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richardg commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 16, 2005 at 6:57 pm

Hi Jacker, the Community theatre is actully in Catskill, N.Y. I usually stay in Cairo (just a few miles away) and wrongly listed the theatre’s location in the above comment. I don’t know if the Community theatre is still for sale. You might try calling some of the realtors in Catskill. I doubt the Orpheum theatre is for sale (it’s a money maker) but then the owner is a senior and might want to retire. You might want to persue it further. A lot can change in 3 years which is when I last talked to the owner.

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richardg commented about State Theatre on May 13, 2005 at 7:37 pm

I saw this theatre from the outside in 1988 and 17 years later finally saw the inside. The huge balcony and connected loge seat 900 people — just a few shy of the main floor seating capacity. This production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” wasn’t so great but the theatre was. The crystal chandelier in the auditorium is magnificent and the smaller matching one in the balcony area is also breath-taking.
Today, the State seats a total of 1850. The train ride from Manhattan to New Brunswick is only 50 minutes and well worth the trip. Hope you’ll make the effort to see this one.

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richardg commented about Fleischmanns Theater on May 13, 2005 at 6:53 pm

As a self appointed real estate appraiser I suggest that before you buy the Fleischmann’s theatre you go look at the Community theatre in the town of Catskill, N.Y. It was for sale two years ago and might still be. The town has a population base of several times that of Fleischmann and is not too far from Fleischmann. The theatre has been twinned at the balcony and it has a lovely marquee. It has more than double the seating capacity of the the Fleischmann’s theatre. There are several store fronts and second floor offices in the theatre building complex. Oh yes, the town has had sewers for many years. The theatre was and maybe is still owned by the people who own the successful Orpheum theatre in Saugerties, N.Y. Sorry, I can’t remember the asking price but it was close to $450,000.00 Just a comment from an amateur real estate appraiser who has visited probably 700 or 800 theatres and as well personally investigated probably 40 or more that were for sale.

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richardg commented about Palace Theatre on May 12, 2005 at 4:41 pm

Have a good time in western N.Y. If you get to Batavia check out the Mancusso (sp?). Dipson sold it to a church a few years ago for big bucks. The church left pretty much everything intact and it’s lovely. Probably best to go on Sunday though, so you’ll be able to get inside.

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richardg commented about Fleischmanns Theater on May 12, 2005 at 4:25 pm

I saw this theatre in 2002 and 2003 and I predict that at $445,000.00, this theatre will still be for sale many years from now. The only motel was converted into condo’s so I don’t think one could count on too many tourist’s admissions.

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richardg commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on May 11, 2005 at 5:36 pm

I just saw “Chase” in auditorium #1. Although the theatre doesn’t have stadium seating, the floor pitch is steep enough that the person in front of you would have to be an NBA player before your view would even begin to be obstructed. Its total seating capacity of 850 is impressive by today’s standards and the always open balcony is another nice touch. The balcony seats, I believe, 400 patrons. The curtained screen is also another nice touch. They’ve tried to incorporated some of the great features of the older theatres and I’m not sure they succeeded but it’s still a nice theatre in which to see a movie. The screen must be approximately 50 ft. wide. Two native New Yorker musicians whom I talked to after the movie stated they felt this auditorium (number 1) had “the best acoustics of any movie theatre in Manhattan”.

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richardg commented about Shea's Seneca Theater on May 1, 2005 at 12:46 pm

Yes, the theatre to which I was referring was the Shea’s Seneca. The auditorium portion was demolished but the theatre’s entry facade and vast lobby are still standing. If you didn’t have any previous knowledge of the theatre, one could {as I did} easily mistake the vast remaining lobby portion as a complete theatre. The lobby portion is now used as a warehouse by the discount store at the other end of the complex. This person might own the entire complex. The back door of the loading dock of the lobby area was open when I walked by. A worker loading a truck would not let me in to look around but stated the owner would if he was there. I could see that much of the moulded plater still remains in various stages of condition. There is another building just a few doors south of the Shea’s which looks like it could have been a theatre also. All the locals seemed to think there was a theatre there but nobody could remember its name. It supposedly closed prior to the Shea’s Seneca. Maybe, T.J. can shed some light.
Ken, I have some pictures of the exterior as it stands today. Would you like me to email them to you.

