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MrDJDude commented about Dedham Drive-In on Jan 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

It’s underneath what’s now Legacy Plaza. The old Showcase Cinema, now the Showcase Cinema de Lux at Legacy Place, was built on top of it(or the parking lot was, at least).

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MrDJDude commented about North Adams Garden Movie Plex 8 on Nov 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm

True, Roger, this theater was never named “North Adams Cinema 6”. But they are basically one and the same – Cinema North simply moved to this location and expanded operations.

The North Adams Cinema 6 was on Curran Highway, in a strip mall building that was shut down by the Board Of Health who evicted the tenants and condemned the buildings. Those tenants include the cinema, Gringo’s Restaurant, a yarn outlet, and a few other small local businesses. But I digress.

Too bad about Cinema North. But I’m glad to hear the theater will get another shot.

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MrDJDude commented about Princess Theater on Nov 18, 2009 at 4:03 pm

This one is still standing, but the marquee is gone and building appears to be empty. You’d only know this was a theater if you had prior knowledge or someone told you.

To find it on Google Maps Street View, find Sommer’s Bar. The storefront in between the bar and Frameworks Plus was the theater.

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MrDJDude commented about Wollaston Theatre on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This article appeared in today’s Patriot Ledger. One has to wonder what’s going on with Streetworks. I hope things don’t take an ugly turn over the course of the next year.

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MrDJDude commented about Orpheum Theater on Nov 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

This theatre is long gone, so change it to “closed/demolished”. The area has been almost completely redeveloped.

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MrDJDude commented about Lyon's State Theatre on Oct 31, 2009 at 1:53 am

Following up with ghamilton’s post, the building appears to still be doing just that. It looks like it was repurposed at some recent point, from what the marquee looks like in the Google Maps street view. However, it appears to be closed and abandoned at present.

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MrDJDude commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Having taken another look, I realize I was going in the wrong direction. Thanks to Mike Rogers for pointing out my

There is a small storefront at what Google Maps says is 787 Broad Street, but is probably in actuality 767 Broad Street. I suspect this was the entrance to the Rialto once upon a time. If you look down the street to your right(photo’s left), you see the Imperial Theatre, and to your left(photo’s right), the former Modjeska Theatre.

It appears the auditorium has been demolished, and is now parking.

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MrDJDude commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

After looking at Bing and Google Maps, I can conclude that this theater was either in the News Building, or it’s entrance was the small facade to the News Building’s right(viewer’s left). Whether or not the auditorium is still around is an entirely different question.

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MrDJDude commented about Ritz Theater on Sep 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

After doing some more exploring, I was off on the address myself. I still say it’s not 117 North Military. The only thing in that area in the Baxter Springs High School, and residential roads.

It is also not 1145, which was the flower shop at one point, and possilby the New Baxter as well as the original location of the Blue Castle Restaurant, as mentioned in the article I forgot to link .

THIS theater, the Ritz, appears to have been at 1190 Military Avenue. If you Google Map that, the building before you is the former Blue Castle Restaraunt, as confirmed by the pictures on this page (search for “Baxter” on the page"). This was the Ritz Theater, and the the Blue Castle Restaurant. It’s now boarded up and disused.

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MrDJDude commented about Ritz Theater on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

The address given here is incorrect. The actual address for the Ritz building is 1145 Military Avenue.

According to this article, the last use was as a florist’s shop. Looking at Google Maps, I believe it might have been one of the now-empty store fronts to the left of the appliance/furniture store.

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MrDJDude commented about Zap Theater on Sep 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

That’s the one, ken mc, yes. And that was supposed to say, “the address GIVEN FOR the Zap Theater…”.

Joe, I think we were working on our posts at the same time. If I’d seen yours, I would not have posted mine. Sorry!

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MrDJDude commented about Zap Theater on Sep 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm

According to this issue of Box Office from August 13, 1955, the Zap Theater was located in the Zap Community Hall. It apparently was under a new operator, Norman Beck, thus the small blurb. He had a one year contract to show movies two nights a week. The lease on the building had a provision to continue if both parties were satisfied. I’m guessing one of them was not.

Looking at Google Maps, the structure at 200 Main Street, the address the Zap Community Hall, looks like it could be it.

