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Michael, in this day of age single screen theatres cannot survive. This is the age of the multiplex, so if an old movie palace can survive and hang on as a church more power to them.
Coverdale Theatre address is 4990 Glenway Ave. The Coverdale is still open and functions as a live venue. Very unique front facade to the theatre. Facing the front of the theatre on the left it is squared off with a blondish color brick running from gound to roof and a lighter color type panel along the roof and two squared panels down the middle. Then a very uniqie feature is a replica of a lighthouse that extends well above the theatre with a light tower on top. Then the front indents in a little and the marquee is centered in this section. The theatre has a free standing box office. The next section squares off again and is much like the design on the left side. You can see at one time each side contained poster cases but has been replacecd with red bricks.
Sorry about the address, I guess when I wrote my notes I didn’t make my 9 clearly and it looked like a 7, also I would like to add that the pictures I took in November of last year the theatre looks nothing like the picture featured above. Seems Like an office type building was added to the building since the above picture was taken. I wasn’t able to get much on the theatre at the time from the library in Omaha and the lady at the desk seemed that she couldn’t be bothered with me.
The American/Granada Theatre has been closed & demolished for years
This theatre is often advertised with its program listing in the St. Louis Post Dispatch travel guise, so it has drawing power outside Lebanon.
Need to update this theatre, when I entered it in inadvertantly put st. Louis, Mo. it should hae been St. Charles, Mo. – the zip code is correct though.
I made a mistake on the name of this theatre, it should have been Osage Village 5 Cine'.
As a lot of other theatres of the Golden Age being turned into a church, it is better to do so than demolish them.
Michael go back under your rock, RobertR, the area that the Mid Valley was located was overscreened, three blocks away was the better Showcase 6, then also in the area was the Carmike 12, Jordan Commons 17, and Jordans Landing 24.
In the original comments made by Cinema Treasures you state that the City Councilors of Stayton, Ohio were looking for a tennant. That seems a little strange since the Star is located in Oregon. The address for the Star theatre is 350 North Third Avenue, Stayton, Oregon. In the website of the Star there is really great history of the theatre with quite a few pictures. A really great website
There was also a Paramount Theatre in Rutland and Bristol, Vermont.
The Center opened as the Globe then became the Century then the Pagoda and finally the Center.
There was a Center theatre in Boston on Washington St. that was also known as the Globe, the Century, and the Pagoda. Could this be the same theatre?
You should update this theatre as Open and under the Imax format, it is now playing the Nascar Imax feature.
The mystery of the third organ at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, it was located in the screening in the basement below the main auditorium. It had been gone for years even before the Arthur Theatre chain closed the Fox. The Lobby organ was a Moller that was sold to a church somewhere in Southern Ilinois. It was replaced with a Wurlitzer and is played before all Broadway Performances. So the Fox in St. Louis has to Wurlitzer’s.
An update on the three organs of the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Naturally there was and still is the Mighty Wurlitzer in the main auditorium, the second Fox organ was Moller lobby organ that is gone from the Fox and now in a church somewhere in Southern Illinois. The moller was replaced with a wurlitzer for the lobby and is located in the lobby third level south side. It is only played before all Broadway Perfornaces. The third organ at the Fox was located in the basement level screening room. It has been gone for years and when the Fox was restored the screening room was done away with. So as it stands today the Fox has two Wurlitzers.
Bil could you have this reversed on the names of the theatre, according to the history that I have the theatre opened in 1929 as the NuBell Theatre, It had a full stage with fly gallery and an orchestra pit, dressing rooms for vaudeville which at the time was presented along with motion pictures. It was later renamed the Bellflower. Ownership changed several times during its venue as a movie theatre and ws closed in 1977 due to compitition from the Multiplexes. New seating was installed in 1960 on both the main floor and balcony. A new fire wall was installed to close the proscenium opening and a new wide screen was installed along with waterfall curtains.
The Calvary Church purchased the theatre in 1986. They cleaned the theatre up inside and out. They installed a new brick veneer on the exterior walls and changed the lettering on the vertical to HOSANA from HOLIDAY. The address at the time listed it as 16705 Bellflower Rd. but they way numbers change on streets in Ca. it could very well be 16711 now.
