing. Most of the text is quoted from Cinema Treasures and thus offers no new information, but there are scans of a couple of newspaper items about the bombing.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2011 at 3:58 am

The September 16, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the new Capitol Theatre in Macon was scheduled to open on October 2. They missed the deadline, though, as the theater’s official web site says that it opened on November 10. Here’s the complete item from MPW:

“Macon, Ga.—R. H. DeBruler, formerly of Atlanta, will be manager of the Capitol, the new moving picture house at Macon, Ga., which is under construction, and will throw its doors open to the public on October 2.

“The house is owned by Troup Howard, R. C. Hazelhurst and Brown Wimberly, of Macon. When completed it will have cost about $60,000. It will seat 1,000 people and will have main floor and a balcony, and boxes on the side, with an orchestra of five. Only first run pictures will be shown.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Dreamland Theatre on Jun 15, 2011 at 3:18 am

Thanks for fixing my mistake in updating Street View. So far, this is the only one I’ve updated to the wrong location, but it was still a dumb move.

I found a second mention of the Superba Theatre in The Moving Picture World, this from the issue of September 19, 1908:

“Augusta, Ga.-The Superba, which has been closed all Summer, will reopen on October 1st and the Airdome will close. Mr. Bandy is satisfied with the conditions and prospects.”
I’ve found a couple of references to Frank and Hubert Bandy, as operators of the Liberty Theatre in Savannah and the Lyric Theatre in Macon. Presumably the Mr. Bandy operating the Superba was one or the other of them.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

Kewpie’s links worked for me. Here they are embedded in glorious HTML:

Opera House photo from 1971.

Opera House photo from 1906.

And here is the 1920 Tulsa City Directory (you’ll have to click the “pages 40 & 41” link in the frame on the left.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Vic Theatre on Jun 15, 2011 at 1:47 am

Google Maps is placing this theater on West Walnut Street instead of East Walnut, even though the address listed above is correct. I’ve seen a couple of other pages where Google misplaces its pin icon by a considerable distance, despite the correct addresses being listed.

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Joe Vogel commented about Star Theatre on Jun 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

This map in the book “Entertainment in Augusta” locates the Star at 723 Broad Street, and shows a house called the Little Grand Theatre at 857 Broad Street.

The building at 723 Broad today (next door to the west of the News Building) looks fairly old (probably from the 1920s,) but doesn’t look like it was ever a theater, the entrance being too narrow. The building that probably includes the address 857 Broad (it must belong to one of the four storefronts in the building) does look as though it could have been a theater. Possibly the Star began operating at 723, and moved to 857 when its original building was replaced by the one that’s there now?

I can’t find the Little Grand Theatre mentioned anywhere other than the book, and there it’s only listed on the map, not mentioned in the text.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dreamland Theatre on Jun 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

According to “Entertainment in Augusta,” the address of the Dreamland Theatre was 879 Broad Street. That address is currently listed on the Internet as the location of Wheels Corner Pub, a bicycle-themed bar. There’s a mural featuring bicycles on the 9th Street side of the building.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dreamland Theatre on Jun 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I think I just updated Street View for this theater to the wrong location. I was going by this street diagram in the book “Entertainment in Augusta,” and it looked like the Dreamland had been on the southwest corner of 9th and Broad. I’ve now realized that the diagram is inverted from the usual map position, so it has north at the bottom instead of the top. That means the Dreamland was actually on the northeast corner of 9th and Broad.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinema Theatre on Jun 14, 2011 at 2:16 am

Kenneth Britten’s book, “Beaver Falls: Gem of Beaver County,” has several paragraphs about the Regent Theatre, which the author attended as a boy. There’s also a 1968 photo of the house, at the time it reopened as the Cinema (the Regent had closed as a movie house in 1957, but had reopened in 1963 for a run as a live theater.)

The book gives the date of the fire that gutted the building as March 2, 1980, so the 1985 photo at American Classic Images was taken some five years after the theater had closed for the last time.

