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Joe Vogel commented about Fox Theatre on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm

The second sentence in my comment above should say the Hi-Ho opened in late June, 1941.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fox Theatre on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Various issues of Boxoffice Magazine indicate that the Hi-Ho Theatre was built for Arthur M. Miller in 1941. It opened early in June that year. In 1942, Miller sold the house to Fox West Coast’s T&D Theatres affiliate.

The January 19, 1957, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Fox West Coast planned to close its T&D Theatre in Paso Robles. Their intention was to demolish the auditorium and convert the lobby to retail space. The Hi-Ho Theatre would be renovated to become the chain’s main house in Paso Robles. The December 7 issue of Boxoffice that same year said that the Hi-Ho Theatre had been renamed the Fox Theatre.

There are frequent mentions of Al Stanford in issues of Boxoffice from 1951 until 1973, most often in connection with the Oaks Drive-In (not yet listed at Cinema Treasures, by the way.) The Fox is also mentioned frequently, but I can’t find a single mention of the third Paso Robles hardtop, the Park Theatre. However, Paso Robles currently has a 9-screen multiplex at 1100 Pine Street downtown called the Park Cinemas 9. It’s not listed here yet either.

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Joe Vogel commented about Orland Theater on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm

An Orland Theatre at Orland was offered for sale in the classified section of Movie Age, issue of September 14, 1929. The asking price for the business, including the building, was $10,000. It was the only theater in the town. The moderne facade must be the result of a remodeling, unless the theater moved to a new building at some time. I can’t find a date for either a remodeling or a move.

The Orland Theatre is mentioned again in various issues of Boxoffice from 1939 to 1972, with most mentions concentrated in the early to mid-1950s. It changed hands and was closed and reopened several times, and apparently was always under independent operation.

Orland is a market town of about 6000 located in one of California’s major olive growing regions. The nearest operating movie theaters to the town today are located in Chico, about twenty miles east.

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Joe Vogel commented about Winema Theater on Jun 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm

The Pacific Coast Architecture Database (University of Washington) dates the Winema Cinema to 1919. An article about the theater appeared in the December, 1920, issue of Architectural Record. Additionally, an illustration and floor plan of the house were published in the June, 1925, issue of Architectural Forum.

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Joe Vogel commented about Altos Theatre on Jun 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm

The May 29, 1949, issue of Boxoffice magazine confirms that this theater was designed by William B. David, with William W. Wolf as listed architect. The item said that the same operators (the Menlo-Mayfield Theatres division of Westside Theatres) planned to build a similar theater by the same designer in Mountain View.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lake Cinemas 8 on Jun 21, 2009 at 9:53 pm

The Lake must have been the as-yet-nameless theater listed as being under construction at Barberton in the October 9, 1937, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. Owners were named as F.N. Gaethke and Harold Makinson (though Boxoffice misspelled his name as Makeson. Many other issues give the spelling Makison.)

Makinson was Barberton’s theater magnate in those days. The June 3, 1939, issue of Boxoffice said that H. Makinson owned the Lake, Park, and Lyric Theatres in Barberton. In 1940 he bought the town’s other house, the Pastime Theatre. The May 25 issue of Boxoffice that year noted that Makinson then owned and operated all the theaters in Barberton.

The October 11, 1947, issue of Boxoffice lists four Barberton Theatres and two in Canton, all operated by Makinson and Gaethke, involved in a lawsuit filed by several major movie distributors. The Barberton theaters listed were the Park, Lake, Lyric, and Pastime. By that time, the Pastime had already been closed and converted to retail space, according to the January 25 issue of Boxoffice that year. I’ve been unable to discover if the Lyric was still in operation at that time, but Boxoffice contains no later mentions of it that I can find.

After 1947 I find no mentions of Makinson or Gaethke in Boxoffice, but quite a few of Vincent Lauter, operator of the West Theatre and the Magic City Drive-In (opened 1950) who apparently became Barberton’s new theater magnate.

Incidentally, the Lake Cinemas' web site says the house closed in 1980, not in the 1950s as the introductory information currently on this page states.

