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Neo, a standing room only crowd means that all the seats had been filled and if a patron wanted to still see the movie that had to pay the same admission price but had to stand to see it. This was a very common thing during the golden age of movies but less common today.
From the pics that I have of the 25th Street from Sept. 2003 it looks like everything on both sides of the theatre are all boarded up also. Does the owner have the properties on both sides of the theatre too?
I believe in looking at some of my pics the reason for feeling the theatre was small is from the store fronts and part of the lobby that were converted into smaller theatres, the main auditoriums though are still large and spacious.
Neo, this is far from being a small theatre, we were at the theatre last summer on a theatre tour through Michigan, It has a small lobby but the auditorium is large and very spacious, it has 1493 seats on one floor with plenty of leg room. Very well maintained by the city and the workers are very warm and friendly and very informative on the history of the theatre.
The address for the Uptown Theatre is 239 Huntington Ave.
I show the address for the Warnor Theatre as 1400 Fulton Street in my records, and that at one time it was also named the Alexandra, correct me if am incorrect. I know that it opened as the Pantages so I am assuming that between being the Pantages and the Warnor it was named the Alexandra. Don’t have a seating capacity.
Great History On The Paramont Taken From The Official Site
History of The Paramount Theatre…
In the early part of the 20th century, many called The Playhouse Theatre of Rutland, Vermont one of the finest theatres in America and very few, reportedly, were more artistically designed or appointed. Built in 1912 & 1913 by George T. Chaffee. The Theatre opened on January 16, 1914. The classical style exterior architecture of the building reflected the “City Beautiful” movement of the time, while the interior took on the look of a Victorian opera house. The theatre provided seating for 1000 patrons in the orchestra, balcony, and 6 boxes flanking the proscenium arch.
Du Barry rose tapestry covered the side-walls, and velour hangings of the same shade adorned the boxes. The ceilings were beautifully decorated with gold leaf, and a large oval painting representing music, lyric art, and the dramas shown among the 150 softly glowing incandescent ceiling lights. The floors of the auditorium, aisles, boxes, and lobby were carpeted in green with wilton.
Top performers traveling via the Rutland Railroad between Montreal and Boston, would stop to perform in The Playhouse. Minstrel shows, grand and light opera, and vaudeville, and appearances by Tom Thumb, Will Rogers, Sarah Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, and The Great Houdini, delighted local audiences.
During the disastrous flood of 1927, while water lapped at the foundation, the theatre provided refuge for Rutland residents driven out of their homes in lower parts of the city.
When “talking pictures” came to town, The Playhouse embraced the movie phenomenon, and as a motion picture theatre, was renamed The Paramount, in 1931. Presentations alternated between “talkies” and vaudeville, until film finally supplanted live performance in popularity. The movies of the 1930s, frivolous or sentimental, were screened at the Paramount; “Gone with the Wind”, among others, attracted huge audiences.
The onset of World War II brought more patriotic and inspirational films to the stage. This patriotism and inspiration gripped the community as Rutland members of the 43rd Infantry Division were given a farewell send off from the stage in the summer of 1941. Later, rallies to raise pledges for war bonds were conducted in the theatre.
Activity continued through the 1950s and 1960s and scores of Rutland residents, who later became prominent in business or politics, got their start as ushers or projectionists. In the 1970s, however, like many small theatres across the country, The Movies, as the theatre was now known, paralleled the decline of the film industry, and closed its doors in 1975.
The theatre sat empty and neglected for nearly a decade, until the Center on the Alley, Inc. was formed to purchase the theatre for use as a performing arts center. In 1985, the Paramount Theatre was mortgaged to the Paramount Center, Inc. and three years later the organization assumed ownership of the property. Although in a state of disrepair, the theatre was structurally sound and essentially intact, with much of its decorative detailing remaining.
As a result of recommendations of architectural and feasibility studies begun in the mid 1980s and early 1990s, the Richardson Block building, adjacent to the theatre, was purchased in 1995 with an eye toward future expansion. The architectural firm of Nimtz – Berryhill – Figiel developed the plan uniting the two buildings, combining modern amenities with a fully restored 850 seat historic theatre.
In January of 1999 the John A. Russell Corporation was selected as the construction manager for the historic restoration, and construction began that spring. Extensive historic research was conducted to determine original colors and textures, and the Du Barry rose fabric stretched over the wall surfaces was recreated by the F. Schumacher Company of New York. Artisans began the daunting tasks of repairing the damaged ornamental plaster, retouching the stenciled ceiling, and of reapplying gold leaf to plaster surfaces.
The successful restoration of the Paramount Theatre was completed in February 2000 and an Opening Night Gala in March 2000 honored the artisans and contributors who made the historic project possible.
Once again, the Paramount Theatre has assumed its role as an arts, cultural, and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource.
Forgot to give total seating capacity for the Esquire 7 is 2202.
