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Joe Vogel on May 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Boxoffice of May 22, 1948, ran this item datelined Collinsville: “Millard G. Weaver, owner of the Cricket and the Sandy theatres here, has announced his candidacy for mayor. Weaver opened his first theatre in Collinsville in 1924 and three years ago replaced it with a modern house.”

Boxoffice of January 29, 1968, referred to the Cricket as “long closed” when it was mentioned in an article about houses that had been reopened the previous year. The Cricket was in operation at least as late as 1977, when it was mentioned in the April 4 issue of Boxoffice.

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Joe Vogel commented about Time Theatre on May 28, 2010 at 5:47 am

Boxoffice of May 10, 1947, said that W.T. Kirby’s 450-seat Time Theatre was scheduled to open at Wetumka that day. It would be the town’s second movie house.

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Joe Vogel commented about Leo Theatre on May 28, 2010 at 5:40 am

An item in Boxoffice of October 5, 1940, said that E.H. Hulsey opened the Queen Theatre in Dallas in 1913. A May 10, 1947, Boxoffice piece about long-time theater man Lou Bissinger said that he had become the manager of the Queen three months after it had opened, and was still operating the house 34 years later. The Queen was located in a building that had been remodeled into a theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dream Theatre on May 28, 2010 at 5:35 am

The new Dream Theatre at Tahlequah was slated to open about May 20, according to Boxoffice of May 10, 1947. General manager of the new house, S.P. Doss, was the former owner of the Chief Theatre at Eufaula. The Dream was to seat 400 on opening.

The official web site link above no longer works. I think the place might have changed ownership. This might be the new web site, once it’s finished, but I can’t swear to it.

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Joe Vogel commented about Long Theatre on May 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

The Long Theatre was the first movie house in Keyes, which, according to a May 10, 1947, Boxoffice item, was a town of 227 when the 250-seat theater opened that month. Lewis W. Long was the owner of the house. The Long Theatre was still in operation at least as late as 1964, when it was mentioned in the February 3 issue of Boxoffice.

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Joe Vogel commented about Electric Theatre on May 28, 2010 at 4:50 am

Could the Electric Theatre have become the Palace?

A Palace Theatre at Quapaw was purchased by C.E. Barber in 1927, according to a line in a “Twenty Years Ago” feature in Boxoffice of February 15, 1947. Boxoffice of November 27, 1948, reported that an entire block of the business district of Quapaw had been destroyed by a fire that began in the Palace Theatre.

I’ve found Quapaw mentioned in Boxoffice only six times. Three mention the Palace, two others mention only C.E. Barber, and the May 10, 1947, issue mentions neither, but says that the Ryan Theatre at Quapaw was scheduled to open that day. The Ryan had previously operated as a 16mm house, but the item didn’t say what its name had been. The house had been converted into a 35mm theater by Alex Rowls, and it had 260 seats. That’s the sole mention of it in the magazine. Perhaps the Ryan was the Palace, and Mr. Rowls decided not to rename it after all? As far as I’ve been able to discover, Quapaw is never mentioned in Boxoffice after the 1948 item about the fire.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wayne Theatre on May 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Boxoffice of April 19, 1947, reported that Frank and Floyd Smith had sold a half interest in their Wayne Theatre at Corydon to the Iowa United Theatres circuit. The item said that the Smith brothers had arrived in Corydon and built the Wayne in 1936.

A September 19, 1977, Boxoffice item said that Bud Kelly had permanently closed the Wayne Theatre on August 1, so the house must have been dark for more than a decade after that.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theater on May 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

From Boxoffice of March 16, 1957: “The Strand Theatre, Orono, Me., will close its doors March 25 because of poor business. Connie Russell jr. is the owner.”

Then the April 6 issue of Boxoffice said: “Connie Russell jr. closed the Strand, Orono, Me., and completed plans to turn it into an office building.”

The earliest mention of the Strand I’ve found in the trades is from the September 1, 1932, issue of New England Film News, which listed the house as one of half a dozen theaters in the region that had recently reopened. The item did not mention how long the Strand had been closed.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lewis and Clark Theatre on May 25, 2010 at 2:57 am

Here are the additional photos of the Lewis and Clark in Boxoffice, October 19, 1957. LThe project’s ead architect, John Graham Jr., also designed the Northgate Theatre in Seattle for the Sterling circuit.

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Joe Vogel commented about Northgate Theatre on May 24, 2010 at 3:03 am

Note that it was John Graham Jr. who designed the Northgate Theatre. His father, John Graham Sr., was also a noted Seattle architect.

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Joe Vogel commented about Northgate Theatre on May 24, 2010 at 2:54 am

Boxoffice of September 22, 1951, also names John Graham as the architect of the Northgate Theatre. The original operator was Sterling Theatres.

