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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.)

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Joe Vogel commented about New Strand Theatre on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:47 am

Given its 1910 opening, it seems likely that the New Strand is the opera house mentioned in various 1910 issues of The American Contractor. The item in the May 28 issue says:

“Opera House: 43x102. $12,000. West Liberty, Ia. Architects Dieman & Fiske, Cedar Rapids. Owner West Liberty Opera House Co., George Ganse, sec'y, West Liberty. Owner is taking bids. Brick, composition roof, oak finish, maple floors, gas & electric fixtures, lavatories, water closets.”
Architects Charles Dieman and Ferdinand Fiske maintained offices in both Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska, and their firm was among the busiest in the region during their late 19th and early 20th century partnership.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

I’m wondering if an item in the Daily Bulletin of the Manufacturer’s Record for March 12, 1907, could be about the theater on the Palace’s site that was destroyed by an explosion in 1947? It says:

“Seguin, Texas—Theater.—E. Nolte & Sons are having plans prepared by J. C. Ayers of San Antonio, Texas, for a modern theater 60x125 feet: cost $14,000.”
The Palace looks to be about that size.

I considered the possibility that the 1907 project was the Kempenstein Opera House, which, according to advertisements reproduced in this book, opened in 1908, but the web site of the Seguin Heritage Museum says that the opera house was upstairs in a building built in 1898.

Still, the Kempenstein Theatre is the only theater listed for Seguin in the 1909-1910 edition of Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide, so perhaps the 1907 project was never carried out. But then maybe Julius Cahn was simply never notified of its existence by the mystery theater’s operators. Does anyone have any clues?

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Joe Vogel commented about Marlow Theatre on Jun 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

As Edwards Street no longer exists, Google Maps is incapable of finding the location. The nearest you can get to an address for this theater on a vanished lot is Broadway Street at Park Avenue. If you look east along Broadway from Park, you’re looking directly across the spot where the Marlow stood. The west side wall of its stage house would have crossed Broadway just a few feet south of the current intersection. This web page (the same one ken mc linked to earlier) has a map showing its location. The section on the Marlow begins below two pictures of the Antlers Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Shadowland Theatre on Jun 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

As Bryan Krefft’s description of the Shadowland Theatre says that it opened in 1920, I think that the following item from March 20 issue of The American Contractor that year probably concerns this theater:

“Contract Awarded. Theater (M. P.): $25,000. 1 sty. 50x 80. Ellenville. N. Y. Archt. G. W. Betz, 61 John St., Kingston. Owner Ellenville Theater Corp., M. L. Shurter. pres., Ellenville. Gen. contr. let to N D. Higginson Co.. Middletown. N. Y.”
The photos lostmemory linked to show that the theater has a facade in an architectural style common in the 1850s and 1860s. I’d guess that the 50x80 building erected in 1920 was the auditorium, built behind the existing older building, which was adapted as an entrance. Google’s satellite view shows that the dark roof of what must be the auditorium is about 50x80, though it looks like a bit was added to the rear of it,probably when the house was converted for live theater. That part has a white roof.

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Joe Vogel commented about Norbury Theater on Jun 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

The correct address for the Norbury Theatre is 73 Center Street. The current occupant of the building is Abe’s Taxi Services, the same outfit that was there in the 1988 photo lostmemory linked to.

A book called “Wawarsing,” by Pamela Kuhlmann, has a postcard photo of this theater postmarked 1913, when it was called Norbury Hall.

The caption says that it became a movie theater in later years, but it doesn’t give the dates. However, the brick and tile front seen in the 1988 photo wasn’t on the building in 1913. The tile looks art deco, and as it was quite likely installed when the hall was converted into a movie house, that probably happened during the late 1920s or early 1930s.

This building is probably very old. The 1913 era facade is of a style that was popular in the 1859s and 1860s, but it looks like it was added onto an even earlier wooden building that could easily date from the late 18th or early 19th century.

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Joe Vogel commented about Circle Theater on Jun 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I, too, miss the comment preview function, but I miss the ability to search for theaters specifically by their previous names even more.

Google Maps still puts the pin icon for this theater on the wrong stretch of Storey Lane, about half a mile from its actual location, which is way over by Denton Drive. I managed to move the Street View to the theater anyway (take that, Google,) though I got lost in the interchange twice. Had I been actually driving, I’d have have been in a collision for sure.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Jun 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Florida Memory says that the State Theatre was on the north side of College Avenue between Adams and Monroe. That’s the 100 E. block, and the historical photos show that it was on the lot west of the alley between those two streets. Today the lot is occupied by a tall office building called Highpoint Center, for which LoopNet gives an address of 106 E. College Avenue. That must have been the theater’s address as well.

Florida Memory also says that the second State Theatre opened on September 27, 1934. From the old photos it looks like the Daffin Theatre had actually been next door to the new theater’s site, so it probably had an address of 104 E. College. Now there’s a parking structure on that lot.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Jun 11, 2011 at 4:34 am

Also, I notice that there’s been some confusion surrounding the exact location of this theater (ken mc and Chuck’s comments of June 4, 2006.) The confusion comes from the fact that San Francisco’s numbered streets don’t match up with the address numbers (it’s the same situation as in Manhattan.) The numbered streets begin at the old shoreline of the bay, which was about half a mile inland from where the current shoreline is, but street numbers begin at the Embarcadero, along the modern shoreline. Thus 4th street marks the end of the 700 block and the beginning of the 800 block on Market Street.

The photos ken mc linked to on August 26, 2009, show that the State Theatre was definitely on the southeast corner of 4th and Market. The old skyscraper next door to the theater is the former Humboldt Bank Building, which is still standing at 785 Market.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Jun 11, 2011 at 3:38 am

Kewpie: The theater in the drawing you linked to is the former Loew’s house that is listed at Cinema Treasures as the Warfield Theatre. It was never called the State. It was named for Marcus Loew’s business partner, actor David Warfield, who was born in San Francisco.