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Thanks for the info, I was only commenting on what I read in the above posts. Smaller neighborhood theaters are just as important as the big venues in city centers. I have no idea how big Kenosha is but to remove what appears to be an attractive building and replace it with an empty lot is never a good idea. If the building is concrete and steel then it can be rehabbed into something while retaining the exterior. While restoration is best, if that is imposible then adaptive reuse is better than demolition. I would venture to bet that if someone would do the math it would be less money to reuse this building than to build a new structure with poured concrete steel girders and brick. And you end up with something that is architectually nice to look at, not another bland box or worse a cheap strip mall.
24 million to restore a theater in the downtown but not a penny to save the Roosevelt. City officials should be ashamed. If the Roosevelt could be restored for 1 million then the cost to put the building to sleep until a buyer could be found would be minimal. I bet their are public funds that are being used for the downtown theater restoration.
I agree, Restoring the original colors is going to make this already spectacular theater shine.
The 7th st has had it’s marquee restored and reinstalled. It looks very nice.
I havn’t heard anything in a long time, work seems to be at a stand still. What they have done is beautiful but nothing is finished. They were to be opened by now, (at least the front portion) but now the time table is anybody’s guess. The latest newspaper story sounds like trouble in paradise with John and Tom locked in legal battles.
This seems to be the trend in movie theaters today. While there are some great people out there doing exceptional jobs the bulk of the corporate theaters are using the front of house staff to run the booth. This gives us a less than professional show. I have been a projectionist for many years (over 20)and while I was never a union member I was trained by a Union projectionist who stressed that there was more to running a movie than just starting the machine. Sadly there is not much showmanship left in the “show”.
With all the theaters going digital in the near future cheaper equipment should be coming on the market as there will be a surplus.
While driving by I saw that the plywood had been removed from the front and the theater looks great. Hopefully the shops will open soon.
Another beautiful example of Art Modern by Mr. Lee that is sadly no longer with us to enjoy! Most of S. Charles Lee’s theaters that were designed during this period are now gone.
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Yep, that’s the box from the Aberdeen (Warner) Theatre. My understanding is that the church has kept the original lighting fixtures and they can be re-installed once the front is restored.
What a wonderful theater. It is to bad that the interior is all painted white. This seems to be quite common as a lot of old movie palaces that have become venues for other things have had their interiors white washed in some misguided attempt at good taste. The original architects not only oversaw the design of the building but also the interior including the colors used in the decorations, the fabrics used and the interior furnishings. Thereby giving a complete visual package. While the furnishings are usually long gone their is no reason why the colors of the paint can not be replicated. Paint is paint so why use all white?
I was in the Roxy for a concert given by Olympic College showcasing their Jazz ensemble and band. The place is amazing, It would be an easy restore and should be bought by someone who will turn it back into a cinema. While competition with the multi screen venues is not possible a specialty movie house might work along with live events. This is an “art modern” dream. The building is in very good condition thanks to the church,(although a little seedy). At least it has not been destroyed like so many others.
Just had the pleasure to tour the theatre, and I must say it looks incredible! Aberdeen is going to have a fist class entertainment venue when this place re-opens in mid-year. Although I have had the good fortune to tour the place several times since the renovations started I am always amazed at the beauty of the D&R. Another treasure has been saved from oblivion.
Yes it can, and in any town. There is always going to be a market for smart intelligent film entertainment.
This is what a multi screen cinema should look like. If more owners were to spend the money and the attention to detail it would bring back the magic and escape of going to the movies. This place embodies all of the qualities of the old picture palaces and none of the cookie cutter attributes of the modern multi screen cinema.
The Lynwood now has an Organ of it’s own. We purchased a Conn 652 and used it in January with a screening of “The Gold Rush” staring Chaplin. It sounded great and now makes it easier for us to do a wider variety of programing.
John Yonich is doing a magnificent job with the D&R, one can only hope that he can come to an agreement with the church to purchase and save the Aberdeen (Warner) theatre. A restored Aberdeen theatre along with the D&R and the Morck Hotel will jewels in the crown for Aberdeen’s rebirth.
Great photo’s from everyone, This new sign is amazing!!!
WOW! That’s great. Tom I would like to know what’s going on with the rest of the work. Drop me a note at
Just received a call from my mother who lives in Aberdeen and she stated that the marquee has been installed. I can’t wait to make a trip to Aberdeen to take a look for myself! I’m sure it’s spectacular! If anyone has any photo’s they can post it would be great to see.
It’s a movie! Fiction not reality, NY is the subject for many films that include it’s destruction because NY is one of the most famous cities in the world. While what happened on 9-11 was tragic and should be held in a place of respect and rememberence, this film and it’s ad material is in no way offensive. I doubt NY is going to forgo all the film revenue on future projects just because the material may inclue the cities destruction.
The Lynwood now has a new marquee made of S.Steel and is emblazioned with neon. The new signage was in the process of being fabricated when the photo was taked by Lost Memory. Also the front of the theatre as well as the building has been cleaned up and is nicer looking today.
Was in the 7th st. on 10/30 for the “In the Mood” 1940’s big Band show and what a treat! There was a very large audience, almost capacity, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was nice to see an historic theatre with a house full of people!
Was just in the D&R on 10/30 and work is coming along. There’s a long way to go but this place is going to be AMAZING when finished.. Theatre should be open before the end of 2008.