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The Park was gone by the time I became familiar with Highland Park, but Ivers' was still there in the mid-1980s.
If you go to the California Index at the L.A. Public Library’s web site, and search for theatre, Highland, and Park (one word in each of the three search boxes), you will get among the results a link to a PDF file which contains a scanned version of a Highland Park News-Herald article about the Park, published May 19th, 1963 within a week after the theatre’s closure. There is a picture of the theatre’s marquee, lettered to announce the remodeling of the building to become part of People’s Department Store.
The article gives the opening date as May 29th, 1936. The first program was a double feature of “These Three” and “The Return of Jimmy Valentine.” One of the stars of “We Three” was Joel McCrae, who had as a child lived in Highland Park, across Figuroa Street from Sycamore Grove Park.
Diana Ellis: The article also mentions that, in 1936, the Boy’s Market was located at at Avenue 55 and Monte Vista Street.
The only theatre I remember as being north of Santa Monica on Western was the Cinema. The Embassy was on the west side of Western, just below 3rd Street. The Clinton was about midway between them, on the east side of the street. Those are the only theatres I remember on Western Avenue north of the Wiltern.
OOPS again—– Valley “Drive” in the address section should also be changed to Valley “Boulevard.”
The Capri has been demolished as well, but it is entirely gone. The Valley Grand Building (minus its third floor towers and attic) still exists, including the former foyer of the Garfield which is now retail space, but the auditorium and stage tower of the theatre have been replaced by a parking lot.
At the L.A. Public Library’s regional history database, I’ve come across cards which refer to a “Glendale Theatre #1”(no address given, alas), and this theatre on Brand Boulevard is sometimes referred to as “Glendale Theatre #2”, so it’s possible that your photo is of that first Glendale Theatre. As this second Glendale Theatre was opened in 1920, someone who is familiar with the course of women’s fashion in the era might be able to tell from the way the women in this picture are dressed whether or not the photo dates from an earlier year.
The Los Angeles Public Library has two photographs of this theatre:
The Palace Grand, from about 1920.
Brand Boulevard about 1925, showing the theatre with the TD&L sign.
The only descriptions of the theatre that I have are from people who were there in the 1970s. I never saw it myself. The people who operated the theatre in the 1970s believed it to be very old, the wooden seats being one indication of that. Central Avenue is a secondary commercial street parallel to, and two blocks west of, Brand Boulevard. Early in the city’s history, it was expected to be the main commercial street (thus the name) and Brand Boulevard was expected to be a broad, residential avenue.
The extension of the Pacific Electric interurban line along Brand Boulevard reversed the intended order. It is possible that the theatre dates from the silent era, but was closed for extended periods of time, due to its somewhat out-of-the-way location. It’s also possible that it was merely an older commercial building cheaply converted (perhaps with used seats) to a theatre sometime in the 1940s.
I can find nothing about the Dreamland Theatre in Long Beach, but the California Index of the Regional History section of the L.A. Public Library web site (mouse over “Library Resources” on the main page to find the Regional History link on the drop-down menu) has three brief references to the Fairyland Theatre.
It was located in the 200 block of East Seaside Boulevard, and existed as early as 1914 (date of the first reference, when the theatre was undergoing repairs.) The address then was 227 Seaside. The next reference, from 1920, says that the theatre had been purchased by a J.M. Donley, who intended to erect a new theatre on the site. The address at this time is given as 223 Seaside. A third reference, from 1924, again says that there are plans underway to erect a new theatre on the site, and that the manager of the theatre is a Chatham C. Donley. Here the address is given as 225 Seaside. The Tracy Theatre at 219 E. Seaside must have been a next-door neighbor of the Fairyland, though it’s also possible that the Tracy (AKA Ritz and Capitol), built in 1925, actually replaced the Fairyland.
Not much to go on, I know, but that part of Long Beach (around The Pike) went through a lot of changes over the years, and every trace of it is now gone, so it’s hard to track down information about it. Your Dreamland Theatre may have been one of a number of theatres on The Pike itself. If so, there’s a chance you might be able to find a picture of it on an old picture postcard. The Pike was a popular subject for postcards early in the century.
As you own the organ from the Fairyland, I would suggest that you re-post your question, and mention the organ in the subject line. Several members of Cinema Treasures are very knowledgeable about theatre organs, and they are more likely to read your post if it mentions the organ in the subject line. They might be able to give you more information than I can.
I believe that Patrick Crowley and Ross Melnick are both Americans.
I suspect that one of the main reasons that the photo feature has been unavailable for so long is that this is not a for-profit web site (you’ll notice that it carries no advertising, other than a few pages devoted to their own Cinema Treasures book, and that they don’t sell any member’s name and e-mail address to spammers), so neither of them can devote full time to running it, nor is there a budget for hiring someone who could.
