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Joe Vogel commented about Belfast Opera House on Sep 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm

This web page says that the Belfast Opera House was built in 1866-1868 by contractor Axel Hayford, and was originally called Hayford Hall.

The November 26, 2014, issue of the Penobscot Bay Pilot ran this article reporting that the Belfast Opera House had been added to Maine Preservation’s “Most Endangered Properties” list.

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Joe Vogel commented about Deering Theatre on Sep 16, 2015 at 3:34 am

According to this web page the Deering Theatre was in the building at the corner of Stevens Avenue and Brentwood Street. From the caption of the very small photo it at appears to have been on the northwest corner. The Deering Theatre was in operation by 1934, in which year the operators placed a courtesy ad in Deering High School’s yearbook.

An earlier house called the Deering Theatre operated on Congress Street in downtown Portland, but I don’t believe there was ever any connection between the two. The neighborhood house in Deering Center might have originated as the 400-seat, second-floor theater listed in the 1901-1902 Cahn Guide as the Hoegg Opera House, which itself might also have been the facility called Hoegg Hall or Hoegg’s Hall which was mentioned in several publications of the 1900s. The building suffered a major fire in 1905 and was rebuilt.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theater on Sep 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

vaudevillegeek: If I read correctly the 1917 book I cited earlier, “…the Plaza, which is the continuation of his original house….” must have been at 214 N. Hastings, the location the book gave for the Nickel Theatre, opened by Mr. Hayter in 1907. If that’s the case then the Plaza was not the same house that later operated as the Cornhusker and then the State. I’ve found the Plaza mentioned in a couple of trade journal items from the 1910s, but they provide no details about the house.

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Joe Vogel commented about Athens Theatre on Sep 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Ms. Blankenship, Cinema Treasures is not affiliated in any way with the New Bern Civic Theatre. If you wish to contact that organization directly, you can do so from their web site. Their “Contact” link can be found by hovering your cursor over the “Giving” link on their main page.

Cinema Treasures also has a page for the Lions Lincoln Theatre, but so far it has received no comments. Perhaps you would like to provide the first?

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Joe Vogel commented about Gem Theatre on Sep 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

This web page about the Clinton Historic Commercial District says that the “…Gem Theater occupied the building at 109 N. Wall Street from the 1930s until the early 1950s.”

Street View shows that the narrow, two-story gray building was occupied by a Spanish language church for a while, but the Internet indicates that the church has moved on to new quarters elsewhere. The building might currently be vacant, but I haven’t found any real estate listings for it.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wellman Theater on Sep 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

milanp: As you actually saw this theater when it was still in operation maybe you can tell me whether I was right about the name Wellman Theatre having last been used on the former New Mock Theatre, which is now a church. Is the theater in the photo at the top of this page the Wellman Theatre you attended in 1971? (You can see a wider view of the building by clicking on the “Street View” link below the photo.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Roanoke Theatre on Sep 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Midtown_kc is correct. The description of this folder of 1940 tax assessment photos (including the one depicting the theater above) says that the Roanoke Theatre was at 813 East 39th Street (it should actually be West 39th, though.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Royal Theater on Sep 8, 2015 at 1:16 am

The Royal Theatre was in operation by 1917, when a promotion involving it was the subject of this item in the September 15 issue of Motography:

“The management of the Royal Theater and the merchants of Gering, Nebraska, are experimenting with a free ticket plan which will continue in effect until October 27. Under the operation of this scheme purchasers of goods are receiving tickets with what they buy, entitling them to one admission on each ticket to the Monday night and Saturday matinée shows of the Royal Theater. As tickets require no extra outlay of cash the bills being footed by the business men engaged in the plan, it is expected to prove a satisfactory trade inducement.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Pussycat Cinema on Sep 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Linkrot repair: The links in my comment of November 9, 2009, are dead. The Boxoffice articles I referred to about the remodeling of the Trans-Lux Broadway into the Trans Lux West are now here:

December 19, 1966 (I mistakenly said it was from 1965 in my earlier comment.)

April 24, 1967. This is a brief item saying construction had begun and that the opening was planned for May 22.

The remodeling project was designed by Drew Eberson, who had also designed the Trans-Lux East Theatre a few years earlier.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lititz Theatre on Sep 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Street View is set one door too far east. There is now a toy store where the entrance to the Lititz Theatre used to be.

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Joe Vogel commented about Star Theatre on Sep 3, 2015 at 7:44 pm

In the current Google street view, the building described in the NRHP form and shown on the Sanborn map has “For Sale” signs in the windows. Judging from the Sanborn map, the theater’s address was probably the 108 N. Maple given in the NRHP form, with the bakery at 106.

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Joe Vogel commented about Schine Riviera Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm

According to a brief article about the Riviera Theatre in a document published by the Rochester Theatre Organ Society (PDF here) the house opened on Saturday, September 25, 1926. The Riviera had a 3/11 Marr & Colton organ.

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Joe Vogel commented about Little Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Linkrot repair: The August 5, 1950, Boxoffice article about Rochester’s Little Theatre that Gerald DeLuca linked to some years ago has been moved to this link. The article is at the top of the left column.

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Joe Vogel commented about Nadeau Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

The Nadeau Theatre, 1917 Nadeau Street, was listed in the moving picture theatres section of the 1926 city directory. As it is not listed in the 1925 directory (the address wasn’t even in use that year) it is probably safe to assume that it opened sometime in 1925, possibly in a newly-constructed building.

