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Joe Vogel commented about Winfield Cinema I & II on Nov 30, 2010 at 5:22 am

The Fox was last operated as the Winfield Cinema I $ II, as seen in this 1985 photo. The Cinema Treasures page for the Regent Theatre, aka Winfield Opera House, is currently mistakenly listed as the Winfield Cinema.

Boxoffice included the Fox in Winfield on its list of theaters opened in 1950. I’m not sure if a theater had previously operated in this building under another name, or if the structure was new or was converted from some other use.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theater on Nov 30, 2010 at 3:50 am

There’s a good December, 2009, photo of the Grand’s auditorium in this weblog post by photographer Christopher Elston. There are also a couple of night shots showing the marquee.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fulton Theater on Nov 30, 2010 at 3:46 am

The official web site link above is dead, and the theater no longer appears in the listings of B&B Theatres. Its address is now listed as the location of the Callaway Arts Council. I can’t find a web site for the council, but this page of a local web site lists it, and says that the council’s goal is to preserve the theater as a performing arts center, and that they have already presented a few events there.

I can’t find any listings of upcoming events, though, so the theater must be only intermittently active for now. The house is being referred to as the “Historic Fulton Theater” (with the “er” spelling) on a number of web sites. That’s going to be a bit confusing for Internet searchers, as the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is often referred to on the web as the Historic Fulton Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about West Theatre on Nov 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

I don’t know why this didn’t dawn on me before, but the source for the name “Uanero” in my previous post (cards in the L.A. library’s California Index, citing issues of Motion Picture Herald) probably contained a typographical error, and it was Frank Panero who took over the West Theatre in 1939. D'Oh! So obvious!

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Joe Vogel commented about Delano Theatre on Nov 29, 2010 at 6:31 am

Trade Journal The Moving Picture World of August 7, 1915, said that Frank Panero was opening the Delano Theatre at Delano, California. The Delano Theatre was also mentioned in a journal called News Notes of California Libraries, in April, 1917, when it hosted an event to raise funds for a site for a library in Delano.

Now I don’t know if the current Delano Theatre is in this 1915 building, or if the house later moved to the 1924 building mentioned in the second paragraph of my previous comment. The link to the picture in Boxoffice is no longer available on the Internet, but if memory serves, the building in that photo was of a style that was being built in the 1910s as well as the 1920s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Costello Theatre on Nov 29, 2010 at 4:52 am

Andrew Craig Morrison’s book “Theaters” identifies Louis A. Sheinart as the architect of the Costello Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ames Theater on Nov 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

When the Ames Theatre was almost completely rebuilt in 1928, the architects for the project were Vorse, Kraetsch and Kraetsch of Des Moines. This, and much additional information, can be found on the web page to which ken mc linked in the comment immediately above.

The lead architect of the firm’s theater projects was Norman T. Vorse, who had designed theaters prior to merging his practice with that of the Kraetsch Brothers in 1919.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rocket Theatre on Nov 29, 2010 at 4:46 am

This web page about Des Moines architect Norman T. Vorse says that he designed the Garden Theatre, among others. As the Garden was in operation before 1919, when Vorse merged his practice with that of the Kraetsch Brothers, this was one of his solo projects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theater on Nov 29, 2010 at 4:42 am

The principal architect of the Capitol Theatre was Norman T. Vorse, of the firm of Vorse, Kraetsch and Kraetsch. After the construction of the Capitol, the firm’s offices were moved into the 12th floor of the office building that was part of the project.

Here is a web page with a biography of Norman T. Vorse.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rivola Theatre on Nov 29, 2010 at 4:38 am

Andrew Craig Morrison’s book “Theaters” identifies the Des Moines architectural firm Vorse, Kraetsch & Kraetsch as the designers of the Rivola Theatre. Norman T. Vorse was the lead architect on the project. The building which was remodeled to accommodate the new theater was built in 1874 for J.H. Green and Company, purveyors of agricultural implements. The Rivola Theatre opened on April 21, 1921.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

Edmonton writer Lawrence Herzog says in the final paragraph of this post that the Rialto Theatre was demolished in 1987. I’ve been unable to find the opening year for the house, but a capsule review of a book titled “The Rule, Wynn and Rule Architectural Drawings” says that the firm designed the Rialto. Rule, Wynn, Rule also did a remodeling of the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton in 1955, and were the original architects of the Varscona Theatre (not yet listed) in the Old Strathcona district of the city.

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Joe Vogel commented about Marda Theatre on Nov 28, 2010 at 5:49 am

This page from the Alberta Online Encyclopedia mentions the Odeon Theatre and gives its address as 2101 33 Avenue SW. I’ve been unable to pin down the period of the name change (or even the original source of the name change) from Marda to Odeon, so I’m not sure if this was the same Odeon Theatre that hosted Calgary’s road show run of “The Sound of Music” which is listed at 03.31.1965 on this Cinema Treasures news post.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Nov 28, 2010 at 5:34 am

The link to the University of Calgary’s page about Donald B. Smith’s book in my first comment above is dead, but perhaps the Google Books preview of Calgary’s Grand Story will last longer.

