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An early photo of the original Imperial Theatre in Sarnia can be found at http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2481/3996298835_a8f8b15dfd.jpg
Looking at the back facade, it looks as if the damage to the theatre itself was so severe that the theatre portion of the building was torn down, except for the lower parts of the outer side walls, as the two story front portion was extended outwards.
A photo of the tornade damage to the rear of the Imperial Theatre in 1953 can be found at http://www.flickriver.com/photos/34370769@N07/4914004651/#large
Clarifying the architects of C. Howard Crane & Associates who designed the 1950 renovation of this theater, the architects from that firm who did the actual designs were Elmer Keihler and Dixon Kellogg. The original 1917 design was by Chicago architect “John W. Everson.” I wonder if that is a misspelling of the legendary theater architect John Eberson.
C. Howard Crane & Associates was the architectural firm that designed the 1950 renovation of this theater.
This theater only had one screen.
The beautifully restored Temple Theatre is a great venue for this festival. They also have the mighty Barton organ.
There is a news report about the status of this drive-in at
@lexmarks567: The two remaining NA indoor multiplexes they were still operating in Michigan were sold to Rave Motion Pictures. A former NA cinema they were leasing in Courtland Center in Burton was reopened by Owosso-based NCG Cinemas. The former Showcase Cinemas East is also listed for sale and the former Cinema 10 which they leased in Flint Township is boarded up.
The above real estate listing shows that the listed price for this former drive-in has been reduced to $1.6 million.
That is the former Mall of Memphis Cinema which was operated by General Cinemas. Info at http://www.mallofmemphis.org/Main/Cinema
It opened in 1981 and closed when this mall closed in the late 1990s. The mall has since been torn down.
A Norman’s store now occupies the site.
The State Theatre took its place.
Jack Loeks Theatres also operates the Celebration! Cinemas chain of megaplexes in western Michigan.
Thanks, TLSLOEWS. As there was no link to Part 2, I just uploaded it. Hope you like that as well.
Cinema Treasures has uploaded a TV commercial for this drive in. http://cinematreasures.org/video/us-23-drive-in-theater
Now will they advertise in print media? They don’t do that for their Rave Cinemas in Flint, MI.
At this writing, this cinema still has the old Showcase Cinemas signage with the word “Showcase” either covered over or removed.
As part of the theater’s restoration, the OCP agreed to retain the red tiles and the 1950s marquee because that is part of the facade’s history.
The Lyric Theatre became the State Theatre.
This was the first theater which began the NCG Cinemas chain and is still operated by NCG.
When the theater opened in 1969, its entrance was very plain looking with just a channel letter sign above the entrance saying “Mall Theatre.” Before Silver Cinemas reopened it in 1998, they also revamped the entrance adding the nice tile work and the marquee over the entrance.
The original operator of this cinema was the United Detroit Theatres unit of ABC Theatres. When ABC exited the theater business, Plitt Theatres took over. Plitt sold it to National Amusements before it first closed in the mid-1980s.
According to http://burtonview.mihomepaper.com/news/2011-05-19/News/NCG_Movies_to_reopen_Courtland_Cinemas_this_Friday.html this cinema was expanded and renovated in 1998 by the Silver Cinemas chain and renamed Silver Cinemas which added four additional screens and renovated the two existing screens with stadium seating, reclining seats and cupholders. National Amusements bought it just months later and renamed the theater back to Courtland Cinemas.
The drive-in site is now a golf driving range. The screen tower is still standing with green siding on all sides.