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Joe Vogel commented about Amuzu Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

This early movie house was operated by Louis Mitchell, who later opened the Lyric Theatre and the State Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elk Twin Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Renovation is again underway at the Reeves Theatre, and the venue could be opened by summer of 2016, according to this illustrated articleposted by the Elkin Tribune on July 17, 2015.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elk Twin Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

This brief item from October 24, 1940, issue of The Elkin Tribune makes it sound as though the Reeves Theatre was not to be built on the same site as the Elk Theatre:

“Of considerable interest was the announcement Monday by Dr. W. B. Reeves, who owns and operates the Elk Theatre, that he is planning to build a new and modern theatre on West Main street next to the Duke Power Company, having purchased that property, and the W. M. Allen property upon which is situated the building housing the law offices of Mr. Allen and Hoke Henderson, and the Elkin-Jonesville Building & Loan Association. This building, it is understood, will be torn down to make room for the new theatre, work on which will start sometime in the near future.”
I’ve been unable to discover if the Reeves Theatre was indeed built at the location announced in this article. If the Elk Theatre was in a different location than the Reeves I don’t know what became of it. I’ve found no references to it after 1940, so if it was a different house it must have closed when the Reeves Theatre opened.

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Joe Vogel commented about Lyric Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

The Lyric Theatre was originally operated by Louis Mitchell, who had earlier operated the Amuzu Theatre. A brief article about Mitchell (including a photo that I would presume is of him) and a large ad for the Lyric can both be found on page 8 of the March 19, 1936, issue of The Elkin Tribune (PDF here.) By the late 1940s the Lyric and the State Theatre, which Mitchell began building in late 1940, had been taken over by rival theater operator W. B. Reeves.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

This item from the October 30, 1940, issue of The Elkin Tribune must be about the State Theatre:


“Work Begun on Large, Modern Structure on Church Street


“Construction work here was given another boost Monday with the announcement by Louis Mitchell, proprietor of the Lyric theatre, that construction has already begun upon a new and modern theatre upon the lot on Church street located just to the rear of Turner Drug Co. Mr. Mitchell Stated that the new theatre would seat, when completed, approximately 900 persons, and that it would be thoroughly modern and up-to-date in every way. He stated that the building is being erected by O. L. Brown, local contractor. Size of the building will be approximately 50x90 feet, it was said.”

The same article also noted that Dr. W. B. Reeves, operator of the Elk Theatre, expected to soon begin construction of a new theater on West Main Street. This was the house that opened in 1941 as the Reeves Theatre. By the late 1940s, Reeves would also have taken over operation of Mitchell’s Lyric and State Theatres.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elk Twin Theatre on Sep 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm

The NRHP nomination form for the Downtown Elkin Historic District (PDF here) has a paragraph about the Reeves Theatre. It says that Dr. W. B. Reeves built the 300-seat Elk Theatre in 1937, and built the 700-seat Reeves Theatre in 1941 after realizing that the town could support a larger house. It doesn’t say that the Elk Theatre was on the same site as the Reeves, but doesn’t say it wasn’t. It’s possible that part of the original theater was incorporated into the new house.

This article from the July 2, 2012, issue of The Winston-Salem Journal says that the Reeves Theatre had been entirely gutted in preparation for a renovation as a performing arts space. Even the balcony had been removed. The Elk Twin had closed in 1994, after a storm damaged the roof.

A video and a collection of 19 photos accompany the article. Most of the photos show the abandoned building before it was gutted, but a few are after. One after photo shows that the original art modern facade has also been stripped off of the building, leaving bare brick, though the marquee is still intact.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

An article about flooding at Rosiclare in the January 30, 1950, issue of the Harrisburg, Illinois Daily Register said that seats, carpet, concession stand, and other equipment in the Capitol Theatre had been moved into the balcony to protect it from the rising water of the Ohio River.

There’s a small photo of the Capitol Theatre on this web page. The text says that the Capitol was owned by a Walter Dimick. That makes it likely that the Capitol was the house being built for Dimick at Rosiclare in 1919, as noted in this item from the July 5 issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater & Store Bldg.: $15,000. 48xl07. Rosiclare, Ill. Archts. Geo. H. Kennerly & Steigmeyer, 505 Benoist bldg., St. Louis. Owner W. B. Dimick, Rosiclaie. Owner taking bids.”
The Capitol in the photo does resemble the description of the theater in the trade journal, and its architectural style is characteristic of the late 1910s-early 1920s. Mr. Dimick already operated a theater called the Gem in Rosiclare, which I found mentioned in items from 1918. I don’t know if it remained in operation after the new house opened.

The site of the Capitol Theatre is now occupied by a small park with a large gazebo that might be used for public events.

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Joe Vogel commented about TEM Theatre on Aug 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm

The June 8, 1951, issue of the The Monroe News-Star said that the TEM Theatre would open that day. Tom E. McElroy had bought the Capitol Theatre from the Paramount interests and closed it for a week to repaint and remodel.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rainbow Theater on Aug 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm

The Rainbow Theatre’s building looks to date from the 1910s, perhaps earlier. This web page has a photo of the Rainbow displaying a poster for King Vidor’s first feature film, The Turn in the Road, which was released in 1919. The theater had its original arched sign at this time.

There are also three photos of downtown Mahnomen that include fairly close views of the theater. The most recent appears to be the once captioned “Downtown 1,” in which the 1955 Humphrey Bogart movie The Desperate Hour is featured on the Rainbow Theatre’s marquee.

I found a Mr. Charles Vondra mentioned as the owner of the Rainbow Theatre in 1929. Judge Charles Vondra, of Mahnomen, Minnesota, appeared in a group photo of exhibitors that was published in the June 23, 1951, issue of Boxoffice, so he must have run this theater for quite some time.

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Joe Vogel commented about Uptown Theater on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:21 am

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Joe Vogel commented about Varsity Theatre on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:18 am

The September 4, 1936, issue of The Film Daily had this item in its Detroit column: “Russell Chapman, manager of the Madison for United Detroit Theaters, is to manage the new Varsity Theater opening this week.”