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Joe Vogel commented about Orange Theatre on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:27 am

Google Maps has no street view for the old Orange Theatre/Town Hall, but Bing Maps has a very good bird’s eye view for 6 Prospect Street (select “Bird’s eye” and zoom in.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Orange Theatre on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

Street View has been “updated” to the north side of the street. That building must be the town library jacobschen mentions. Even numbers are on the south side of Main Street. The final Orange Theatre must have been in the building that now has the shingled fake mansard on it. If you move a bit east or west in street view, you can see the former auditorium, which has had windows punched through the walls.

The April, 1914, issue of New England Magazine has an ad for the Eastern Theaters Company, a movie house circuit which had just taken over operation of a house in Orange called the Art Theater. The company was also operating the Premier Theatre at Newburyport, Majestic Theater at Easthampton, and the Majestic Theater at Keene, New Hampshire. The Art Theatre was also mentioned in the August 2, 1913, issue of Moving Picture World. I’m wondering if Art Theater was an aka for the Town Hall?

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Joe Vogel commented about Islip Cinemas on Jul 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Wally: What you hit to make it big and red was the # key. Cinema Treasures is now supporting Markdown code as well as standard HTML in its comment forms. In Markdown code, the # (hash sign) placed at the beginning of a paragraph will turn the block of text following it large. I don’t see the HTML command for changing font color in the page’s source code, though, so I don’t know why it’s turning red.

If you avoid starting paragraphs with a hash sign, this won’t happen again. Hash signs are OK anywhere else in your text. Even placing a single dash in front of the hash sign when you want to use it at the beginning of a paragraph will prevent the auto-formatting program from reading the sign as Markdown code:

–# No large red type here.

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Joe Vogel commented about ACT Theatre on Jul 18, 2011 at 3:47 am

The architectural rendering Ed Solero linked in the previous comment to shows that the Rivoli was designed by the firm Reilly & Hall.

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Joe Vogel commented about Warner Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

The September 9, 1919, issue of Brick and Clay Record has an item about the start of construction on the Pantages project:

“Work has started at Memphis on the Pantages Theatre being erected by a syndicate on S. Main St. near the corner of Monroe in the building formerly occupied by Van Vleet Mansfield Drug Co. The Hoist Bldg. will be removed in part and a very modern structure will take its place. It was erected in 1891. Sando and Gilbertson, of Seattle, Wash, took out the permit.”
It sounds like at least part of the Pantages incorporated a pre-existing building. That building might be the source of the 1916 construction date.

There appear to have been some serious delays on this project. There is a report in the May, 1920, issue of American Stone Trade saying that the Pantages Theatre in Memphis was then under construction, but that’s several months after the report in Brick and Clay Recored. The July issue of the same publication said that the project was “…nearing the finishing and decorative stage.” But then the magazine item I cited in my previous comment about the project nearing completion was from February, 1921. That’s a total construction time of almost a year and half. Big theater projects were typically completed in a few months during that era.

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Joe Vogel commented about Iowa Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

JudithK: Did your mom ever mention anything about the location of this theater? The Avenue A address Cinema Treasures currently gives is in a low density residential district out on the edge of town, which seems to me an unlikely location for a theater built in the 1880s.

I’m wondering if maybe the original source was an old book with muddy printing, and maybe the theater was on Avenue H but the printed H looked like an A. The 700 block of Avenue H is downtown, and still has several old buildings dating from the late 19th century, including the old Elks Lodge at 719.

Unfortunately, it looks like 735 Avenue H is now a parking lot, so if the Iowa Theatre was there it desn’t exist anymore. But wherever the theater was (or is,) it seems very unlikely that it was ever on Avenue A.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rio Theater on Jul 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I’ve just realized that if you use the pavement arrow in Street View to move two clicks left, a thumbnail photo will appear, and if you click that thumbnail it will display the photo, plus thumbnails for more than a dozen additional photos of Monte Rio, including several more depicting the theater. The photos include links to their sources, which look better and can often be further enlarged.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rio Theater on Jul 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Google Maps is way off on this theater’s location. Searching at Google Maps' own web site, the address 20396 Church Street fetches the correct location. That’s the address Google will have to be sent, even though the theater itself lists Bohemian Highway as the name of its street. I managed to find the Street View of the theater and update it, but it was a really long drive, at the corner of D Street a mile or more north of the location of the pin on the map.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 5:43 am

An article about Muskogee’s movie theaters in the summer, 2000, issue of 3 Rivers Historian, published by the Three Rivers Museum, has a small photo of the Grand Theatre with the caption reading “The Grand, built in 1904, served Muskogee’s black community.”

