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Joe Vogel commented about Little Grand Theatre on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

This list of major fires in Madison, from the Jefferson County Public Library, says that the Little Grand Theater (Ohio Theater) burned on December 27, 1928. No other theater fires are on the list. This contradicts the Ohio Theatre’s official web site, which says the Little Grand burned in 1936.

A 1911 book published by the Indian Department of Inspections lists four movie theaters in Madison: The Little Grand Theatre, Gray’s Theatre, the Star Theatre, and the Wolwager Theatre (It’s online at Google Books.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Hall Theatre on Sep 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

Here are multiple pages of articles about the Hall Theatre from the The August 27, 1916, issue of The Daily Missourian. The house was scheduled to open the following night, August 28.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wayne Cinemas on Sep 19, 2010 at 7:15 am

A 600-seat theater called Trainor’s Opera House was listed for Greenville, Ohio, in the 1906-1907 edition of Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide. It must have been the theater the Wayne replaced, according to the above comment by Pens. If the opera house lasted until 1920, odds are good that it, too, ran movies for a time.

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Joe Vogel commented about Garnett Theatre on Sep 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

The Los Angeles Herald of May 4, 1910, ran an article about the expansion of Silverwood’s clothing store into the space previously occupied by the Garnett Theatre. Demolition of the theater’s interior had begun the day before the article was published. Though no mention was made of when the theater had closed, it most likely operated to within days of the start of the conversion, if not the day before. Space on Broadway was never left vacant for long on in those days.

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Joe Vogel commented about Brawley Playhouse Theatre on Sep 19, 2010 at 6:47 am

Perhaps the first movie house in Brawley was the one mentioned in El Centro’s newspaper, the Imperial Valley Press, on September 17, 1910:

“The Gilbo moving picture theatre, operated by I. J. and U. N. Gilbo, will be opened in Brawley next week. The theatre is located in the building erected by Peter Hovley.”
I’ve been unable to find out anything else about the theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ratto Theatre on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

John Ratto was operating a theater in Jackson at least as early as 1910, when he was the subject of an item in the October 21 issue of the Amador Ledger. Read the article (headlined “Ratto in More Trouble”) online here, from the Library of Congress collection of historical newspapers.

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Joe Vogel commented about Starland Theatre on Sep 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

An item in the November 6, 1910, issue of the Los Angeles Herald said that W.H. Clune and associates were planning a theater on Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier, and that the syndicate had secured exclusive rights to present vaudeville and movies at the pier. The theater must have been the Starland. The plans for the project were being drawn by architect A. F. Rosenheim.

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Joe Vogel commented about Glen Theater on Sep 18, 2010 at 7:11 am

The Roxy is still not listed at Cinema Treasures. The building at 3764 Broadway still exists, and is occupied by a women’s apparel shop called Best Fashions. From Google Street View it looks like the old marquee is still there, though covered up and stripped of its original signage. It also looks like the upper part of the facade has been altered— probably the decoration jase recalls was removed.

Though KenK remembers the Roxy as being larger than the Glen, in the satellite views the buildings look almost the same size. The Roxy building is higher, and jase said it had a balcony, but I don’t see any indication of upper-level exits. I’m wondering if the “balcony” was not actually a section of stadium-style seating (although I don’t see any front exits at the ends of the building either, which theaters with stadium sections typically had in those days.} But if there was a stadium section, that would account for KenK’s impression of the Glen being much smaller than the Roxy.

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Joe Vogel commented about Taproot Theatre on Sep 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

An article in the September 29, 1909, issue of the Seattle Star said that the Grand was one of the Seattle theaters that had been designed by architect E. W. Houghton. It mentioned two others, one being the Moore, but the scan of the paper is bad and the name of the third Houghton-designed house is almost unreadable, but it was probably the Majestic, which appears in the theater listings of that same issue of the paper.

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Joe Vogel commented about Victory Theater on Sep 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

From its date of opening, its location, and the description of an unnamed theater that was the subject of an article in the Salt Lake Herald of July 16, 1908, the architect of the Victory Theatre can be identified as E.W. Houghton of Seattle, with H.A. Hodgson as his associate in charge of construction. This was the same team that designed and built the Ogden Theatre at Ogeden, Utah, the following year.

The Salt Lake Herald article can be read online here, in the Library of Congress’s newspaper collection.

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Joe Vogel commented about Hyde Park Theater on Sep 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

As a rule I think it’s a good thing to have a closed theater listed by its final name, but quite a few exceptions have already been made and the Hyde Park seems to me a good candidate for an exception. If a theater had many name changes over its life, I’d prefer to see it listed under its final name even if that name had been used for only a few years.

In the case of theaters that had a particular name for decades and then another name for only a few years, I think it makes more sense to list it under the long-standing name, with the final name as the aka. People from the neighborhood searching for it on the Internet are more likely to search on the original name than the final name.