The Esquire opened as part of the Komm Theatres of St. Louis in 1925. At the time it was on the outskirts of the city. It originaly opened as a single screen seating 1500 with a decent sized balcony. The theatre became the flagship of the Mid America Theatres when the son in laws of Samuel Komm took over the circuit after his death. (Louis and Jules Jablonov)The Esquire was originally a second run house with some minor first run pictures. It ran its features day and date with the Ritz, Norside and Empress. The Esquire was always a big draw and very high grossing theatre. The Mid America Circuit remodeled in the mid 60’s and turned the balcony into two more
audiroriums and it became the Esquire 3, the main floor retained its
large screen and the decor pretty much stayed the same. Later there was another auditorium added to the east side of the theatre and it became the Esquire 4. The unique thing about auditorium 4 was that the projection booth was enclosed in glass in the lobby and you could see the projectionist running the projectors. When Mid America was sold to AMC the Auditorium 4 was redone and added on making it into four theatres and making it the Esquire 7. The Esquire has always been one of the top grossing theatres in the St. Louis market. Just 10 blocks to the east is the only continious running theatre inside the city limits, the Hi-Pointe. Just a block to the west and around the corner from the Esquire was the Richmond Theatre, long closed. The main auditorium of the Esquire even though revamed into a multiplex still has that old theatre atmosphere. The big neon marquee has been retained jutting out on Clayton Road. The theatre still has its outside box office. The only protection from the outside weather is when you are under the large marquee. There are always long lines at the Esquire. Some of the movies to premiere at the Esquire were Star Wars Episode 1, Batman, Ed Wood and Jurassic Park in the large main auditorium on the large 60 foot screen.
When a big movie opens in St. Louis you can be sure that the Esquire will be sold out. One certain reason is the perfect sound system. One might argue that the newer suburban megalpexes have a better system, but they’d be wrong. The crowds at the Esquire are the most fun and most diverse in the Metropolitan area. The Esquire still retains that old Movie Palace atmosphere.
Also the district offices for AMC are located at the Esquire.
The Majestic Theatre in East St. Louis, Il. seated 1743 and was originally part of the Samuel Komm Theatres of St. Louis. The theatre has been gutted of much of the original decor it sits mostly as a shell in the heart of the closed up downtown east St. Louis business district. When it closed in 1960 if my records are correct it was operated by BAC theatres of Belleville, Il.
The Fox Theatre in Brooklyn was in no way Identical to the Fox Theatres in St. Louis and Detroit. The “Fox” in St. Louis is definately Siamese-Byzentine. When the fox in St. Louis first opened it seated 5,060 and after its remodel in 1959 the seating was 4,503. The twin to the St. Louis Fox was the Detroit Fox.
The Englewood is located in the old Englewood Station shopping district in Independence, Mo. It features a 50 foot screen and seating capacity is 670. It has neon coves in pink and blue above the red velvet seats with indirect lighting for the seafoam auditorium walls. The draperies covering the screen are of a gold satin. The color scheme makes the movie going experience a warm and truly exciting one unlike the cracker box megaplexes.
The address for the Englewood Theatre is 10917 E. Winner Rd., Independance, Mo.
The San Francisco Public Library has this theatre listed with an address of 648 Broadway, that would make it across the street from the listing above. Which is correct?
If my records are right this thetre was also known as the Savoy and Royal Theatre during its life.
The adddress for the Granada Theatre was 4519 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63118, Seating capacity wass 1314.
I really couldn’t find any link for the listing above to your prive site that you posted.
If you go to the site listed above the artists rendering of the new venue does show a new building. There are no renderings of the old Amherst Theatre included at all.
According to the Seattle Newspaper Article the Olympic has a seating capacity of 300.
Since this site is for Cinema Treasures and a history of our past and present theatres, I am in agreement with Warren, Walter Reade never being a motion picture theatre or a theatre of any kind but a drugstore the listing should be for the Forest Hills Theatre. There are pitcures available for the Forst Hills Theatre before the destruction of the auditorium and showing the original front entrance as a theatre, before its renovation. It should be listed as the Forst Hills Theatre.
Can anyone tell me if the Vertical sign at the Los Angeles at one time had neon chaser lighting around the edges at one time. Seems like I remember it when I was there in the early 60’s. From other pictures that I have it seems to show it also. Just curious.
In my own words:
The Columbus Theatre is located at 270 Broadway in the center of Providence, Phode Island. The builder of the Columbus was Domenic Adnotte and designed by Oreste Di Saia in 1926. Oreste was also know for designing the Metropolitan Thatre in New York City.
The Columbus seated 1,492 when it opened on November 1, 1926. It was renamed the Uptown Theatre during a period of time when the bookings were handled by RKO. After the break up with RKO the theatre had problems getting first run product and attendance began to fall. With Television entering the scene in the 1950’s it gave theatresacross the country a blow as well as the Columbus Theatre. The Columbus closed in 1962.The Columbus was resurrected that same year by the Berberian family. It reopened on its 36th birthday on November 1, 1962 as a music and opera venue. Later movies were added to the Columbus once again. Many celebrity entertainers graced the stage of the Columbus theatre at that time.
Later the balcony was turned into a second theatre and was opened playing art or foreign fare. The Columbus was a first in Rhode Island in the field of multiplexing.
Later when the multiplexes really started popping up the Columbus came on hard times again and product became hard to come by.
They went into an adult film program featuring films like “Clockwork Orange”, Midnight Cowboy" and “Last tango” all with an “X” rating. This sustained the Columbus short term. In 2000 things changed for the Columbus when the Independant films were re-invented and became a mainstay and success for the Columbus Theatre.
At the same time the Rhode Island International Film Festival was looking for a homes and this was a perfect match.
Today the Columbus theatre is the home of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
There are some fantastic photos available on this theatre.
There is a great history and photos of this theatre on their web site.
There is a great discription and history on this theatre on their web site.
I am sure this is safe to post since it was a direct reply to an inquirey that I made to Chad Shenkel at the Wayne Theatre.
Hey Charles, Thanks for your interest, The Theatre is still under restoration, times are tuff but we have been managing at a slow pace. We are at a point now, that come spring thru summer we may be able to host film festivals with a special events permit from the city. we will need a fire surpression system to be able to use the stage for performances; hopefully this years fundraiser and donation will help us reach that milestone. We have come a long way just to get to the point we are at now.
Once again thanks for interest, and if you have any other question, feel free to ask
Wayne Theatre Corporation