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spectrum commented about Jefferson Theatre on Feb 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

From the current google street view, it looks like they’ve brouight the building back into use – probably as storage – at least it isn’t all bricked up anymore

spectrum commented about Theatre 1 & Space 57 on Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Note new website addresses above.

First screen space is now called Theatre 1, ( and seats 208; very nicely renovated as a cinema, which is available for rental for screenings and meetings. They also have a once-a-month movie/dinner night “Reel Chefs” involving a classic movie and gourmet dinners.

Second screen space is now called “Space 57” ( and is available for rental as a flexible event room which can accommodate up to 900 patrons. This is also very nicely renovated, in a light hued well lit manner.

Their floor plan ( shows the layout for both screens. Interesting to see the overall layout. – it looks like you entered from the street and the two cinemas stretched off to the left and right of the lobby – the screens are 180 degrees opposed. Interesting layout. The building is associated with the Revere Hotel Boston Common which appears to be connected.

It’s great to see the entire facility is now renovated and open!

spectrum commented about Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science on Jan 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

They must have fixed that pretty quickly. I went in 1985, the year it opened, and everything looked fine. You could tell if an IMAX movie was showing as the lowest part of the screen would be dark, but this was only about 15% of the screen area. It appeared the features (mostly documentaries) were primarily IMAX, but all films would start with a travelogue of the Boston area which was definitely OMNIMAX – it covered 99% of the screen. It’s quite an experience and I like the presentation better in OMNIMAX than in IMAX. I always wondered why OMNIMAX didn’t replace IMAX because it’s much better.

spectrum commented about Bayview Street Cinema on Dec 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

The auditorium was located on the second floor. Plain decor, but in good condition. They offered first-run films at least through 1999. The current Google Street View shows a movie ad on their marquee. Could it have opened up again? I can’t imaging Google Street View still having a 2007 photo up.

spectrum commented about Saenger Theatre on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

A lot of nice photos, virtual tours and videos at the Saenger’s new official website (

The unofficial website ( has a lot of good historical photos and architectural renderings. Also links to pages about other Saenger-owned theatres.

spectrum commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Just put up a bunch (127!) of photos from my visit to the Fox last July. Most of these are interior shots – this is quite the place!

spectrum commented about Exit Door - from auditorium on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Exit door from the auditorium.

spectrum commented about Exit Vestibule - under big arch - south side on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Exit Vestibule – main lobby to the left; to the right the big arch visible on south side of the building.

spectrum commented about Exterior - Auditorium Right Sidewall - north side of buiding on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Exterior of the right auditorium sidewall – along the north side of the building.

spectrum commented about Exterior - Stagehouse on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

This is the stage house – on western side of building.

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Oct 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

The renovation is complete, and the theatre re-opened with a concert and then Gravity moved in to complete its run. I’ve put up 20+ photos in the gallery. A beautiful job! New seats, new carpeting, auditorium floor repainted, revamped lighting (the main square lights on the sidewalls are now multicolored.)

The atmospheric ceiling has been repainted midnight blue and the zodiac signs have been repainted a brilliant white (which glows faintly when the auditorium lights are out). No “stars” but maybe there will be some in a future renovation. What remains to do is restore the proscenium and sidewall Greek pediments, possibly some stage improvements and they’re pretty much done. Auditorium 2 was supposed to have been renovated too but I didn’t get to see it. I know all seats in 2 and 3 were replaced (aud 4 is all new, and the marquee was restored some time ago.)

spectrum commented about Broadway Theater on Oct 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

From the 2013 google aeriel and street vews, the condition looks pretty dire; the roof over the auditorium and stage is shot, must be leaking a lot. The new street views do not have the sunlight this time around. From the Athens side it looks like a number of windows along the auditorium sidewall. Was the space gutted and turned into office space at one point?

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Oct 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Renovation update: The Latchis closed the main auditorium on August 1, 2013 to begin the renovations. They are virtually done and will reopen Saturday October 19, with documentarian Ken Burns presenting the latest episode of his multi-episode documentary on the Rooosevelts.

They are continuing their fundraising but have already raised all but 32,000 of the 550,000 cost of the project.

Renovations include a new Marquee, new seats, new carpeting, some mechanical and safety upgrades and other stuff.

When the auditorium re-opens there will be frequent concerts, film festivals, special appearances and other events in addition to first-run movies.

spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

From Google Street Views the building looks like it’s being used as a warehouse. The main entrance is bricked over.

spectrum commented about Galway Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

From Google Street View (October 2013), the building is still there, the front has been recently repainted and the four store fronts are “Leonide Hotel”, “Chrysalis”, “{vacant}” and “{Vacant}”

spectrum commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

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.,Colorado)

spectrum commented about Reseda Theatre on Sep 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

According to the latest Google Street View, the Reseda is still standing. New plywood covers the front, and the building is freshly painted.

spectrum commented about Arcade Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

?? 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.

spectrum commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

…also the seating has been removed, and the smooth sloping floor has removable folding chairs.

spectrum commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

From their website gallery, much of the original decoration in the lobby and auditorium is gone, replaced by modern décor.

spectrum commented about Rialto Theater on Sep 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

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.

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

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).

spectrum commented about Kipling Cinema 6 on May 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

The Kipling was demolished last week (May 2013)

spectrum commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

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”

spectrum commented about Star Theatre on Jan 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

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).