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Joe Vogel commented about Romance Theater on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

This undated photo shows the house as the Columbia Theatre. All the cars parked along the street appear to be from the 1910s or early 1920s.

The July 20, 1918, issue of Exhibitors Herald mentions the Rex Theatre in Rexburg, and the September 7, 1918, issue of the same publication mentions the Columbia Theatre, so the name change took place between those dates. I’ve found no later references to the Columbia, but the next reference to the Rex I’ve found is from 1925, so the name had been changed back by then.

The 1935 FDY still lists the Rex Theatre, but the 1936 FDY lists the Romance Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elk Theatre on Oct 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

The September 22, 1920, issue of The Film Daily noted that the Elk Theatre in Rexburg was operated by the Swanson Theatre Circuit.

Rexburg, by Lowell J. and Mardi J. Parkinson, says that the Hotel Lincoln and Elk Theatre were built in 1915. There’s a photo from around 1950 on page 61 (Google Books preview) and an older photo on page 41. The caption of the older photo says the building was demolished in 1963.

The Rexburg Historical Society provides this undated photo showing what appears to be the cast of an amateur theatrical posed on the stage of the Elk Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Kiva Theatre on Oct 15, 2014 at 9:18 am

Here is a brief item from the July 14, 1933, issue of The Film Daily: “Greeley, Colo. — Westland Theaters has opened the 508-seat Kiva, a new house.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

An item datelined Logansport in the December 1, 1917, issue of The Moving Picture World says: “Frank Robinson has leased the Nelson theater and renamed it the Majestic.” A longer item appeared in the December 8 issue of the same journal:

“Majestic Reopens to Crowds.

“Logansport. Ind. — The Majestic theater, formerly known as the Nelson, which has been closed for the last few weeks, undergoing a thorough renovation and redecorating, was reopened Monday. November 12, and was crowded at all three shows. The interior of the place has been prettily decorated, a new screen installed and several other features added for the convenience of the patrons.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Vogue Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

Comparing the vintage photo with modern Google street view, I suspect that the Vogue Theatre was in the building at the northeast corner of 102 avenue and 12 street which is now occupied by a gym called Gridiron Fitness Centre (1148 102 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2C1. Street View.) The theater’s Streamline Modern front has been covered with what looks like an aluminum skin, but the alley side of the building still has a pair of theater-type exit doors.

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Joe Vogel commented about Vogue Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

The web page British Columbia Movie Theatres includes theaters from other parts of western Canada, but all it has to say about the Vogue Theatre in Dawson Creek is that it was in operation in 1949 and had 449 seats.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paradise Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

Paonia had a movie theater at least as early as 1916, when the town, but not the name of its theater, was mentioned in the January 22 issue of The Moving Picture World. The item said that the house suffered poor business when the roads were bad, but prospered when farmers from the surrounding area could get into town.

This article from the September 10th, 2014, issue of The North Fork Merchant Herald gives a few facts about the Paradise Theatre on the occasion of its 86th anniversary and reopening under the control of the non-profit organization Friends of the Paradise Theatre. The house had been renovated and digital projection equipment had been installed.

The Paonia Theatre was built by Tom Poulos (thus the name on the facade above the marquee) and opened on October 5, 1928. The 86th anniversary was commemorated on October 4, 2014, with a showing of Cinema Paradiso.

For those who might be interested, Tom Poulos wrote several capsule movie reviews for the “What the Picture Did for Me” column of the Motion Picture Herald, September 4, 1943. Four are on page 66, and three on page 68 (scroll down.) An additional review can be found on page 40of the September 11 issue.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paradise Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 9:49 am

The Paradise has a new web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Newmanstown Theater on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

The Newmanstown Theatre page at CinemaTour says that the theater closed in the early 1970s, and a 1973 fire led to the demolition of the second floor and the conversion of the first floor to the social club.

One of the three photos on the tour shows the back of the Newmanstown Theatre. Near each end of the back wall is evidence of two old windows that have been bricked in. The original brick arch above each is visible. Such arched windows are not at all characteristic of construction in the 1970s. The building has to be older, and the walls, at least, probably do remain from the old Lyric/Joy Theatre.

Prior to the fire, an article in the September 30, 1972, issue of the Lebanon Daily News said that the building then housing the Joy Theatre had been built by the Newmanstown Fire Company, and was dedicated on May 16, 1917, but that the part of the building that contained a theater was opened to the public on April 28, 1923. For many years the theater was operated by a non-profit, volunteer theater committee (I presume this was after the Rubinsky chain gave the house up,) but that the theater closed in 1969. In 1971 it was rented and reopened by a private company, which was apparently still operating the house in 1972.

It also says that a new engine house was added in 1949 and the Joy Theatre was renovated at the same time. The latest mention of the Lyric Theatre I’ve found is from 1948. The June 30, 1950, issue of the Daily News ran an article about the dedication of the Newmanstown Volunteer Fire Department’s new station and the opening of the newly renovated Joy Theatre. Until the 1973 fire, the second floor housed a dance hall. The Joy building itself had space housing two fire engines, so it’s a bit ironic that it lost its second floor to a fire.

