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Lost Memory commented about Sequoyah Theater on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

The Sequoyah Theatre dates back to at least 1914. It is listed in a 1914 Tahlequah directory. It is one of two theatres listed that year. The other theatre was the Masonic Theatre.

The Sequoyah Theatre is mentioned in the Cherokee County Democrat on May 21, 1914.

J. P. Thompson yesterday placed an order for a $340 “Powers 6” motion picture machine, the best machine made, to be used in his new Sequoyah Theatre.

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Lost Memory commented about Bon Ton Theatre on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

Published in the New York Times on May 29, 1917.

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Lost Memory commented about Denali Theatre on Apr 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

Photo of the Denali Theatre after the March 1964 earthquake. Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of History & Art.

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Lost Memory commented about Avery Theatre on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

Published on March 11, 1931.

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Lost Memory commented about Avery Theatre on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

The Avery Theatre opened on March 18, 1931. The opening movie was “Sit Tight” starring Joe E. Brown.

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Lost Memory commented about Jomac Theater on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

The Jomac Theater is listed in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook with 470 seats.

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Lost Memory commented about Harmony Theatre on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

Harmony Theatre circa 1917. Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of History & Art.

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Lost Memory commented about Novelty Theatre on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

The Novelty was under construction in July of 1911.

Suffolk County News July 14, 1911.

William Vorpahl has begun the work of digging the cellar for the new Novelty Theatre building which Henry Kost is to erect on Railroad Ave. adjoining the land of Joseph West and John DeGraff. Rhodes & Udall have the contract to build the theatre and John Winters is to do the mason work.

Suffolk County News July 21, 1911.

Contractor John Van Yeseldyke now has the frame up for the new Novelty moving picture theatre, which is being erected by Kost & Webber on the easterly side of Railroad Ave. The new amusement hall will be quite a large structure, 35x70 feet, a frame building with a shingle roof. The interior will be lined with a metal ceiling and will make an attractive little theatre. The building is to be steam heated, and will be hurried to completion.

Suffolk County News Friday, September 1, 1911.

Henry Kost opened his fine new moving picture theatre, the new Novelty, on Railroad Ave. last Saturday night and gave an excellent performance to a packed house.

If you do the math, the Novelty Theatre opened on Saturday, August 26, 1911.

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Lost Memory commented about Olympic Theater on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

The Olympic Theater is listed in the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook at 10 Broadway with 1,300 seats.

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Lost Memory commented about Edisto Theater on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

The Edisto Theater opened in 1937. The building has been demolished. Additional information can be found here.

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Lost Memory commented about State Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

The Wonderland Theatre opened on Saturday, January 21, 1911.

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Lost Memory commented about State Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Ad was published on Sunday, January 22, 1911.

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Lost Memory commented about Whitney Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I’m not sure what was located at this address right after the Whitney was demolished, but the theatre building was still standing in early 1930 according to an article in the NY Daily Star published on February 15, 1930.

Old Whitney Theater in Ridgewood To Be Replaced by Stores.

“The Whitney Theater, Fresh Pond Road and Sixty-Seventh avenue (Cornelia street), Ridgewood, long an eyesore to that community, is to be razed, it was learned today. For more than two years the old building has been boarded up. In the rear, on Sixty-second street, adjoining the back platform of the Myrtle avenue "L” line, is a lot which is used as a dumping-ground for rubbish. Old residents of Ridgewood say the Whitney was built twenty years ago when that section was sparsely settled. Both sides of Fresh Pond road from Myrtle avenue to Metropolitan avenue were lined with trees.

For some time a stock company gave performances in the theater and later motion pictures and vaudeville were introduced. With the population increasing, more motion picture theaters were established in Ridegwood. Practically all of the new residents at that time were former Brooklynites who made it a point to board an “L” train and go down to their former neighborhoods when they wanted a little relaxation.

For a time the Whitney Theater prospered, but there was keen competition. The theater changed hands several times and it was reported that several large theatrical interests were negotiating to acquire the building. About two years ago the last motion picture performance was held in the building. The place was closed and boarded up. On a number of occasions the doors in the rear were opened late at night and upon investigation policemen found tramps and other undesirables had taken refuge in the place.

There have been several fires in the building of late, started by mischievous boys who gained entrance to the building. Some weeks ago Ridgewood civic organizations complained of the building as an eyesore. Police of the Glendale station communicated with the agent for the building several days ago when a billboard, loosened by the wind from its fastenings on the facade of the building, fell to the street.

Yesterday a group of men were making an examination of the building, and one of them, questioned by a policeman, told him the building is to be torn down and that stores are to be erected on the site. A number of merchants in the vicinity also stated that the old theater building is coming down".

Even though the 1930 article states that “the Whitney was built twenty years ago” which would give a build year of 1910, the Whitney was actually built in 1912.

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Lost Memory commented about Vogue Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

This theatre is/was also known as the Amethyst Theatre.

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Lost Memory commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

Photo courtesy of the Dyer County Historical Society.

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Lost Memory commented about Avon Theater on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

This was originally the Colonial. The name was changed to Avon in the 1930s. The Avon Theater burned down in 1999.

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Lost Memory commented about Avon Theater on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

Photo credit: Indiana State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation.

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Lost Memory commented about Frances Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

That is a good question. I need to correct my previous comment. The Palace Theatre first appears in the 1929 FDY with no seating given. The Vaudette is listed that year with 400 seats. In the 1930 edition, the Palace is still listed with no seat count and the Vaudette is no longer listed. Maybe the Palace replaced the Vaudette Theatre or it could just be a coincidence that one theatre appears and the other disappears. A city directory or a telephone book could help to solve this mystery, but I haven’t found any online so far.

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Lost Memory commented about Frances Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Something isn’t right with the Palace Theatre photos on that website. The caption with one photo reads, “Newbern Palace Theatre 1950”. The other photo caption reads “Palace corner of West Court and Mill Avenue circa 1920”. The Palace first appears in the 1930 Film Daily Yearbook with no seating given. In 1934 seating is given as 676. The Palace is no longer listed in 1935.

If the photo is circa 1920, the Palace should have been listed in the FDY earlier than 1930. Should we still use a timeline of around 1920 to 1934 even though its not listed prior to 1930? It seems that there is still a piece missing from this puzzle.

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Lost Memory commented about Geneva Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

The address is 16 West Street South. The exterior of the building still looks like a theatre, but the building is currently used as a bingo hall.

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Lost Memory commented about Aurora Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

A 1960 Uranium City, Saskatchewan telephone directory, gives the address of the Aurora Theatre as 152 2nd Street North.

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Lost Memory commented about Frances Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:11 am

I found two theatres located in Dyersburg that were operating in 1914. The Lyric and the Pastime. I already added the Lyric. After reading your comment, I’m holding off on the Pastime Theatre. The Pastime was located on Mill Avenue between Court and Market, so I don’t want to add it and then find out that its a another name for the Palace.

The Frances Theatre is listed in the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook along with a 400 seat Vandette Theatre. The Frances Theatre is spelled “Francis” in the 1926 FDY, and I believe that the “Vandette” might actually be the Vaudette Theatre.

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Lost Memory commented about Uptown Theater on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

Uptown Theater-1933.

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Lost Memory commented about Electric Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

Published on July 11, 1907.

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Lost Memory commented about Frances Theatre on Apr 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

BTW….If you hover your mouse pointer over the 1961 color photo, the following will appear at the bottom of the photo, Named for Frances Shepard Fowlkes, DHS valedictorian of 1923.