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Joe Vogel commented about Pantages Theatre on Jun 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Bway: The Pantages is operated by Nederlander Theatres, but I believe the building is still owned by the Forman family, owners of Pacific Theatres. This is Nederlander’s web page for the Pantages.

The Pantages received a thorough renovation in 2000, after which it reopened with Disney’s “The Lion King”, but as far as I know that’s the only Disney production the house has hosted.

Disney operates the El Capitan Theatre at the other end of Hollywood. I think that building is also owned by the Formans.

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Joe Vogel commented about Martin Theatre on Jun 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm

The Martin Theatre in Wildwood opened November 10, 1949. The architect was Howell C. Hopson, according to the November 19 issue of Boxoffice.

Various issues of Boxoffice indicate that Hopson also designed the Lake Theatre at Tavares, Florida, which was built for Martin in 1948, but that house isn’t listed at Cinema Treasures. I can’t find any other theaters designed by Hopson.

A couple of issues of Movie Age from 1929 mention a Sylvan Theatre in Wildwood. A 1941 issue of Boxoffice mentions a Wildwood Theatre at Wildwood, Florida. A couple of 1948 issues of Boxoffice mention a Corbett Theatre there.

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Joe Vogel commented about Neptune Theatre on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Architect H. Ryan’s first name was Henderson. He also designed Seattle’s Liberty Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Whiteside Theatre on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Architect H. Ryan’s first name was Henderson. He also designed Seattle’s Liberty Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Liberty Theatre on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:02 pm

The Liberty Theatre was designed by architect Henderson Ryan, with engineer Henry W. Bittman. Scans of plans, drawings, and cross sections of the Liberty can be seen at the University of Washington Library’s Digital Collections. Use the search term Liberty Theatre.

The size and elaborate decoration of the Liberty, with the fact that it was designed specifically for the exhibition of movies, having neither a fly loft nor an orchestra pit, made it one of the very first theaters that could truly be called a movie palace.

Architect Henderson Ryan also designed the Neptune Theatre in Seattle and the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Joe Vogel commented about Empire Theatre on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:44 am

It’s good to know the El Dorado did exist, but the news of its location brings new confusion. Here’s a photo of the Fairchild Building with the antique emporium that occupies the Empire Theatre’s space. The caption says it’s a twin of the Upper Fairchild Building, which is the building the El Dorado was in according to the first of those articles.

But where is (or was) the Upper Fairchild Building? Is it just the other half of the Fairchild Building, meaning the theaters would have been practically next door to each other? Does anybody know?

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Joe Vogel commented about Malek Theater on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:45 pm

The October 26, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the opening of the Malek Theatre had been set for Tuesday evening, October 29. The article reported the seating capacity of the new house as 825.

The destruction of the Grand Theatre and Gedney Hotel by fire was reported in the March 10, 1945, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The Grand, formerly the Gedney Opera House, had approximately 580 seats, according to the Boxoffice article.

The July 31, 1978, issue of Boxoffice said that the Malek Theatre had been bought by Dennis Voy and Gerald Peterson, who intended to convert it to a twin.

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Joe Vogel commented about Texas Theatre on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Robb & Rowley took over the Dixie Theatre in 1927. The previous owner had been P.Q. Rockett, who had bought the house in 1914.

The earliest mention of the name Texas Theatre I’ve found in Boxoffice is from the May 9, 1942, issue which said the house had reopened in an improved state that week after having been damaged by a fire earlier in the year. At the time it was R&R’s “A” house in Waxahatchie.

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Joe Vogel commented about Island Theatre on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I can only find a couple of mentions of the Island in Boxoffice Magazine. One from September 18, 1954, says that it was being taken over by Laurelton Amusement Co., an affiliate of Interboro Theatres run by David Katz, former managing director of the Roxy Theatre. Katz planned a renovation of the house and the installation of a CinemaScope screen.

The Island was being run by Interboro Theatres itself when the January 12, 1952, issue of Boxoffice reported the success of a promotion by the circuit in which a cinematographer took films of kids at local schools, and the films were then run at the circuit’s various houses during Christmas vacation. “Look kiddies. See yourself in the movies and see your friends” read one ad reproduced in Boxoffice.