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richardg commented about Jax Jr. Cinema on Apr 26, 2005 at 7:08 pm

The impressive marquee that you see here is after $40,000. was spent redoing it just last year. I think I have pictures of the marquee from three years ago. Although the present marquee is quite spectacular, I felt the previous design was even more spectacular. If I ever get my photos on line, everyone can decide for themselves. All the border incandescent bulbs were replaced with more neon. Perhaps someone got tired of replacing the bulbs or does neon use less electricity? Anyway, the theatre is kept spotless and the manager, Gord, will be happy to answer all you questions about the theatre. Despite having smallish screens (can’t be avoided when you take a small theatre and split it down the middle) and the New Hampshire thing of keeping the auditorium too bright, Jax Jr is a great place to see a movie. Littleton is also a great town to visit.

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richardg commented about Sheridan Theatre on Apr 23, 2005 at 2:41 pm

Hi Charles, I’d be happy to email you some pictures. Please email me at If I haven’t emailed them to you within 3 weeks after you email me, please start hounding me. Did you ever eat at the Barbeque place in the Mode’s storefront just north of the theatre’s entrance? I never did but it always smelled good inside ( I was a very nosey kid and looked inside of almost every door that would open) and I remember it had this great looking cherry stained half log paneling. Memory tells me it closed not long after I started going ti the Mode. Where you ever inside the Essex?

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richardg commented about Galli-Curci Theatre on Apr 21, 2005 at 5:19 pm

When I visited the antique store a couple of years ago I was informed by the owner that the theatre closed approximately 15 years ago (that would be about 17 years ago from now) and that the theatre was coverted immediately to an antique store.

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richardg commented about New Regal Theatre on Apr 11, 2005 at 4:32 pm

The number which I listed above is still valid. The recording states, “If you’re interested in purchasing the theatre, please leave you’re name & number.

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richardg commented about Shea's Seneca Theater on Apr 6, 2005 at 6:04 pm

Ken, I’m almost positive the Seneca is still standing or at least another theatre on Seneca Street is. The theatre building is large but no signage still exists. It was occupied by a dollar store two or three years ago which was the last time I past the area. While taking exterior pictures, I questioned a passer by who told me the theatre was called the “Seneca”. Anyway, soon I’ll be heading down Seneca St. and I’ll see if the address corresponds.

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richardg commented about Majestic Theatre on Apr 4, 2005 at 4:40 pm

Joe’s no quitter so if there’s anything left after the fire, the theatre will re-open. I only hope those lovely wall sconces weren’t damaged. Looking forward to seeing you and the completed restorations this fall.

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richardg commented about Mode Theatre on Mar 31, 2005 at 5:10 pm

Brian, unfortunately, I can be of no help as to when the Mode got its current facade — sorry. Please let eveyone at C. T. know if it’s torn down. Sorry, I didn’t answer sooner but for some reason I didn’t get notified.

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richardg commented about Vogue Theatre on Mar 29, 2005 at 4:00 pm

Hi Brian, my facts were wrong in that neither the Sheridan or Vogue belonged to the Mitchell Bros. but they did both belong to the same chain; that being the Ascher Bros. Grandsons of the Ascher’s still live in the Chicago area and are sucessful business men but unfortunately know very little about their grandparents business other that they “were very wealthy and went broke during the depression”. The descendants, unfortunately, have no pictures of any of the theatres but they do have an old newspaper listing of all the theatres.

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richardg commented about Warner Theatre on Mar 19, 2005 at 2:35 pm

Memory tells me the Warner is not atmosphereic. I could be wrong because I can’t find any of my notes on the Warner. It’s been over twenty years since either of my two visits. I do remember, however that the acoustics were pretty good. I saw a ‘50’s rock 'n’ roll revival there which featured Little Anthony (minus the Imperials). Well, before someone corrects me, Little Anthony may not have been the headliner but he was the one I was most interested in hearing. I was told that there was a fire next to the theatre and for a while it appeared as though the theatre might be engulfed. The Strand was/is only a block away

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richardg commented about Warner Theatre on Mar 19, 2005 at 2:34 pm

