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Joe Vogel commented about Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres on May 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm

The Cobb 12 Luxury Theatres was designed by CTSM Architects, a firm based in the Birmingham suburb Hoover, Alabama. A collection of photos can be found on this page of the firm’s web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Met-N-Movie on May 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm

A courtesy ad in the 1950 North Side High School Warrior Yearbook was shared by the “MET-N-MO-V Drive-In Theatre, Highway 45” and the “NEW-MET Down Town Jackson”.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Theatre on May 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

The Lyric was mentioned in the September 23, 1930, issue of The Film Daily. The manager was named John McKenna. It was mentioned again in the December 4 issue, which noted that the Lyric was a Publix house:

“Animal Crackers Hunt for Kids

“MANAGER J. C. McKenna was helped materially in putting over ‘Animal Crackers’ playing at the Publix-Lyric theater, Jackson, Tenn., by effecting a tie-up with the National Biscuit Co. An animal cracker hunt was staged on afternoon of opening day of picture with approximately 200 boys and girls equipped with eagle eyes to seek the hidden treasures. The Biscuit Co. furnished gratis 2,000 samples of animal crackers in glassine bags, the bags being imprinted with copy about the picture.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Broad Theatre on May 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm

The name Empire Theatre must have been used by at least two houses in Rochester. The January 22, 1905, issue of the New York Sunday Telegraph listed burlesque and variety acts slated to appear at the Empire Theatre in Rochester in January, February, and March. The Empire on East Main had been closed for a year by that time.

The advertisement for Leon H. Lempert & Son in the 1904-1905 Cahn Guide lists the Empire Theatre in Rochester as one of three Lempert designed houses then under construction.

My guess would be that we don’t have the wrong address for this theater, but the wrong early history and wrong photo, which, judging from the caption, must depict the first Empire on East Main Street. We should add a new page for that house with the information provided by peterscribner.

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Joe Vogel commented about Royal 3 Cinemas on May 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

The Royal Theatre had recently changed hands, according to the January 29, 1916, issue of Motography:

“Carl Noltze of Cleghorn has purchased the Royal theater at Le Mars from George Toppings. The Royal will be managed by Mr. Harding, who will continue to run pictures as the regular program, but other shows and sporting events will also be staged.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Imperial Theatre on May 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Possibly they were referring to interior demolition? The theatrical interior was probably gone long ago, but if the building is being renovated for retail space there was probably still a lot of later material to be hauled out.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wilson Theatre on Apr 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm

I wonder if this item from the “Picture Theaters Projected” column of The Moving Picture World for February 5, 1921, was about the Wilson Theatre?

“CLINTON, ILL.— J. C. Wilson has plans by S. A. Clausen, Milliken Building, Decatur, for brick and reinforced concrete theatre, to cost $75,000.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Music Box Theatre on Apr 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

This photo depicts the last Music Box on Broadway and Yamhill, not the earlier one on Alder Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about Princess Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Do we have the correct address for the Princess? An item in the February 28, 1910, issue of The Iola Register ran this item:

“PARKOLA THEATRE SOLD. Wichita Firm Buys East Side Amusement Place. The Parkola theater, on the east side of the square, has been sold to Wichita men who will take charge of the place a week from tomorrow and conduct it as a moving picture theatre. The new management is experienced and is financially able to secure the best of entertainment maintaining the high reputation of this amusement place.”
203 S. Jefferson is in the block south of the square, not the east side of the square.

If 203 S. Jefferson actually is the correct location, then the building is a theater again, being both a rehearsal space and secondary performance space for the Iola Community Theatre group, though their web site doesn’t mention anything about the building having once housed a movie house, and I think it would have been mentioned if it had (and they knew about it.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Imperial Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

It did seem odd to me that if the building was going to be demolished it looked better in the Facebook photo than it did in the photos on our photo page. All those layers of paint have been stripped off of the brick. But I still can’t find a photo of a theater at DeKalb and Knickerbocker. There’s only one modern building at that intersection, and it looks several years old.

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Joe Vogel commented about Imperial Theatre on Apr 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

robboehm: This photo is the only one I can find on the Ridgewood Facebook page of a theater about to be torn down, and it’s the Imperial. Comments say it used to be a Robert Hall. I think Bway might have been mistaken about the location being DeKalb and Knickerbocker.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm

According to the NRHP Registration Form for the Siloam Springs Downtown Historic District, the building in which the Grand Theatre was later located was built around 1920 as a commercial structure. The Grand operated in the 1940s and 1950s, and was used as a bowling alley during the 1960s. The front and the faux mansard roof are modern alterations, but the dentilated and corbeled brick cornice along the Center Street side is original.

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Joe Vogel commented about Spot Theater on Apr 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

The correct address of the Spot Theater is 304 E. Main Street. The NRHP Registration Form for the Siloam Springs Downtown Historic District says that the Spot Theatre was built in 1943. I don’t know what caused the delay in its opening until 1946, but it might have been related to wartime restrictions on civilian construction projects.