One page that should be renamed is the one for the Capri, in Alhambra, California. It’s been listed forever by the third of its five names, the Granada Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

None of the comments on this page so far apply to the original Strand Theatre, which has not become the Erie Playhouse, and was not designed by Victor A. Rigaumont. It was designed by the noted Buffalo, New York architect G. Morton Wolfe, who designed at least two theaters in that city.

The Strand in Erie was operating by 1916, when these two photos of its auditorium appeared in a portfolio of Wolfe’s work that was published in the August, 1916, issue of the trade journal The Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder. So far I’ve been unable to find a photo of the exterior of the original Strand.

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Joe Vogel commented about Hyde Park Theater on Sep 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

Here is a photo of the Hyde Park Theatre, form a portfolio of the work of its architect, Howard McClorey, which was published in the October, 1916 issue of the trade journal The Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder.

Aside from the addition of the modern marquee, the 1983 photo of the facade shows it to have been little changed from its original appearance.

I have to disagree with Chuck about changing the appellation. If it was the Hyde Park Theatre for almost 70 years, and the Park Cinema only for its last five years, there are probably more people around who remember it by its original name than by its final name.

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Joe Vogel commented about Circle Arts Theatre on Sep 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

We’ve been waiting a long time, but here it is: A photo of the Circle Theatre, from a portfolio of the works of architect G. Morton Wolfe in the August, 1916, issue of the trade journal The Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder.

The architect appears to have been influenced by the arts and crafts and the prairie styles in designing the front of the Circle Theatre. It gives the building a vaguely Oriental look. It would be interesting to know what the original interior looked like.

But I’m not surprised that there has been some confusion over who actually designed the Circle Theatre. It is not at all characteristic of Wolfe’s work, most of which consisted of very strong, even austere, industrial buildings, and fairly straightforward commercial blocks with restrained detailing. Wolfe did design at least one other theater during this period, though; the first Strand Theatre in Erie, Pennsylvania, which had a splendid, ornate auditorium, though I haven’t found any photos of the front of that house.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

The January 8, 1920, issue of the trade Journal Electrical World had an article entitled “Artistic and Utilitarian Theater Lighting” which featured four photos of the Palace Theatre.

The article can be read online here at Google Books.

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Joe Vogel commented about Midland Theatre on Sep 15, 2010 at 6:29 am

The official web site of the Midland Theater Foundation is still in operation.

The original name of the house, the New Tackett Theatre, and the name of the architect, Clare A. Henderson, still need to be added.

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Joe Vogel on Sep 15, 2010 at 6:05 am

This house is already listed at Cinema Treasures under its later name, the Town Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Toy Theater on Sep 15, 2010 at 5:44 am

Here is a photo of the Toy Theatre, clipped from volume 1 of a 1922 publication, “History of Milwaukee” by William George Bruce and Josiah Seymour Currey (scan available at Google Books.)

It looks like there was another theater right next door to the Toy.

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Joe Vogel commented about Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre on Sep 14, 2010 at 6:41 am

The March 25, 1922, issue of the trade journal Domestic Engineering said that a Mrs. Libby, operator of a tea room in Kennebunk, intended to build a building with a movie theater and two stores in Ogunquit. Plans for the $25,000 project had been drawn by Kennebunk architect W.E. Barry.

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Joe Vogel on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:57 am

The 1940s photo Don Lewis linked to is not posted on the Fox Cineplex page. When this page is taken down, I hope that Don’s comment can be moved there.

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Joe Vogel commented about Haymarket Theatre on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:37 am

The 1914 obituary of noted Chicago architect John J. Flanders attributes the design of the Haymarket Theatre to him.

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Joe Vogel commented about Sierra Theater on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:33 am

The February 18, 1922, issue of the trade journal Domestic Engineering noted that the Rounnel Construction Co. had won the contract to erect a brick theater building at 112-14 S. Central St. in Eagle Rock. This was probably the theater that became the Sierra.

I don’t have any maps from the period available, but I’m pretty sure that before the City of Eagle Rock was annexed to Los Angeles in 1923, this section of what later became Eagle Rock Blvd. was called Central Street. In Los Angeles, the street that was incorporated into Eagle Rock Blvd. was originally called Glassell Avenue.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wilkinson Theater on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:24 am

The March 18, 1922, issue of trade journal Domestic Engineering said that George H. Wilkinson of Wallingford was having plans prepared for a theater to be built on Center Street. The architect for the project was Loomis J. Thompson. Thompson later designed the Capitol Theatre in Watertown as well.

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Joe Vogel commented about Omaha Theater on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Here is a photo of the World Theatre that appeared in an ad for Crane plumbing fixtures in a 1923 issue of the trade journal Domestic Engineering and the Journal of Mechanical Contracting.

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Joe Vogel commented about Casino Theatre on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

The December 13, 1913, issue of trade journal The Moving Picture World said that an existing building at 213 W. Third Street would be remodeled for use as a moving picture theater to be called the Casino. The local firm of Clausen & Clausen (Frederick G. and Rudolph J., a father and son partnership) were preparing the plans for the project.