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larrygoldsmith commented about Crest Theater on Mar 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Nevada Theatre was Skouras-ized with name change to CREST around 1950-51, if my sources are correct. I do believe info is correct, as the Skouras style was in line with the type of remodel done in the early 50’s. The jewel type box office told the whole story at time of remodel. Operated by Fox West Coast/National General Theatres for many years. Mann closed the Crest in early 70’s.

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larrygoldsmith on Mar 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm

If information I received is correct, The Nevada Theatre was changed to the Crest Theatre around 1950-51. Operated by Fox West Coast Theatres, not sure if FWC operated during the time it was Nevada Theatre. It most certainly is the same theatre. It was also Skouras-sized at the same time of name change. That was all part of the grand opening. Not a huge theatre, but FWC maintained it as a first class theatre for years. Later closed by Mann, and demolished for a short lived casino expansion ( Mapes Money Tree Casino).

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larrygoldsmith commented about Nevada Theatre on Mar 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Looks like a REAL theatre in 1957. It doesn’t now. What happened??

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larrygoldsmith commented about Stanley Theatre on Mar 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm

SCHMADRIAN

I am sure the JW’s did not need to make “an offering” to their god. The theatre was restored for a meeting place. They have no obligation to you or anyone else to offer free tours then spend the whole tour time fixated on the theatres past. They did not buy/restore it for its past. They purchased and restored for their use now and future.

I confirm with my last post, You have issues with the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a faith more than with what they are doing with their building. You are entirely to fixated on this topic. Move on.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Palace Theatre on Mar 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Great pic, Lost Memory!! Loved the TEXACO gas station. The theatre was probably fairly new when this photo was taken. I always enjoy your photos!! Thanks again.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Stanley Theatre on Mar 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

In reading all of the posts from SCHMADRIAN, it would appear she takes more issue with the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a faith, than what they have done to preserve the theatre as a whole. It still looks like a theatre, most beautifully restored. It is their purpose to use it for their purpose as a meeting place, nothing else. The JWs did not purchase and restore the theatre to ballyhoo the movie theatre industry, that is not what they are about. They are not film exhibitors, they are a faith that showed enough respect to preserve and restore the theatre, keeping it from a wrecking ball. It’s sad that SCHMADRIAN accepted the hospitality of the FREE TOUR, then have so many posts of complaints. I would say she is not a very gracious guest.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Vintage ticket machines for sale on Mar 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

Overselling yes! However, we referred to them as an “overpunch”. New cashiers were great for that. We would end up filling out special overpunch forms for EACH ticket, which in turn had to be submitted with the daily box office report to LA. I can still hear the sound those AUTOMATICKET machines made every time a ticket was punched.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Paris Theatre on Mar 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

Correction to above comment, After visiting the CT Palm Theatre site, it was noted that porno was running there for a long time. It doesn’t seem possible that Westside/Valley had let that theatre go so long ago. A first run house for so many years. I guess time got away from me. It must have been sold or leased back in the early 70’s, when porno was the main attraction there.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Paris Theatre on Mar 7, 2009 at 9:37 am

Joe, You are probably correct. As I now recall, it would seem when Westside/Valley Theatres closed the Laurel Theatre in San Carlos, there was an attempt to re-open the theatre with porn films. This may have been an outfit known as San Carlos Cinemas. The Laurel was a FIRST CLASS theatre while Westside/Valley operated it for many years. Since the Laurel is in a upper class neighborhood, residents threw a complete fit at the thought of porno in the beautiful Laurel. The city listened, and it never happened. It was eventually torn down, and upper scale condos replaced it. The Palm in San Mateo was in the same situation, also operated by Westside/Valley. It would seem porn did go on there for a while, but not long. However, when it comes to the Carlos Theatre and the San Mateo Theatre it was operated by National General Theatres and previous Fox West Coast from the beginning to the day they closed. The San Mateo closed first in about 73, while I was still managing the Fox Skyline in San Bruno. The Carlos closed around 75 or 76. The Fox Skyline and Fox Burlingame and Carlos all closed, by Mann Theatres by 1976. No other operator was ever involved with the Carlos or Fox San Mateo.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Paris Theatre on Mar 6, 2009 at 8:33 pm

The Laurel Theatre in San Carlos was operated by Westside/Valley Theatres. The Carlos Theatre was operated by National General Theatres. The San Mateo Theatre was operated by National General Theatres. The Palm was operated by Westside Valley Theatres. The Palm Theatre may have changed owners in the 70’s as I seem to remember, but not positive. There was no connection to “San Carlos Cinemas”, to above mentioned theatres author lists. In fact, I have never even heard of San Carlos Cinemas as ever being a chain of any kind. May have been Paris Theatre by itself. The Paris Theatre was originally opened by a local married couple, they may have sold it in later years.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Vintage ticket machines for sale on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Those are definetly AUTOMATICKET machines!! They came out sometime in the late 40’s and were the standard for most theatres until the advent of computers. I would like a nickel for every day through the years I threaded those machines, prior to box office opening time!