Here is a Google Documents Quick View of the issue with the article.

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Joe Vogel commented about Broadway Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 5:34 am

Street View was updated too far east. The address 211 is displayed on the lower building that is just past the end of the building with the concrete canopy over the sidewalk.

An article on Muskogee’s theaters in the summer, 2000, edition of 3 Rivers Historian, published by the Three Rivers Museum, says that the Broadway Theatre was built in 1912 by Fred Turner, who hired George Procter to act as manager and Hugh Marsh to operate the projector. Procter and Marsh took a lease on the theater in 1923.

The article doesn’t mention the Broadway ever having been called the Muskogee Opera House, in addition to saying that it was built in 1912. Neither can I find any references to the Muskogee Opera House on the Internet, other than those at Cinema Treasures. Perhaps the 1904 Opera House project was only a proposal that was never carried out.

Google Documents Quick View of the issue with the article.

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Joe Vogel commented about Yale Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 5:01 am

L.W. Brophy opened his first Yale Theatre in Muskogee in 1908, according to this source (scroll down to section headed “pgs 118-120”) which goes on to say that he built a new Yale in 1910. It says that the second Yale seated 1000, though, and the building at 208 W. Broadway today, though it looks to date from the 1910s, doesn’t look big enough to have housed a theater that large, so I don’t know if it’s the same one or not.

Google Maps puts the pin icon for this theater about three blocks south of the actual location, on a different street. I’ve moved Street View to the correct location, the north side of Broadway a few doors west of 2nd Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about Chief Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 3:55 am

The list of known Boller Brothers theaters includes the Chief (with the aka Royal) in Hiawatha, as a 1929 remodeling project, and says it was operated by Dickinson Theatres. It also says the theater has been demolished.

I suspect that the Chief was on the lot next door east from the old brick building on the northeast corner of Oregon and 6th Street. The single-storey, modern building now on that lot looks to have been built in the 1970s or so. It’s also possible that the Chief’s auditorium was added behind the older brick building to the east, but that seems less likely to me.

I’ve been unable to find any vintage photos of this block of Oregon Street. I did find a single reference to a theater called the Victoria that was showing movies in Hiawatha in 1918. Possibly an earlier aka of the Royal/Chief?

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Joe Vogel commented about Downtown Theatre on Jul 15, 2011 at 7:27 am

The Casino Theatre was designed by architect Benjamin G. McDougall, according to the November, 1917, issue of The Architect & Engineer of California.

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Joe Vogel commented about California Theatre on Jul 15, 2011 at 6:30 am

There is now a web site for the California Theatre. Not all of its internal links work, but the photo and restoration links do.

The announcement in the October, 1918, issue of The Architect and Engineer that architect A. W. Cornelius had been engaged to design a new theater at Pittsburg for the Enea Brothers noted that the Eneas were already operating a theater in Pittsburg called the Palace.

The only other place on the Internet that I’ve found the Palace mentioned is this page at Silent Era. Does anyone have any additional information about it?

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Joe Vogel commented about Edwards Atlantic Palace 10 on Jul 15, 2011 at 4:26 am

If it closed on the 12th, they didn’t lose any time bringing out the bulldozers. Demolition photos uploaded to Flickr are dated July 13th.

Here is a link to Boxoffice Magazine, August, 1991, which featured an article on the Atlantic Palace, with several photos, including one on the cover. The article begins on page 20. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pages.

