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Joe Vogel commented about Delight Theatre on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

The Delight Theatre was mentioned in the January 25, 1914, issue of The Indianapolis Star. The address 2407-09 College Avenue was listed for the Delight in 1916, and prior to that the paper just gave the location as 24th Street and College Avenue.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dalton Theater on Feb 20, 2015 at 1:51 am

I’ve finally found additional references to the J. C. Lombard Co., but the primary one is an ad for the company in the December 20, 1921, issue of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania paper The evening News, which says “[w]e make a specialty of relief ornament in plaster….”

The Lombard Co. had provided the interior plaster work for the new Regent Theatre in Harrisburg. The Regent was designed by Harrisburg architect Clayton J. Lappley. I’m still not convinced that the Lombard Company designed the Dalton Theatre, and so far John R. Forsythe remains the most likely architect for the theater. Lombard most likely supplied the ornamental plaster work for the Dalton, as they did at the Regent.

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Joe Vogel commented about Loew's Regent Theatre on Feb 20, 2015 at 1:45 am

The rebuilt Regent Theatre opened on December 21, 1921. The December 20 issue of the Harrisburg Telegraph said that the project had been designed by local architect Clayton J. Lappley.

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Joe Vogel commented about Camelot 1-2-3 on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:56 am

Linkrot repair: The 1938 Boxoffice article about the Circle Theatre can now be seen at these links:

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Joe Vogel commented about Congress Theatre on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:46 am

Linkrot repair: The before and after photos in Boxoffice of the Congress Theatre, remodeled in 1937, can now be seen at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Times Theatre on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:36 am

Linkrot repair: The January 8, 1938, Boxoffice article about the Times Theatre can now be seen at these links:

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The April 30 article is now at these links:

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Joe Vogel commented about Major Theatre on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:27 am

A photo of the lobby of the Major Theatre appears on this page of Boxoffice Magazine, January 8, 1938.

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Joe Vogel commented about Jewel Theater on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:22 am

An article about wall and floor coverings in the January 8, 1938, issue of Boxoffice featured a photo of the foyer of the Jewel Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mill Wharf Cinemas on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:16 am

Linkrot repair: The 1938 ad with a photo of the Scituate Theatre’s lobby is now here.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:04 am

Sidney S. Daniell (1889-1956) and Russell L. Beutell (1891-1943) were the principals of the firm of Daniell & Beutell.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fairfax Theatre on Feb 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

About three months after opening the Fairfax Theatre, Oscar Oldknow sold a half interest in the house to Universal, according to an item in the January 7, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News. Oldknow was a Vice President of Universal at this time. Oscar’s father, William Oldknow, had been an executive of the Universal Film Corporation in 1915, and Oscar’s son, William Oldknow II, later moved to Los Angeles and in 1949 married Constantina Skouras, niece of Fox West Coast Theatres head Charles Skouras. Oscar Oldknow himself had become associated with Fox Theatres by 1930, probably through the Fox-affiliated Lucas & Jenkins circuit which had taken over the Fairfax by that time.

The 1927 MPN item had a bit more information about Universal’s Atlanta area expansion plans:

“Universal’s Southern Theatres

“Dan Michalove Issues Statement Concerning Company’s Holdings and plans of National Theatre Supply Company. Mr. Oldknow launched and built the Fairfax Theatre in East Point some months ago and recently sold a fifty per cent interest in that house to Universal.

“Construction of a moving picture theatre in East Atlanta is in line with Universal’s plan to acquire and develop a chain of suburban houses in Atlanta. One of the company’s most recent acquisitions was a fifty per cent interest in the community theatre just being completed on Ponce de Leon Avenue near Boulevard, one of the city’s most flourishing centers. Work on the new theatre for East Atlanta will start as soon as plans now being drawn are completed.

“FOLLOWING the initial announcement issued by Dan Michalove two weeks ago, of Universal’s plan to build several community theatres in Atlanta’s most thriving suburban centers, comes a detailed statement from Mr. Michalove concerning his company’s theatre acquisition program in East Atlanta.

“According to Mr. Michalove, Universal has acquired an admirable site at 482 Flat Shoals Avenue in East Atlanta, and plans are now being drawn by Daniell and Beautell, architects, for an 800-seat house that will be built along the latest approved lines.

“Universal will erect the house in conjunction with Oscar S. Oldknow, vice-president in charge of the Southern Division.”

The house on Flat Shoals Avenue must have been the Madison Theatre. The house under construction on Ponce de Leon Avenue was most likely the DeKalb Theatre in Decatur, which opened on August 8, 1927.

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Joe Vogel commented about Sunshine Mall 5 on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

The December 13, 1977 issue of the St. Petersburg Independent had an article about the reopening of the Sunshine Mall Theatre, which was to take place the following night (scan at Google News.) The article says that the architects for the twinning were Brookbank, Murphy & Shields, but they were most likely acting as supervising architects, as the Eberson Archives list Drew Eberson as architect for the remodeling as well as the original Trans-Lux Sunshine Theatre of 1968.

