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Joe Vogel commented about UA Emery Bay Theater on Aug 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm

The most recent Google street views show this entire area being rebuilt with enormous, boring apartment projects. I hope I never have to see it in person.

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Joe Vogel commented about Pitts Theatre on Aug 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

An item in Motion Picture Herald from 1931 (I can’t find the date) says that Ben Pitts had recently taken over the Dixie Theatre in Manassas.

There is conflicting information about the Dixie/Pitts' Theatre. The December 31, 1936 issue of The Manassas Journal (PDF here) advertises the Pitts Theatre, but a number of items about movies playing at the Dixie Theatre give the names and dates of the movies listed in the Pitts Theatre’s ad. As it seems unlikely that the same movies would be playing at two different theaters, what seems more likely is that the name Dixie remained in common use after the theater had been renamed Pitts. An ad published by Pitts Theatres in 1939 uses the name Pitts' for the Manassas house.

More troubling is a line in one article (upper right, front page) making reference to “… the square [the block] north of Center Street where the Pitts' Theatre is located….” The silent era Dixie Theatre was south of Center Street. Also giving the block north of Center Street as the location of Pitts' Theatre is the caption of a photo in the Arcadia Press book Manassas (Google books preview) saying “…the Olde Towne Inn opened in 1973 at the corner of Center and Main Streets, on the site of the old Pitts Theatre and Stonewall Jackson Hotel.” This is the block north of Center Street, and thus not the location of the silent era Dixie Theatre building, which is still standing.

It would appear then that a new theater was opened north of Center Street by 1936, and by that year was being advertised as Pitts' Theatre. However, the FDY continues to list the only house in Manassas as the Dixie through 1941, and the name Pitts (well, actually it first appears as “Titts”) doesn’t show up until 1942. The Pitts is then listed with only 200 seats until 1949, when it suddenly goes to 505 seats. The silent era Dixie building was never large enough for 505 seats, so this is more evidence that it has to have been the house north of Center Street, but I don’t know if this reflected a recent expansion or if the FDY was only belatedly catching up with a change made years earlier.

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Joe Vogel commented about Pinole 10 Cinemas on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

The Pinole 10 was about where the FedEx Office and Auto Zone stores are now. They are some distance east of the spot Google Maps is putting the pin icon. Views at Historic Aerials show that the theater had been demolished and construction started on the shopping center that replaced it by 2002.

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Joe Vogel commented about Victoria Theatre on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:30 am

The 1921 Fredericksburg city directory lists Pitts Leader Theatre at 915 Main Street. This web page says that Main Street was an aka for Caroline Street, so unless the lots have been renumbered since 1921 the Leader was just a few doors down from the site of the later Colonial Theatre. The only other theater listed in 1921 was the Opera House, corner of Main and Commerce (aka William) Street.

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Joe Vogel commented about Pinole 10 Cinemas on Aug 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Like all the other theaters built for Century between 1964 and the early 1990s, Century’s Pinole 10 was designed by Vincent G. Raney. The Pinole 10 was very nearly identical to the Century 10 at Noor Avenue and Huntington Avenue in South San Francisco, which opened just a few months after the Pinole house.

The South San Francisco building is still standing, though it has been gutted for a bowling center project that was never completed. Still, Google’s satellite view of it still gives a good idea of what the Pinole multiplex looked like on the outside.

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Joe Vogel commented about Reds Showcase Cinemas on Aug 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

Red’s Showcase Twin Cinemas closed on February 28, 2007, according to this article from that day’s Curry Coastal Pilot. The article says that Thomas took over operation of the house in 1987, some time after the previous owners had twinned it.

I believe this theater was the house scheduled to open as the Pic Theatre on May 14, 1952. The May 13 issue of the Eureka daily newspaper, the Humboldt Times, reported that an early morning blast had occurred at the theatre, ripping a hole in the roof, damaging the marquee, and wrecking the ticket booth. Police suspected a deliberate act of sabotage, either a bomb or sticks of dynamite.

Owner of the Pic, Earl L. Boles, who also operated the Mecca Theatre, said that materials were being rushed to the site to repair the damage quickly so that the theater could open on schedule. The following day’s edition of the paper said that the damage had been estimated at $1,000, but that the 537-seat theater would open that night.

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Joe Vogel commented about Paramount Theatre on Aug 15, 2018 at 10:45 am

An article in the March 22, 1952 issue of Boxoffice said that operation of the downtown Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles had been taken over by United Paramount Theatres on March 18, at the end of a twenty year lease by Fanchon & Marco. United Paramount would undertake the remodeling job that began later that year.

F&M’s lease on the Hollywood Paramount continued, and though now under separate management, the day-and-date policy at the two houses would also continue. The first movie opened under the new regime was the Paramount release “Something to Live For,” on March 21.

