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1940’s photo added, contributed by Paul Petosky.
The Ector closed in June 2016.
The story was in first posted in CT’s own Breaking News section.
Here is an updated version.
2016 photo added, photo credit Terry Koenig.
2012 article about the 1st Summer Drive-In.
November 1964 photo added, photo credit John McDonough. Photo and other memorabilia added courtesy of the Wilmette Historical Museum. Items are on display there.
1950 photo credit Gordon Parks added.
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Received this message from the folks at the Craterian Theater, regarding when the Ginger Rogers name was changed.
Hello David, we had a celebration concert highlighting the name change on October 27, 2013.
Theater name should be changed to “Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts”.
Don’t know when this changed happened, but the one of the photos from their Facebook page I uploaded is from January 2015.
The Ginger Rogers name has been removed from the marquee, and changed to Collier Center.
Current Craterian marquee photo added, credit the Craterian Theater Facebook page.
It appears the fight is over.
Sorry about the incorrect photo credit.
I only credited the source I had, which was the person who posted it to Facebook.
If you’d like, I can delete it and re-post it with proper credit.
Circa 1959 photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Color adjusted by Sándor Szentgyörgyi. Not the best quality, but the blade sign reading “Theatre” is in the center of the photo.
Aggie Theatre website.
Full size version of the 1956 photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful facebook page.
Punk rock in the `80’s at the Queen photo added.
Photo credit George FLee.
1947 & Now photo added courtesy of Patrick Frost.
Mid `60’s photo added via the opensfhistory.org website.
2 photos added via the San Francisco Remembered Facebook page. One is a demolition pic from 63, the other undated, but likely late30’s.
63, the other undated, but likely late
Circa 1967 photo added courtesy of Bob Ristelhueber.
This post with vintage photo & fade to today courtesy of the What Was There Facebook page.
On September 9, 1939, a secretive “sneak preview” of Gone with the Wind is shown to a surprised audience in Riverside, CA months before its official premier in Atlanta. The film’s producer, David O. Selznick, his wife, Irene, investor John “Jock” Whitney and film editor Hal Kern drove to Riverside to preview the film at the Fox Theatre. It was still a rough cut at this stage, missing completed titles and lacking special optical effects, and it ran for four hours and twenty-five minutes (it would later be cut down to under four hours for its proper release). A double bill of Hawaiian Nights and Beau Geste was playing at the Fox, but after the first feature it was announced that the theater would be screening a preview. The audience was informed they could leave but they would not be readmitted once the film had begun, nor would phone calls be allowed once the theater had been sealed. When the title appeared on the screen the audience cheered (many had been reading about the making of the film for over two years), and after it finished it received a standing ovation. Here’s the Fox Theater in 1929.
Fade to now: http://www.whatwasthere.com/b/13414
This link has two 1920 interior photos as well.
May 1920 photo added of the original Hippodrome exterior, photo credit Fred Gildersleeve & courtesy of the Texas Scotish Rite History Collection.
Via the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum in Waco.
This would be before the 1928 fire mentioned in the Overview.
1944 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.
Circa 1985 photo added courtesy of Jerri Walker.
Circa 1915 photo added courtesy of Stephen Gennerich.