Theatre Junction has been operating in this building for four years now. A few bits of the original plaster surviving in what appears to be the original theater entrance hall can be seen in this video from the Calgary Herald, dated July 26, 2009. I don’t know if this part of the building has been restored since then.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fox East Hills Theatre on Nov 28, 2010 at 4:40 am

Two references to this theater is Boxoffice Magazine items still available on the Internet both call it the Fox East Hills Theatre.

Also, it’s called the Fox East Hills in this news item from some web site called Cinema Treasures (I don’t know how reliable it is.) It says that the house began a 13 week reserved seat engagement of “The Sound of Music” on March 30, 1966. Apparently this was the Fox Intermountain circuit’s roadshow house in St. Joseph during this period. That means it was probably equipped for 70mm.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 28, 2010 at 4:25 am

J. Neel Reid’s name is currently misspelled as Neil in the architect field above.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wuerth Theater on Nov 28, 2010 at 4:14 am

According to an August 5, 2010, article in the Ypsilanti Courier, the Wuerth Theatre closed in 1959, and the auditorium was subsequently demolished to make room for a parking lot. The surviving street-front commercial building dates from 1896. The theater, originally the Ypsilanti Opera House, was built that year to replace an earlier opera house on the same site which had been utterly destroyed by a tornado in 1893.

This theater was apparently known as the Forum only briefly. The April 2, 1918, issue of the Michigan Film Review ran an item saying that Mr. A.W. Rennie was now operating the Ypsilanti Opera House as a full-time movie theater. The January 15 issue of the same publication had said that the Opera House was showing movies two or three nights a week, and presenting stage productions the rest of the time. Then the April 9, 1918, issue of the Review mentioned Mr. Rennie as manager of the Forum Theatre in Ypsilanti. I haven’t found the name Forum used prior to that date, nor the name Opera House used after that date.

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Joe Vogel commented about East Auditorium Theatre on Nov 27, 2010 at 5:05 am

The East Auditorium, with 700 seats, is on a list of Toledo movie theaters published in 1919.

Here is a photo of the East Auditorium from the 1930s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Savoy Theatre on Nov 26, 2010 at 5:54 am

The Lagrange Theatre (the street name is apparently one word spelled without internal capitals, too) at 2318 Lagrange Street, was included on a list of Toledo movie theaters published in 1919. As it was listed as having only 400 seats, it must have been expanded at some later time.

A Savoy Theatre was also included on the same list, at 2501 Lagrange Street. This Savoy had 733 seats.

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Joe Vogel commented about Princess Theatre on Nov 26, 2010 at 5:36 am

The Princess Theatre at the above address was on a list of Toledo movie theaters published in 1919.

Here is a photo of the Princess from the mid-1960s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mystic Theatre on Nov 26, 2010 at 5:23 am

A list of Toledo movie theaters published in 1919 includes the Mystic Theatre, Bush and Erie streets. The house had 495 seats. The manager was Julia Stahl.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Theater on Nov 26, 2010 at 5:14 am

A list of Toledo movie theaters published in 1919 includes the Lyric Theatre at the above address. An October, 1918, ad in the Michigan Film Reviow listed the Lyric as one of the theaters that would be showing Paramount-Artcraft movies the next year.

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Joe Vogel commented about Diamond Theatre on Nov 26, 2010 at 4:35 am

A list of Toledo theaters published in 1919 included the Diamond, at the above address, with 484 seats, managed by L.R. Austin. The 1911 annual report by the Secretary of State of Ohio lists a Diamond Theatre Company, Toledo, as having been incorporated with a capital of $10,000 on April 13, 1910. The theater most likely opened that year.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capri Cinema III & IV on Nov 26, 2010 at 3:23 am

The theater’s aka should be Capri-70, not Capri 75. It was a 70mm Cinerama house. See the opening day ad on this web page.

It should probably also have the aka Pike Theatre, as the Capri 70 was an addition to the Pike, which was renamed the Capri Theatre when the second auditorium was built. Of course, that would create a problem with the “status” field, as the original Pike Theatre has been largely demolished, while the second auditorium building is still standing. I don’t think the status field was designed to display both closed and closed/demolished.

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Joe Vogel commented about Electric Theatre on Nov 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

The photos on the page ken mc linked to above (and most prticularly this photo) show that the architectural style of the Electric Theatre was Italian Renaissance, at least on the exterior. I haven’t been able to find any interior photos, but that facade usd many elements suggestive of Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence.

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Joe Vogel commented about York Theater on Nov 25, 2010 at 5:23 am

The existing building is the same one the theater occupied. Two buildings, the theater and its neighbor, were visually integrated at some time by having the theater building’s roofline extended across the front of the adjacent building, so the building now looks twice as wide as it did in the old photo of the theater.

Also, the facade details have been removed, the second floor windows filled in, the intricate pattern of the face brick painted over, and the tile has been removed from the roof, but the distinctive brackets under the eaves can still be made out in the Google street view if you zoom in.