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From their seating charts, it looks like a fair amount of the orchestra seating has been removed for standing room, tables and the bar.
As of June 2013 google street view, the theatre is still there – no changes.
I don’t believe the theatre ever opened. There is no webpage that I can find anywhere- the link above for the BSPA’s restoration page no longer exists. At the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts page (http://artsinbrownsville.org/bpaa.html) they make no mention of the Capitol – instead they are focusing on renovating another historic building as their new academy. The Google Street View (2014) shows the building still boarded up.
Their new webpage is: http://operahousetheaternewportri.org/
They have a gallery with a lot of interior photos – the place will be wonderful when restored!
The direct link to their theatre page is here:
It looks like renovations are continuing despite some fundraising challenges; the main auditorium theatre dome has been replastered.
That picture above must be from another theatre – it looks much larger than 600 seats.
Some more info at the Sedlewick’s Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgwick_Theater
It seems they had a webpage which is now defunct (the Wikipedia mpage has a link to the Archive.org version) – also at one time the “Sedgewick Theatre” and “sedgewick cultural center” became separate entities. Currently, the theatre is being used by the Quintessance Theatre Group (http://quintessencetheatre.org/) which has an active calendar of events.
The photos in the gallery (above) show a lot of work has already been done – the re-painting is beautiful! Looks like good progress is being made.
September 2014 Google Street View: Building is now vacant, available for lease as retail or office space.
They did a complete renovation/restoration in 2013. It’s really beautiful and they’ve kept the original décor – a really nice job! Click on their photo gallery tab for new photos. http://regal-ballroom.com/index.html
A couple of before and after photos on their website. It looks like a lot of the lobby décor is original, and the auditorium looks mostly new, but from the before photo, not much was left restoring anyway- the previous renovations were fairly bland. It looks nice now.
Direct link to the interior/exterior photogalleryes mentioned above:
Looks like they are under new management – the new website (http://www.ritztheatre.net/) says upcoming event info is on its way. There were three events in November 2014. The gallery has a lot of great interior photos.
Current Google street and aerial views show a large building at this site – doesn’t really look like a theatre. At any rate, there are windows throughout so if it was, it looks like it was completely gutted.
From the photos I have seen, the interior of this Orpheum has been stripped to the brick walls – a long and narrow auditorium.
Their website: http://paramountny.com/
The website has some great interior photos – it’s all a new urban industrial look – probably no old décor was left to save. It’s a good modern design though.
The restoration seems to be going very well – from the official page’s photo gallery, it looks like they’ve basically finished restoring the interior décor – looks great!
It looks like currently the theatre is mainly rented out for events. Their webpage (http://www.showplacebuffalo.com/) does have a photo of the façade which has been nicely restored (Much better than the old photos in the cinematreasures gallery)
The following link shows some nice interior photos featuring the extensive restoration carried out in 2013-2014. They also upgraded the infrastructure and put in digital projection.
The Forum was built in 1919.
The official webpage links to some nice interior photos – interesting to see that the original proscenium arch has been re-created; the original was destroyed in a fire in the 1950s and was replaced by simple curtained walls – nice to see the original back with the native American symbols.
Interesting from the aerial view: Long lobby and then you turn left to enter the auditorium – fairly wide auditorium. But then the stage house is backing up against the street – surprising to see valuable street frontage taken up with the stagehouse!
The current Google Street View, the front is still in great shape, can still look through clear glass on the doors – nothing’s boarded up. I wonder if it’s currently being used for anything. A very ornate façade which (although completely painted white) is still in very good shape.
Nice photos at their new website:
They’ve done much of their renovations and the auditorium looks great!
Looks like the building is closed since the Opera company moved to the Kauffmann in 2011. Their website does not indicate if they still own the building or what its current status is.