Ground was broken for the Edwards Atlantic Palace on September 7, 1990, and the house opened eight months later. This costly multiplex lasted barely twenty years. The original Alhambra Theatre, which the Atlantic Palace replaced, had operated for about fifty three years.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ratto Theatre on Jul 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The page with the small photo of the Ratto Theatre I linked to in my first comment is no longer available, but the photo can still be seen at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Town Theatre on Jul 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

The previous comment is correct. The Town Theatre building is still standing. Its current occupant is a religious institution (possibly a church— the Internet isn’t saying) called the Jesus Evangelistic Center.

Pivot Street View 180 degrees for a view of the building.

There was an Alcazar Theatre in Grand Rapids as early as 1918, when it was mentioned in the February 26 issue of Michigan Film Review. I don’t know if it was this theater or an earlier house of the same name, but the style of the theater’s building was certainly in vogue during the late 1910s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fox Pasadena Theatre on Jul 14, 2011 at 6:48 am

Thanks to mattnhormann for digging up that splendid photo. I always wondered what this theater looked like inside before the Balch-designed remodeling— and what it looked like as a theater, as when I first saw it, it had already been converted into the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

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Joe Vogel commented about Woodlawn Theatre on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

It now looks as though the theater was not on the church site after all. This web page at Historic Evansville says that the Woodlawn Theatre was demolished in 1963, after closing in 1957. At the “View all Images” link there is an aerial view from 1947, and the enlarged version of it includes the Woodlawn Theatre, outlined at lower left. It does look like the theater was too far north to have been under what is now the church’s footprint. Also, it had a flat roof, unlike the northern section of the church that I thought might have been what was left of the theater.

The site says that a branch of Hardee’s is on the site of the Woodlawn Theatre. Unfortunately, I updated Street View with a view of the church before I found the Historic Evansville page. Pan the view left to see the Hardee’s. The theater was most likely sited on what is now the parking lot between Hardee’s and the church.

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Joe Vogel commented about Woodlawn Theatre on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I’m not sure that any part of the Woodlawn Theatre is still standing as part of the church now on its site. Part of the north sidewall of the building looks like it could be fairly old, and that section of the building has a gabled roof, characteristic of theaters built during the 1910s and early 1920s, but most of the building is of unmistakably modern construction.

The Woodlawn was definitely in operation by the early 1920s. A page at the Willard Library dates the photo seen at Chuck’s link as c. 1920. It’s obvious from the outfits the people in the photo are wearing, too. The ankle-length dress on the woman could have dated from the late 1910s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinema 35 on Jul 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

It looks like the Washington Theatre has been demolished. The only structure on the odd-numbered side of the 900 block is a neo-colonial style building which the Internet lists as the location of Old National Bank, 961 Washington.

There are a couple of early photos of the Washington Theatre near the bottom of this web page, from Willard Library. The caption of one says that the theater opened on November 24, 1936.

The February 21 (not 25,) 1966, Boxoffice item about the Cinema 35 that I linked to in my previous comment has been moved to this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rosedale Theater on Jul 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Google Maps is off base again. The pin icon on the map looks to be about half a mile west of the theater’s actual location. Street View is from the adjacent expressway, not from the street itself. After I updated it, I discovered that it is possible to get a view from Division Street itself, but only by moving the view eastward, then going off the expressway via an on-ramp just east of Willow Road, then doubling back along Division Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about Evansville Civic Theatre on Jul 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

This web page from the Willard Library has photos of the Columbia Theatre before and after the 1939 Streamline Modern remodeling job, as well as photos of many other Evansville theaters. The thumbnails are in alphabetical order, so the Columbia photos are near the top of the page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Loew's Majestic Theatre on Jul 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

The web site Historic Evansville says that the New Majestic Theater was built in 1909 to replace an earlier Majestic Theater on the same site. The New Majestic opened in Christmas Day, 1909, and was demolished in 1974.

An item in the July 31, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Switlow Amusement Company of Louisville, Kentucky, had bought the New Majestic Theater in Evansville. The theater had apparently been operating as a legitimate house, as Switlow intended to convert the Majestic to a movie and vaudeville combination house. The architectural firm of Joseph & Joseph had been hired to design a $20,000 remodeling.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinema 70 on Jul 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Coate and orange are right. I conflated the Cinema 70 with the Cooper 70 in my earlier comment. The Cooper 70 and Ute 70 are not yet listed at Cinema Treasures.