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DavidZornig commented about Loew's New York Theatre and Roof on Nov 27, 2008 at 7:17 am

Thanks. I originally inquired on this page just because both are situated in New York.
I guess it’s sheer coincidence that the Loew’s was built by the father of he who built Hammerstein’s Theatre to honor him. The latter now being the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

Also a coincidence that both theatre’s failed under the family ownership not long after opening. The second due to the depression.
They were apparently mere blocks away from each other geographically.
1516 for Loew’s, versus 1697 for Hammerstein’s.
Thanks for the info & link.

DavidZornig commented about Galax Theater on Nov 27, 2008 at 6:49 am

Any idea what the other theatre is pictured one door away in photo4?
The one showing the Nelson Eddy film?
It has “STR” at the start of it’s marquee name.

I checked all the Strand’s listed on CT, and then theatres in Birmingham AL. But only the Ritz comes close to a Birmingham address on 2nd Avenue. Thanks.

DavidZornig commented about Bucyrus Theater on Nov 26, 2008 at 6:34 pm

The offset name on the painted marquee sure looks out of place. Was it always called the Bucyrus? Any clue as to the origin of that name?

Wonder if any older photos exist that show the marquee in some earlier incarnations. It looks as if it was built for a more stately moniker.

DavidZornig commented about New 400 Theaters on Nov 26, 2008 at 6:23 pm

And they have first run films!
What a comeback.
Cheers to them!

DavidZornig commented about Loew's New York Theatre and Roof on Nov 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Thanks CWalczak, will do.

DavidZornig commented about Loew's New York Theatre and Roof on Nov 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm

What was the original name of what is now The Ed Sullivan Theatre where Letterman tapes out of?
Was it ever a movie theatre, and how is it listed on CT? Thanks.

DavidZornig commented about Evanston 5 Theaters on Nov 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I wonder if they still owned the land after selling the theatre in 47. Another piece of property they didn't have to pay taxes on. I think it was the Evanston Mayor or someone in85 who suggested NU could pay $5 per student/per semester tax or so to pick up the slack that was begining to burden Evanston homeowners. It never happened.

DavidZornig commented about Sheridan Theatre on Nov 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Ah, BERLITZ. I did recall it right on 8/22. I remember often seeing their bright, vertical neon from the “L” in the `70’s. Ironic that it went from being a bar to a clinic.

DavidZornig commented about Biltmore Theatre on Nov 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I just remembered why I was over by The Alameda for extended periods of time `91. I helped a friend rebuild some of the neon at the Rainbo Room.
Added some vandal proofing as well.
We parked the van by the Alameda often.
Those multiple 2x4 props under the marquee were scar-y.

DavidZornig commented about Congress Theater on Nov 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Yes, you got me, I do agree. I guess the State St. elevation just turned my stomach so bad, that I wanted to throw the baby out with the bath water.
Even the shorter building next door to the North is a basically a prop front.
Illuminated window boxes where Dr. Wax Records or whatever used to be.

Thanks for educating me on some of landmark status' angles. What I heard on CVS was they were fully expecting a new structure at first. Then the powers that be informed the building’s actual owner (CVS is a tenant), that the building must remain. CVS then reluctantly agreed to the conversion.
They should have just gone over to the 17 year vacant-S/E corner, which already looked like a drug store. Now a Bank of America.

The heights of the old Hotsie and apartment building to the East consequently had to be rebuilt as was by CVS.
Hence the differing heights.

The Congress has hope, but is in bad need of some cosmetic TLC.
I understand why they removed the seats, but it cost them the “new” roller derby in the process.

The biggest, costliest thing about these old palaces, is heating them in the winter. And keeping a roof and the brickwork watertight.

DavidZornig commented about Congress Theater on Nov 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Greetings BWChicago. I’ll gladly admit that I probably know next to nothing, on how the landmarking is supposed to or does work.
After surviving Ald. Natarus for over 30 years in my old ward, I only know how I would have “liked” landmarking to work.
Given everything classic that was taken down on the Near North side over the years,
landmark status sadly always seemed like a last resort that ended up not protecting anything enough anyway.

I do know though that most owners are resistant to landmark status. Because of the limitations it puts them under on how they can ever remodel in the future. However as we’ve learned in some cases though, even that status is so loose that sometimes all they need do is preserve the facade.
Even a “National Register of Historic Places” status doesn’t really protect a building in Chicago. I’ll await to see what happens to Pearson St.(Hair Loft) by Loyola.

Sometimes even an opposite “preservation overkill” is applied. Building’s that even I agree should have come down, but instead were poorly rebuilt to remain “preserved”.
The CVS at State & Division is a perfect example. They simply tore down everything except the outsides walls of it, and it’s Northbound neighbor. Then they built the CVS inside of it all. Even the upstairs in fake. A backlit hollow space over two stories tall inside. They blasted a blank brown sign right through an old concrete morter & pestal motif on the State St. side. Ironically it was originally a drug store. Then they hacked off brick work from where a door used to be, and left it that way.
Truly an eyesore “after” preservation.

I guess my interpretation of how landmarking “should” work, is that a protected building is just that.
And that only plumbing, HVAC, electric & the roof would be capable of being updated. But in a case of say the Esquire, I would have been happy if they rebuilt the interior however was needed to make it workable. Since it was already gutted when it was multi-plexed. Aty least we’d get to keep the art deco exterior & marquee.

DavidZornig commented about Colonial Theatre on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

Greetings Mpol. I posted my recollection to one of the Canadian theatres listed on CT. In hopes someone might also recall the ban I referred to.