At the time of construction, adjacent small commercial buildings on each side of the theater were given tile fronts to match the new theater building.

This 1982 photo from American Classic Images shows the theater closed, but with its marquee and vertical sign still intact.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm

If somebody can get access to the archives at Leonard H. Axe Library at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, they might find the manuscript of a thesis by Gerald E. Snider, dated 1969, titled The history and function of the Grand Theatre, Iola, Kansas. It’s listed at WorldCat, anyway.

The May 13, 1907, issue of The Iola Register ran an illustrated article about the Grand Theatre, and noted that it had a stage 30x62 feet, with a proscenium 25x17 feet. There were 545 seats in the parquet, 449 in the balcony, 327 in the gallery, and ten boxes with a total of 60 seats (1,381 for the entire house.)

All I’ve been able to find out about architect F. M. Anderson is that for many years he was a member of the firm of Anderson & Strong in Galena, where they designed the NRHP-listed E. B. Schermerhorn house, but a 1904 directory lists him both as a member of that firm and as having his own office in the Northrop Block in Iola.

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Joe Vogel commented about Loft Cinemas on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

I guess the giant skyscrapers will soon be displacing this diverse, colorful, human-scaled stretch of Yonge Street with more large scale monotony. I hope someone saves at least a few of the old buildings to leaven the mass.

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Joe Vogel commented about Granada Theatre on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

This undated photo from the Barrie Historical Archive shows the vertical signs of the Granada and Imperial Theatres. The Chrysler dealership’s building at far right was eventually converted into screens for Stinson’s Imperial 8 Cinema, and is now the location of the 3-screen Uptown Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm

I don’t believe that the Imperial ever operated as a movie house under the name Grand Theatre. This article from December 3, 2009, is about the reopening of three screens of the Imperial 8 Theatre which were in the former Chrysler dealership at 55 Dunlop Street West, now operating as the Uptown Theatre.

The article says that the Imperial 8’s former screens 1 and 2, which were the main floor and balcony of the original Imperial, would be converted into an event center called the Grand Theatre. As the name is on the building today, a renovation was obviously was done, but there is no mention of a Grand Theatre event center on the Internet now, so the business must have failed. I can’t find anything saying that, as the Grand, it ever ran movies.

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Joe Vogel commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm

The building occupied by the Uptown Theatre was once the home of a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, as seen in this undated photo from the Barrie Historical Archive.

I’ve been unable to discover when the building was first converted for use as a cinema, but the portion that is now the Uptown was reopened as a three-screen house in late 2009, according to this article from December 3 that year (Stinson Theatres had closed the 8-screen complex in February, 2009.) The original Imperial Theatre, opened in 1937 at 43 Dunlop Street, which had operated as screens 1 and 2 of Stinson’s Imperial 8 Cinema, was slated to be converted into an event center called the Grand Theatre. The other three auditoriums in the 8-screen complex were to be converted to retail space.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

This article from the August 13, 2016, issue of The Barrie Examiner says that the Imperial Theatre was built next door to the Capitol Theatre in 1937.

The vertical signs of the Imperial and Granada Theatres are prominently displayed in this photo of a parade on Dunlop Street. Harold Hill’s Chrysler dealership at right was in the building now occupied by the Uptown Theatre.

Here is a ca. 1955 photo of the Imperial Theatre marquee and entrance. A bit of the Granada Theatre’s marquee can be seen at left, but is not lit up in this night shot, so perhaps it had closed by then.

This photo of the Imperial is probably from 1977. The Imperial has been twinned, and the Granada has been converted into a restaurant.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mavrick's Music Hall on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

Maverick’s Music Hall can be seen in the upper left quadrant of this aerial photo of the Dunlop Street West area from the Barrie Historical Archive.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mavrick's Music Hall on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:35 am

A solicitation for bids (called tenders in Canada) on the theater to be built at Barrie for John Saso was published in the January 29, 1931, issue of The Northern Advance. The notice was placed by the architect for the project, John Wilson.

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Joe Vogel commented about Granada Theatre on Apr 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

This article from the August 13, 2016, issue of The Barrie Examiner says that the Capitol opened in 1923.

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Joe Vogel commented about Venus Theatre on Apr 17, 2017 at 8:17 am

Although the University of Houston-Victoria Center for the Ats uses the address 204 N. Main Street, it does not occupy the building the Venus Theatre was in. As can be seen in the vintage photo on the photo page, the theater was on the now-vacant lot in between what is now the UHV Center and the Romanesque Revival O'Connor-Proctor Building on the corner of Forrest Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about El Rancho Theatre on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm

A photo of El Rancho Theatre burning heads this article from the June 23, 2012, issue of the Victoria Advocate. There is also a bit of information about Victoria’s other theaters.

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Joe Vogel commented about Venus Theatre on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

The June 26, 1913, issue of The Tradesman said that architects Hull & Praeger had prepared plans for a brick extension to the Princess Theatre, Victoria, Texas (James Hull and Charles Emil Praeger.)