Sorry I hit an extra one in the address, to be exact though the city directory lists the true address as 84-110 East Main Street.
I didn’t realize there were two Palace Theatre’s in Stamford, the one on the above site is at 61 Atlantic St.
When you map it the Gem on Main street was a block and a half up from the Palace runniung diagnally to Washington St.
The legends of the Fabulous Fox are many and varied. One of the greatest is how Mary and Leon Strauss saved the Fox from the fate of many other movie palaces. Im 1980 the Fox was in a state of disprepair, the roof leaked causing considerable damage to ornate plaster works, wall grates were kicked in, most of the plaster was no longer on the walls and the ceilings but laying in the floors.The ornate woodword had cracked and chipped. The once elegant carpeting was worn thin from usage and was torn and frayed. The utilities had been turned off because of the expense. The once brilliant lite chandelier was ill lite and missing many of its lights. Leon Strauss saw the Fox as a potential redevelopment project. Leon and his wife Mary felt a duty to save this rare jewel. Mary Strauss was appointed as director of the project. Her first decision was to either restore or rehabilitate the Fox. Since she liked the designs of the Fox she felt any changes would destroy the theatre’s greatness as a movie palace. That’s when she decided to restore the palace to its past grandeur.
She had the curtain that had been lying on the stage , the wood was tested and plaster surfaces to decide how they would be cleaned. Som plaster surfaces could not be duplicated because the design was destroyed. Mary got in touch with the management of the Fox’s twin in detroit and obtained photos and plasters in St. Louis recreated the missing plaster panels.
A group was formed known as the Fox Associates and spared no expense in restoring the Fox. Specialits were found that could do the scagliola on the pillars flanking the lobby and the auditorium. When completed the scagliola resembled a rare maroon marble, it ws costly due to the time it took to complete the task.
Carpeting was replaced and Mary decided to go with the original pattern which had to be speciallly woven. The grand lobby is not carpeted and retains the original terazzo floor. Almost 7,300 yards of ornate maroon colored carpet with elephant heads and designs carpet the ausitorium and balcony floors. The seats were removed and reupholstered with maroon velvet.
During a remodel in 1959 Arthur Theatres reduced the number of seats to 4,503. The orchestra section has 34 rows divided into six sections which run from left to right. The third and fourth section stand in the center of the theatre. For an idean of size the orchestra section extends 133 feet fro the stage. The length from the stage to the last row in the balcony extends 160 feet which is the width of a football field.
At last the Fox has been restored to original granduer and is the talk of the city. The Fox is being used for concerts and broadway shows. The Strausses helped the Fox return to Fabulous for this temple of art and entertainment. The half century old theatre is still alive and thriving today.
I have posted an update under the Fox Theatre in St. Louis since this posting is for the Galazy. I have contacted Ed at the Fox in St. Louis for further informatin on the three organs mentined at the Fox and he will get back to me with the information. I will post it on the Fox listing.
On my down time as a commercial pilot based out of St. Louis I did relief managing for the Arthur Theatre chain and had to report to the offices located on the second level of the lobby on the south side of the mezzanine. There was a mention of three organs in the Fox Theatre to which in all the years I was associated with the Arthur Chain I have knowlege of only one. I tried to contact Ed at the Fox for confirmation and as to where the second and third ones were lcoated. He is off today but left a message for him to contact me. I will post the information when he gets back to me. The Main auditorium organ which was almost sold to a pizza parlor in Arizona was only one of five in the country. This mighty Wirlitzer was designed to Jesse Crawford’s specifications so it is known as the Jesse Crawford model. One of the largest ever built, this massive conglomeratin of nearly 4,000 pipes, 360 stops adn a 50 horsepower electric motor is now the only one left that has a quality sound and rises from the floor in a blaze of light. Stan Kahn still performs on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.
Would like to know if this theatre was also known as the Palace Theatre at 66 Washington St. or was the Palace a seperate theatre all together and what was the distance between the two if they were seperate.
The Fox Theatre organ in St. Louis is not in the lobby but rises from the orchestra pit in front of the stage.