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Joe Vogel commented about Georgia Twin on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Linkrot repair: The July 27, 1964, Boxoffice article wit the aerial rendering is now at this link.

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists the Georgia Theatre as a 1964-65 project designed by the architectural firm of Brookbank & Murphy, in collaboration with the Cinerama Company. The architectural firm later became Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.

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Joe Vogel commented about Village 3 Theatre on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

The Rome News-Tribune of July 31, 1963, reported that the Village Three Theatres had set its opening date as August 12 (scan at Google News.) The expansion had been accomplished by converting an existing building, formerly an A&P market, into two new auditoriums, each seating 252. The project had been designed by the Columbus, Georgia, firm of Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.

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Joe Vogel commented about Martin Cinerama on Feb 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists the Martin Cinerama Theatre in St. Louis as having been designed by the architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, & Paschal.

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Joe Vogel commented about Atlanta Theatre on Feb 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists the remodeling of the Tower Theatre for Martin Cinerama as a 1962 project. Plans were by the Atlanta architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, & Paschal.

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Joe Vogel commented about Seattle Cinerama on Feb 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists six Martin Cinerama houses, including the one in Seattle, as having been designed by the architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, & Paschal. It’s likely that Raymond H.Pack was only the local supervising architect for the project, FABRAP being located in Atlanta.

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Joe Vogel commented about Center Theatre on Feb 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

The “New Corporations” column of The National Corporation Reporter for May 13, 1915, listed: “Milliken Theater Company, Youngstown; $5,000; T. R. Milliken, J. J. Hardgrove. F. R. Eistler.” The “R” for Milliken’s middle initial was probably a mistake. A more reliable source has an “E” instead.

A death notice from October 4, 1930, appears on this page at Vindy.com, and says: “Thomas E. ‘Ed’ Milliken, 71, former sheriff of Mahoning County, dies at the home of J.J. Hardgrove, 46 Ellenwood Ave., where he had made his home for many years.”

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Joe Vogel commented about New Century Theater on Feb 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

It has been done.

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Joe Vogel commented about Avondale Theatre on Feb 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

The Oliver Theatre, operated by Henry Klinger, was the subject of an article in the December 4, 1912, issue of Tonawanda’s local paper, The Evening News Klinger had received a rebate on the taxes for the theater after claiming that the assessment for the year 1911 had been erroneous.

Klinger operated the house until at lest 1915, when he became the first person to exhibit movies on Sunday in North Tonawanda, according to an item in the August 21 issue of The Moving Picture World. He later sold the house to Snyder and Zimmerman of Buffalo, but repurchased it from them in July, 1921, when the July 21 issue of The New York Clipper reported that he planned to remodel the theater and increase its seating capacity.

In January, 1922, The American Organist reported that the Avondale Theatre in North Tonawanda had anew Wurlitzer organ. No details about the instrument were given.

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Joe Vogel commented about New Century Theater on Feb 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

robboehm: There were actually two movie houses called the Elite in San Francisco around 1916. The one that isn’t listed here was on Market Street opposite Seventh Street. The other was the house in Presidio Heights that is now called the Vogue. Our page for the Vogue is currently missing the aka.

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Joe Vogel commented about Vogue Theatre on Feb 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

The history page of the Vogue’s web site says that the house opened in 1910 as the Elite Theatre and was known as the Rex Theatre before becoming the Vogue in 1939.

San Francisco Theaters, Cinemas, Dancehalls, after 1906 lists 3290 Sacramento Street as the home of the Elite Theatre from 1912-1919, the Rex Theatre from 1919-1927, the Plaza Theatre from 1927-1939, the United Artists Vogue From 1939 to an unlisted date, and simply the Vogue Theater in 1982.

Around 1916 there was an Elite Theatre on Market Street opposite 7th in downtown San Francisco, so the two Elites must have overlapped for some time. The post-1906 web page doesn’t list the Market Street Elite Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mozart Theatre on Feb 17, 2015 at 4:49 am

Construction was about to begin on the Mozart Theatre when the Elmira Star-Gazette published an article about the project in its issue of April 8, 1908, which can be read in this PDF of the paper’s second page. The architect of the Mozart Theatre was Albert E. Westover (though the article mistakenly gives him the middle initial C instead of E.)

The December 19, 1908, issue of The Billboard noted that the Mozart Theatre in Elmira had opened on November 23.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lucille Ball Little Theatre on Feb 17, 2015 at 4:30 am

When Shea’s Theatre was extensively rebuilt in 1927, the architect for the project was Victor A. Rigaumont. This PDF of a page from the November 1 issue of the Jamestown Evening Journal has an illustration of the auditorium and a few paragraphs about Rigaumont.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Feb 17, 2015 at 4:00 am

The Strand suffered a major fire in 1942. This PDF of a page from the February 14, 1942, issue of The Times Record of Troy, New York, has a photo. The theater’s marquee fell off.