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And the Southampton, England name of FORUM denotes that of a meeting or place of gathering.
What a nice looking facade… which has some slightly similar features that of Southampton’s (now destroyed) Odeon.
From the many photos I have up/downloaded of English cinemas and theaters, many had steps leading up to the box office or entry doors.
I wonder how handicapped patrons managed in the days before wheelchair ramps were finally installed?
Your local City Hall and public library will have archive stories and photos on file. You might also put your question(s) to members of a senior’s home for interesting stories, too. Good Luck!
Perhaps your local City Hall or main library has some detailed information on file as well as some historic photographs and/or newspaper stories and old advertising, etc. Good Luck!
My late friend, Joseph Musil, who owned the magnificent American Museum of Theatrical Design (aka: Salon of the Theatres) in Santa Ana, managed to rescue some of the wonderful brass floral lighting which traversed the ornate lobby and auditorium.
I also wonder what happened to his incredible collection of photographs and 35mm slide collection of historic southern California theaters, especially of Long Beach?
Mike… You hit the nail squarely on the head. If one buys say, a book, clothing or toothbrush, you don’t take it back for a refund simply because “you don’t like it.”
local cinemas and theaters bring the locals and visitors into town for shopping and dinner.
Couple these facts along with a rise in sales taxes plus helping the employment situation, etc., it would be foolish to loose these two historic gems!
I volunteer for the restored www.admiraltheatre.org in Bremerton, Washington. This historic theater has such a nice variety of live and classic film events.
The Admiral caters for all age groups and is not just for the great un-shaved/washed/jeans and cell phone brigade… and it works!!!
Oakland… you should really give it a try… please
If the fire that caused the damage was of NO FAULT of the theater, then surely (and don’t call me Shirley) the insurance coverage is the responsibility of the owner of the building next door?
Perhaps the theater owner should investigate an insurance clause called “PROXIMATE CAUSE.” Good luck folks and don’t give up!
Are there any AUDITORIUM shots available… please?
Perhaps each and EVERY ENTRY on CT should go through a screening basis and not be released if it does not meet CT’s codes.
On the other hand, how about CT receiving a paid-in-advance-fee of “X” number of dollars, per word, before it is released for everyone to see or read???????
Why don’t you PAY to advertise in the proper journals and NOT use the FREE space on this wonderful VOLUNTEER, NON-PROFIT website!!!
Better still, send Cinema Treasures a cash DONATION… HUH?
Here’s hoping someone will find and please DONATE one of these plaques to the non-profit THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Elmhurst, Illinois.
And so another small theater sadly licks its wounds and bows to the almighty multiplex giants.
It was regret that I went to the pathetically attended last show. I had just moved to Port Orchard and was pleased to find such a nice place which offered the types of films I enjoy.
Their projection was excellent along with comfortable seats in a clean and heated auditorium… and the yummy popcorn was fresh and hot too!
Oh so sad… one of my former “favorite haunts.”
Movie fans are really hot to acquire real cinema seats for their private home theaters.
I vividly recall, when San Francisco’s infamous Castro Theatre tossed their ailing seats into huge dumpsters… people climbed in and to rescue them for their home projects.
Paul, I wish you well with your campaign… you really need an “angel” or even a “sugar daddy”.
I forgot to add that I once had 30 professional cinema seats but gave them away. However, I still have a digital projector, audio amplifier with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, two sets of small stage traveler curtains, a big electronic message board, framed classic movie posters and a ton of bric-a-brac cinema goodies.
Hey folks… what are we waiting for?
Nancy… and so would I and that means a trip from Port Orchard. You can also add some of the many past classic films as well as releases that were within the past decade… and those which have been listed as “public domain”.
The photo(s) owner does not allow the viewing of his pictures.
Mr. Gaumont certainly had a wonderful flair for building beautiful theaters, especially in France.
My old English stomping grounds of Southampton has fully restored their former Gaumont, later known as the Empire and now as the Mayflower, and the live stage presentations seem to be doing very well.
Congrats about the reopening… the creep who ruined that beautiful theater should be fined for destruction and theft of “public” property and confined to a mental institute.
It seems that the original estimate of about $30m went to $40m, wow!
After seeing the photo of the “copper” ticket, I wonder if the “brass” plaque regarding the original screening of GWTW is still on the facade? Glad I took a snapshot of that.
Chuck and Kathleen… Your wish came true and for just a “buck”.
Will someone whisper into my little ear, please, I’ve got a dollar bill in my hot little hand along with a ton of experience and some eager helping hands.
Now don’t lets all come at once by pounding at my door!
Ken mc… FYI, regarding you notes of Feb 29, 2008;
Apart from the cluster of theaters around that part of Mission Street, there are others several miles out of downtown as this endless road winds its way through the Mission district.
Somewhere amongst my tons of theater memorabilia GOODIES, I have a framed, letter-size, bright red sign which clearly states: “OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE UNPAID, NOT BECAUSE THEY’RE WORTHLESS, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE SIMPLY PRICELESS!”.
When ever I presented a special program of entertainment, I made sure this ‘message’ was clearly displayed for all patrons to see. And finally, I would call for our volunteers to come to the stage for a round of applause.
Two effortless and simple words of “THANK YOU” go a hell of a long way in my vocabulary. And I heartily echo them to one and all who’ve made CT such a pleasure to log into.
Finally, I enjoy informing cinema patrons about CT’s website and its great offerings… do you?