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Current views of the interior and exterior of the former Metropole can been seen on the church’s website
The Texas-based Star Cinema Grill chain has acquired the Arlington Theaters. This will be the first Star Cinema Grill location outside Texas (the other three locations are in the Houston area). The theater’s interior will be demolished and rebuilt, but is expected to still have six screens. The theater will include digital and 3D presentation, a full-service bar, restaurant and both areas with table seating and traditional rows of seats. The new seating total will be around 700 as opposed to the former capacity of 1600. The Cinema Grill is set to open in April or May.
From the Superior Business Improvement District Walking Tour (http://www.freewebs.com/100yearssuperior/Tour%202008.pdf):
“Princess Theater, 1310 Tower Avenue (Frankie’s Tavern): In late 1913, a new landmark was constructed at 1310 Tower Avenue – the Theater Princess. It was built at a cost of $50,000 under the supervision of architect John O. Bach. The Superior Telegram of November 25, 1913 reported that, “no money was spared by the proprietors,” and special features of the building included fireproof construction, superior sanitary and ventilation systems, and separate “retiring rooms” for men and women. Dressing rooms were built below the stage, as the “Princess” was designed to show both movies and vaudeville productions.
The ornate exterior of the Princess featured a marquee (canopy) built by Superior Iron Works and Carlson Bros., both of Superior. The building was quite well lit at
night, including a string of linotype lights around the flag pole at the top. The interior was designed by the well-known firm of Broschi-Minuti of St. Paul. Extensive plaster relief work was finished in a color scheme of ivory and Roman gold.
The Theater Princess gradually came to be the Princess Theater. It was remodeled and reopened in 1930 (after being closed for a year), and a $10,000 RCA Photophone projection system and reflecting screen were installed. The new Princess received new seats, carpets, drapes, and carpeted theater boxes featuring chairs manufactured by South Superior’s Webster Chair Factory. In addition, “like the new crack trains, steamships and hotels,” a smoking room was installed “for the ladies.” The remodeled Princess’ first movie was “Holiday”, starring Ann Harding, Mary Astor, Edward Everett Horton, and Hedda Hopper. Evening admission for adults was thirty-five cents.
In 1952, the Princess was remodeled again, and renamed the Superior World Theater. The exterior was changed to chrome and brick, and the interior received a rubber tile floor and leatherette pressed wood covering on the walls. The World didn’t last very long, and closed in the mid-1950s. In 1958, the building was occupied by Millard Berg Photography. Current occupant Frankie’s Tavern
has been in the building since the late 1970’s."
A more recent photo of the Strand can be seen here.
Chicagoist named “Drama at the Congress and Portage Theaters” one of its top stories of 2012.
After 85 years, the Catlow screened its final film tonight, “Flight”. The theater will close for two days while its new digital projection system is installed. The theater will reopen Friday, digitally screening “The Polar Express” for free to those who donated to the Kickstarter campaign which raised over $175,000. Later Friday, the theater reopens to the public with “Skyfall”. More in this story in yesterday’s Patch.
Tinseltoes, I think it’s still a Y, just in a stylized Deco-type font.
The management of the Portage have announced a rally on December 17th to “save the Portage Theater as we know it”. More details are said to be forthcoming.
Here is a 1932 night view of the Roosevelt with the State-Lake visible in the background.
Photos I took of the Times Theater on 12/1/12 can be seen here and here.
A photo I took of the Coronado on 12/1/12 can be seen here.
This theater is prominently featured in the just-released movie, “Silent Night”, which is a loose remake of the 1984 horror film, “Silent Night, Deadly Night”. The film, however, is set in a fictional small town in Wisconsin.
From today’s Chicagoist “Congress Theater Owner Defaults on Bank Loan”
According to this article, the McClurg Court Cinema has been completely gutted, and the exterior will be getting a new skin. The former theater is being transformed into retail space. Another legendary Chicago theater has been lost.
A 1978 photo showing the construction of the State Street Mall, with the marquee of the shuttered Loop Theater visible can be seen here.
Chuck, it could’ve been. I didn’t find any mention of a State Theater in Pinconning.
Here is a 1938-dated view of the Chicago Theatre. The Masonic Temple building still stands to the right of the theater in the photo, but would be demolished less than a year later. The Joffrey Tower is on the site today.
Part of the Belford’s sign can be seen here.
Kerasotes built this theater on at least part of the site of the Belford Drive-In, which it had also operated.
This article in the Chicago Maroon states that the theater will reopen in mid-December, and that it will be showing a mix of first-run films and independent features. The building has been owned by the University of Chicago for ten years, but will be operated by the New 400 Theaters (which currently runs the New 400 Theater in Rogers Park).
The closing of this theater was apparently only temporary. It is set to reopen this Friday, October 26th, according to this story on WBEZ' website.
It’s too bad that it’s not showing at Classic Cinema’s flagship Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove for some reason. That would’ve been great seeing “Halloween” there. We’ll be seeing it instead at CC’s Ogden 6, which will have its own charm, since that theater is more out of the era of that film. Also, just a correction, the bonus short is “You Can’t Kill the Bogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween”.
This article talks about the renovation of the Pickwick nearing completion.
From Getty Images, here is a 1933 night view of Randolph Street from State Street, with the vertical signs of the United Artists and Oriental Theaters lit up.