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My first visit to Oberlin on December 5, 2015…I don’t know the history of the Sunflower. Has the current location always been the venue’s home? It certainly looks new and spiffy from the exterior.
New pictures of the Jayhawk in the photo section.
Not sure of the opening date, but the theatre was operating in the mid-1980s as a Commonwealth Theatres house, taken over by United Artists in the early 1990s.
While I attended college at the University of Oklahoma, the theatre hosted a few screenings of the English Department sponsored Czechoslovakian Film Festival, circa 1979-1980. One rare print of a Czech movie came with French subtitles, so an interpreter sat in the audience translating as the film played. Later the venue became a concert hall – I saw The Smithereens play an excellent show there, circa 1986-87.
My parents took us to a few films at this drive-in in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Hillcrest sat next to Will Rogers World Airport, and the jets flying in and out often drowned out the audio!
Visited the remains of the Almonte 6 on November 16, 2015. Still empty and partially taken apart, with the projection booth exposed and the bases of the old projectors still in place – too heavy to move, I’m sure. I’d love to know if the safe is still in place in the manager’s office. New photos posted in the picture section.
The Westwood was in my neighborhood, but our family mainly went to drive-ins. Two films I recall seeing there – Out Of Africa and Dragnet (1987). This theatre was so much better than the neighboring MacArthur Park 4.
Visited the former Apollo Twin theater on November 12, 2015. Currently the home of a furniture store, the old theatre’s lobby brought back memories, looking much as it did when I was the manager there in the mid-1980s. Not much else would give you a clue that it was a movie house in another time. But I’m glad the building is still in use. New pictures posted in the photo section.
Visited the former Heritage Plaza 5 on November 12, 2015, and met a couple members of the staff of People’s Church.tv. The church has done an impressive job of rehabilitating the theatre, utilizing four of the original five auditoriums for their weekly services. According to the staff, the church took over the building about three years ago. Two new pictures posted in the photo section.
We were fortunate to catch a Sunday matinee of the recent Vertigo 70mm screening while vacationing in San Francisco. The pre-movie pipe organ concert fully contributed to the “event” vibes that accompany a movie at the Castro.
New pictures of the Rialto in the photo section. The Rialto Video store, located next door, is also the theatre concession stand – I saw a couple folks go in just to buy soft drinks and popcorn! Apologies, accidentally loaded a Rialto photo in the Ranger Theater (Alva OK) page. Can an administrator for Cinema Treasures delete that picture?
New pictures in the photos section. Looks like a new paint job for the marquee between the 2007 photo and the 2015 shots.
Commonwealth Theatres operated this location until the 1990s, when I assume it was closed or let go by its new owners, United Artists Theaters.
Will the Sherman make it to its 90th birthday next August? New photos in the pictures section.
Glad to see this success story is still operating. New photo in the pictures section.
Too bad the Barron has been unable to join the digital age. And now the sidewalk in front of the house is torn up. New photos in the pictures section.
The Kingman continues to serve the residents of Kingman. New photos in the pictures section.
Nice to see working drive-in! New photos in the pictures section.
The “Renovate The State” project – aiming to raise funds for a restoration of the State Theater – is the marquee message this summer. Anyone out there from the area who can give us a progress report? New photos in the pictures section.
New pictures in the photo section.
Fascinating historical information about the former Rex Theatre available from the Louisville Library:
Beginning in August 2014, this location became part of the Cinebarre chain of restaurant/theaters. Auditorium count went down to 11 from the previous 12 rooms.
Typed in “Winter of 1996” when it is obviously – by the marquee – summer of that year.