Memory tells me the Warner is not atmosphereic. I could be wrong because I can’t find any of my notes on the Warner. It’s been over twenty years since either of my two visits. I do remember, however that the acoustics were pretty good. I saw a ‘50’s rock 'n’ roll revival there which featured Little Anthony (minus the Imperials). Well, before someone corrects me, Little Anthony may not have been the headliner but he was the one I was most interested in hearing. I was told that there was a fire next to the theatre and for a while it appeared as though the theatre might be engulfed. The Strand was/is only a block away

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richardg commented about Claremont Opera House on Mar 6, 2005 at 4:54 pm

I’ve seen the opera house’s exterior only. Memory tells me it was a Saturday night just this last fall. Downtown was deserted and so was the opera house. There was, however, a lovely art deco diner from the 1930’s which was open. The owner gave me some history about this beautiful diner but unfortunately didn’t know much history about either the opera house or Latchis theatre— the auditorium portion has been demolished. Anyway, for all the art deco diner enthusiasts, I’ll strongly suggest a visit to Claremont

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richardg commented about Vogue Theatre on Feb 28, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Thanks Brian, I am aware that the Chateau and Vogue do have separate listings but someone informed me that they are one in the same even though the addresses are off by a few numbers. Other than downtown Chicago I can’t think of any neighborhood area where two theatres were that close together. The Hub and Alvin were close but not that close together. The Uptown and Riviera were also close together as were the Harding and Logan, the Bugg and North Center (though on different streets)were also close together. Another close proximity of two theatres was the Pantheon & Lakeside as well as the Sheridan and the Mode. Anyway I’ll do some more research and post what I’ve found out.

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richardg commented about Vogue Theatre on Feb 17, 2005 at 4:35 pm

Someone in the know recently told me the Vogue was originally called the Chateau. Can anyone confirm?

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richardg commented about Princess Theatre on Feb 16, 2005 at 4:24 pm

You can see a picture of the Princess theatre at the website below:
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richardg commented about Capitol Twin Theatre on Feb 13, 2005 at 12:07 pm

The Capitol was twinned by adding a second screen in the balcony. I was informed by the young person working at the theatre that the twinning took sometime in the 1970’s.

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richardg commented about Alvina Krause Theatre on Feb 11, 2005 at 5:01 pm

I saw this theatre in 1998 and the marquee is quite impressive. The floor has been leveled and seating capacity greatly reduced. The present seating is now stadium style.

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richardg commented about Sheridan Theatre on Feb 4, 2005 at 5:54 pm

Sorry, I was wrong about the Sheridan being part of the Mitchell Bros. chain. It was actually part of the Ascher brothers chain who had it only for a short time. It was then sold to Fox and later to B&K who shuttered it in 1951. Most of the other information I submitted above is correct. The Sheridan opened on February 12, 1927. This fabulous palace lasted just 24 years as a movie showplace.
The tenting on the ceiling was not original and actually the auditorium was very ornate. Evidently, the Anshe Emet Synagogue who bought the theatre from B&K felt the interior was much too ostentatious for a place of worship. The “refurbishing” removed most of the ornate interior friezes and artwork as well as much of the magnificant exterior. The synagogue lasted for 15 years — only 9 years less than the Sheridan showed Hollywood releases. After the Anshe Emet Synagogue moved to new facilities, the Sheridan remained vacant until becoming the Palacio Teatro which is when I saw its interior for the first time.
I have some vintage pictures of the Sheridan and wow, it sure was spectacular. Although its marquee was flush, the building with its several stories high columns (removed by the synagogue) and integral signage “Sheridan” at each side of the front were most impressive.
I was probably nine or ten when I first discovered the Sheridan and by that time it was already a synagogue. I remember asking my parents about the theatre and they told me it was a “white elephant.” Boy, now I was really confused. I knew the building was white but really — an elephant. Anyway, they explained and I became determined to find out more about “the white elephant” that nobody, even “the big guys” like Ascher, Fox and B&K could run profitably.

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richardg commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 4, 2005 at 4:35 pm

Hi Nicole,

If funds are limited the Patio is not for you— although I’d still be happy to have the owner contact you. Although the theatre did not make money, the property as a whole has a positive cash flow. There are several store fronts as well as offices which generate income. To a Walgreens or Osco the property would be very valuable and although I’ve never discussed a sale price with the owner I’d think land value alone would be over $1,000,000.00.