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larrygoldsmith on Feb 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

Old Town Mall 3 Cinemas was built to replace the beautiful Crest. However, it was nothing to brag about, VERY small, unadorned, and funtional at best. Mann was not much for building attractive theatres. He seemed to be into functional only shooting galleries with seats. I am sure Charlie Skouras has turned over a few times after Mann bought the nationwide chain of FOX THEATRES.

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larrygoldsmith on Feb 28, 2009 at 8:21 am

In regards to above news article, I remember well when Charlie Mapes opened the MONEY TREE ON Virginia St. When he later bought the entire block for his expansion, he put a lot of long time busineses out. It was a VERY short time after that, that he lost everything due to poor business. He even lost his flagship MAPES HOTEL AND CASINO. What’s so funny about the whole deal, is that the original MONEY TREE CASINO on Virginia is STILL CLOSED. It’s too bad that the beautiful little Crest Theatre was demolished for one of Mapes failures. Mapes also pleaded with the City of Reno for control of the MAJESTIC THEATRE which was on the corner of First and Center St.s. He wanted the property to demolish for a parking area which was located right behind his MAPES HOTEL. Of course, he eventually got it. Another beautiful theatre lost. Now that entire block is nothing more than a huge cement park, that is just a “hang out” for homeless and bad ass teenagers.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Town & Country Theater on Feb 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm

FOX TOWN AND COUNTRY THEATRE was originally owned by National General Theatres.It was sold to CENTURY THEATRES in the early 70’s when Mann took over and sold or closed all the Bay Area theatres under the FOX/NATIONAL GENERAL banner.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Fox Burlingame Theater on Feb 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

How well I remember Ward Stoopes, he was a true showman. During the 70’s, he was working for National General Theatres in the maintenance dept. He and Marvin Atkinson did all the theatre maint. for the SF/Bay Area NGT. I was managing the Fox Skyline at the time. Ward and I became such good friends. At the time, he was struggling to keep the Encore Theatre in Burlingame going. He eventually had to close it and was he heartbroken. I lost track of Ward after I left the Fox in 75. Was so disturbed to hear he had passed away. He will always remain in my thoughts.

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larrygoldsmith on Jan 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Also just noted, CT incorrectly listed operator as National General Amusements. It was actually built and operated by National General Theatres a division of National General Corp.

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larrygoldsmith on Jan 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Comments above are somewhat correct, however Rancho Cordova is one of many “districts” of many names, but still considered Sacramento. I did error in stating I-80, theatre was actually right off Highway 50, east of downtown Sacto.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Centre Theatre on Jan 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Does anyone remember when Jim Sutton managed this theatre in the early 70’s? He later left there to become district manager for No. Cal. division for National General. I remember working under him when he was DM, what a great guy he was. Would like to hear from anyone who would know where he is now.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Colón Theater on Jan 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

The above photos are a sad commentary to what was a pretty decent movie theatre. Very haunting, in a sense.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Brenden Theatres Las Vegas 14 & IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort on Jan 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm

What a great website for BRENDEN THEATRES. It would appear that these are first class theatres. The auditoriums and lobbys appear to be ornately decorated, with a “classic theatre” appearance. No shooting gallery appearence here!

Was also surprised that Brenden is the grandson of Ted Mann. The newer MANN THEATRES built in the 70’s and 80’s certainly do not look like the BRENDEN THEATRES of today.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Mission Theatre on Jan 23, 2009 at 9:38 am

Lost Memory

Just to let you know how much I enjoy all your wonderful pictures, on almost every site I go on. I don’t know where you find them all but keep it up!! Just a long overdue thank you!

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larrygoldsmith commented about Fox Theatre on Jan 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm

In regards to the above question regarding the PARIS THEATRE, it was located in downtown Palo Alto, about 7 miles south of Redwood City. It was in operation for years. It was classified as an art house. Very popular with the Stanford University crowd. They also served espresso style coffees which were available in the lobby. You could enjoy coffee there without obligation of admission ticket if you chose. Not very big.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Majestic Theater on Jan 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

The entire Majestic Theatre/Mapes Hotel block is now a public cement park with nothing more than a few benches and some shrubs scattered about. It is also the part time arena for the ice skating rink. Two beautiful buildings demolished for this, very sad.

The Granada Theatre was open until 1997 (operated by UA) when the flood hit Reno and making it impossible to renovate any building in that immediate area. Everything was torn down. A beautiful high rise condo building stands where the Granada was, a typical looking 12 screen Century Theatre sits on the other side of the street.

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larrygoldsmith commented about Seavue Twin Theater on Nov 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

In regards to the above press release that a Walgreens would replace the “razed” Seavue Theatre, isn’t that just wonderful, I could not think of a better replacement.

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larrygoldsmith commented about The status of ushers on Nov 15, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I would say in most situations, that ushers and usherettes were about in equal quantity in most theatres. In later years, when young people became more rowdy and disruptive, males were probably used more to monitor the auditorium. When I managed in the 70’s, I always used 2 males “inside” on Friday and Saturday nights. The young people that attended on those 2 nights could sometimes be a real nightmare. I finally smartened up and monitored the box office, where I could keep out the trouble makers. This was probably the most effective method of keeping the adult patrons happy and coming back.