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This photo of the Boyd Theatre probably dates from the late 1890s or early 1900s. Using maximum zoom, it can be seen that the posters in front of the theater advertise Anna Held, who Florenz Ziegfeld brought to the United States in 1896.
The facade of the theater exemplifies the commercial phase of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture. An article about the soon-to-open theater in the August 31, 1891, issue of the Omaha Daily Bee said that the interior of the house was also done in what it called the “modern Romanesque” style.
The Boyd Theatre was designed in the St. Louis office of J. B. McElfatrick & Sons. This office was headed by John McElfatrick’s elder son, J. Morgan McElfatrick, who died August 28, 1891, a few days before the Boyd Theatre opened. He was 38 years old.
A scan of the Daily Bee article is online here as part of the Library of Congress’s “Chronicling America” collection.
In this weblog post, a former patron of the Co-Ed Theatre offers a brief reminiscence of it. The page also has an interior photo of the restaurant that now occupies the building. The floor still slopes downward toward the end that had the screen.
This is a rather belated reply to KJB2012’s question about the origin of the Nixon Theatre’s name. The original owner of the Nixon Theatre was Samuel F. Nixon-Nirdlinger, a theater operator based in Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th century. He owned several theaters in Pennsylvania, and in 1896 was one of the six founders of the notorious Theatrical Syndicate, which for many years controlled bookings for most of the legitimate theaters in the United States.
The April 29, 1916, issue of The American Contractor identified the architect of F.J. Dion’s new Orpheum Theatre at Franklin as Harvey Brakeman, Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania.
This RootsWeb page about the Metsker family mentions Clay Metsker’s Rialto Theatre, and says that the groundbreaking for the project took place on April 5, 1920.
On April 21, 2009, the South Bend Tribune reported that a fire the previous Sunday had caused $500,000 damage to the Rialto Theatre building and adjacent structures in Plymouth. The owner of the building said that repairs would probably take 45 days, but in the Google Street View of the building, dated August, 2009, one of the storefronts still had its windows covered up, though the other store in the building was already open again.
The article gives the address of the building as 207 N. Michigan Street, but it also covers the lot at 209. The ground floor has been converted entirely to retail use. I’ve been unable to find a closing date.
The Rodgers Theatre has been closed since 2006. The most recent article I can find about it is this one from the Corning Observer of January 31 this year. It says that the renovations are proceeding, and at that time new bathrooms were being built.
The Rodgers Theatre was donated to the City of Corning by Daniel and Wealthy Rodgers in 1991, along with an endowment of $50,000 toward its maintenance. The current renovations are being paid for by funds from various sources, including grants, municipal funds, and donations. The goal is to convert the building into a community center with a movie theater included.
The article says that the Rodgers Theatre was built in 1935. Unless information has been lost over the years and it was actually built earlier, that means the house would not be the 1928 project mentioned on the California Index card that I cited in my comment of September 26, 2008.
The Iowa Library Quarterly for January, February and March, 1914, says that the Tuesday Club, a women’s organization in Storm Lake, had raised funds for their local library by holding a candy and popcorn sale at the World, Princess, and Palace Theatres.
Under the theater name in the first photo Bill linked to there is a plaque reading “Clay W. Metsker, Owner”. The Rialto must have been the project mentioned in the May 8, 1920, issue of Indiana Construction Recorder, which said that a two story theater, 42x126 feet, was being built at Plymouth for C.W. Metsker. The architect was R.L. Simmons of Elkhart.
The Rialto Theatre building is listed on LoopNet as being at 209 N. Michigan Street, but it is currently off the market.
This article from the Rochester Sentinal says that Charles Krieghbaum bought the Paramount Theatre after he arrived in Rochester in 1922. In 1924 he opened the much larger Char-Bell Theatre, now called the Times Theatre. The article doesn’t say whether or not he continued to operate the Paramount for the last year of its life or if he sold it to another operator.
Part one of the Sentinal article about Rochester’s movie houses says that the Paramount replaced the My Show Theatre. Presumably the My Show occupied the same storefront as the Paramount (now the north half of the B&B Men’s Wear store), but the article doesn’t specify that.
The Paramount Theatre was mentioned in the February 5, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, which said that brothers Clyde and Sydney Wilson had bought the house from Ray Blausser. The Wilsons had also bought another Rochester house, the Kai-Gee Theatre, from Roy Shanks.
