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Joe Vogel commented about UA Movies at Burnsville 4 on Feb 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

The Movies at Burnsville was slated to open soon, according to Boxoffice of October 10, 1977. The April 11, 1977, issue of Boxoffice had said that The Movies at Burnsville would have 1,304 seats.

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Joe Vogel commented about Trail 4 on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

An item in Boxoffice of October 10, 1977, indicates that the Trail 4 Theatre didn’t last very long. An item about recent activity in the Twin Cities market said that owner/operator Harry Lind had closed the Trail 4 permanently after performances on September 25, and that the house was being dismantled and its equipment sold.

The same item said that United Artists would soon open a four-screen theater at Burnsville. It was speculated that Lind had closed the Trail 4 in anticipation of the difficulty his operation would face competing with the United Artists circuit’s greater negotiating power in dealing with movie distributors.

A couple of 1972 Boxoffice items had given the seating capacity of the Trail 4 Theatre as 1,100. The 1977 item said it was about 1,200.

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Joe Vogel commented about Studio 97 Theater on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:54 am

Various issues of Boxoffice place the Studio 97 Theatre in Bloomington, Oxboro, and Anoka. The January 28, 1974, issue has an item saying that the Engler Brothers circuit had gotten approval from the Anoka City Council to show “mild” X-rated movies at the Studio 97 Theatre. To add more confusion, a Boxoffice item of November 28, 1953, gives the location of the Oxboro Theatre as Richfield. Somebody at Boxoffice was geographically challenged.

A brief item in Boxoffice of October 21, 1950, announcing the recent opening of the Oxboro Theatre gave the address as 9711 Lyndale Avenue. Boxoffice spells the original owner’s name as Otto Kobs. A September 23, 1950, Boxoffice item gave the Oxboro’s seating capacity as 424.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Arts Main Street Stage on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:51 am

Boxoffice of March, 1991, has an item about the reopening of the Anoka twin the previous Christmas. It says: “Built in 1949 and twinned in 1982, it now plays first-run films.”

An item from the December 10, 1949, issue of Boxoffice said the Anoka Theatre was nearing completion. The 1,044-seat house was being built by E.J. Bauhr, who ran a small circuit that also operated the State Theatre in Anoka.

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Joe Vogel commented about Iris Theatre on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

Well, I guess it’s not a good idea to leave an unposted comment on an open browser tab overnight. The theater across the street must have been the one Lloyd Palmer took over in 1924.

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Joe Vogel commented about Green Theater on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

This was another very early theater. Lloyd Palmer, who in 1924 took over the Iris Theatre in Postville, Iowa, had his start in show business as a musician at the Green Theatre in Anoka in 1915, according to a brief item about him in Boxoffice of November 5, 1955.

The Green Theatre was redecorated and got a new front in 1946, as reported in Boxoffice of June 1 that year.

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Joe Vogel commented about Iris Theatre on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:38 am

Unless it was rebuilt or the name was moved at some time (I can’t find any indication that either of these took place) this was a very old theater. Lloyd Palmer took over the Iris in 1924, according to a brief article about him (center column, right page) in Boxoffice, November 5, 1955.

Mr.Palmer was not a big fan of musicals or costume dramas, judging from his letter to the editor (upper left) published in Boxoffice of February 11, 1956.

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Joe Vogel commented about Midway Theater on Feb 3, 2010 at 3:33 am

The Midway was still in operation as late as 1978. With Federal funds for its garage project delayed, the city of Camden decided to let the theater on a monthly lease to Marcos Cotto, who presented Spanish language movies at the house, according to Boxoffice Magazine of July 10, 1978.

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Joe Vogel commented about Florida Theater on Feb 3, 2010 at 3:31 am

From Google satellite and street views it looks like this theater has been demolished. There is no building on that block with anything that looks like an auditorium or former auditorium. Historic Aerials has nothing before 2007 for the location.

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Joe Vogel commented about Flower Theatre on Feb 3, 2010 at 3:29 am

A glimpse of the auditorium of the Flower Theatre on the cover of Boxoffice, October 7, 1950.

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Joe Vogel commented about Crest Theater on Feb 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

A view of the auditorium is one of two photos of the Crest featured in an ad for Heywood-Wakefield theater seats in Boxoffice of October 7, 1950.

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Joe Vogel commented about New Yorker Theatre on Feb 2, 2010 at 2:07 am

Thanks for clearing up the confusion.

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Joe Vogel commented about New Yorker Theatre on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:53 am

I don’t think this theater was ever the Victoria. The Victoria (which opened in 1910) and the Embassy were in operation at the same time in the 1930s and 1940s, and the Victoria and the Astor were both in operation during the early 1950s. The Embassy did become the Astor, right around 1950. Also the Victoria was about twice the size of the Embassy or the Astor. I don’t know if the Victoria is listed here under a later name or not. If it is, it’s missing the Victoria aka. I’ve been unable to discover an address for it.

Here is a 1950 Boxoffice article about the reopening of the Victoria that year (lower right corner of page.) The Victoria was a Famous Players house. The Embassy/Astor was operated by Ben Ulster during this period.

