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I added another pic today. Unfortunately the original face at the top of the arch was jackhammered off within the last week. As I mentioned under the photo, less work would have likely been needed just to remove the entire stone. And sell it to help fund their exterior renovation. Which I was told last week by folks outside was going to be “restored”.
I added a pic I found on the net of the Orpheum as the Malco in the late `50’s. Elvis appears to be getting a ticket in front.
The State Theatre has a prominent role at the beginning of a new Lip Dub video, featuring the people of Traverse City. The link should be easy to find on YouTube.
That’s a Martin Kennelly banner above the bus.
The incumbent that Richard J. Daley would defeat to become Mayor of Chicago in April 1955.
We likely crossed paths radbid. I was 11, and went to every one of those Chaplin movies. If you’d like, I can send you a jpeg of my original picture of the Carnegie marquee with the Chaplin festival posted above in the Photo section. It’d make a nice anniversary card for your wife. Drop me an e-mail, and I’ll forward you the pic.
The Maumee marquee can be seen in a cable promo spot for CurrentTV’s “50 Documentaries To See Before You Die”, hosted by Morgan Spurlock. The show’s title is on display on the illuminated marquee, with the host standing below it as I recall.
Thanks for posting that picture btkrefft.
My father worked as a musician at the Sherman House Hotel in the background, right around this same time after WWII. First as a trombone player, then on upright bass after big band faded out.
He played in the Del Rainy Trio, and once played with Stan Kenton. He met my mom in 1954. She was a showgirl at the Silver Frolics at Kinzie & Wabash. He later went on to compose the Miller High Life theme, which got his foot in the door of Chicago industrial film.
I met the daughter of one of 2 original Congress Theater projectionists, yesterday at my aunt’s nursing home.
I’m going to quiz her about stories & maybe some pictures at a later date. Her dad was Fred Galluzzo. The 2nd was a man named Sam, whose last name she couldn’t recall. They used to drop their dad at work, so they could keep the car for the day.
I believe the way the revamped CT site works is, the last picture posted, is the most recent profile pic. All one need do is download one of the pics buried within older comments, and re-post it above. Because your sample pic was posted within a comment, it remains within the comments only. I think CT should have set it up so that whenever a pic is posted within a comment, it would be automatically added to the Photo section. Also they should have culled all existing photos within older comments, and loaded them in that way.
Hey ShawnS, I think you are going to have to load those pics in individually, using the CT Photo feature at the top of the page. None of your PhotoBucket links appear as links.
Apparently since the revamp of Cinema Treasures, it seems whatever the last photo posted in the new format, is what appears as the theater’s profile pic. Also it seems to maybe change, with whatever the last pic looked at by any member was. Though I’m not sure.
Pictures that are posted within the text of a members comments, don’t seem to get added to the new photo section too. As evidenced by telliots June 22nd above comment, with picture of the cherry picker changing the marquee.
What I’d say you should probably try doing, is sifting through all the old comments. And finding that “Rally Round The Flag Boys” picture in whatever comment it was originally in. Then download it, and re-post it to the new photos section for this theater. And then hope it remains as the profile pic.
Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson on the billboard. BS performed just around the corner from here at Mister Kelly’s nite club 10 years earlier. Next door to the original Carnegie Theatre on Rush.(Burned down the same year)
At dawn, she was presumably brought right past this theater and led to Oak St. Beach. Where the cover photos for whatever LP she was releasing were taken on the sand. And that’s the extent of my knowledge of BS.
What theatre was a block South on State St., on the same side of the street at the State Lake. Presumably directly across from Marshall Fields, or just a little South. I have a 1966 picture of the underside of the marquee.
The story also made the local NBC news last night. But being it’s only a 20 year old theater, they couldn’t really pump up the history any. As I mentioned before, as vibrant as that area still is, there is no reason a well run operation can’t create as well as fill the need. With 4 screens they could split the fare with 1st & art house films. Just needs a lot of freshening up, and a new attitude.
Just going from memory, a few things I saw here in the last 20 years. Dragged to “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”, by a date I could never say no to. But often had to carry her home. “Dangerous Liasons” which I can’t even spell apparently. A re-release of “Basic Instinct”. I think need to pick better girls. And maybe a 1st run of “Singles”. Which pretty much sums up more than the theater, I’d say. Hope it gets some caring new owners who heed my advice in my older posts.
Sonny & Cher appeared at the Valencia during a press junket in the `60’s.
David Gray’s “Life In Slow Motion” tour played the Hammersmith in 2006. Just happened to catch the venue’s name on his “Hospital Food” live performance on YouTube. Not much of the Hammersmith, other than darkly lit stage shots.
Thanks for the clarification. I must have been reading the split screen version of “The Chelsea Girls” history. There’s some site called WarholStars.org , which has the film also at a place called the Cinema Rendezvous on 12/01/66. But I think following the Regency’s run. After some deal was cut with a group called the Art Guild, who ran a small chain of theaters.
Well, I can’t believe that this topic never came up, but let’s give the Regency Theatre what is probably it’s most famous 15 minutes. I was watching some long documentary called “Andy Warhol’s Factory People”. Which chronicled the revolving door of characters & projects that passed through the artist’s New York loft in the `60’s. Bizarre, in-house films were apparently just one aspect of that. Turns out Warhol’s film “The Chelsea Girls” not only played at the Regency, but premiered there as well. In the piece I caught a nighttime shot of the Regency, ablaze with that film’s title on the marquee. Perhaps Warhol’s influence or the Regency’s proximity to his loft aided in it’s use as a venue for the film.
Similar, but limited to the shaking of that bank of seats only.
I posted over on the United Artists page about experiencing “Earthquake” with Sensurround when it came out. The UA had to hang mesh netting high up towards the ceiling to catch falling plaster shortly after the film opened.
My late father said Smell-O-Vision was tried at the Michael Todd on Dearborn I believe. But that people became ill when the artificial pipe smoke scent was pumped in for one scene.
Dean Richards of WGN TV did a piece on the Muvico 18 this morning. The theater has added a bank of seats equipped with “D-Box”. A film activated motion device that rocks the bank of seats along with the action on the screen. Like a flight/driving simulator or interactive space shuttle experience of sorts. The feature is reservation only, and appeared to be limited to a small amount of seats. Special prints of the films encoded to work with the equipment are needed. The upcoming “Pirates” sequel is one that is scheduled. So it’s obviously not limited to planes or cars.
There is currently some roof top mounted scaffolding above The Vic’s East elevation. Visible from the “L” tracks, it might be for restoration work to the coping stones around the roof’s perimeter. Or possibly to haul up materials for the roof itself. Either way, great to see maintenance is ongoing.
Saw a picture of the Garden Theatre in a recent Retirement Magazine. It was included in an article full of accolades about Winter Garden as a premiere retirement city. It stated that the theater had been restored, which I first thought was a typo for remodeled. Since the exterior didn’t look too much like something from the 30's. But after seeing the various pictures posted, and the disaster it looked like in the late80’s, I’d say they did a fantastic job. The only detail I would have changed, was installing the two adjacent storefront doors at either end of their respective window treatments. Like the 1949 picture above seems to have them situated. Might have been overlooked, or not consistent with current codes.
30's. But after seeing the various pictures posted, and the disaster it looked like in the late
Ah, I stand corrected. I actually did some work for Mayor Byrne. You’d think I’d remember that. Thanks.