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From Getty Images, here is a 1933 night view of Randolph Street from State Street with the vertical signs of the Oriental and United Artists Theaters lit up.
Cinematour lists a Pastime Theater for Elberta, AL. I don’t imagine in a town this small there’d be two theaters, so I wonder if Pastime might be the original name for the Lex?
The marquee of the Times Theater can just be seen in this 1950s postcard view of Liberty and Main Streets in Morris.
“Trying Times for the Portage”, the headline of this article from the Reader.
According to this story in yesterday’s Daily Herald, the Catlow ended up raising nearly twice their goal of $100,000 when the Kickstarter campaign ended after 60 days. With enough raised for the conversion to digital, the theater will now focus additional funds raised on a new HVAC system, as well as a new HVAC system in the projection booth, needed to maintain the new digital equipment. Also, the owners hope to repair the ladies room, make repairs to the roof, and paint the marquee and vertical sign, among other fixes.
The Telenews can be seen on the left in this circa-1942 postcard view of Third Avenue.
A circa-1942 poscard view of Third Avenue with the Winter Garden visible on the right can be seen here.
More information on Carranza’s eviction of the Portage’s current management can be read at here. I definitely won’t see another concert at the Congress again after this, at least while Mr. Carranza owns it.
An article from the Daily Herald from 9/17/12 about the Cascade’s conversion to digital projection can be seen here.
Here is a recent close-up view of the ornate terra-cotta facade of the Congress.
From the 1940s postcard view above, the Carrington Youth Center doesn’t look anything like the former Grand Theater building. In fact, the configuration of the block in the postcard doesn’t match the current Google street view of the block the youth center is on.
More photos of the transformation of the Esquire into Del Frisco’s Double Eagle steak house can be seen here.
According to this 2010 article from the Ottawa Times, the Gayety Theater was heavily damaged in a blaze in December 1930 that began in a next door beauty salon. The theater was remodeled in Spanish atmospheric style and reopened in September 1931 as the Roxy.
More on the reported bidding by the owner of the Congress Theater for the Portage in this article from the Chicago Sun-Times.
More on the theater’s remodeling can be read here. This is the second AMC Loews cinema in the Chicago area after the Randhurst 12 in Mt. Prospect to feature a bar.
A current view of the Gem Theater building serving as City Hall can be seen here.
Amazingly, the Catlow has reached its goal of raising $100,000 towards replacing its film equipment with digital in less than a week. Read more in this article from today’s Daily Herald.
Here is a view of the Marshall Square’s auditorium around the time it opened.
More on the efforts to reopen this theater in this article in today’s Daily Herald.
The theater’s namesake is donating more money towards the theater according to this story in the LA Times.
This same story was just posted last week on 7/22.
A great 1966 view of the Shubert can be seen here.
From the 7/24 Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, more on the restoration of the Pickwick, including the search for the original color scheme of the marquee.
In other Congress Theater news, the Congress will be undergoing a renovation beginning this fall according to this article.