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Thanks, Ken. I like the look of the building, being a fan of some (though certainly not all) midcentury modern design, and South America has some of the most interesting buildings in the style. This one I like especially, as it appears to fit into the streetscape, unlike many from the era.
Laurie M: The comment by CT member BarrySGoodkin on Dec 11, 2001, says that the Fox Phoenix opened on January 5, 1929. This date is corroborated by the websites Silent Sundays and Ron Heberlee’s Orpheum Theatre Phoenix page.
As for your Grandfather’s plaster work, I’m not sure if any of the interior photos of the Orpheum at Ron Heberlee’s page show the original work, or some sort of modern recreations. In any case, it was common in building theatres in that era for the architects to order many of the big plaster decorations pre-made from a company specializing in decorative plasterwork, and then a local contractor would install them, making sure they fit together seamlessly, and doing all the plain plasterwork such as wall surfaces (which were often not all that plain, since many styles of architecture required finish coats of special textures.)
So, many or all of the big pieces of ornamental plaster (almost all the decorative pieces in such a theatre would probably have been plaster, though in some buildings quite a bit of interior terra cotta was used) in the Orpheum might have been made by your Grandfather’s company, or some of them might have been ordered from another company. Someone would have to see the contracts or work orders from the time of construction to be sure. Maybe that’s where Mr. Driggs got his information. Maybe you could track him down.
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Here’s the official website for Cinerama El Pacifico</a> and its two sister cinemas. Click on the “Nuestras Cines” link to see a couple of interior photos- though there are no captions to identify which of the three are depicted.
Here is a website featuring a more recent exterior photo of El Pacifico, and a longish text in Spanish which appears to be (at least in part) a review of the theatre. From what I can puzzle out with my very limited Spanish, it seems that El Pacifico was a large, single-screen house with balcony, which has been remodeled more than once to become the 12-screen multiplex it now is (I’d appreciate an English translation or paraphrase of those parts which are about the theatre itself.) Judging from its architectural style in the photo above, the place most likely dates from around the 1950s.
The Lewiston Flagship Cinemas multiplex is located at the end of Promenade Mall which was once occupied by Bradlees Discount Department Store (they discounted everything- including apostrophes, apparently.) Here’s a recent photo at Flickr.
I remember passing by the Brea Theatre a couple of times in the 1950s. From the outside it was quite unprepossessing, and I never would have guessed it had the ornate interior described above. All I recall is that it had a tiny marquee and a somewhat shabby facade.
Nick’s second link doesn’t work anymore. Here’s the photo showing Tait’s Coffee House. This photo was taken during the period when the Pantages had become Dalton’s Theatre.
Update needed, as per my comment of April 18 above. I used the Cinema Treasures e-mail contact feature to notify you about this a couple of months ago, but as of this date the Temple Theatre still hasn’t been returned from Alhambra to 9011 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780, where it belongs.
Tif: Prior to the period when Landmark ran the theatre (documented in meheuck’s comment of November 16, 2007, above) I don’t think the Vista presented any premiers- unless they were premiers of porn movies during its long years as a porn house.
I have a vague recollection of the Vista showing Russian movies during the early 1960s, but before that it was operated for ages by Fox-West Coast Theatres as a neighborhood house, and Lou Bard’s circuit which opened the theatre also operated it as a neighborhood house, unlikely to have been chosen as a venue for a big premier.
This .pdf file from the L.A. Library gives a brief history of the Vista and the Bard Circuit, though it makes no mention of any premiers.
I noticed that in a comment of May 22, 2005, above, alaskaman says that he saw the premier of Ed Wood at the Vista. That movie was released in 1994, so there may have been some other premiers after the brief period covered in meheuck’s comment.
There was a State Theatre in Hollister by 1932, when its manager, Harold Wright, was mentioned in an item in the Motion Picture Herald issue of January 16.
The California Index cites an article in the Los Angeles Times of January 27, 1929, headed “Theatre crop for 1929 grows.” The index card indicates that the Hollister theatre mentioned in the article was either named the West Coast Theatre, or was at least operated by the West Coast Circuit.
As the other theatre in Hollister (the Granada) was far smaller than the State, and West Coast Theatres built fairly large houses in the 1920s, even in small towns, the State is the more likely of the two to have been the theater built for West Coast in 1929.
Either I was blind or inattentive last time I looked for Calexico theaters in the California Index, or the Index belched, because I now see a card there citing Southwest Builder & Contractor of 3/21/1930 which reveals that John Paxton Perrine was the architect of the theatre being built for Fox West Coast on an unspecified street between Heber and Hefferman Streets in Calexico.
The Valley Theatre was mentioned, along with the Palace Theatre, in a Los Angeles Times article on March 4, 1924, headlined “Angelenos purchase El Centro theaters.”
A Southwest Builder & Contractor item of August 16, 1935, says that architect Clifford Balch was making alterations to the Valley Theatre.
This theater was designed by John Paxton Perrine, according to Southwest Builder & Contractor of July 22, 1927. West Coast Theatres had arranged to lease the house, which was to seat 1400. The article also announced that the project was to include a 1200 seat airdome theatre- a suitable arrangement for the torrid summers in the desert town of El Centro.
