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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 6, 2017 at 2:35 am

Boxoffice of May 10, 1947, had a brief item about the Roxy:

“MILAN, GA. — The Martin & Thompson circuit of Atlanta has sold the Roxy Theatre here to Cecil Crumby.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Movies on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

The current Google street view shows only one sign on the building, that being a “For Sale” sign posted by Stebbins Commercial Properties.

This web page indicates that the building has been bought by the Manchester Development Corporation, on behalf of the city, and it was to have been renovated as a home for the Old Sol Music Hall, with its opening planned for 2018. However, the latest news on the Old Sol web site says that the deal has fallen through.

I can’t find anything more recent telling of what is to become of the Rex’s building, but presumably the city still owns it and it is currently not in use.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Civic Centre on Jun 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm

This item from the June 17, 1920, issue of Engineering News-Record is the earliest item I’ve found about the Capitol Theatre:

“Wis., Manitowoc – Theatre – Until Feb. 1 by W.T. [sic] Raeuber, archt., Teitgen Bldg., constructing 2 story, 100 x 125 ft. brick, tile and steel, brick foundation, for George Bros. Co., South 8th St. Cost between $100,000 and $150,000 .”
The November 4 issue of the same journal noted that contracts had been let for the somewhat altered project:
“Wis., Manitowoc – Theatre – W. J. Raeuber, archt., Teitgen Bldg., let contract to Badger State Constr. Co., Manitowoc, building 4 story, 87 x 115 ft., concrete, brick and steel, for George Bros., 913 S. 8th St. About $125,000. Noted May 6.”
Plans were apparently altered again before completion, as in its final form the building had only three storys.

Architect William J. Raeuber was practicing in Manitowoc at least as early as 1900. In 1906 he provided the plans for a remodeling and expansion of the Ceske Slovanska Lipa Opera House (one of two opera houses Manitowoc then boasted) at 411 N. 8th Street. The Opera House also showed movies from time to time before being converted into a dance hall.

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Joe Vogel commented about Arcade Theatre on Jun 27, 2017 at 8:23 pm

The National Chevy Association retails new and used parts for Chevrolet automobiles made from 1949-1954. They appear to do business primarily online, so the building probably houses their offices and warehousing and shipping facilities.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Jun 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm

It has undoubtedly been reseated with larger seats and more leg room (…“the most comfortable and easy viewing seats in town” according to the earlier comment by baileysporck.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Flicker Shack on Jun 22, 2017 at 1:09 am

Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is at 1405 AZ Hy 89. 1420 is now the location of a Whole Foods Market, and it looks like fairly new construction. I’m pretty sure that the Flicker Shack’s building has been demolished.

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Joe Vogel commented about Normandie Theatre on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm

The original Normandie Theatre was said to be a replica of the theater on the French liner of the same name. The Internet has a number of photos of the theater on the liner, but the only photo I’ve found of the 53rd Street house itself is an interior shot of the back quarter of the auditorium on this web page. It’s a small scan, with limited area enlarging possible by hovering your cursor over it.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dixie Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The description says that the Strand/Paramount was built next door to the Dixie, but we have the Paramount listed at 1312 26th, which would be a block away and on the opposite side of the street from 1407 26th.

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Joe Vogel commented about Gulf Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm

The partners in the firm of Shaw & Woleben were engineer Hobart D. Shaw and architect Dean P. Woleben.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 18, 2017 at 2:41 am

Along with several depressing photos of the Palace in decay, this web page has a color photo of a corridor (probably in the mezzanine) when the splendid Spanish Baroque decor was still intact. But parts of the building must be in danger of imminent collapse.

Looking at the building from 8th Street in Google street view, the advanced decay of the brick wall of the auditorium is all too visible. There are even some shrubs and what appear to be at least two small trees growing from the tops of the walls. That is the very last stage of decay before a wall just crumbles. The time when the Palace can still be saved is very short, if it has not in fact already run out. I don’t know how long ago Google’s street views were taken.

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Joe Vogel commented about Saratoga 6 on Jun 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

The report on theater construction in 1975 that was published in the May 3, 1976, issue of Boxoffice listed the 1,544-seat Saratoga Six opened at San Jose by American Multi Cinema.

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Joe Vogel commented about Valley Cinemas on Jun 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

The report on theater construction in 1975 that was published in the May 3, 1976, issue of Boxoffice listed a house at Los Banos called Cinema I & II, opened by Tom Graff. I wonder if that could have been this theater?

I also wonder of the Tom Graff mentioned was the attorney who was a long-time environmental activist in the central valley and state director of the Environmental Defense Fund. He might have built the theater as an investment.

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Joe Vogel commented about Stuttgart Twin Cinema on Jun 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm

The report on theater construction in 1975 that was published in Boxoffice of May 3, 1976, listed a 200-seat house in Stuttgart called the Cinema which had been opened by a Dr. John Miller. Could that have been the origin of this theater?

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Joe Vogel commented about Carmike Other Center 7 on Jun 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

The report on new theater construction in 1975 that was published in the May 3, 1976, issue of Boxoffice listed a house (mistakenly listed in Little Rock) called the Other Center Twin, opened with 500 seats by an outfit called Theatre Presentations. I think it might have been the origin of this multiplex.