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MrDJDude commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Ignore my first comment. What I was looking at was Fox Theatre nearby. I was mistaken, and apologize for being completely off bsae.

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MrDJDude commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

After studying map views and looking at the post card, the windowless structure that Jeff Chapman points out is almost certainly the auditorium of the Paramount. The entrance on Main Street, I THINK, is the facade with the crucifix hanging it. It has a similar appearance to the exterior of the “auditorium”. It also appears to be used for religious functions now.

Look closely, and see what you think.

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MrDJDude commented about Lancaster Cinemas on Sep 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Well, maybe not. Either it’s been torn down and the Dollar General is a new building, or Dollar General gutted the cinema building and repurposed it. I can’t really tell, so I guess the “closed” status stays. Anyone able to help here?

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MrDJDude commented about Lancaster Cinemas on Sep 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Based on the fact that this address now belongs to a Dollar General discount store, it’s probably safe to mark this one ‘Demolished’.

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MrDJDude commented about Bronco Drive-In on Sep 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm

There’s also a swap meet on the site, as well.

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MrDJDude commented about Bronco Drive-In on Sep 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm

This one is demolished, and the Bronco Dance Hall stands on it’s site. However, the old marquee remains – and what a marquee it was. Full horses head with a sign beneath it. Search for the address in Google Maps – you can’t miss it.

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MrDJDude commented about Madison Theater on Aug 31, 2009 at 12:24 am

This one is still standing, but it’s been repurposed. The marquee is still hanging, but a sign tied to it under the “Madison” lettering says “Coffeehouse and Flea Market”. Use should be changed accordingly.

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MrDJDude commented about Capri Theater on Aug 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

This one is still standing. If you look up the address on Google Maps, it maps to South East Street, just before it intersects with East Main Street. Look at the Street View for the intersection of East Main & South East Streets; the Capri is to your right, on the corner. Appears to be boarded up and long forgotten.

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MrDJDude commented about Todd Theatre on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm

One of two things has happened, based on comparison of the pictures:

(1) This is the same building, but the auditorium was razed and parking was put in it’s place. The entrance is also now a few doors down, as they apparently have taken over the two storefronts that were there. I think this is what happened.

(2) This is an entirely new building. That seems unlikely.

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MrDJDude commented about Greendale Theatre on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Ron,

I think this may actually have been on BARBER AVENUE, which is in the Greendale neighborhood and does exist.

Both yourself and Ron Newman always say that the MGM Theater Reports are notoriusly error-ridden and hard to read. I think this is one of those cases. Unfortunately, if it was there, it’s long gone. However, looking at the aerial on Google Maps, it looks very plausible that there was a theater there – the location, at least, makes sense. But I could be wrong. And there seems to be little information on this theater.

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MrDJDude commented about Strand Theatre on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

According to this website, the Strand Condos are on the land that was the site of the Strand Theatre.

Also, if you look at the slideshow, there is a photo showing what looks like it could have been part of the old building. More specifically, it looks like a stone with the words “Strand” engraved on it was saved and laid in the floor at the entrance to the complex. I am not sure is this was from the walk in front of the building, or from the building it self, or neither. Purely speculating.

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MrDJDude commented about Capitol Theater on Aug 9, 2009 at 1:26 am

Whatever’s there, this it isn’t. According to research done by the UNC Library, the address of the Capitol was 124-126 W. Martin
Raleigh, NC. If you map that on Google…there’s nothing in that area that remotely resembles a theater, looking at the street view. I’d say it’s gone.

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MrDJDude commented about Avon Theater on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Here is a 1969 photo showing the neighboring ice cream shop and what used to be the lobby entrance to the Avon Theater. It was being used for retail, specifically a camera shop.

It seems unlikely that this building is still standing. Fulton went through a massive urban renewal phase in the 1970’s. If the business in the lobby was gone or moved elsewhere, this building was almost certainly a target. At the very least, the auditorium was likely demolished.

The link above contains thousands of photos of Fulton, NY. These include photos taken during the ‘70s when the city began knocking down buildings all over and redeveloping them. I could not tell if this was one of those buildings…but the likelyhood is high. Also, looking at the area Google maps to, there is an empty gap between two buildings on this section of Cayuga Street. It’s possible this is the footprint of the Avon Theater, but I am unable to find concrete proof.

This is a case where we need some local help, I think. ;)