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Joe Vogel commented about Preston Airdome and Theater on Jan 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The Airdome is long gone, but the Preston Theatre building, much altered, now houses an art gallery and artist’s studio.

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Joe Vogel commented about Franklin Theatre on Jan 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The December 4, 1920, issue of The Moving Picture World said that a Franklin Theatre at Franklin, Virginia, was being run by a Mr. M. H. Eppstein of Richmond, Virginia.

It is possible that this theater was replaced in 1921, though I’ve found only one notice about the project, this from the February 26 issue of The American Contractor:

“Suffolk, Va.—Theater (M. P.) & Playhouse: $25,000. 1 sty. 55x90. Franklin. Va. Archt. Riddick & Breeden, Suffolk. Owner Franklin Amusement Corp., J. A. Pretlow, pres., H. H. Eppstein, mgr., Franklin. Sen. contr. let to E. C. Smith, Franklin.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Wilson Theatre on Jan 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

The September 2, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Acme Theatre:

“J. J. Barrett Buys the Acme. St. Louis, Mo.—James J. Barrett, of the Chippewa and Knickerbocker theaters, has added the Acme, on 1417-19 Cass avenue, to his string of amusement houses and is getting it in readiness to open within a few weeks. The Acme seats 800 persons, and it is being treated to a set of new furnishings and equipment. Mr. Barrett has made a huge success of his other two houses, and the same system of management will prevail at the Acme.”
The reference to new furnishings and equipment suggests that the house had already been in operation for some time. The 800 given as the seating capacity might have been a typo for 300.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Dec 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm

If the Strand was the only theater opened at Oconowomoc in 1921,, then it was probably this project noted in the December 25, 1920, issue of The American Contractor:

“Theatre, Office & Store Bldg.: $25,000. 2 sty. & bas. 68x115. Oconomowoc, Wis. Archt. A. C. Clas. 205 Colby Abbott bldg., Milwaukee. Owner Oconomowoc Theatre Co., H. E. Welch & Philip Binzel. Oconomowoc. Mas. to J. L. Stanage, 144 Oneida St., Milwaukee. Carp. to Gunder Anderson, Oconomowoc. Fdn. in.”
Alfred Charles Clas, previously of the noted architectural firm of Ferry & Clas, had an independent practice in Milwaukee from 1912 to 1932.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cameo Theatre on Dec 31, 2016 at 4:06 pm

This web page has three stories about small towns in Virginia, the last of them being Exmore. It says that the Cameo Theatre opened in 1938 with the Katherine Hepburn-Ginger Rogers film Stage Door. The house closed in the late 1950s.

The building is now occupied by a company called New Ravenna Mosaics, which bills itself as a designer of handcrafted mosaics in glass and stone. The ultimate goal is to restore the Cameo for use as the company’s main showroom.

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Joe Vogel commented about Majestic Theater on Dec 23, 2016 at 2:19 am

The Majestic is listed in Frank Cullen’s book Vaudeville Old & New as one of four Reading houses that were at one time or another on the Keith-Albee vaudeville circuit (the other three were the Hippodrome, the Rajah, and Wilmer & Vincent’s Orpheum.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Fairmont Theater on Dec 23, 2016 at 1:31 am

The March 3, 1923, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the original Fairmont Theatre:

“The theatre being erected on Adams street, Fairmont, W. Va., by the West Virginia Amusement Company, will be known as the Fairmont Theatre. The name was decided upon after a contest held among the citizens of the city, to suggest names for the new house.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 23, 2016 at 12:58 am

Goodbye to another Palace. CinemaTour has a few exterior photos made in 1989.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cherryvale Mall Cinema on Dec 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

The former Cherryvale Mall Cinema’s original, three-screen building is now the home of the GAR South Trampoline Park, operated by Gymnastics Academy of Rockford, so I suppose gymnasium would be the most accurate description of the current use. The trampoline park uses the address 1949 South Bell School Road, but even with that address Google Maps won’t put the pin icon in the proper place.

The building is at the southwest corner of Bell School Road and Mid Mall Drive, at the northeast corner of the mall property. In Google Maps' satellite view the building appears to be in good condition, but street view shows that grass is attempting to reclaim the severely crazed parking lot.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cherryvale Mall Cinema on Dec 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

An ad for the Massey Seating Company on this page of Boxoffice, August 2, 1976, features a photo of one of the auditoriums of Plitt’s CherryVale 1-2-3.