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Joe Vogel commented about Jefferson Drive-In on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:50 am

The Jefferson Drive-In was designed by Jack Corgan. The architect’s rendering appeared in Boxoffice of December 2, 1950.

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Joe Vogel commented about Guyan Theatre on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:46 am

An article abut the Guyan Theatre appeared in the December 2, 1950, issue of Boxoffice. There are several photos. The decoration was by Hanns Teichert Studios. The Art Moderne design was by Alex B. Mahood, a Beaux-Arts-trained architect from Bluefield, West Virginia.

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Joe Vogel commented about Malco Theatre on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

Boxoffice of October 28, 1950, said that the Paramount Theatre in Jackson, Tennessee, had been renamed the Malco. The new Paramount Theatre opened a couple of doors down the block some time later that year or early in 1951. The first mention I’ve found of it is in the January 20, 1951, issue of Boxoffice.

The new Paramount, not the old one, was formerly the State, which had been entirely rebuilt except for the four walls. The aka State should be moved to the Paramount page and the aka Paramount Theatre added to this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theatre on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:39 am

This Paramount Theatre was a 1950-51 rebuild of the former State Theatre. The former Paramount Theatre a few doors up the street was renamed the Malco Theatre shortly before the new Paramount opened.

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Joe Vogel commented about Brisbane Theater on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

The scan is a bit fuzzy, but the item in Boxoffice of March 29, 1941, appears to say that the Brisbane Theatre would be opening about mid-April. The first operator was Ralph Dostal. In 1948 he sold the house to H.L. Boyd. It later changed hands again a couple of times. The last owner was Robert Rogers. Boxoffice of December 7, 1957, reported that Rogers had closed the Brisbane permanently as of November 15.

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Joe Vogel commented about Odeon Ottawa on Feb 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

The auditorium of the Odeon Ottawa was on the cover of Boxoffice, December 2, 1950.

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Joe Vogel commented about Garmar Theater on Feb 1, 2010 at 2:18 am

A photo of the lobby of the Garmar was featured on the frontispiece of Boxoffice Magazine’s Modern Theatre section, December 2, 1950.

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Joe Vogel commented about New Merry Widow Theatre on Jan 31, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I use Google’s advanced search page, putting the name Boxoffice in the top field, following a specific word (one word of a theatre name, a city name, a person’s or a company’s name, etc); a multi-word phrase in the second field; and the domain issuu.com in the bottom field.

So, searching this theater for example, I used[quote]louis boxoffice
new merry widow
issuu.com[/quote]in the respective fields. Searching a theater with a more common name it’s better to put both name and location in the exact wording field thus: strand boston (or strand at boston; strand theatre boston; boston strand, etc.) Keep the theater name (or other term) ahead of the name Boxoffice in the first field, too, as Issuu’s internal search will fetch pages with instances of the first word of a field only, and the name Boxoffice appears on virtually every page of each issue of the magazine.

Once you fetch an issue of the magazine at Issuu, single words entered into the site’s search box will find the individual pages on which that word appears, but it won’t find a word that’s been spilt with a hyphen onto two lines of an article. It will find only the halves. It’s not case-sensitive, though, so don’t worry about capitalizing.

You can also find a specific issue of the magazine at Issuu by entering its date in Google’s exact phrase field, as: August 07 1943.

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Joe Vogel commented about Forest Park Mall Cinema on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:52 am

A boxoffice item of February, 1983, gave the seating capacity of the Forest Park Theatres 1-2-3 (apparently the name when it opened) as 1,800, with two auditoriums of 500 seats and one of 800. All three were equipped for 70mm projection.

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Joe Vogel commented about Carver Theatre on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

The February 4, 1950, issue of Boxoffice said that the Carver Theatre in St. Louis was to be remodeled. The plans were by architect Jack Shawcross.

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Joe Vogel commented about Sando Theatre on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:03 am

Probably a 1946 opening for this house. Boxoffice of June 1 that year said in an item datelined Kinmundy, Ill., “H.S. Butler and H.S. Butler jr., who built the new Sando Theatre in Sandoval, have purchased a site for a new theatre in this town.”

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Joe Vogel commented about New Merry Widow Theatre on Jan 31, 2010 at 9:53 am

The Merry Widow Theatre occupied four different locations over the years, according to an article in Boxoffice of August 7, 1943. The first was a 99-seat nickelodeon opened in 1906 by George and Harry Hayes. It was at the corner of Chouteau Avenue and Dillon Street (the exact location is from a later Boxoffice item.) The Hayeses later moved the theater to a 250-seat location down the block. At an unspecified date, a new operator, John P. Murphy, opened the third Merry Widow, now with 485 seats, at 1435 Chouteau Avenue.

Sam Komm opened the New Merry Widow Theatre on March 21, 1942, reported in Boxoffice of March 28 that year. He had taken over the third Merry Widow a few months earlier.

The name of the theater was the result of a contest held by George and Harry Hayes in 1906, and was the submission of nine-year-old Lester Bona, who went on to become a film distributor.

I’ve been unable to find anything in Boxoffice about the 1947 fire. It isn’t mentioned in this web log post about the Merry Widow, either.