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Thanks for the updated photo, Lost Memory. No contest, hunh?
Here is a link to a recent news story – looks like they are progressing at a slow and steady pace!
Gee thanks! I forgot that i had asked the question. This is just about the most stunning small town theater marquee ever. And the photo is the jewel of my Schine collection.
Thanks again, MBD!
This is it folks – it’s crunch time! There will never be a better time to take advantage of all the publicity and intense attention heaped on the Boyd. People all across the country now know that an exemplary Art Deco masterpiece is in peril. Live Nation and the City of Philadelphia need to hear us loud and clear. The BOYD is a national treasure, it is an important part of not only Philadelphia’s history but of the history of movie palaces in America. Respectful preservation and reuse as an entertainment venue is the only logical option!
Theatre Historical Society stands with Cinema Treasures alongside The Friends of the Boyd to move the Boyd from the Endangered List to the Success List!
Thanks Warren – this theater bears a familial resemblance to the Schine Auburn in Auburn NY – but only in various design elements, a few patterns here and there. You can tell they are “cousins” but certainly not twins, as someone else suggested to me. It just breaks my heart further to know that the Auburn theater continues to languish and lose more of its unique outer space elements every day.
So i guess we have confirmed that the State was actually torn down? Pity.
Thanks Fred. When i tried to search on “Piccidilly” the site did not come up – probably because it is primarily listed under “Paramount”.
And thanks to EVERYONE who has emailed to confirm that this is indeed in Rochester NY. : )
The latest issue of Theatre Historical Society’s MARQUEE MAGAZINE features a photo and short bio of this theater in a travel feature spotlighting the Berkshires.
Go to www.historictheatres.org to join THS or order back issues.
Article from today’s Toronto Star
discusses the kind of marquee that should be returned to the Revue.
MAKE IT VINTAGE, FOLKS! And for heaven’s sake resist the urge to make it some LED driven flashing signboard – let’s see a vintage marquee reproduction befitting a 1911 survivor!
Naturally I have to chime in that this was a SCHINE theater. Great marquee for a little side street theater!
Theatre Historical Society will be visiting the GRAND LAKE this summer as a part of Conclave 2009 – San Jose & Around the Bay. So it is VERY exciting to see this stunning full color photo! Watch Cinema Treasures for a special Conclave Registration offer just for Cinema Treasures members — we’d love to have you join us!
Karen Colizzi Noonan,
NLSP – that was a beautiful and touching remembrance of the National. Please email me at
Does anyone know if this ss this the former Schine Athena Theater?
Here are some photos of the Colonia from a recent trip through Norwich:
This was a hard one to lose. A late period theater, yes, but still a movie palace in the modern-classic sense of the word. So many people tried to sway the Cultural Heritage Commission to help preserve the style and grace of this theater. All fell on deaf ears. As Charlie points out, let’s use this as a wake up call to get involved sooner, louder and more passionately in future battles. We can no longer treat America’s architecture as disposable commodities!
Look closely at this photo of the site of the demolished Yeadon. Note the building to the right of the photo, the Yeadon FIRE DEPARTMENT!
A happy discovery among the rubble – bits of the Yeadon facade:
It is most certainly demolished. All that remains is a neatly groomed square of land, ready for redevelopment. However, a little closer inspection of the gravel unveiled several chunks of ceramic facade material which will now make their way to the Theatre Historical Society’s archive in Elmhurst. IL. Not sure if any effort was made by the local preservation groups to save any major ornamental details. From the photos listed here, it looks to have been a really nice house. Such a shame for the people of Yeadon.
On a recent trip through Chester PA with friends, we were surprised to find a vacant lot where 20-24 should have been. Did I miss the memo?
Wow! Totally not what i was expecting. From what i can see in these photos, it looks more like an Art Deco Gotham City Scape. Yes, very futuristic, but completely different from the deco detail in the Auburn Schine. Complimentary, but not the same treatment.
Warren please email me at
Thank you Warren, I will check that out.
(I have just figured out that the time stamp on these posts must be pacific time. I certainly wasn’t posting at 6:44 in the morning!)
Do any interior photos exist of this theater? From the brief description above, it sounds like it may have resembled the Auburn Schine Theater which also takes a futuristic bent. I would be very interested in seeing photos.