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vastor commented about Hyde Park Theatre on May 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm

The building survived until 2002 when it made its last appearance in the WKNO documentary “At The Movies.” It was an auto repair shop, it never was a lovely building, and it was torn down that year.

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vastor commented about Linden Circle Theatre, Memphis, TN in 1926 on May 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I’d like to know the source of this photo, the only extant one of the original front. I did see this front between overlays a number of years ago.

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vastor commented about Linden Circle Theatre, Memphis, TN in 1926 on May 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

“Hearts and Fists” is a melodrama from 1926 with Alan Hale, Sr. This information for both comments is from IMDB. The Gene Tunney 10-episode serial should be “The Fighting Marine” also from 1926, his only film.

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vastor commented about Linden Circle Theatre, Memphis, TN in 1926 on May 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

“Wife Tamers” is a comedy short released in 1926 starring Lionel Barrymore, Gertrude Astor, Clyde Cook and James Finlayson. A Hal Roach production. One of the writers was Stan Laurel.

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vastor commented about Evergreen Theatre on May 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

For those of you who remember the Guild Art Theatre in this building it is my sad duty to report that Bill Kendall, flamboyant and colorful manager during this period, died in Atlanta in April. It’s a long story but a tribute article is available on commercialappeal.com. A gathering is being planned (and it will probably be free dish night for Miss Kendall) in early June at the Evergreen/Guild. There will be film.

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vastor commented about Bristol Theatre on May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

The film I remember most at the Bristol was a double-feature, Murders in the Rue Morgue and House of Wax (non-3-d). We went to other theatres, but lived further in town. We mostly went to first-run at the Plaza or Park or downtown until the Paramount opened. What is the name of your book? I’d like to see it, if I haven’t come across it in my research for my new book. Am picking up the project of doing a lot of updating to Cinema Treasures and will get a Bristol photo soon.

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vastor commented about Roxy Theatre on May 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

There were actually three theatres on Chelsea. The Hyde Park was not far from the Hollywood. Unfortunately, the only image I have seen so far was one right before demolition and that on videotape. There was evidence of a marquee and an entrance in a rather narrow building. It was an automotive repair shop in its last days.

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vastor commented about Palace Theatre on May 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

The Midnight Rambles were stage shows. It is possible they were revived (have not researched that) but Beale was declining in the early fifties.

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vastor commented about Ritz Theater on Apr 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

The Ritz has recently been divided up into office spaces.

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vastor commented about Ruffin Theater on Apr 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm

New photos, many of the interior, were posted April of 2013.

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vastor commented about Plaza Theater on Apr 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

New photo of the spire has been posted.

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vastor commented about Esquire Theatre on Apr 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

New 2013 photos of the interior have been uploaded. The church is celebrating its 59th anniversary this year. I was in attendance at their celebration, in the company of Mary Mitchell who is a historian of the Orange Mound neighborhood where the building is located. It still contains the theatre seats and looks very much as it always has.

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vastor commented about Hollywood Theatre, Memphis. Circa 1942 on Apr 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

This is a closeup of a street scene of Chelsea Ave at Hollywood St.

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vastor commented about Plaza Theater on Apr 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Was just over at the University of Memphis yesterday wondering what happened to the acroterion (spire). It never moved at all, it is in a protected niche in a courtyard with the new FedEx Institute building in front. It once faced a yard which was used for the new building and created the courtyard. It is approximately 10 feet high and in very good condition. A new photo when I get it. An image that I will always have in my mind is the contour outlined with a single stroke of white neon which looked like it was hanging in the dark.

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vastor commented about Bristol Theatre on Apr 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

The Bristol Theatre entry building exists but the auditorium is no longer standing, sorry. The scooter shop has the incorrect address, I checked. A photo in the Newman Collection at Memphis Heritage and another one in the Memphis Room shows the Bristol marquee on the building pictured above. You can see the marks where the marquee was hung in the above photo. I will obtain the photo from the library and post it. The auditorium was far back from the entrance and has been demolished. You can find the Newman photo on the Memphis Heritage website under the Newman Collection.

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vastor commented about Muvico Peabody Place 22 & IMAX on Mar 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

This new photo (from the Muvico files) also shows one of the charming model trains which traveled all over the theatre. It was always a treat to catch it going by.

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vastor commented about Muvico Peabody Place 22 & IMAX on Mar 31, 2013 at 7:59 am

The Muvico Peabody Place 22 had a railway station theme. The box office was on the ground level, the entry on the second story (to allow for a passage to the hotel on the ground floor) and the theatre itself on the third floor. The large-format auditorium took up two stories. It was the building of the FedEx Forum that did the worst damage to the theatre’s business. Parking is impossible, despite the arena’s garage, during peak evening times when the arena is open. Business basically dwindles to nothing in the surrounding area until the arena lets out. Got this from the former manager.

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vastor commented about Strand Music Hall on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

The format is country music and Bill Gaither style gospel.

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vastor commented about Strand Music Hall on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

2013 photos have been posted. The word “Theatre” has been dropped from the signs.

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vastor commented about Suzore Theatre #1 on Jan 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I finally have seen, but could not copy, a beautiful, clear photo of the Lincoln Theatre at 297 N. Main. It became the Suzore #2. It was opened in 1927, the same year the Suzore on Jackson opened. It is curious. I have now seen newspaper ads reading “Suzore Theatres” “Suzore’s Theatres” and “Suzore’s #1 and #2.” Both signs must have been repainted at the same time to read “Suzore’s” but the floor tile of the Jackson theatre reads “Suzore Theatre” to this day. Of course, Fred Suzore was somewhat eccentric. Also the vertical on Jackson appears to have a marquee.

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vastor commented about Suzore's # 2 Theatre on Jan 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I finally have seen, but could not copy, a beautiful, clear photo of the Lincoln Theatre at 297 N. Main. It is this theatre. An interesting banner over the entrance reads “7pm White Entry.” Proof of this is an “L” visible in the keystone of the arched window behind the vertical sign—which was repainted when Fred Suzore purchased the building and reopened it in 1932. This “L” is visible in the photos posted for this theatre. It was opened in 1927, the same year the Suzore on Jackson opened. It is curious. I have now seen newspaper ads reading “Suzore Theatres” and “Suzore’s #1 and #2.” Both signs must have been repainted at the same time to read “Suzore’s” but the floor tile of the Jackson theatre reads “Suzore Theatre” to this day. Of course, Fred Suzore was somewhat eccentric. Also the vertical on Jackson appears to have a marquee.

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vastor commented about Capitol Theater on Jan 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

Newest photos are of the present exterior and are courtesy of the museum.

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vastor commented about Cordova Towne Cinema on Jan 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Has no marquee with list of features. Only a street sign.

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vastor commented about Cordova Towne Cinema on Jan 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Currently, on the Malco website, this is named the Cordova Towne Cinema.

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vastor commented about Esquire Theatre Building on Jan 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

I meant to say “brick” not stone. The building is constructed of what appears to be either small cinderblock or large terra-cotta bricks. The front sections are overlaid with stucco.