I’m sure that the Add-a-photo feature will become available again eventually. In the meantime, if you have pictures to share, it’s possible to get free image hosting space at several web sites, such as Photobucket, Flickr, and Webshots (use Google to find any of them), and after posting the images to your chosen site, just put links to them in your comments here.
So the Encore has not been demolished?
I went to the Encore a few times, between 1963-1966. Like the Oriental on Sunset Boulevard and the Clinton on Western Avenue, it was a place where you could sometimes catch foreign movies that had already made their way through the usual art house circuit. It was at the Encore that I first saw “Last Year at Marienbad.” The program included a second feature which I had already seen, but I was with friends who had never seen it, so while it was playing I went out to the lobby for a snack and got drawn into a conversation about “Marienbad” that was going on between a fellow I took to be the manager and another guy. It was an interesting debate they were having over the meaning and intent of the movie. I wonder if one of them was Louis Federici?
I always liked the Encore. It was a very pleasant and well-run theatre.
The large theatre next door to the World with the sign “Minneapolis Evangelical Auditorium” on the side and the name “Alvin Theatre” on its stage tower, was the 1910 Shubert Theatre, listed on Cinema Treasures under the name it received when remodeled and reopened as a road show house two years after this picture was taken, the Academy.
A 1955 view of the side wall and part or the facade of the Academy, when it was the Minneapolis Evangelistic Auditorium, can be seen in the photograph of its former neighbor, the World Theatre at 16 N. 7th Street. The old “Alvin Theatre” sign can be clearly seen on the end wall of the Academy’s stage tower.
The architect of the 1949 remodel of the Roseville theatre was O.A. Deichmann of San Francisco, according to the January, 1949 issue of Architect & Engineer. The contractor was A.J. Hooper, also of San Francisco.
The recent renovation and conversion of the theatre for Magic Circle was designed by the firm of John Sergio Fisher & Associates, who were also the architects for the renovation of Magic Circle’s other Roseville theatre, the Tower.
Drat. Screwed up the code. Download the file here:
Rivest’s Ultimate Theatre Guide lists a Town & Country Theatre at 2360 N Hickory Road, Mishawaka Indiana. According to the Excel file you can download [url]http://movie-theatre.org/usa/in/southbend/main.html]at this page[/url], it opened in 1970 as the Town & Country, was later known as the Town & Country 1&2, then the Town & Country 1,2&3, and finally as the Town & Country 3 until it closed in 1998. The name of the architect is not given, but as it was opened in 1970, chances are the firm is still around.
Pictures of Teatro Capitolio here and here.
(And in Portuguese, as in English, “capital” with and “a” and “capitol” with and “o” are different things. The name of the theater is spelled with an “o” in the middle: Capitolio.)
Also, if Frank Gehry has anything to do with any project that replaces this theater, he will lose the last scrap of respect I still have for him.
Cari De La Cruz:
The Los Altos was a different (and much larger) drive-in, on Bellflower Boulevard in Long Beach. I can’t find it listed on Cinema Treasures, but there is a web page devoted to it elsewhere:
If MPTV says that the picture at the link above is from 1921, they are mistaken. The plans for the United Artist’s Four Star Theatre weren’t even announced until mid-1931. The United Artists Company didn’t even exist yet in 1921. Their first theatre opened in 1927:
The Four Star was one of several California theatres designed for the company by Walker and Eisen with C.E. Balch, associated, in the early 1930s. Most are now gone. The one in Berkeley is still open, though it has been multiplexed:
Southwest Builder & Contractor issue of 11 May, 1945, says that architect Charles H. Biggar was preparing the plans for a movie theater to be located at Monterey and Baker Streets, for Banducci and Lemucchi Theater Company. This issue of the magazine gives the size of the planned theater as 998 seats, but a later issue (16 November, 1945) says that the seating had been reduced to 900, and gives the projected cost of the theater as $175,000.
Though this theater is in the Los Angeles Times theatre listings of February 10th, 1971, as a single screen house, in the same newspaper’s listings of August 24th, 1986, it is a two-screen house called the Viejo Twin.
There was a Fine Arts Theatre farther east on 58th Street:
The Ritz was demolished sometime in th elate 1950s or early 1960s. It was located in between an old brick building that was at the southeast corner of Fair Oaks and Hope, and Gus’s Barbecue which is still at its long time location, 808 Fair Oaks. The site of the Ritz became a parking lot. If there is currently a building at 804 Fair Oaks, it is new. You can glimpse the vacant lot in the picture on the main page of the web site for Gus’s:
Another brief history, and a picture, from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservaton:
The Academy Cinemas (its current name) is now being operated by Regency Theaters. Listings and showtimes can be found at its web site:
Undoubtedly, they all ultimately derived their name from the original Strand Theater in London, (which was named for the street on which it was located), just as all the theaters named Roxy or Roxie ultimately derived their names from the original Roxy Theater in New York.