Since our experience was in 1967, and the fire that drove the ban was recent as of then, it would have occurred after your above timeline of late 50's/early60’s. Also we were 7 & 11, and not teenagers.

My mother also recalled our Canadian encounter when I asked. Because it reminded her of a similar experience she, her mother & small brothers had at the Gold Coast(Village Theatre) at Clark & North in Chicago, in the `40’s.
Though a fire was not the reason there or then. The Gold Coast at one time just didn’t admit children to anything.

Hopefully someone will recall the Canadian theatre where the fire took place, and the subsequent ban that followed.
For how long it remained in effect, and if it was isolated to Montreal would be helpful to know too.

DavidZornig commented about State-Lake Theater on Nov 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I just noticed a bit of a trend, that mught have been signaled by the introduction of the VCR. If you look at JRS40’s movie list from 4/28/07, basically after “Apocolypse Now” (fitting), The State Lake must have began struggling to keep an audience. As most of everything after that, was there for less than a month.

DavidZornig commented about Adonis Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Ha. In the words of the Tivoli backwards: ILOVIT.

DavidZornig commented about Texas Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm

P.S. In comparing the various photos posted to CT, the extention tower coming off of the roof that supports the “T” & “E” sign portion, has been removed in stages.
First the old gazebo like structure from the very top was removed. Then the square box like support for the gazebo & the top two letters.

The 2007 photo shows that just a flat, upward support has been installed, so the top of the word TEXAS could be supported alone. I only looked back at these because the piece had a full tower as support.

DavidZornig commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I guess I shouldn’t talk. We were regulars at the midnight double features at Chicago’s Playboy (later Sandburg) Theatre, when we were all of 12-13 years old.
Also once saw Jerry Vale at the Empire Room well past 10pm, when I was 10 myself.

DavidZornig commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I’m amazed that only 15 of the 58 theatres listed under Montreal, are still open.

I wonder if anyone from Canada can confirm, if there was a Canada wide ban on children from movie theatres back in the 1960’s.
While we visited Expo`67, my family & I tried to go out to the movies.
We were told at several theatres, that children were not allowed in any theatres no matter what film was playing.
Due to a terrible theatre fire not too long before that. One where the children had to be identified by their families after being layed out in the street.

DavidZornig commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Nice pic. Spike Jones Live.
It’s five minutes to ten though, what are those two little kids doin' out?

DavidZornig commented about Texas Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Just saw a 3 minute piece about the Kennedy Assassination.

The old black & white footage used in the establishing shot of the Texas Theater (Oswald’s point of capture), showed “Richard Burton’s HAMLET” on the marquee. According to IMDB and a subsequent review, this version came out in 1964. And was “essentially a videotape of a Broadway performance”. Which Burton allegedly ordered all copies destoyed after a limited theatrical run. (So it’s apparently tough to find.)

Two things of note, whoever shot that B/W Texas Theater B-Roll way back when for whatever original Kennedy piece, obviously did it the following year.

Secondly, since Burton’s HAMLET was indeed a taped Broadway performance, it was likely re-dubbed to film in order to play at movie theaters. Since it’s unlikely however many theaters it ended up playing it’s limited run at, would pay the added cost to switch out projection equipment just to play one feature.
Especially since it was likely originally shot/stored on 2-inch videotape or whatever was the norm back then for the original remote shoot.

DavidZornig commented about Academy Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:31 pm

I was a the Genesee Theatre a few years ago. I think the former site of the Academy Theatre ended up just becoming a multi level parking garage.
I don’t remember a steak house or anything else. Unless it was kitty corner from the Genesee, and not directly across the street from it.
I seem to remember taking pictures of the Genesee marquee from the 3rd level of that parking garage. This was maybe 2006 or so.
My full Genesee experience that night is on the Genesee CT page.

DavidZornig commented about Claremont Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:52 am

There was also some type of theatre building just a bit further West on Belmont on the North Side of the street. Not as far West at Clarke’s Diner.
It was torn down about 3 years ago, after standing vacant for a while. Haven’t figured out what it was called yet.

DavidZornig commented about Claremont Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:48 am

Here’s an answer that’s a little late. Yes, that location was the Guitar Center before The Alley.
The Alley was previously accessed off of what else, the alley on Belmont. West of the Dunkin Donuts parking lot.
Which I’m told you should never park in, even when you are GOING to Dunkin Donuts.
A friend of mine bought his used 12 string bass at that Guitar Center.
I think it was bi-level then, not sure about now.

DavidZornig commented about Colonial Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:17 am

Just noticed the 105th anniversary of the fire coming up in December.
And 50th for the Queen of Angels School.

There was a theatre in Montreal Canada that had a horrific fire at a children’s matinee in the early 60's. When we visited Expo67, children were still barred from most theaters. Laws were rewritten about outward opening exit doors there too. But not sure how forbidding children in the theatres was going to change anything.

DavidZornig commented about Colonial Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:10 am

Ah, thanks. I guess I got confused because I thought the Iroquois would be listed as such, because that’s what it was built as. I haven’t mastered the criteria yet on why some theatre’s get listed by their interim names.
I understand listing them by current names, but thought for recollection sake that they’d be listed for sure as their original name.
I guess that’s why there IS a “Theater Search Tool”. Thanks again.

DavidZornig commented about Colonial Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:51 am

Thanks Lost Memory for steering me in the right direction.
My grandmother told my mother that as late as the 1920’s, a woman who survived the Iroquois fire used to walk the downtown streets wearing “Widow’s Weeds”. Some type of layered black veils to hide the burns to her face.

Also apologies to whatever CT page I wrongly associated the Garrick to be the theatre that burned.