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spectrum commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

The 2005 link is gone (the one to photographs), but this link to Wikipedia shas two nice interior shots, both lobby and auditorium. Can’t find an official web page for the theatre though. Also says the digital conversion was in 2009.,Colorado)

spectrum commented about Reseda Theatre on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

According to the latest Google Street View, the Reseda is still standing. New plywood covers the front, and the building is freshly painted.

spectrum commented about Arcade Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm

?? I have a capacity listing of 800 for the Arcade. That was possibly a result of S. Charles Lee’s 1938 remodeling with 1,400 being the original capacity. Looks like from one of the photos that much of the original ornate décor (at least of the proscenium) survived the 1938 remodeling.

spectrum commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

…also the seating has been removed, and the smooth sloping floor has removable folding chairs.

spectrum commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

From their website gallery, much of the original decoration in the lobby and auditorium is gone, replaced by modern décor.

spectrum commented about Rialto Theater on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

According to the current Google Street view, the Rialto is now open as a live music venue. Karaoke featured every Wedneday night. Could not find a website listing for them though.

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Jun 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I believe that the auditorium section of the building (completely remodeled in 1938) was the original Latchis, with a different lobby section extending out to Flat Street. When the Lathis Hotel was built in 1938 at the corner of Flat and Main Streets, they ran the lobby through the hotel building and demolished the old lobby. The auditorium building dates back to at least 1900, and was used as a factory before becoming the original Latchis. It looks very old and originally had windows along the sides (the brick frames for the windows are still there).

spectrum commented about Kipling Cinema 6 on May 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

The Kipling was demolished last week (May 2013)

spectrum commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

Here’s a nice comprehensive overview of the Loew’s Kings renovation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s website:

The site also includes documents from the Environmental Quality Review, details on scope of project, and a blog with regular updates.

Official Groundbreaking took place on March 19, 2013.

A FlickR photoset of the bgroundbreaking at the Major’s office photstream may be accessed at:

“Following preliminary work untaken by ACE Theatrical over the last three years, New York City has executed a 55-year lease with the Kings Theatre Redevelopment Corporation – a consortium of ACE Theatrical, Goldman Sachs and the National Development Council – to begin the full redevelopment and rehabilitation of the theatre”

spectrum commented about Star Theatre on Jan 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

The Star theatre has just converted to digital. They’ve also repainted throughout and installed a new screen. Ticket prices went up to help pay for this (adults now cost $4.50 – still very reasonable).

spectrum commented about Shoals Theatre on Jan 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

The Shoals theatre is currently the home of the Shoals Community Theatre Group which is a reperatory company putting on regular productions on a nearl;y monthly schedule. They have a full schedule through the spring so it looks like the building is doing well. Their next phase of renovation will involve renovating the blacony and putting tables up there. Their official website is:

spectrum commented about AMC Mountain Farms 4 on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

As far as i know the theatres are still there – that’s the only part of the mall that hasn’t been renovated into something else. Last time I checked, the hallways lading back from the front of the mall had finally been painted but it looks like nothing has been done with the cinrma space yet – it’s probably still there.

spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Aug 21, 2012 at 12:15 am

WGGB website has an August 6 2012 article with the latest on the Paramount here:

It looks like it is currently closed. Bought in 2011 by the Farm Worker’s Council. The Council is proposing a $36,000,000 renovation to reopen it as an entertainment venue, with construction hoprfully to start Spring 2013.

No mention of how much fundraising still needs to be done. At least it has already had a lot of renovations recently. Looking forward to hearing more news on progress.

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The Latchis is planning some renovations for summer of 2012. This will include replacing about 90% of the seats (and refurbishing the remaining 10%), restoring the ceiling of the main auditorium (and the signs of the Zodiac) and putting in new carpeting, and some removations to the walls in the Ballroom audotorium. This should be all done by the end of August.

spectrum commented about Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and XD on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The three new theatres are now open – 15 screens in all now. All 15 screens are now digital. The XD auditorium has a screen that completely covers the front from floor to ceiling and from left wall to right wall. The new addition (11,000 sq feet) is on the north end of the complex.

spectrum commented about Loew's Yorkville Theatre on Apr 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

From the Google aerial and street views, it looks like the entire building is still standing; merely converted to retail. Upper floors look vacant. Maybe the upper part of the auditorium is unaltered??

spectrum commented about Oriental Theatre on Jan 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Landmark Theatres has a facebook page for the Oriental theatre at

They have a photo gallery with some nice interior photos.

spectrum commented about Kings Theatre on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Ace Theatrical Group, which is renovating the Kings has a blurb about the project at

Their report says now it is expected to open in 2015. They are also doing the renovation of the Saenger in New Orleans and earlier renovated the Majestic in San Antonio.

spectrum commented about Metropolitan (Wang) Theatre, Boston - Main Floor Plan on Dec 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

Unlike the other diagrams, this one shows the outline of the new enlarged stage house built in 1980. The oddly shaped portion is low-rise (workrooms, etc.) while the rectangular part is the tall portion with the fly space. The stage is 72 feet deep, one of the largest stagehouses in the country.

spectrum commented about Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Nov 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

The website listed above appears to be down. There is a Facebook page at but it doesn’t really have any info.

There is also a nice photo gallery at

From those photos (and a seating diagram at another website) we can see that the partitions have been removed and the multiplexing is all done. It looks in excellent shape, all restored.

spectrum commented about Oriental Theatre - Main Foyer Ceiling Ornamentation on Jul 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Correction: This is actually the ceiling of the main lobby! It was hard keeping track of the ceilings of the various lobbies and foyers. My mistake.

spectrum commented about Chicago Theatre - Details in grand lobby on Jul 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Correction! The lower half is real marble, only the upper half is scagiola.

spectrum commented about Cadillac Palace Theatre (Chicago) - Stagehouse and Auditorium Sidewall on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

My mistake – that is actually the left sidewall of the auditorium (and corner of stagehouse in front)

spectrum commented about Ohio & State theatres - Floor Plans on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Also please notice the massive new stage house built onto the State in the 1980s.

spectrum commented about We've added over 1,500 movie theater photos on Jun 3, 2011 at 12:20 am

Has this ever happened to YOU?? I put up the first photo for the Lorain Palace – a nice view of the front facade/marquee, and attached a snazzy description trumpeting the wonderful architecture. Lo and behold, when I later brought up the Palace’s webpage, there is a nice big exteriot photo of… the stagehouse!

Man, that was embarrasing. Turns out the .thumbs.db file for my photo folder was corrupted so the thumbnails didn’t match the actual photos. But all fixed now!