Showing 6,726 - 6,750 of 12,060 comments
The Rex Theatre at Bemidji was mentioned in the August 28, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World. The operator was named Oliver Whaley, and he had just opened a second theater, located at Nymore, Minnesota.
A small photo of the Rex Theatre was published in the August 28, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World. The caption says that the operator of the Rex, J. B. Quesinberry, had been among the magazine’s subscribers for several years.
If Mr. Quesinberry had been operating the Rex throughout that time (the caption doesn’t say,) this theater might have been opened even before 1910, and could now be one of the oldest operating movies theaters in the country.
The 1926 FDYB report of the seating capacity must have been an error. The caption of the 1915 photo says that the Rex had 300 seats.
The August 28, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Blomburg Amusement Company’s new Strand Theatre on Patton Avenue at Lexington in Asheville had opened earlier that month.
This article by Leanne Smith in the Jackson Citizen Patriot says that the Capitol Theatre was opened as the Orpheum Theatre on February 24, 1916, and was renamed the Capitol in 1922. The theater closed in 1973 and was demolished in 1975.
The book Around Canandaigua, by Nancy H. Yacci, a photo of the Playhouse. The movie on the marquee, One Stolen Night, staring Betty Bronson, was a 1929 release. The name Fox is above the marquee. An ad in a 1930 issue of the Naples, New York Record calls it the Fox Playhouse Theatre.
Both the photo caption and a timeline I found on the Internet say that the Playhouse Theatre was demolished in 1972. Judging from the lay of the land in the 1929 photo, and the configuration of business buildings in Canadaigua, the Playhouse must have been on the south side of Chapin Street in the block west of Main Street, which is just about where Google Maps is putting its pin icon on this page.
Writer Michael Winship, a Canandaigua native, devotes a few paragraphs of this article to his memories of the Playhouse Theatre.
An article about the Majestic’s first operator, W. S. McLaren, in the March 12, 1918, issue of Michigan Film Review quoted him as saying that he had opened the Majestic Theatre in the old Athenaeum building on January 21, 1916. McLaren also operated a 250-seat house in Jackson called the Colonial, which he had opened in January, 1915. Prior to that, he had operated a movie house called the Sylvan Theatre in the former opera house in his home town of Chelsea, Michigan.
The 1941 Boxoffice article with the photos of the Star Theatre can now be seen at this fresh link.
The Capitol Theatre was located in the assembly room of Homer’s Town Hall, built in 1908. The assembly room, which was 60x53 feet and had a stage with a depth of 27 feet, was converted into a movie theater in 1938, and remained in operation as the Capitol Theatre until 1955.
The address of the Homer Town Hall is 31 N Main St., Homer, NY 13077. The Capitol Theatre used the building’s main entrance, so would have had the same address.
A fairly detailed history of the Town Hall can be found on this web page, which has a single photo of the building’s Colonial Revival exterior.
There is an eBay listing for a program from Schine’s Temple Theatre in Fairport, dated the week of January 1, 1933.
An advertisement for an insurance agency in a 1952 issue of the local newspaper gives the agency’s location as 83 South Main Street, “Next to Temple Theatre.” There’s still a building just south of that location that looks like a theater. Today it is occupied by the Fairport Masonic Lodge, with an address of 87 S. Main Street.
This probably is the Temple Theatre, and given the name, it’s possible that it has always been owned by the Masons, and leased out by them for part-time use as a movie theater- not an uncommon arrangement in small American towns.
The front of the building is fairly simple, but has a bit of Colonial Revival detail. It has a gabled roof, but the auditorium section is more boxlike. The front might have been updated at some point. I can easily picture the building dating from the early 1930s, but probably not earlier, unless it has had a major remodeling.
The theatres page of the Pittsburg, Kansas Memories web site says that the Cozy Theatre opened in 1930, and operated as the Cinema Theatre from 1969 until closing in 1983 (the page says that the building “burned down” in spring, 1983, though the American Classic Images photo that lostmemory linked to in an earlier comment, showing the burned-out theater, is dated August, 1982. ACI also has this photo of the Cozy dated March, 1985.)
An advertisement for Boller Brothers in the July 10, 1926, issue of The Reel Journal lists this house as the Cook Theatre. David and Noelles list of known Boller theaters gives the house the aka’s Cook and Missouri Twin.
An advertisement for Boller Brothers in the July 10, 1926, issue of The Reel Journal listed the Strand Theatre in St. Charles as one of the firm’s projects. David and Noelle’s list of known Boller Theatres lists the Strand as a 1925 project.
An advertisement for Boller Brothers in the July 10, 1926, issue of The Reel Journal listed the Novelty Theatre in Topeka as one of the firm’s works. David and Noelle’s list of known Boller theaters has 1926 and 1944 as the years when the Bollers worked on the Novelty, and also gives the house the aka Crystal Theatre.
The June 5, 1926, issue of The Reel Journal said that the new Madrid Theatre in Kansas City had been designed by the architectural firm of DeFoe & Besecke (Victor DeFoe and Walter A. Besecke.)
The Midland Theatre has been demolished. Its site, and that of two adjacent buildings, is now the site of the modern structure housing the Kansas Teachers Credit Union. The historic building that now houses Harry’s Cafe is at 412 N. Broadway, and was next door to the theater.
