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The 2005 link is gone (the one to photographs), but this link to Wikipedia shas two nice interior shots, both lobby and auditorium. Can’t find an official web page for the theatre though. Also says the digital conversion was in 2009.
According to the latest Google Street View, the Reseda is still standing. New plywood covers the front, and the building is freshly painted.
?? I have a capacity listing of 800 for the Arcade. That was possibly a result of S. Charles Lee’s 1938 remodeling with 1,400 being the original capacity. Looks like from one of the photos that much of the original ornate décor (at least of the proscenium) survived the 1938 remodeling.
…also the seating has been removed, and the smooth sloping floor has removable folding chairs.
From their website gallery, much of the original decoration in the lobby and auditorium is gone, replaced by modern décor.
According to the current Google Street view, the Rialto is now open as a live music venue. Karaoke featured every Wedneday night. Could not find a website listing for them though.
I believe that the auditorium section of the building (completely remodeled in 1938) was the original Latchis, with a different lobby section extending out to Flat Street. When the Lathis Hotel was built in 1938 at the corner of Flat and Main Streets, they ran the lobby through the hotel building and demolished the old lobby. The auditorium building dates back to at least 1900, and was used as a factory before becoming the original Latchis. It looks very old and originally had windows along the sides (the brick frames for the windows are still there).
The Kipling was demolished last week (May 2013)
Here’s a nice comprehensive overview of the Loew’s Kings renovation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s website:
The site also includes documents from the Environmental Quality Review, details on scope of project, and a blog with regular updates.
Official Groundbreaking took place on March 19, 2013.
A FlickR photoset of the bgroundbreaking at the Major’s office photstream may be accessed at:
“Following preliminary work untaken by ACE Theatrical over the last three years, New York City has executed a 55-year lease with the Kings Theatre Redevelopment Corporation – a consortium of ACE Theatrical, Goldman Sachs and the National Development Council – to begin the full redevelopment and rehabilitation of the theatre”
The Star theatre has just converted to digital. They’ve also repainted throughout and installed a new screen. Ticket prices went up to help pay for this (adults now cost $4.50 – still very reasonable).
The Shoals theatre is currently the home of the Shoals Community Theatre Group which is a reperatory company putting on regular productions on a nearl;y monthly schedule. They have a full schedule through the spring so it looks like the building is doing well. Their next phase of renovation will involve renovating the blacony and putting tables up there. Their official website is: http://www.shoalstheatre.com/
As far as i know the theatres are still there – that’s the only part of the mall that hasn’t been renovated into something else. Last time I checked, the hallways lading back from the front of the mall had finally been painted but it looks like nothing has been done with the cinrma space yet – it’s probably still there.
WGGB website has an August 6 2012 article with the latest on the Paramount here:
It looks like it is currently closed. Bought in 2011 by the Farm Worker’s Council. The Council is proposing a $36,000,000 renovation to reopen it as an entertainment venue, with construction hoprfully to start Spring 2013.
No mention of how much fundraising still needs to be done. At least it has already had a lot of renovations recently. Looking forward to hearing more news on progress.
The Latchis is planning some renovations for summer of 2012. This will include replacing about 90% of the seats (and refurbishing the remaining 10%), restoring the ceiling of the main auditorium (and the signs of the Zodiac) and putting in new carpeting, and some removations to the walls in the Ballroom audotorium. This should be all done by the end of August.
The three new theatres are now open – 15 screens in all now. All 15 screens are now digital. The XD auditorium has a screen that completely covers the front from floor to ceiling and from left wall to right wall. The new addition (11,000 sq feet) is on the north end of the complex.
From the Google aerial and street views, it looks like the entire building is still standing; merely converted to retail. Upper floors look vacant. Maybe the upper part of the auditorium is unaltered??
Landmark Theatres has a facebook page for the Oriental theatre at
They have a photo gallery with some nice interior photos.
Ace Theatrical Group, which is renovating the Kings has a blurb about the project at http://www.acetheatricalgroup.com/projects.php.
Their report says now it is expected to open in 2015. They are also doing the renovation of the Saenger in New Orleans and earlier renovated the Majestic in San Antonio.
Unlike the other diagrams, this one shows the outline of the new enlarged stage house built in 1980. The oddly shaped portion is low-rise (workrooms, etc.) while the rectangular part is the tall portion with the fly space. The stage is 72 feet deep, one of the largest stagehouses in the country.
The website listed above appears to be down. There is a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keith-Albee-Performing-Arts-Center/108288042564817 but it doesn’t really have any info.
There is also a nice photo gallery at http://www.herald-dispatch.com/multimedia/galleries/news/x352191295/Gallery-Keith-Albee-Performing-Arts-Center.
From those photos (and a seating diagram at another website) we can see that the partitions have been removed and the multiplexing is all done. It looks in excellent shape, all restored.
Correction: This is actually the ceiling of the main lobby! It was hard keeping track of the ceilings of the various lobbies and foyers. My mistake.
Correction! The lower half is real marble, only the upper half is scagiola.
My mistake – that is actually the left sidewall of the auditorium (and corner of stagehouse in front)
Also please notice the massive new stage house built onto the State in the 1980s.
Has this ever happened to YOU?? I put up the first photo for the Lorain Palace – a nice view of the front facade/marquee, and attached a snazzy description trumpeting the wonderful architecture. Lo and behold, when I later brought up the Palace’s webpage, there is a nice big exteriot photo of… the stagehouse!
Man, that was embarrasing. Turns out the .thumbs.db file for my photo folder was corrupted so the thumbnails didn’t match the actual photos. But all fixed now!