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The restoration seems to be going very well – from the official page’s photo gallery, it looks like they’ve basically finished restoring the interior décor – looks great!
It looks like currently the theatre is mainly rented out for events. Their webpage (http://www.showplacebuffalo.com/) does have a photo of the façade which has been nicely restored (Much better than the old photos in the cinematreasures gallery)
The following link shows some nice interior photos featuring the extensive restoration carried out in 2013-2014. They also upgraded the infrastructure and put in digital projection.
The Forum was built in 1919.
The official webpage links to some nice interior photos – interesting to see that the original proscenium arch has been re-created; the original was destroyed in a fire in the 1950s and was replaced by simple curtained walls – nice to see the original back with the native American symbols.
Interesting from the aerial view: Long lobby and then you turn left to enter the auditorium – fairly wide auditorium. But then the stage house is backing up against the street – surprising to see valuable street frontage taken up with the stagehouse!
The current Google Street View, the front is still in great shape, can still look through clear glass on the doors – nothing’s boarded up. I wonder if it’s currently being used for anything. A very ornate façade which (although completely painted white) is still in very good shape.
Nice photos at their new website:
They’ve done much of their renovations and the auditorium looks great!
Looks like the building is closed since the Opera company moved to the Kauffmann in 2011. Their website does not indicate if they still own the building or what its current status is.
Looks like the link I mentioned above was inaccurate. According to the Nor-Shor’s website, renovations are still underway.
According to the below article, the Nor-Shor reopened in 2013 after a $29,000,000 restoration.
The Regent was built in 1916, according to their website.
According to their video on their website, the restoration is mostly finished now; I believe the bulk was finished by 2011.
Is the Congress Theatre close?? Their website is down.
The restored organ had its first concert in March 2014.
As of September 2014, the Circle Cinema building is still standing.
From the Google Street View from 126th street (dated September 2014) the auditorium has been demolished and the new tower (about 8 floors) has been built. The street view on 125th street (from 2013) shows the lobby portion of the Victoria still standing. I hope they keep the interior architecture.
The website for the Grand Warner Trust is:
The theatre itself has a Facebook page with some recent interior photos at:
The Facebook page has a lot more recent news and postings. Unfortunately the Trust’s webpage doesn’t have much recent news – the trust was formed in 2008 according to their webpage. From the photos at the Facebook site, the interior looks in excellent shape and is quite ornate – looks like it’s the original color scheme!
Direct Link to the Avalon Theatre webpage:
According to this May 2014 article, the renovation is well underway, with reopening planned for August:
Their official webpage is http://www.kingstheatre.com/
Their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/KingsTheatreBklyn
The facebook page has a lot of restoration news and photos.
The building at 45 Milbury St looks like it could have been the front part of a theatre at one time, but this street is right next to the interstate. The building here may have been a front retail section with an auditorium behind it sitting where the Interstate is now.
According to their website (Sept. 2014) they are now in the middle of a fundraising effort for the “Palladium Restoration Project” which will fund the restoration of architectural details along with equipping the theatre with state of the art equipment. They are striving to raise $1,000,000 by the end of 2014; people may make donations through a Paypal link on their page (listed at the top of this page). Let’s hope they are successful – the architecture will be wonderful when fully restored. Good news is that it appears the tax issue isn’t a problem anymore – they seem very positive about the future and their events calendar is very busy.
Looking at the new photo gallery at their official website (http://crossroadspresents.com/orpheum-theatre/photos), it looks like at the least, the auditorium has been completely repainted and the seats re-upholstered. It looks quite nice in there.
The renovation is already underway – from the photos in the link above, they are already working on the walls, seats and carpet are removed, everything’s well underway. The article describes the work as a $13,000,000 renovation which is expected to take about a year to complete. The new owner is Tiptina’s owner Roland von Kurnakowski who purchased it in February 2014. When it reopens, the Orpheum will not only host the Philharmonic Symphony, but will also have other concerts, movie showings and special events. The formerly unused basement will also be renovated and put to use.