I also want to note that Cinema Treasures currently lists the architect as John Paxton Perine (with only one “r”), but that 90% of the references to him in the California Index spell his name Perrine, with a double r. Every other website I’ve seen his name on also spells it Perrine, as do published works featured by Google Books.
This theatre is located in the former Wilshire-Doheny Plaza (renamed 9100 Wilshire after the 1992 renovation), a major office-retail complex designed by Beverly Hills architectural firm Maxwell Starkman & Associates. Starkman was a Toronto-born architect who began his career in the office of Richard Neutra in 1950. His own company, founded a few years later, had become the fourth-largest architectural and engineering firm in the U.S. by the early 1980s. Maxwell Starkman’s last project was the Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles.
In 1978, the Doheny Plaza Theatre scheduled a British documentary film called “The Palestinian” which was produced and narrated by anti-Zionist actor Vanessa Redgrave. At 4:16 A.M. on June 15, a small bomb was detonated at the theatre, causing about $1,000 damage. After hasty repairs to the theatre, the film opened on schedule. Two men were arrested for the bombing. There’s no word on how much of an audience the movie attracted, but Jewish groups picketed the theatre.
Apparently I misspelled this theatre’s name, and the correct spelling is “Superba.”
The Superba was located in the two story building on the far corner of the intersection just right of center in this 1920 photo of Main Street. The small, free-standing building with gabled tile roof on the near corner was the Alhambra station of the Pacific Electric Railway.
Gackle is shrinking. I’m amazed that town of 290 (July 2006 estimate) manages to keep even a seasonal, part-time movie house running. But then, with a median household income of $27,500 and the median price of a house only $29,200 the residents of Gackle must have money to burn.
I have only just noticed that the L.A. Library’s photo of the Dome Theatre (featured in reduced size at the top of Cinema Treasures' Fox Dome Theatre page shows the marquee of the Rosemary Theatre, but above the marquee is the name Dome Orpheum, using the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit’s standard script lettering. The Fox Rosemary must have had Orpheum Vaudeville in its early days. In any case, Dome Orpheum Theatre might have been an aka for the place around the mid-late 1920s. Can anybody dig up a period newspaper ad or something to confirm this?
In Los Angeles you could pick up a modest house in a marginal neighborhood for $675,000. Or if you already have one, sell it and buy a 1600 seat movie palace with ballroom.
But judging from the Wikimedia Commons photo, the Temple building doesn’t have much in the way of other uses to provide revenue- it looks like one little retail store and no offices or apartments to rent out. Whoever buys it will have to make it pay as an entertainment venue- unless they’re stinking rich and they intend to use it as a pied-a-terre for weekends in town, or something of the sort.
“…seeking entitlement….”: My guess would be that it just means they’re trying to get permission from the city. Completing the original design, which was to include a height limit (150') office building, would probably require some sort of special permit, given that the building as it exists has official landmark status.
To my ear, the phrase reeks of developer pretentiousness, though. Why can’t they just say seeking permission? Developers ought to run the jargon that comes out of their marketing departments past English teachers, so they’ll sound less pompous and self-aggrandizing.
Still, I’d have no objection to seeing the building completed as Priteca originally designed it. If adding office space brings in more revenue for the owners, then the theatre, too, will benefit.
The L.A. Times carried an illustrated article about the Pantages headed “Theater, skyscraper announced” on December 23, 1928, according to this card in the California Index. Maybe somebody could get Larry Harnisch to dig it up and post it in the Daily Mirror weblog?
The website of Partners in Architecture, the firm that designed this cinema, features a photo showing the gold sunburst on the lobby ceiling, reminiscent of the sunbursts above the prosceniums of several 1920s Egyptian-style theatres. (Click on “Portfolio” and then “Theaters” to fetch the photo web page.)
This web page has a couple of photos from the Cinemark era showing the bland exterior .
Here are photos of the Cinemark 16.
A neighborhood Discovery Tours guidebook published in 2002 by the City of San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs has the following to say about the Cameo:[quote]“One of the focal points of the old St. Paulâ€™s Square area was the Cameo theater, the first
white-owned theater to open its doors to African Americans in San Antonio. Since 1919, the walls of the Cameo have heard every sound from the notes of Count Basie, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, to the dialogue of Native Son, the sermonâ€™s of Rev. Claude Black, to wailing 1980s heavy metal and to the now current silence before a hoped-for revival”[/quote]The Bexar County Appraisal District gives the same 1940 construction date for this building that the Cameo website gives. Was there an earlier Cameo Theatre at the same location? Or was the 1940 construction actually one of those renovations so extensive that it reset the construction date? Or was the Office of Cultural Affairs guidebook just wrong?
A .pdf of the guidebook is available online here (there are no illustrations, alas.) The section about the Cameo is on page 12.
This theatre is listed in the “Career Achievements” section of a web page about architect Linda Bernauer, an associate of HOK Architects.
This is a multi-screen theatre. This article from the time of construction told of six screens, plus two screening rooms which could accommodate up to 50 patrons. Total seating was to be 1100. This LoopNet listing of the property describes it as having eight screens, but gives seating capacity as approximately 980. Architect was a Dallas firm, Hodges & Associates.
Here’s an article from about the time of the opening, with photos.
Designed by the Dallas-based firm Partners in Architecture.