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Joe Vogel commented about Sunset Theatre on Aug 15, 2018 at 10:08 am

This item from the June 27, 1919 issue of Pacific Builder and Engineer is most likely about the Dream Theatre:

“Snoqualmie, Wn-Archt E. W. Houghton, Seattle, is planning a conc. moving picture theatre for this pl. same to be 80x32 ft with timbered truss rf. Modern htg and vent plant will be installed.”
The dimensions of the building in street and satellite views do look to be about 32x80.

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Joe Vogel commented about Century Cinema on Aug 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Though, for now, Century is still operating this house that the company no longer owns, the likelihood that it will in time be demolished for a new development without a theater in it remains high.

This article is from March, 2017, but the redevelopment proposal it describes is from the current owner of the building, so it seems likely that it will eventually get built in some form.

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Joe Vogel commented about State Theatre on Aug 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

The Odeon was one of the five movie theaters listed at Savannah in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

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Joe Vogel commented about Melody Theatre on Aug 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm

A brief essay about the Melody Theatre on this web page says that the house opened in March, 1946, and was closed and the building converted into a church in 1952.

The primary cause of the Melody’s short life appears to have been the rivalry of the East Side Theatre, which a 1948 lawsuit alleged had an unfair advantage due to its relationship with distributors, as told in this article from Motion Picture Herald of September 18, 1948:

“Files Trust Suit In Savannah

“Charging there was a conspiracy to force him out of business and to monopolize product for rival Negro theatres, Mose Portman, Melody Theatre Co., and East Broad Investment Co., last week filed a $957,264 anti-trust action in Federal Court at Savannah, Ga. Defendants include: Bijou Amusement Co., Savannah East Side Corp., Dunbar Theatre Corp., Fred G. Weis, president of Savannah East Side; G. T. Bailey, Harold T. Spears, Alfred Starr and Milton Starr of Bijou, and seven major motion picture distributors.

“The distributors named are Paramount, Warners, Columbia, Republic, RKO, Loew’s and United Artists.

“The complaint charges that Savannah East Side built a theatre for Negroes in opposition to Mr. Portman’s Melody, built in 1946, and that Melody Theatre Company was forced to sell the house because the distributors conspired to divert first class product to the opposition theatre interests, thus depriving the Melody of product.”

I haven’t found anything about the outcome of the suit, but given that the Melody closed by 1952 I’m guessing it didn’t help.

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Joe Vogel commented about Bijou Theatre on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

The opening of the Bijou was noted in the January 8, 1910 issue of The New York Dramatic Mirror:

“SAVANNAH.—BIJOU R. G. Herndon, mgr.) : The new Bijou was auspiciously opened Dec. 25 with a presentation of When We Were Twenty-One: the new theatre is modern in every respect and the management has taken pains to look after every comfort of patrons: the decorations both interior and exterior are very handsome : there are two entrances, one on Broughton and one on Congress street; for the present Schiller’s Stock co. will present standard plays at popular prices.”
The Bijou was listed in the 1912-1913 Cahn guide, and in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. Over the years it served as a legitimate theater, a movie house and a vaudeville theater, and was for a time part of the B. F.Keith circuit.

Given the name Bijou it’s possible that the house was originally built for Jake Wells' Bijou circuit, as Wells was planning to build a new theater in Savannah in 1909, according to the June 10 issue of Manufacturers' Record.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

The December, 1911 issue of Motography had this news about the Arcadia Theatre:

“The Arcadia theater, recently opened at Savannah by the Savannah Picture Plays Company of that city, is one of the nicest and most up-to-date moving picture houses in the South. The house has a seating capacity of almost 800 and was constructed at a cost of $40,000. The cost of admission is 10 cents.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Band Box Theatre on Aug 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

The Folly Theatre was listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. It was one of five movie houses listed for Savannah, the others being the Bijou, the Odeon and the Princess, all on Broughton Street, and the Pekin Theatre on Broad Street.

The Folly is listed in the FDY through 1929, with 350 seats. It then vanishes, reappearing in 1934 with 500 seats. From 1935 through 1942 it is listed with 600 seats. In 1943 the 600-seat Bandbox Theatre makes its first appearance. The Bandbox is listed through 1947, and in 1948 the Avon first appears.

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Joe Vogel commented about Seavue Theatre on Aug 8, 2018 at 6:15 pm

The SeaVue Theatre was at 816 Peace Portal Drive, in a building now occupied by a business called Hagan’s of Blaine, a shipping and receiving outfit. American Classic Images has photos of the SeaVue from 1980 and from 1987. Although the 1998 newspaper article Seattleprojectionist linked to (the EPA link is dead) said that the building was being demolished for a condo project, Google’s street view shows that it is still standing, as are its neighbors on both sides.

The venerable building was occupied by a theater at least as early as 1907. This house operated under the name Ivan L. Theatre at least into the mid-1930s. This (very long) web page about British Columbia’s movie theaters also has a few bits about theaters on the American side of the border. It says that the SeaVue opened in 1948, and might have been the same house earlier called the AM-BC Theatre and the International Theatre. The 1948 opening is plausible, but I’m a bit skeptical of the aka’s as Blaine did have at least two other theaters at various times, and one of them could have become the AM-BC/International. The Ivan L did vanish from newspaper listings about the time the AM-BC first appeared, though, so it’s possible they were the same house.

