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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.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 25, 2010 at 2:43 am

According to this online photo exhibit from the Saskatoon Public Library, this house was the second theater in Saskatoon to be called the Daylight. Photo #6 shows the original Daylight Theatre which opened at 321 22nd Street East in 1912.

The second Daylight Theatre opened at 136 Second Street South on January 1, 1917. It is featured in photos #9, #10, and #20 of the library’s exhibit. In 1966, the Daylight was drastically remodeled, losing its Palladian facade, and was renamed the Paramount Theatre in August that year. The exhibit has no photos of the house as the Paramount, but there’s one here.

The text accompanying photo #10 of the library’s exhibit says that the “…interior of the Daylight Theatre was originally likely designed by the architectural firm of Thompson, Daniels and Colthurst.”

A 1911 Saskatoon City Directory has the firm’s name correctly listed as Thompson, Daniel and Colthurst, and gives the individual names as Norman L. Thompson, T. Brammall Daniel, and G. Buller Colthurst. When I searched for additional information about these architects, the results included the Cinema Treaasures page for the Red Triangle Theatre in Plaistow, London, England, which was located in a 1919 building designed by T. Brammall Daniel. A directory of British architects working between 1834 and 1914 says that Daniel began practicing in Saskatoon in 1911, after having worked in Manchester, England, for a number of years. He must have returned to England not long after the Daylight was built, but the directory doesn’t say.

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Joe Vogel on Nov 25, 2010 at 2:43 am

The Paramount is also listed under its original name, the Daylight Theatre, as the name change is noted in the ad Mike Rivest linked to above.

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Joe Vogel commented about Embassy Theatre on Nov 24, 2010 at 6:46 am

Donovan A. Shilling’s book “Rochester: Labor and Leisure” (Google Books preview) says that the Cook Opera House became the Family Theatre in 1913.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Theatre on Nov 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

The Lyric is a bit mysterious, as Adam Marsland said. However, a couple of sources about Binghamton architect Sanford O. Lacey mention the Lyric as being of his design. I’m not sure when it was built, but I don’t find it listed in any of Julius Cahn’s Guides from the late 19th or early 20th century.

There are dozens of references to boxing matches being held at the Lyric around 1916-1917, and one reference to a bout held there as early as 1909. My guess would be that the Lyric was opened sometime between 1905, when the 1906 Cahn Guide (the most recent edition available to me) probably went to press, and March 26, 1909, when Battling Jim Johnson in his first fight defeated Battling Brooks by a TKO.

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Joe Vogel commented about Goodwill Theatre on Nov 24, 2010 at 5:17 am

The architect of the Goodwill Theatre was Sanford O. Lacey, then a partner in the firm of Lacey, Schenck, & Cummings. The Goodwill Theatre was built in 1920, and was designed in the Georgian Revival style (a subset of the Colonial Revival style.)

Although the house operated for decades as the Enjoy Theatre, it is now under renovation as part of a project that will include three performance halls as well as other arts facilities, all to be operated by The Goodwill Theatre Inc. (official web site.)

So far, the only performance space in operation appears to be the Firehouse Stage, located (of course) the the town’s former firehouse, at the other end of the block from the Goodwill Theatre. I can’t find anything on the web site about how the renovation is proceding, or when the theater might be expected to open.

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Joe Vogel commented about Star Theatre on Nov 24, 2010 at 3:07 am

An essay at this web page is primarily about the Strand Theatre, but also has some information about the Star.

The Star Theatre opened on October 20, 1913. It was the second theater of that name to operate on this site, the first having been converted from a storefront cafe in 1908. The house was originally called the Nickle Theater, but operator Ned Kornblite soon renamed it the Star. It was the first regular movie theater in Binghamton.

The 1913 building that replaced it was designed by architect Sanford O. Lacey, who had also designed the Stone Opera House (later called the Riviera Theatre) a few doors down the block. In 1920, Kornblite built the Strand Theatre on a lot next door to the Opera House. He continued to operate both the Star and the Strand until 1935, when he sold them to Comerford Theatres.

The Strand and the Riviera are still standing, though in a sorry state of decay, but the Star Theatre was demolished some time before 1966.

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Joe Vogel commented about Embassy Theatre on Nov 23, 2010 at 6:04 am

The architectural firm of Leon H. Lempert & Son designed the Cook Opera House. The firm was located in Rochester, and designed numerous theaters there. The other Rochester theaters they had designed, as listed in an ad for the firm in the 1905 editionof Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide, were the National, the Baker, the Lyceum, the Empire, and the Corinthian.

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Joe Vogel commented about Moose Theatre on Nov 23, 2010 at 5:36 am

The Rochester, New York, architectural firm Leon H. Lempert & Son placed an ad in the 1905 edition of Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide. It listed a number of theaters the firm had designed, and the Gilger Opera House in Norwalk, Ohio, was among them.

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Joe Vogel commented about McHenry Downtown Theatre on Nov 23, 2010 at 3:48 am

The entry for Chicago architect John van der Meulen in the 1962 American Architects Directory lists this 1955 theater among his works. Later in his career van der Meulen and his architectural partner Ralph Rapson became known for the American embassies they designed in various cities, including Stockholm, Copenhagen, and The Hague.

The McHenry Theater could still be a handsome Midcentury Modern building if they’d rip that shingled fake mansard and other accumulated bits of ticky-tacky off of it. It deserves better treatment than it’s had.

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Joe Vogel commented about Criterion Theater on Nov 23, 2010 at 3:00 am

Here is a history of the Star Theatre as a legitimate house, from 1888 to 1919. It only mentions briefly that it then became a movie house called the Criterion.

The Art Institute of Chicago provides this drawing, captioned “Levi Theatre, for Emanuel Levi, Buffalo, N.Y.” The drawing might be by the theater’s architect, William Worth Carlin. The building was designed in the Romanesque Revival style.

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Joe Vogel commented about Garrick Theatre on Nov 23, 2010 at 2:56 am

In 1899 the Garrick’s architect, William Albert Swasey, designed a building for the Masons at 1042 N. Grand Avenue, which included a theater that operated as the Odeon for over thirty years. I’ve been unable to discover if the Odeon ever operated as a movie house, though. Does anybody know? It would have to have been before 1936, the year the building was condemned and demolished following a major fire.

Here is a biographical sketch of W.A. Swasey from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. It mentions the Garrick as well as the Odeon, but only briefly.

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Joe Vogel commented about Greenwood Community Theatre on Nov 22, 2010 at 4:36 am

The public library of Henderson County, North Carolina, has published a book titled “Buildings as History” which is about the works of Hendersonville architect Erle G. Stillwell. The State Theatre in Greenwood, South Carolina, is listed as one of the many theaters he designed.