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If anyone out there has any old photos of the interior please let the Opera House people know. So far no one has been able to find any photos anywhere!
This theatre was shut down for code violations in the mid-70’s and has not been used since. Photos of the interior are at View link .
The Strand’s official website is http://www.thestrandri.com/
Ooh! This theatre is less than 90 minutes from my house. I’d love to drop by sometime to see and photograph the wonderful restoration that has taken place!
I didn’t include photos of the not-so-flattering details (e.g. the peeling walls, the sagging ceilings, and the holes in the floors)!
There is no way this theatre will be reopened by June. I have been in a few theatres that were renovating, and this one is in far too dilapidated a condition to be fixed up so quickly. I’d guess that it will open at least 6 months behind schedule.
The website listed above does not work. That official web page of the Calvin is http://www.iheg.com/
…and yes, I can spell, that was just a typo.
Michael is unempployed? Well, there’s the shock of the century!
There is an awesome Quicktime Virtual Tour of this theatre at View link
What are you smoking? The Community Theatre Foundation faithfully updates their listings in every major newspaper and in all the online movie listing guides. They also have a phone number with a recording telling you the showtimes. They are a community-owned, non-profit, second run/art cinema. Having a website of their own may not be feasible, but you have to be intentionally ignorant not to come across their showtimes.
The Opera House is going to get a complete renovation over every square inch of the facility during the next few years that could cost up to $3 million. Its official website is http://www.thomastonoperahouse.org/
Who ever heard of a symphony concert hall that seats less than 300 people?
No, Michael, it would not. It would be a tragedy to waste a beautiful movie theatre such as this on concerts. It needs to remain a cinema.
I was in the Avon yesterday to watch some screenings of 35mm trailers and 16mm films as the final touches were put on the theatre. It is absolutely amazing inside following a $1 million renovation. It is the most well-restored classic movie house that still screens films that I have ever been inside. After it officially reopens if you are anywhere in the vicinty you should come take a look at the Avon!
The textile company that uses the auditorium has proposed demolition of the marquee and lobby since it is unused and falling down.
The State Cinema is adding 3 more screens. The current auditorium will not be sliced up. The new screens will be added in other parts of the building. While the main auditorium will continue to show second run features at a discount price, the plan for the new theatres is first run art films.
It is a tragedy that no one has reopened this theatre. I have been inside and it is still in great shape, even though it is dirty. It would not take an extraordinary amount of money to get the Plaza up and running again. Other issues do exist, though. Apparently the landlord will not lease the space, for he will only sell the entire building with storefronts and apartments for over $700,000. Also “environmental problems” exist in the basement and clean-up costs can run high.
Before it’s demolition this theatre was on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are holes in the ceiling that have let decay take a foothold inside. The theatre is in such bad shape that it would take many millions of dollars to restore, and that is unlikely to happen.
A Walgreens now stands in its place.
The status of this theatre should be OPEN as it is now the live Clockwork Repertory Theater.
The Majestic is not renovating. It is falling apart. The marquees of the Majestic and the Palace next door were removed last year since they posed a danger to pedestrians.
Built in 1892, this theatre was originally known as the Middlesex Opera House. The auditorium of the theatre was demolished many years ago. However, the lobby building, complete with the marquee, still stands and houses the Tuscany Grill, a restaurant. The lobby has not been gutted either, from the moment you walk in it is readily apparent that this is the lobby to a movie palace. The poster frames, doors, grand stairway, and more all still exist.