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Joe Vogel commented about UA Cinema City 7 on Jun 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

If this house was in the Breckenridge Village shopping center, then it was probably the quad that UA opened in 1975. That project was listed in the 1975 new theater construction report that was published in Boxoffice of May 3, 1976. The report didn’t say if it was entirely new construction or a remodeling/expansion of an earlier house, but UA was building a lot of new quads in the mid-1970s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Plaza 5 Theatres on Jun 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

The report on new theaters built in 1975 that ran in the May 3, 1976, issue of Boxoffice listed The Plaza, a 700-seat triplex at Yuma opened by Great Western Theatres.

The May 20, 1975, issue of The Yuma Daily Sun said that a benefit premier would be held Thursday night (May 22) with a showing of The Four Musketeers. The Friday night grand opening would feature The Great Waldo Pepper in one of the larger auditoriums and The Godfather Part II in the other. The small, 120-seat auditorium would open with A Woman Under the Influence.

Judging from street view, it looks like the building had an addition at one point, on the W. 15th Place side, so the two additional screens that brought the total to five were probably in that. I don’t know what the final seat count was.

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Joe Vogel commented about Park Mall Theatres 1,2,3, 4 on Jun 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Looking at the opening day schedule, it strikes me that one of the four auditoriums simply might not have been ready for use yet. Back in single-screen days if there was a construction or equipment-related delay, the theater’s opening would have to be postponed, but with this quad the grand opening could have been done on schedule with three screens while the workers finished up whatever had to be done in the fourth auditorium.

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Joe Vogel commented about Flicker Shack on Jun 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Commemorating this vanished theater, the Sedona Public Library now presents a free film series called Flicker Shack Movie Mondays, screened in the library’s Si Birch Community Room.

Opened on August 21, 1975, the rustic style, 300-seat Flicker Shack was Sedona’s first movie theater, though by that time the town and surrounding countryside had been used as the location for more than a hundred movie productions. Boxoffice featured an illustrated article about the Flicker Shack in its issue of February 16, 1976.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cahaba Twin Theatres on Jun 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

The Cahaba Twin, operated by Cobb Theatres, was listed in the May 3, 1976, issue of Boxoffice as being among the 285 new theaters built in the U.S. in 1975.

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Joe Vogel commented about Plainfield Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

The Plainfield Opera House (also known in its early years as the Woodman Opera House) has not been converted to housing. The ground floor theater space was last occupied by a bar which closed in 2006, and the upstairs appears to have been vacant at least as long.

Last year the building was threatened with demolition, but the Plainfield Village Board entered an agreement last fall with the building’s owner since 2011, Matt Makaryk, who plans a multi-year renovation project to convert the theater to an event center and the upper floor to living quarters for himself and his family. The roof must be replaced and the damaged back wall repaired by November of this year or the village will probably order demolition.

This article from the Stevens Point Journal of May 9 this year includes video and a slide show revealing how badly decayed much of the building is. About the only remaining trace of the Opera House’s time as a movie theater appears to be the old projection booth.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dixie Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

It looks like there has been redevelopment north of Hampton Avenue, the old grid of streets being replaced by a housing project. The Dixie, being odd-numbered, must have been on the west side of Jefferson between Hampton and 22nd, but I was wondering if the Sanborn map showed it being at or near the corner of 22nd Street, or if it was closer to Hampton.

This must have been a very lively entertainment district at one time, with the Lincoln, Moton and Dixie Theatres all within a short distance.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dixie Theatre on Jun 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm

wsasser: Where was the Dixie in relation to Hampton Avenue on the Sanborn map? Currently the highest number on the block is the Food Tiger Market on the corner of Jefferson and Hampton, and its address is 2115 Jefferson.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm

The April 17, 1931, issue of the Brainerd Dispatch reported that the new Palace Theatre would open on Wednesday, April 22. The interior of the new, 475-seat showhouse would feature “…English architecture on the atmospheric type, a colorful arrangement of drapes, views of bungalows and blue sky ceiling effects….” The Palace, like the recently rebuilt Paramount Theatre, was designed by the firm of Liebenberg & Kaplan.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

A more reliable source than the one I cited earlier indicates that the Park Opera House actually opened on December 2, 1901. It was designed by Duluth architect John J. Wangenstein. The house was remodeled in 1914, reopening as the Park Theatre on May 18.

A more extensive remodeling, including a new, larger entrance, was carried out in 1919, with an October 19 reopening. A severe windstorm on June 8, 1920, caused significant damage to the building, and the Park Theatre remained dark while repairs were made, not reopening until September 1.

By the late 1920s both of Brainerd’s theaters were being operated by Finkelstein & Ruben, who planned an extensive remodeling of the Park. When Paramount Publix took over the F&R interests in 1929, the project was undertaken by that circuit instead. The 1929 remodeling gutted the building, eradicating all trace of John Wangenstein’s 1901 interior, though the old fashioned exterior remained largely intact. The renamed Paramount Theatre opened on December 31, 1929.

The Paramount was taken over by Baehr Theatres in the late 1940s, and was closed in September, 1985. The Burlington Northern Railroad, owners of the land on which the Paramount stood, agreed to lease the theatre to the Brainerd Lakes Arts Center Incorporated in 1986, but the plans to renovate the theatre once again came to nothing. Despite having been listed as an historic site by the Minnesota Historic Sites Survey in 1971, the Paramount was demolished in April, 1994.

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Joe Vogel commented about Brainerd Theatre on Jun 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm

The Brainerd Theatre closed in December, 1985, and the building was remodeled for use as a roller skating rink. It was Brainerd’s last downtown theater, the Paramount having closed in September, 1985.