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Joe Vogel commented about Northwest 14 on Dec 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Linkrot repair: The August 2, 1976, Boxoffice article about the original Northwest Six can now be found at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Plaza Theatre on Dec 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Linkrot repair: Large scans of the article about the Plaza Theatre in the August 2, 1976, issue of Boxoffice can now be seen at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Smithfield Theatre on Dec 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Ah, yes, I see that the latticework brick parapet on the former department store building has survived intact.

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Joe Vogel commented about Jerry Lewis Cinema on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:31 am

The March 13, 1972, issue of Boxoffice said that a free-standing Jerry Lewis Cinema had opened March 1 in Monahans, Texas, at the southwest corner of 2nd and Allen. That’s where the Texan is.

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Joe Vogel commented about Sylvia Theatre on Dec 18, 2016 at 2:01 am

The Wikipedia article on the Sylvester Commercial Historic District, citing an NRHP nomination form, says that the Sylvia Theatre was built in 1915 at 118 E. Kelly Street.

The Sylvia Theatre was mentioned in the May 14, 1921, issue of The Moving Picture World. The manager at that time was named R.A. Heinsohn, but the magazine misspelled it as Heinshon.

I believe the theater was in a building now housing the Daniel Auction Co., which uses the address 116 but is wide enough to have housed a theater entrance flanked by two small storefronts. A taller section at the back, which looks to have been an addition, could have been the auditorium.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Dec 17, 2016 at 10:55 pm

Duke Filmography lists the Olympia Theatre as first appearing in the FDY in 1932. It was an Odeon house.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dowagiac Theatre on Dec 17, 2016 at 2:42 am

It looks like the Dowagiac Theatre’s building is still standing, occupied by the offices of an outfit called LPL Financial, a business services and financial planning company, but the facade has been refinished with new brick.

Comments on the Caruso Theatre page at Water Winter Wonderland indicate that, though the theater never reopened after the 1977 fire, the marquee remained in place until 2004. Another comment says that Paul Caruso sold the theater in 1965.

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Joe Vogel commented about Celebration! Cinema & IMAX Theatre Grand Rapids North on Dec 16, 2016 at 2:49 am

Projects built for Loeks Theatres/Celebration! Cinema since 1995 have been designed by Grand Rapids architectural firm Post Associates, which is headed by Mark Post.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

I see a Theatre Street in Concord, but none in Penacook, which is some distance north of Concord.

I tried to look this house up on cinemadata.org, but the site’s url returns only 404 “Not Found” errors. I hope it hasn’t vanished from the web forever. It has been a good source for information about New England theaters.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Don Lewis’s photo shows that, behind that ugly false front, the State Theatre has nice, decorative brickwork similar to that of Homer Harper’s Loma Theatre in Coloma, though the State also had a bit of ornate decoration now concealed by the angled sections of the false front. This would probably be a very handsome building if that ill-advised remodeling, which was probably done in the 1970s, would be undone.

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Joe Vogel commented about Loma Theatre on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm

The facade treatment of the Loma Theatre is quite similar to Homer Harper’s State Theatre in Benton Harbor, except the State’s original brick has been covered up with one of those (probably aluminum) false fronts so popular for cheap remodeling jobs in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Smithfield Theatre on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:40 am

I believe the address 229 is obsolete. If the Smithfield Theatre was built next door to the Jamestown Theatre, then it had to have been in what is now the 100 block of Main Street, between Mason Street and Church Street. See my comment on the Jamestown Theatre page for more detail.

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Joe Vogel commented about Jamestown Theater on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:34 am

The addresses on the map wsasser uploaded appear to be obsolete. It shows the Jamestown Hotel on the south side of Main Street between Mason Street and Church Street (not labeled on the map, but it’s the street angling off to the southeast.) That block is now the 100 block.

I notice that the old map also shows both odd and even numbers on both sides of the street. The numbering system today has odd numbers on the south side and even numbers on the north. I suspect that the renumbering took place when Church Street, which ends at Main Street on the old map, was cut through to the north.

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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theater on Dec 11, 2016 at 5:45 pm

The Nebraska State Historical Society’s page about Omaha architectural firm John Latenser & Sons includes in its references section a listing of the Orpheum Theatre as a 1954 project. Given the timing, this was likely a renovation that included adapting the house for CinemaScope movies.

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Joe Vogel commented about Symphony Space/Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on Dec 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

The June 29, 1918, issue of Dramatic Mirror said that Aubrey M. Kennedy’s new Symphony Theatre had opened on June 14. The opening night feature film was The Unchastened Woman, starring Grace Valentine.