I’ve uploaded a 1910 photo of Clune’s Broadway Theatre to the photo section. It looks like the theater was not open yet when the photo was taken, though construction had apparently been completed.
The architects of the original Colonial No. 2 Theatre, 1910-1939, were Eaton & Bates.
The Rialto Theater opened in 1908 as the National Theatorium, according to this web page citing a 1964 article by Maymie Krythe in the Long Beach Independent Press Telegram. There are two photos showing the theater.
The caption of a photo of the National Theatorium published in the December 31, 1910, issue of The Film Index says that the house was then being operated by Mr. G.O. Post.
The August 20, 1910, issue of The Film Index published an article about the four theaters then operating on the block of Madison Street between Dearborn and Clark. It said that the Pastime Theatre had been built “about two years ago”, which would make an opening sometime in the latter part of 1908 likely. With 460 seats, the Pastime was the largest of the four theaters on the block.
The Pastime Theatre Co. also operated a house of the same name on Adams Street, as well as the Victoria Theatre in Logan Square. General manager H.W. Thompson had his office in the Madison Street house.
The Crystal Theatre can be seen in this 1925 photo of a parade of elementary school graduates marching along East Second Street in downtown Muscatine.
The July 26, 1910, opening of Lancaster’s original Hippodrome Theatre, which burned and was replaced by this house in 1916, was noted in the August 20, 1910 issue of The Film Index.
The I cited in my previous comment article also gives the seating capacity of the Casino Garden Theatre as 400.
This house was called the Casino Garden Theatre in 1910, when it was one of four houses featured in an article about theaters on Chicago’s Madison Street that was published in the August 20 issue of The Film Index. The article confirms that the Casino was originally owned by Charles Weeghman. It was managed for him by Harry B. Fitzpatrick. The article says that the Casino Garden Theatre had been operating for almost a year, which means it must have opened in the latter third of 1909.
The Boston Theatre probably opened in early 1908. An article about four theaters then operating on this block of Chicago’s Madison Street, appearing in the August 20, 1910, issue of The Film Index said: “The Boston Theatre was built two and a half years ago by the Boston Theatre Co., at an outlay of $17,000.”
The August 20, 1910, issue of The Film Index had an article about the four movie theaters then operating in this block of Chicago’s Madison Avenue, including the Alcazar. It said that the Alcazar was the first theater on the block, opening in May, 1907, with 300 seats. Built at a cost of $20,000, the Alcazar was the first Chicago movie theater to install a pipe organ. Rick Altman’s Silent Film Sound identifies this as a five-rank Hinners Organ Company tracker model, installed in 1908.
An 800-seat house called the Grand Theatre was operating in East Stroudsburg in 1908, when it was included in the list of American theaters published in the September 5 issue of The Billboard. The Pocono Cinema’s building could date from the 1900s, though the front looks a bit plain for the era. The Grand Theatre of 1908 might have been this theater or a predecessor of the same name.
There was a Casino Theatre operating in Yuma as early as 1916, when it was mentioned in the January 16 issue of The Moving Picture World. The operator was Johna Johansen.
This house was newly built in 1948, and was not the former Olympic Theatre in the Daily Independent article cited by LouisRugani. When the new Manos Theatre opened, the old Olympic/Manos was renamed the Grand Theatre, but as far as I’ve been able to determine it closed in 1952. The Olympic opened in 1915 at 475 Donner Avenue, according to Monessen: A Typical Steel Country Town by Cassandra Vivian.
The web site of the designers of this theater, Benson & Bohl Architects, has a photo of it on this page.
Benson & Bohl Architects designed this theater for Regal Cinemas. There is a small but recognizable rendering of it on this page of the firm’s web site.
Gate City did something with its numbering system, and the old Gate City Theatre building now has a different address. As near as I can tell, it is 271 W. Jackson Street. Google Maps misplaces all the addresses on Jackson Street, so here is a link to the correct location at Bing Maps.
The three story building which fronted the Scott Theatre, seen down the block in Don’s photo, is still standing, too. Its location can be fetched at Bing Maps using the address 245 W. Jackson Street. I don’t think the Scott’s auditorium is still intact, though. In Google’s satellite view, it looks like the roof of most of the auditorium section has been removed, though the walls are still there.