Such a thing seems almost quaint in this day when kids routinely put video of themselves on the Internet, but I’d bet that any theater that tried such a promotion now would provoke all manner of hysteria from parents and from various official and unofficial, self-appointed Guardians Of The Children.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ritz Theater on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Hot off the web page, here are excerpts from Boxoffice Magazine’s story about the Ritz fire:[quote]“$50,000 Loss to Ritz at Waxahachie After Fire

“DALLAS— Robb and Rowley’s comparatively new Ritz Theatre in Waxahachie is a mass of total ruin after a fire thought to have originated in the balcony. The house had just recently been remodeled. Nothing was saved and the loss is around $50,000.

“Additional loss was a new and late model sound equipment stored in the Ritz building, which equipment was about to be installed in the Empire, ‘B’ house. ‘A’ bookings will be shown in the Empire temporarily, it was said.

“R&R officials have been extremely busy discussing plans for a new theatre, details of which were not made known at this time.”[/quote] I’ve found the Ritz mentioned in Boxoffice as late as 1956. I’m trying to dig up more about the Empire, which was being operated by P.Q. Rockett in 1912, and was sold by him to Robb & Rowley in 1927.

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Joe Vogel commented about Kimo Theatre on Jun 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm

If The Alamo was open in 1929 but closed by 1930, it might have been the cost of making the switch to talking pictures that killed it, and was probably the economic downturn that nailed its coffin shut. That happened to a lot of theaters during that period.

So the time-line would be Alamo Theatre from 1910 to 1929, rebuilt as the Kimo and reopened in 1944, operating (except for the temporary closure in 1952) under that name until at least 1969 (the last time I can find it mentioned in Boxoffice), and then probably becoming the Dove sometime in the 1970s and operating as a porn house under that name at least as late as 1984, and finally demolished prior to 2006.

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Joe Vogel commented about Skyway 6 Theatres on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

The June 14, 1971, issue of Boxoffice Magazine ran an item about the groundbreaking for the Skyway I and II complex. The new house was designed by ABC’s consulting architect of the period, Henry G. Greene.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regency Theater on Jun 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

The Regency Theatre was featured in an article in the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice Magazine, November 13, 1972. The building included second floor offices for the Salt Lake City division of ABC-Intermountain Theatres. The Technicote XR 171 screen was 22'x50'. The booth featured a 35/70mm Century projection system, and multi-channel sound was by Electro Sound.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theater on Jun 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

According to Boxoffice Magazine, November 30, 1964, the opening of the Paramount in Eastgate Shopping Center had taken place on November 19. The new ABC-Paramount showplace began as single-screener with 858 seats in its gold-draped, curtain wall auditorium. Like most ABC theaters of the period, it was designed by architect Henry G. Greene, who attended the opening.

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Joe Vogel commented about Coronado Theater on Jun 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I think the building is still there, but that splendid Beaux Arts facade has been covered up. Google Street View. I wonder if any of that decoration survives under the mass of framing and plaster?

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Joe Vogel commented about Kiva Theater on Jun 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

I can’t find any current movie listings for this theater. I wonder if it’s been closed?

A photograph of a crowd of moviegoers in front of the Kiva Theatre was featured on the cover of the July 27, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The Kiva was a Spanish language house at the time.

The Kiva was the subject of a two-page article in the April, 1992, issue of Boxoffice. After having been closed for several years, the house had been bought and refurbished by Malcolm and Amy Neal, who reopened it in March, 1991. The seating capacity has been reduced to 250.

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Joe Vogel commented about Co-Ed Cinema on Jun 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm

The architect’s first name is spelled Erle, not Earle.

Henderson County Public Library has his papers (and the correct spelling of his first name.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Vista Theatre on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Architect Paul K. Evans should be credited above.

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Joe Vogel commented about Main Theatre on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm

The architect of the Main Theatre was Paul K. Evans, according to Boxoffice Magazine, August 17, 1946. The house was under construction at the time.