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Joe Vogel commented about Uptown Theatre on Aug 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Photos of four of manager Rex Barrett’s “art fronts” for the Cozy Theatre are featured in this article from Universal Weekly of November 17, 1923.

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Joe Vogel commented about Saban Theatre on Aug 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm

The Saban’s web site shows from two to four one-night events a month scheduled over the next several months, mostly baby boomer nostalgia music acts (Peter Cetera, Isley Brothers, Paul Anka, etc.) It would be nice if they could throw in an occasional classic movie, but I don’t know if they even have projection equipment anymore— or a screen, for that matter.

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Joe Vogel commented about Granada Theatre on Aug 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Opened in 1952, the Granada was designed by Gale Santocono using a plan very similar to that of the slightly larger Seavue Theatre at Pacifica, opened the previous year.

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Joe Vogel commented about Uptown Theatre on Aug 7, 2018 at 5:14 pm

From the October 1, 1921 issue of Exhibitors Herald: “COLUMBIA. MO. — Rex Barrett of Pierce City has purchased the Odeon theatre here and renamed it the Cozy.”

There was another remodeling of the Uptown in 1939, according to this item from the January 7 issue of Motion Picture Herald:

“The Commonwealth Amusement Company of Columbia, Mo., headed by Mayor Rex Barrett, recently awarded a contract to the Fleet Building and Repair Company of Kansas City, Mo., for the extensive remodeling of its theatre building in Columbia.”
The 1935 rebuild of the long-closed Cozy involved a considerable enlargement of the theater. The Cozy was listed in FDY’s of the 1920s with 300 seats, while the Uptown was listed in the 1930s with 700. The 1939 project must not have included any further enlargement, as the capacity listed in the early 1940s was still 700.

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Joe Vogel commented about Columbia Theatre on Aug 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm

The Uptown Theatre, aka Bijo Dream, Broadway Odeon, and Cozy, was at 1010 E. Broadway and already has a page at Cinema Treasures. There are comments on that page tracing its history.

As far as I’ve been able to confirm, the house at 1103 E. Broadway was always called the Columbia Theatre from its opening in 1907 until its loss to a fire in 1929, though there is some possibility that it was the theater listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory as the Majestic, the only house at Columbia in that directory for which no address was provided. If the Columbia was not the Majestic then it must not have been operating as a movie house in 1914-1915.

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Joe Vogel commented about M Theatre on Aug 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm

It looks like this house remained open at least a bit longer, after a name change. The 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory lists 10 N. 9th Street as the address of the Gem Theatre. Columbia had three other theaters listed: the Broadway Odeon, the Majestic, and the Star. By 1926 the FDY listed only the Columbia, the Hall, and the Cozy.

This article from Columbia Business Times says there was a Gem Theatre opened at the corner of Walnut and Ninth Streets in 1909. It doesn’t say how long it was in operation. The article mentions the M Theatre, but doesn’t say anything about the name change. Most likely its life as the second Gem was brief and has been forgotten.

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Joe Vogel commented about Art Cinema on Aug 7, 2018 at 1:52 pm

The space occupied by the Art Theatre in the vintage photo is now occupied by Limelight Stage + Studios, which the Internet describes as a “[l]ively karaoke joint offering a choice of a public stage or private rooms, plus drinks & appetizers.” The menu is primarily east Asian and photos (and videos of people committing karaoke) on the Internet indicate a predominantly east Asian clientèle.

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Joe Vogel commented about Telenews Theatre on Aug 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Interesting that the marquee of the Fox Newsreel in Oakland was so similar to the marquee on the Los Angeles newsreel house that later was also renamed the Globe Theatre. Both featured a globe, which probably suggested the new name after the houses were switched to regular movies. I wonder if there were other Fox newsreel houses that featured globes on their marquees?

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theatre on Aug 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

The Rialto was advertised in the December 27, 1921 issue of The Union Daily Times. A house called the Grand was also advertised. Either house might have dated back to 1916, when the October 5 issue of Manufacturers Record reported that the contract had been let for a 50x150-foot theater at Union for a Mr. J. Cohen. Local newspapers from around that time should have more information, if someone with access can track it down.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theatre on Aug 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm

This article posted at the web site of Augusta Magazine on July 31, 2018 says “[o]riginally the Rialto was to open on Wednesday, September 18, [1918] but due to unforeseen problems that the Chronicle never mentioned the opening was delayed until Monday, September 23.”

The article also says that the announcement of the Rialto’s imminent closure appeared in The Augusta Chronicle on January 6, 1956. The house was scheduled to close January 18. The building was then remodeled into an office for Augusta Federal Savings & Loan, then in 1985 was converted into offices for an optometrist, which it remains today.

One inexplicable claim the article makes twice is that the Rialto operated as a movie theater for more than 60 years. By my count, September 23, 1918 to January 18, 1956 is several months short of 38 years.