This web page about Pittsburg’s theaters says that the Midland was torn down in 1973. It also says that there was a theater at this address as early as 1907, originally known as the Wonderland, then the Vaudome, and then the Electric. This web page has information about them, and features a 1908 Sanborn map showing the location of the theater and another on the same block, the Palace.
However, the page also says that the Electric Theatre was torn down about 1919, along with an adjacent grocery store, and replaced with a new theater called the Klock, which later became the Midland. I’m not sure that the Electric was demolished, though. This page from the same web site has several photos of Broadway looking north from Fourth Street, and it looks to me as though the Klock/Midland had the same footprint as the building that housed the Wonderland/Vaudome/Electric. I think it’s possible that the original theater building only underwent a major remodeling when it became the Klock.
The Klock Theatre was set to open soon, according to an item datelined Pittsburg in the September 9, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:
:“To the person or persons guessing the date or nearest date of the opening of the Klock theater here, a prize of ten dollars will be awarded. This contest is an unusual one. Most theaters on opening offer a prize for the best name suggested. The advertisements in the Pittsburg newspapers say: ‘Look the building over and make your guess.’ The managers, Messrs. Klock and Klock, are uncertain as to the opening date. The contest closed August 19, so it is presumed that the theater will open shortly.”
The Fox Colonial web page also says that the Art Deco marquee placed on the Fox in 1959, and still in place now, had been moved there from the Midland. The pittsburgksmemories web page says that the Midland closed in 1958.
The best photographic view of the Midland I’ve found is on this page of the book Pittsburg by Randy Roberts and Janette Mauk, and it’s only a partial view. Still, it gives an idea of the somehwat Italian look that Boller Brothers gave the facade in their design for the 1926 remodeling. The marquee that was later moved to the Fox is recognizable.
When the Colonial Theatre reopened on May 30, 1926, following a remodeling carried out by its new operators, the Midland Theatre circuit, it hosted the world premier of the Paramount feature Good and Naughty, starring Pola Negri. The event was reported in the June 5 issue of The Reel Journal.
The January 22, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture world reported that the New Wallace Theatre at Bradenton, Florida, had opened in July, 1915, and had been prospering since, while two other movie theaters in Bradenton had succumbed to competition from the new house.
The January 1, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World ran the following item about the Columbus Theatre:
“The Ascher Brothers opened their fine theater, the Columbus, Sixty-third street and Ashland avenue, this city, on Saturday, December 18. The Ascher Brothers justly consider the Columbus one of the most beautiful in their long chain of houses. Architect Newhouse says of the design of the interior: ‘It has always been my aim while designing theaters to avoid the trouble often found — too many useless
seats, due to the arrangement. I decided to substitute the amphitheater arrangement for the seats and place the screen in such a position as to afford a clear and direct view from any seat in the auditorium. The use of the dome lighting system, by which the management can burn 150 sixty-watt lamps throughout the performance and keep the house well lighted without affecting the picture will meet with popular favor.’”
The September 14, 1916, issue of Engineering News had an article about a Stratford Theatre at Germantown Avenue and Venango Street (Google Books scan.) The article described the construction of the concrete girder supporting the theater’s proscenium arch. As the Strand is the only theater at that intersection listed at Cinema Treasures, I’m wondering if this house opened as the Stratford?
The Cleve Theatre was designed by the F&Y Building Service, according to the latest version of the theater’s official web site.
The nomination form for the inclusion of the Junction City Opera House on the National Register of Historic Places says that the building was designed by architects George Wells and J. C. Holland. The auditorium section of the building began presenting movies on a regular schedule in 1919, operating under the name City Theatre. During this period the building still contained municipal offices as well as the theater. The interior of the structure was completely rebuilt into a modern movie theater in 1937.
The building’s exterior incorporates elements of both the Victorian Italianate and Romanesque Revival styles of architecture.
Various performers were appearing at the Pantages in Spokane as early as October, 1907, as listed in the 1907-08 edition of Henry’s Official Western Theatrical Guide.
A brief history of Spokane’s movie theaters published in the July 15, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World says that the house that became the Rex Theatre in 1912 had actually opened on August 22, 1908, as the Empire Theatre, a Cineograph house. Cineograph was an early process for making movies with sound. The article doesn’t say how long the Empire operated as a Cineograph house, but does say that B.W. Copeland took over the theater in 1912, remodeled it and renamed it the Rex.
A May 20, 1944, item in The Billboard mentions a Nu-Rex Theatre in Spokane, which was probably this same house. Nu-Rex operator James A. Pike had taken over the Empress Theatre and established a policy of first-run movies with a stage show at that house, and had abandoned stage shows at the Nu-Rex, switching it to an all-movies policy on January 1.
A comment by Dave Zarkin on this Blogger post gives the address of the Rex Theatre as 326 Riverside Avenue, and recalls that in the mid 1960s the house was showing what were then called “girlie movies,” which I’m quite sure are not the same thing as “chick flicks.”
The January 26, 1915, issue of the Spokane Spokesman Review had an article about the opening of the Liberty Theatre, which had taken place the previous night. The article is accompanied by three interior photos of the new theater.
A somewhat clearer photo of the auditorium from the stage, dated 1925, can be seen here, from the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
Exterior photos of the Liberty can be seen on this page from the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society web site.
I have to clarify my previous comment as to the location of the New Liberty. The entrance of the theater was on Main Street, but the building ran through the block and the auditorium section was actually on Commerce Street, across from the Majestic Theatre. The Hippodrome Theatre was across Main Street from the New Liberty.