An ad for RCA carpet (who knew that RCA made carpeting for theaters?) in Boxoffice of October 4, 1952, features a photo of the Northgate’s lobby. The Native American motifs used in the otherwise moderne theater are seen.

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Joe Vogel commented about Canaltown Cinema on May 23, 2010 at 2:20 am

The December 11, 1972, issue of Boxoffice said that the West Wayne Cinema was scheduled to open on December 27, 1972. It was one of the first theaters in a proposed circuit of hundreds of theaters that were to have been franchised by United General Theatres, a Los Angeles-based corporation that suffered the same quick demise as the other franchise outfits of the period such as Jerry Lewis Cinemas.

Despite having established quite a few theaters in its first three years of operation, United General collapsed amid charges of fraud and conspiracy, and in 1975 two of its executives, both of them also major stockholders, were fined and sentenced to prison terms.

Many of the UGT operations were 16mm houses, but the West Wayne Cinema was equipped with 35mm equipment. A 16mm UGT house was set to open at Niagara Falls the same day the Macedon house was to be opened.

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Joe Vogel commented about Genoa Theatre on May 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Marilee West: Thanks for the information about your father. He has had an impressively long career.

Here’s a corection of my earlier comment: The reference I cited, saying there was an architect named Derald West working at Lake Geneva in 1911, was the result of my misreading of information about an architect named William Woodworth. What the source actually said was that Woodworth, while working in a summer job at Derald West’s office, made drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Geneva Inn— which had been built in 1911. No more speed reading on the Internet for me.

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Joe Vogel commented about Glenwood Theatre on May 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Two interior photos of the Glenwood illustrate this article in Boxoffice of March 20, 1967. Richard Wells of William Behrman and Associates engineered the building and designed the exterior of the Glenwood, but the interior was designed by architect Mel Glatz.

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Joe Vogel commented about Spring Theater on May 22, 2010 at 4:09 am

Here are before and after photos of the remodeled Spring Theatre, formerly the Regent Theatre, in Boxoffice of March 20, 1967.

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Joe Vogel commented about Monte Theatre on May 22, 2010 at 3:52 am

Boxoffice of January 31, 1953, reporting on a fire that had gutted the Monte Theatre, said the house had been built 16 years before by John Davis, and had been extensively remodeled as recently as 1951. At the time of the fire the Monte was being operated by the widowed Mrs. Davis and her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thurber. The 500-seat theater was the only movie house in town. The March 21 issue of Boxoffice said that local citizens were working to help with the repairs, and the Jaycees were donating their efforts to repair or replace the damaged seats.

The December 29, 1956, issue of Boxoffice said that the Monte Theatre would be in operation only four days a week during the winter. Then on May 5, 1958, Boxoffice said that Mrs. Joe Thurber had closed the Monte Theater after three years of declining business. Finally. Boxoffice of June 12, 1961, reported that Kathryn Davis had sold the Monte Theatre building to F.R. “Bob” Brownell, who planned to remodel it for his business. The item didn’t say what sort of business Brownell Industries was in, but today the company is a purveyor of small arms supplies, as can be seen at their web site.

The Monte’s seats survived the theater and, according to Boxoffice of September 18, 1961, were purchased by the Toledo Community Theatre Guild and installed in the Wieting Theatre, then undrgoing renovation in Toledo, Iowa. The Wieting Theatre is still in operation, but I don’t know if it still sports the Monte’s old seats. If it does, it’s about time they replaced them.

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Joe Vogel commented about Glenwood Theater on May 22, 2010 at 2:18 am

The Glenwood Theatre was opened in 1966, according to Boxoffice of January 16, 1967. The original seating capacity was given as 1000. The number was probably rounded off. I’ve only found the Glenwood briefly mentioned twice in Boxoffice, and no other details about it were ever noted.

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Joe Vogel commented about Melba Theater on May 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

The Melba Theatre was mentioned in Boxoffice of August 21, 1937. The house was still in operation in 1951, when the last mention of it I can find in Boxoffice appeared in the issue of July 28.

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Joe Vogel commented about Flame Theatre on May 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

The Mankato Free Press article about the Flame Theatre (link on the front page of the Wells web site) says that Sid Heath opened his theater in Wells in 1912 and operated it under various names until finally settling on State Theatre. Although the article says that the original theater burned down in 1960, the June 22, 1959, issue of Boxoffice mentioned the State Theatre having recently been destroyed in a fire. Most likely the Flame opened in 1960, though I can’t find the event mentioned in Boxoffice.

The Free Press article also says that Sid Heath held a contest to choose a name for the new theater he built to replace the burned State, and Flame Theatre was the winning entry. That’s quite a sense of humor they have in Minnesota.

