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I would say that the Eden Theatre was most likely a pre-existing live theatre. The Lumiere Brothers were not screening their films in purpose built cinemas, they were to follow later.
In the United Kingdom, the earliest purpose-built cinema is the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton which opened 22nd September 1910. It is still operating as a cinema today.
The scene set in a cinema with organ playing, in the film “Brief Encounter”, was filmed on location at the Metropole Cinema, Victoria, London (now demolished)
It is correctly placed Mike. Thanks
Homopromos:Pleased to hear you enjoyed your ‘Open House’ visit to the former Granada Theatre today. I was one of the 3 tour guides on duty, so not sure if you were on one of my tours of the building.
The 1936 story is new to me, but I am sure there could be other similar tales, long lost in the annuls of time, or never disclosed and covered up forever.
Hi RidgewoodKen & Chuck, we are currently having problems with the Google Maps and Street views not connecting on any new theatres currently being added. Patrick is working on solving the problem.
Ridgewoodken; The original entrance to the Olympic Theatre was on Adams Street, and was moved to Fulton Street when the Tivoli Theatre opened in 1927.
Stephenvb;Different theatre, this is the old Curtis Theatre.
The Star Theatre was screening movies in 1908. In the early-1940’s, movies were part of the burlesque program, and it also screened Italian movies in the mid-1940’s.
I have created a page for the Frisco Gay Theatre/Tomcat/Rick Nelson Screening Room. Hopefully RobertR will move his photo across to that page. When that is done, I will remove the photo from this page and also the above relevant comments.
The Frisco Gay Theatre is on the left of this photograph.
RidgewoodKen; Please accept my apologies, and I am sorry I omitted to add you as co-contributor when editing this page.
I have added some exterior photos I took in June 2013. I went into the supermarket which now operates in part of the former foyer and rear orchestra sections of the theatre, and there is nothing remaining (visible) in that space at all. Just a low ceiling. With all the windows now punched into the facade and side walls, I would say the interior of the building was totally gutted and several levels of flooring have been inserted for the school use. The exterior has been cleaned up nicely.
robboehm; It was an annex to the nearby Palace Theatre, which is listed on Cinema Treasures as the Bridge Theatre.
Joe: The Leonard Theatre is listed in Cezar Del Valle’s book “The Brooklyn Theatre Index” Volume 1 on page 424 (first edition) and on page 423 (second edition).
Bill_Gibbs; The former Gaumont, Plymouth does have its own page on Cinema Treassures, it is listed on the right of this page under ‘Nearby Theatres’ as the Odeon Plymouth (its last operating name).
Bill-Gibbs; Both the Regal Cinema and Red Hall Cinema do have pages on Cinema Treasures and are listed on the right of this page under ‘Nearby Theatres’ as the ABC Walham Green and Gaumont Walham Green.
In the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915, the Princess Theatre is listed at 702 South Street.
Mike: Chung-Ling-Soo was shot in the chest in front of a packed house at the Empire Theatre, Wood Green, London, on 18th March 1918, after his bullet catching trick went wrong. I believe he was American, but could be wrong.
In the March 21, 1908 edition of ‘The Billboard’, their list of ‘Electric Theatres and Nickelodeons’ has a Majestic Theatre, Savannah, GA Manager J.R. Carter. Seating capacity:100 playing 10 shows a day.
The list of Electric Theatres and Nickelodeons listed in the March 21, 1908 edition of ‘The Billboard", has the Wonderland Museum, 27 Washington Avenue. Dan J. Labar was the manager, the seating capacity was 150 and there were between 10 to 30 shows a day.
The films showing date the photograph to around March 1932.
As we are pretty sure the Dowling Theatre had a balcony, I am wondering if the photograph of the auditorium could be the smaller Park Theatre, which was also an African-American theatre, opened around 1939 on Dowling Street? It has its own page on Cinema Treasures.
Mike; Great street view. The Kinema Theatre is just out of shot on the right of the photo. It was located almost next to the Ye Olde White Harte Hotel, which is seen on the right, and still exists today.
JohnGn; I have added a page for the Waterloo/Ritz Cinema.
Photographed as the Campus Theater in 1916 (“Green Stockings” was a 1916 film)