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Joe Vogel commented about Carlisle Theatre on Jun 14, 2011 at 1:38 am

Here is an updated link to the article by Helen Kent about the Comerford Theatre, in Boxoffice of August 19, 1939.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theater on Jun 14, 2011 at 1:26 am

With regard to my previous comment, the caption of the photo in the book I linked to (“Beaver Falls: Gem of Beaver County,” by Kenneth Britten,) has an error in it. It says that the Savoy was renamed the Rialto in 1928 and demolished in 1930, when in fact it was the Lyceum which was renamed the Rialto, and it was the Savoy that was demolished in 1930 (or later in that decade, according to this web page with an article written by Carole Williamson in the 1950s.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theater on Jun 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

For some reason, the address 500 Seventh Avenue is mis-located by Google Maps. The pin shows up in Patterson Heights, which looks to be about a mile southwest of the correct location. If you use the street number 502 it goes to the right location in Beaver Falls.

502 was the more likely address of the theater in any case, as old photos show that there were storefronts either side of the theater entrance, and the storefront on the corner location would have gotten the address of 500.

This book has a photo of the Lyceum and its neighboring theater, the Savoy, which was demolished in the 1930s, but on the site of which the State Theatre was built in 1940.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Jun 14, 2011 at 12:49 am

The address currently listed on this page is wrong then. The caption of the photo of the Opera House on this web page says that it was located on the north side of Second Street between Boston Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue. That’s the 100 E. block, so 115 E. Second would be the correct address, the entrance having been in the middle of the facade.

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Joe Vogel commented about Granada Theatre on Jun 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

A book called “Beaver Falls: Gem of Beaver County,” by Kenneth Britten, says that the Granada was not new construction, but an extensive remodeling of the older New Colonial Theatre. This book is published by the Arcadia Publishing Company, and the author is (or has been) a member of the Beaver Falls Historical Society (Google Books preview.)

It says that the Colonial Theater was built in 1911, that it originally seated 300, and was renamed the New Colonial after being briefly closed in 1917. It was taken over by a Pittsburgh showman named only as S. Goodman in 1928, and subsequently remodeled and renamed.

I’ve been unable to find an S. Goodman mentioned in any of the trade publications from the period, such as The Moving Picture World. However, a snippet view of a 1929 issue of the trade publication The Lather mentions that architect Michael J. DeAngelis was designing a $500,000 theater project for Archie Fineman in Beaver Falls.

It does seem possible that at least parts of the 1911 Colonial Theatre building were incorporated into the Granada (the lower parts of the side walls, for example, might have dated from 1911,) but if Fineman did spend $500,000 on the project, the interior must have been quite opulent. The cost was well above the average for theaters of that size built at that time.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinema Theatre on Jun 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

The street view has been “updated” a bit too far north. The theater was still standing when the aerial view they use for bird’s-eye view at Bing Maps was taken, and it looks like its north wall was on a line just about between the street lamp and the utility pole you can see if you pivot street view to the right. The south wall was probably about where the middle of the new building with the gabled entrance is located.

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Joe Vogel commented about Shady Oak Cine on Jun 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Here are updated links for the Boxoffice Magazine items mentioned in my earlier comment:

Photo of the Shady Oak Theatre on the cover of Boxoffice, September 24, 1955.

The article abouttheater manager Howard Albertson begins on this page of the same issue.

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Joe Vogel commented about Liberty Theatre on Jun 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

The Street View was “updated” too far from the theater’s entrance. Left click on the photo, then click the street arrow to move one or two turns up the block, then click the right arrow in the compass rose at upper left to pivot to a more direct view of the theater front. You can also left click on the photo and hold the button down, then move your mouse to pivot the view to either side, or up or down.

It’s possible to get decent views of most theaters, but a lot of pages have been updated with inferior views, and in some cases with no view of the theater at all. Many CT users who have updated the views seem to be unaware of the finer points of Street View’s workings (not surprising, since those workings aren’t explained anywhere on the page, and not everybody is familiar with the application.)