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Joe Vogel commented about Carmike Stadium Cinema 6 on May 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Since posting the comment above, I’ve come across scores of web sites saying that there was a Cine 4 at this address. Most of these web sites are of the “directory” type, which commonly replicate each others content just so they’ll have something to wrap around their advertising, and it’s possible that they are all just repeating the same error, but in the absence of any reliable source saying that the Excellence Theatres proposal to expand Cine 2 to six screens in 1988 was actually carried out, it’s possible that the house did operate with only four screens until 2004. There are also quite a few sites reporting a Cine 6 at this address, but they might have been posted since 2004, and could also be errors if the name was changed to Stadium Cinema 6 that year.

Once again the Internet proves to be a reliable source of confusion and contradiction. Somebody familiar with Mankato, or at least with access to reliable local sources, will have to clear this up.

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Joe Vogel commented about Maverick 4 on May 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

On the Mankato Free Press web site there’s an article about the Maverick 4, dated May 16, 2010. (I tried linking to the article itself, but the link wouldn’t work.) It looks like the theater is not dead, despite the lack of updates to its web site.

The guy operating the theater is a 29-year-old named Ulysses Awsumb, which at first I took to be a pseudonym. But Awsumb is indeed a real surname, which is totally, uh, awesome, (though I do realize why Thomas Pynchon never gave the name Ulysses Awsumb to one of his characters- critics would have accused him of stretching his symbolic puns to the breaking point.)

Anyway, Mankato Place, the complex the theater is in, is owned by Ulysses' father, Gordon Awsumb, so maybe the family pockets are deep enough to keep the house going for a while. Here’s a quote from the article:

Since November, ticket sales have doubled. In March alone, sales were almost triple what they were in November. “On a Friday night, we are seeing anywhere from 400 to 500 people,” Awsumb says. “During the weekend, we’re getting about 2,000 people. And we have gone from 10 to 20 people on weekdays to about 80.”
It does sound promising. The article also says that Awsumb is in the process of launching a new web site for the theater, so maybe the current movie listings will be back soon. Still, that doesn’t explain why the Internet movie listing sites currently only show the Carmike and Cinemark houses in Mankato.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mayland Theatre on May 19, 2010 at 5:14 am

Thanks, CWalczak. I’ll post the Boxoffice link to the Lakeshore 7 page as well.

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Joe Vogel commented about Carmike Stadium Cinema 6 on May 19, 2010 at 4:31 am

Here’s what I’ve been able to puzzle out about theaters that have operated at this location. A twin called the Camelot 1 and 2 opened at Stadium Road and Warren Street in 1970. It had 475 seats in each auditorium. In 1973 the house was taken over by Carisch Theatres, and the name was changed to Cine 1 and 2. A few years later it was being called simply Cine 2.

In 1988, Carisch Theatres was taken over by Essaness Theatres, which about that time renamed itself Excellence Theatres. The Cine 2 might have been renamed the University Square Cinemas, either before or after Essaness took it over. Essaness/Excellence had plans to add four more screens to the house, according to a 1988 Boxoffice article. I haven’t been able to discover when the additional screens opened, or if any splitting of one or both original auditoriums was involved.

Excellence Theatres didn’t last very long. The circuit was absorbed by Carmike Theatres in 1992.

A review of the current theater on the web site Insider Pages says that it underwent a complete remodeling in 2004, being converted to stadium seating. That’s the only source I’ve found saying that this was a remodeling job, but then I can’t find any sources at all saying that the original theater was demolished to make way for a new building, so I suspect that the current theater does incorporate the original 1970 building and its four-screen addition from around 1988. If it does, then the aka’s Camelot 1 and 2, Cine 1 and 2, and perhaps University Square Cinemas can be added. I’m not sure if the place was actually called University Square Cinemas, or if the writer of the single 1988 Boxoffice item that mentioned it mistook the location of the house for its name. Eventually somebody familiar with Mankato will probably visit this page and let us know.

Also, note that Carmike’s official web site calls this house the Stadium Cinema 6, not the Cine 6. Web sites that haven’t been updated in years indicate that it was called Cine 6 before the 2004 remodeling, so that should be another aka.

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Joe Vogel commented about Willowbrook Cinema on May 19, 2010 at 3:09 am

The Little Cinema page should also be listed in Wayne. Its map link doesn’t work either.

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Joe Vogel commented about Maverick 4 on May 19, 2010 at 3:04 am

Yes, it’s very confusing. I spent a couple of hours searching the Boxoffice database, hoping to find evidence that the Mall 4 was renamed the Cine 4, and that the Cine 2 was renamed the University Square Cinemas, but never found them. The Carisch circuit had multiplexes in other cities with the name Cine followed by a number. It’s quite possible that they had, for a time, both a Cine 2 and a Cine 4 operating in Mankato.

One thing I forgot to include in my comment above is that Boxoffice made a reference to the Mall 4 in Mankato in its issue of February, 1985, so if that house was renamed Cine 4 it happened between then and the time of the single reference to a Cinema 4 at Mankuto, in the february, 1991, Boxoffice.