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I found reference of a Gem Theatre that was opened on New Haven Avenue in 1914 by J.B. Johnston, and was sold in 1916 to former first Melbourne Mayor Charles John Frazier Campbell.
It was still in existence in 1924, the date of a photo I saved from the Melbourne & Melhi Memories-Melbourne Florida Facebook page.
I’m looking for confirmation that it ever showed films, before I add a page for it to CT.
Please respond back here if anyone finds anything further.
This unfortunate update was in the CT News Forum, but somehow didn’t make it to this page.
1943 photo added credit Vintage Tri-Cities Facebook page.
1960 photo added credit Vintage Tri-Cities Facebook page.
Crisper 1944 photo added credit Vintage Tri-Cities Facebook page.
Area was then known as The Greenway.
Two 1951 photos & copy added credit Vintage Tri-Cities Facebook page.
Kirk Douglas in the 1951 US Savings Bond Parade, Richland.
1951 photo & copy added credit Vintage Tri-Cities Facebook page.
A couple checks out the poster for “The Fighting Coast Guard”, starring Brian Donley and Ella Raines at the Uptown Theater in Richland, 1951.
I uploaded the July 1938 Owens-Illinois Glass Company image, in case the 2009 link goes dead.
Photo added courtesy of Angela Marie.
It appears to have also been named the New Elite Theatre at some point, and operated until 1914.
The Gar Wah was open at least into 1988, as I saw both “Robocop” and “Action Jackson” there.
The latter was released February 12, 1988, and it was not first run at the Gar Wah.
“Beau Geste” was released September 7, 1966.
So likely first run and before `67.
1967 image of the Satellite Theatre marquee added, courtesy of the Melbourne & Melhi Memories-Melbourne Florida Facebook page.
1965 print ad added, courtesy of the Melbourne & Melhi Memories-Melbourne Florida Facebook page.
1982 photo added credit John P. Keating Jr., that shows the parking structure continued to stand operational after the demolition of the Shangri-La in 1981.
Additional parking was created were it had stood as well.
So the subsequent demolition of the parking structure and hotel development happened later.
Facebook page for the Bluebird Theater.
Circa 1948 photo & description added courtesy of Jim Robb.
An Easter sunrise service at the Montgomery Drive-In. The photographer was standing on top of the screen. Note the choir and ministers on the roof of the concession stand.
Here is Melissa Kramer’s March 4, 2010 article on the Albee.
October 1962 marquee photo added courtesy of Rose Taylor.
JFK attended the groundbreaking of the Federal Building at 5th & Walnut.
1919 photo added courtesy of Rose Taylor.
1944 photo added courtesy of Phil Lind.
Circa 1983 photo added courtesy of Renee Rachel-Garcia.
1950 photo added, photo credit Sarge Marsh.
Early `50’s photo added, credit Richard Eric Wall.
January 16, 1949 photo.
1962 image added courtesy of Michael Howell.
Photo credit & courtesy of the below website.