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Although I could not find any definitive record as to the official opening date of the theatre I did find a mention of the site in an article published in 1997. Here are some exterior and interior photos of the theatre from 2010:
1, 2, 3, 4
Curious as to what modifications have been made to the interior. The theatre was completely gutted in 1986 with only the faÃ§ade left intact. The four cinemas which were built in the former balcony area only accommodated 475. If the operation was having difficulty realizing a profit with a four screen mini cinema how will it be successful with only half the auditoria and fewer seats? Photos from 2006:
1, 2, 3
Beautiful faÃ§ade (Photo One, Photo Two and wonder if any photos of the interior exist. It must have been very spacious considering the size of the building and the seating capacity of only 850.
Photo of the Visulite Theatre from spring 2010: Exterior
The Island Cinema opened as single screen during the early 1980s and was later converted to a twin by splitting the auditorium down the center. The architectural design is functional and non-descript. The facility is very clean and comfortable with the closest completion 14 miles away on the mainland. Photos from December 2010: 1, 2
Island Cinema Official Site
A beautiful piece of architecture. Photos from 2010: Facade,
I hold no ill will towards AMC for they could have closed the entire single screen inventory they procured from Loews right off the bat but opted not to. Most of the movie going public have little regard for these boutique venues and suffer not at their demise.
Does anyone have any interior shots of the theatre to share? I doubt that I will be back in Manhattan before its closure and would love to know what it look like during its original incarnation.
A great cinema! Interior and exterior photos from 2010:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
These proposed renovations look very promising.
2010 photo of the Grace Street Theatre
The Court Theatre is undergoing massive restoration and upgrading. This will be well worth the trip to see upon its completion! For more information and photos of the process visit the Huntingdon Court Theatre website.
This theatre was called the New Willou when it first opened in 1918 and was renamed the State during the 1930s.
Although I never had the opportunity to see the Birmingham in its original single screen format, I was pleasantly surprised to learn and see that a considerable amount of effort was made to retain most of the signature characteristics of the initial design when it was reconfigured as a multiplex. Interior and exterior photos from 2010:
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The Art/M Washington is still there in all of its finite glory. Ypsilanti has some definite potential but lacks the cosmopolitan flavour of its neighbor Ann Arbor. Yet another pick (this one circa 2010) of the former theatre: flickr
The AMC Hoffman Center is probably the largest multiplex to date in the great DC metro area. This three story edifice covers at least a quarter of a city block, has twenty-two auditoria each seating between 100 to 450. The IMAX regretfully is not true IMAX (e.g. Smithsonian IMAX theatres) but does has the capabilities for 3D presentations. Photos from 2010: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The Loews Jersey Gardens was designed by the New York City-based architectural firm David Rockwell & Associates.
The Majestic is a real delight! It is nice to see venues of this type which blend the best elements of the old and the new resurfacing in downtown areas. Photo from 2010:
A neat little find in the Harbor of Grace. 2010 photos of the former State Theatre: 1, 2
It is difficult to tell what if anything remains of the Sylvanâ€™s auditorium. Most of the area which has been converted to retain seems only to cover what would have been the theatre lobby.
The Wayne State is an icon; a remarkable piece of architecture and pure eye candy. A couple of 2010 photos for your pleaure:
Here are some great photos and information on the Lee/Grace Street Theatre.
I got a few shots of the 7-10 before they were boarded up and would love to see photos of the 1-9 theatres. I think AMC still hold the lease and will open a new complex in the mall if and when the renovation gets underway.