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These proposed renovations look very promising.
2010 photo of the Grace Street Theatre
The Court Theatre is undergoing massive restoration and upgrading. This will be well worth the trip to see upon its completion! For more information and photos of the process visit the Huntingdon Court Theatre website.
This theatre was called the New Willou when it first opened in 1918 and was renamed the State during the 1930s.
Although I never had the opportunity to see the Birmingham in its original single screen format, I was pleasantly surprised to learn and see that a considerable amount of effort was made to retain most of the signature characteristics of the initial design when it was reconfigured as a multiplex. Interior and exterior photos from 2010:
1, 2, 3
The Art/M Washington is still there in all of its finite glory. Ypsilanti has some definite potential but lacks the cosmopolitan flavour of its neighbor Ann Arbor. Yet another pick (this one circa 2010) of the former theatre: flickr
The AMC Hoffman Center is probably the largest multiplex to date in the great DC metro area. This three story edifice covers at least a quarter of a city block, has twenty-two auditoria each seating between 100 to 450. The IMAX regretfully is not true IMAX (e.g. Smithsonian IMAX theatres) but does has the capabilities for 3D presentations. Photos from 2010: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The Loews Jersey Gardens was designed by the New York City-based architectural firm David Rockwell & Associates.
The Majestic is a real delight! It is nice to see venues of this type which blend the best elements of the old and the new resurfacing in downtown areas. Photo from 2010:
A neat little find in the Harbor of Grace. 2010 photos of the former State Theatre: 1, 2
It is difficult to tell what if anything remains of the Sylvanâ€™s auditorium. Most of the area which has been converted to retain seems only to cover what would have been the theatre lobby.
The Wayne State is an icon; a remarkable piece of architecture and pure eye candy. A couple of 2010 photos for your pleaure:
Here are some great photos and information on the Lee/Grace Street Theatre.
I got a few shots of the 7-10 before they were boarded up and would love to see photos of the 1-9 theatres. I think AMC still hold the lease and will open a new complex in the mall if and when the renovation gets underway.
My finite memory of this theatre was that it was nothing really remarkable, just a standard mall multiplex cinema.
A fantastic work of architecture. Very well persevered and maintained. A definite must see.
Facade, Auditorium, Stage
A couple of 2009 photos of the exterior of the 72nd Street:
The theatre was demolished sometime during the mid to late 1980s.
Does anybody know the name of the architect or firm which designed the original Parkaire Mall?
There is hope for this art deco delight. First is that it has a great staff looking after it and second is that much of the original interior is still somewhat intact and salvageable. Take a peak at these photos from June 2010: 1, 2, 3, 4
2010 photos of the Dixie Theatre:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
This is a real showpiece. Although the auditorium has been carved into four mini cinemas, it apparently has not inflicted much damage to the original design and could be restored to its former glory.
Here is a 2009 photo of the former Fox Theatre.
This is a nice, quirky little venue which grows on you. The place is clean, the staff is courteous, the presentation in each of the auditoria is superb and the patrons are pleasant and quiet. 2009 and 2010 shots of the Shirlington: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5