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sepiatone commented about Rita Theatre on Jul 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

The Rita opened on May 5, 1934 at 1:00 p.m. It was operated by Jefferson Amusement Company. The premier features were Will Rogers' “David Harum” and Randolph Scott’s “The Last Round-Up”.

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sepiatone commented about Bay Cinema 4 on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:08 am

The correct zip code for this address is 77414.

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sepiatone commented about Queen Theater on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

You have the right intersection, John. The building on the northwest corner (to the left of the silver Cadillac) is the Queen Theater.

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sepiatone commented about Loew's Sharpstown Drive-In on Jun 19, 2010 at 1:09 am

The official address was 6366 Bellaire Boulevard. Yes, this was the northwest corner.

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sepiatone commented about State Theater on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

I wonder why this theater is listed as “demolished”. Judging from the Flickr photo, the building has been remodeled into residential lofts. By the way, the missing zip for this address is 77007.

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sepiatone commented about Saks Center on Jun 17, 2010 at 1:30 am

You’re welcome. Not all theaters go my way, but I do try.

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sepiatone commented about Northline Cinema on Jun 17, 2010 at 1:25 am

The Meyerland Plaza 8 lists William Riseman and William Riseman Associates as the respective architect and firm for that theater. Was that also true of the Northline? Can anyone confirm?

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sepiatone commented about Gulfgate Cinema I & II on Jun 17, 2010 at 1:22 am

The Meyerland Plaza 8 lists William Riseman and William Riseman Associates as the respective architect and firm for that theater. Was that also true of the Gulfgate? Can anyone confirm?

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sepiatone commented about Salem Six Theater on Jun 10, 2010 at 2:34 am

May 20, 1977, to be exact. The premier features were “Silver Streak” (on two screens), “The Gumball Rally”, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming”, “Forever Young, Forever Free”, and “The Ritz”.

A “VIP Night” was held the previous evening, and Mayor Charles Carsner Jr. cut a filmstrip in lieu of a ribbon to formally open the Salem Six.

Above the ticket counter was a color-coded marquee to indicate which movie was showing on each of the six screens.

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sepiatone commented about Cine on Apr 28, 2010 at 1:04 am

Try 1214 Sam Houston Avenue. This street was apparently renamed at some point, since the next street over is Avenue M.

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sepiatone commented about Queen Theatre on Apr 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

The street number for the Lamar Theater is 206 Morton Street.

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sepiatone commented about Majestic Theatre on Mar 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

According to opening day ads, “The Counter Jumper” with Larry Semon and Lucille Carlisle was the first film slated to play here.

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sepiatone commented about Bellaire Theatre on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm

There wasn’t much advertising for this theater when it was new. The Houston Chronicle made no mention of it. There were no grand opening announcements in the Post, only an ad on April 16, 1949 stating that the Bellaire was a new theater and that “Easter Parade” with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland was playing there.

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sepiatone commented about Saks Center on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm

The Saks opened on July 24, 1974, and was originally called the Loews Twin in Saks Center. Opening days ads announced, “Boy, have we got a theatre for you!” The premier features were Charles Bronson’s “Death Wish” and Warren Oates' “The White Dawn”.

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sepiatone commented about Tinseltown USA Westchase on Mar 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

The correct zip for this address is 77042.

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sepiatone commented about Rice Drive-In on Feb 18, 2010 at 2:29 am

The Rice Drive-In opened at 7:00 p.m. on March 24, 1951. Among the first movies shown there were George Brent’s “Silver Queen”, Lex Barker’s “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain”, and “The Sundowners” with Robert Preston.

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sepiatone commented about Rio Theatre on Feb 18, 2010 at 2:19 am

Thanks, Ken, for the information. This is slightly off-topic, but was the passing train in “Two Boys” a Southern Pacific train? Back in the day, there was an SP railroad crossing down the street from the Rio (It’s now a Kansas City Southern track). I wonder if that’s where the train scene was filmed.

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sepiatone commented about Gaylynn Theater on Jan 28, 2010 at 1:35 am

According to opening day ads, Sharpstown Theatre was the original name. Mr. Foy Myrick was the first manager. The premier feature was “Mirage” with Gregory Peck and Diane Baker.

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sepiatone commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 28, 2010 at 1:22 am

This theater should be updated to “demolished”. The Chase Tower and the Houston Chronicle now occupy the 800 Block of Texas Avenue. Graeme’s hunch is correct.

According to original 1910 ads for this theater, O.W. Mitchell, with the firm of Mitchell & Halbach Company of Chicago, Illinois, was a decoration design consultant.

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sepiatone commented about Capitol Theater on Jan 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

The Zoe Theater opened at 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 1914. Mr. John E. Davis was the first manager. The premier feature was “America” with Bert Shepherd and Arthur Voegtlin.

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sepiatone commented about Granada Theater on Dec 22, 2009 at 1:06 am

The Granada Theater opened at 11:45 a.m. on December 7, 1949. The premier feature was “You’re My Everything” with Dan Dailey and Anne Baxter. Opening day ads for the theater exhorted you to “Give yourself a treat! You’ve never seen anything like Houston’s new, modern, magnificent Granada.” The correct address is 9231 Jensen Drive, Houston, 77093.

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sepiatone commented about Ritz Theatre on Dec 22, 2009 at 12:51 am

The Ritz Theatre opened on April 15, 1926. The premier feature was “The Fighting Buckaroo” with Buck Jones and Sally Long.

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sepiatone commented about Airway Theatre on Dec 15, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Houston’s Bush Airport didn’t exist in 1950, and Hobby Airport is approximately 16 miles away, so the Airway name remains a mystery.

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sepiatone commented about Loew's Sharpstown Drive-In on Nov 25, 2009 at 1:18 am

John J. McNamara was the architect for the Loew’s Sharpstown.

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sepiatone commented about Almeda Theatre on Nov 25, 2009 at 1:13 am

The Almeda should be updated to “demolished”. A dialysis center, a check cashing service, a thrift shop, and an abandoned service station occupy the 5600 block of Almeda Road. The architectural firm for the Almeda was the Houston firm of MacKie and Kamrath.