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Joe Vogel commented about Liberty Theatre on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The 1921 Wid’s Year Book lists the Liberty and Star Theatres in New Kensington among the ten theaters then being operated by Rowland & Clark.

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Joe Vogel commented about Leonia Theatre on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

This photo depicts the auditorium of the Leonia Theatre after it had been converted into the Humming Wheels Arena skating rink.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theater on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm

The New Rialto Theatre at 3rd and Harris Streets first appears in advertisements in the Harrisburg Evening News in the summer of 1922. The Rialto is not listed in the 1922 city directory, but a house called the Family Theatre is listed at 3rd and Harris Streets. Ads for the Family Theatre end in 1922. I suspect that Bruce Calvert (previous comment) was on the right track, and the Family was the same house that was later the Rialto.

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Joe Vogel commented about Broad Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

The Broad Theatre was listed in the 1922 Harrisburg city directory.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The Grand Theatre was listed in the 1922 Harrisburg city directory.

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Joe Vogel commented about National Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The National Theatre was listed at 1816 N. 6th Street in the 1922 Harrisburg city directory.

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Joe Vogel commented about Hill Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

The February 19, 1947, issue of the Harrisburg Evening News said that Harry Chertcoff’s new Hill Theatre in Camp Hill would open that night. The Hill Theatre was designed by architect William Lynch Murray.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The Strand Theatre in Steelton was in operation by 1924, when it was bought by Charles E. Newbaker, according to an item in the October 27, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News. It said that Newbaker had owned the Strand and the older and smaller Standard Theatre, the first movie house in Steelton, for about three years.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elton Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

The historic address of the Elton Theatre was 428 N. Front Street (from a courtesy ad in the 1958 Steelton-Highspire High School yearbook,) but I think the theater must have been in the large brick building that now uses the address 448 N. Front. The entrance has been bricked up, and the current use is industrial.

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Joe Vogel commented about Colonial Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

The Colonial Theatre that burned in 1938 was the second house on the site. The story of the unusual method of replacing the original 1909 theater is told in this brief article from Motion Picture News of October 14, 1927:

“Old House Operated While New One Builds

“A construction feat has just been accomplished at Thirty-ninth Street and Woodland Avenue, Kansas City; where a new and larger motion picture theatre has been erected over an old one without discontinuing operation of the theatre for a single night. The construction work was in progress more than twenty-two weeks. The new theatre structure of the new Colonial Theatre, of which H. H. Barrett is manager, is higher and occupies twelve additional feet of ground on either side of the old building, which had stood there since 1909 and was erected while the latter was still standing.

“When the new building was completed the old one was removed from within, bit by bit, up until the formal opening of the new theatre this week. The seating capacity of 660 persons has been doubled through the addition of a balcony and the additional width on each side.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Avaloe Theater on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The “Chicago” column of the October 7, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News had this brief item about the Maplewood Theatre. The impending name change was not mentioned:

“I. Brotman plans to reopen the Maplewood Theatre, 2811 Diversey on November 1st. This house has been practically rebuilt, and offers the neighborhood a de luxe, up-to-date theatre of thirteen hundred seats. Mr. Brotman also owns and operates the Clybourn Theatre.”
There might have been some delay in completing the project, or the name might have been changed to the Avaloe some time after the house had reopened, as the opening of the Avaloe Theatre was mentioned in the March 23, 1928, issue of The Film Daily.

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Joe Vogel commented about Clybourn Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

An item in the October 7, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News said that I. Brotman was the owner of the Clybourn Theatre. Brotman’s son, Oscar, went on to have a long career in exhibition, operating several notable Chicago theaters.

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Joe Vogel commented about Bay Theater on Oct 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

There were two houses called the Bay Theatre in the Panama City area. The first was a small house that was being operated by J. E. Church at the time Martin Theatres bought out Church in the early 1930s. The original Bay Theatre was subsequently closed.

Martin later built the second Bay Theatre, which was located at Highway 98 and Wewahitchka Road (now E. 3rd Street) in Springfield, Florida. Although Springfield is a separate city, everything in it, including the city’s offices, has a Panama City address. Construction was begun on the second Bay Theatre in early 1942, but wartime material restrictions delayed its completion.

The second Bay Theatre advertised in the December 30, 1957, issue of the Panama City News, but I can’t find any later ads. For at least a year prior to that the house had most often shown double features of older movies, with the program changing three times a week, so it was apparently surviving as a revival house with occasional double features of exploitation movies.

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Joe Vogel commented about Courtyard Cinema on Oct 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

WaterWinterWonderland has another photo of the theater entrance on its Courtyard Cinema page. There is also a shot of the freestanding attraction board at the street, which says “Courtyards Cinema 5” on it, so that must be its actual name though all the Internet says just Courtyard Cinema.

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Joe Vogel commented about Panama Theater on Oct 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

The July 11, 1925, issue of Motion Picture News mentioned Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Atkinson, operators of the Panama Theatre in Panama City, Florida.

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Joe Vogel commented about Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Tift Theatre bears a strong resemblance to the Martin Theatre (formerly the Ritz) in Panama City, Florida, which was opened in 1936.