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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).
The Kipling was demolished last week (May 2013)
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”
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).
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: http://www.shoalstheatre.com/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
Landmark Theatres has a facebook page for the Oriental theatre at
They have a photo gallery with some nice interior photos.
Ace Theatrical Group, which is renovating the Kings has a blurb about the project at http://www.acetheatricalgroup.com/projects.php.
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.
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.
The website listed above appears to be down. There is a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keith-Albee-Performing-Arts-Center/108288042564817 but it doesn’t really have any info.
There is also a nice photo gallery at http://www.herald-dispatch.com/multimedia/galleries/news/x352191295/Gallery-Keith-Albee-Performing-Arts-Center.
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.
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.
Correction! The lower half is real marble, only the upper half is scagiola.
My mistake – that is actually the left sidewall of the auditorium (and corner of stagehouse in front)
Also please notice the massive new stage house built onto the State in the 1980s.
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!
Sorry about the bolluxed numbering on my previous post – It looks like the comment mechanism does stuff to paragraph numbers that I need to be aware of.
Great update on the website – so many new features to check out! Photos, street views!
Great to see all the suggestions and how fast they’re being acted on! Thought I’d add my suggestions as well:
The new “movie theatres” search box at the top of the “theatres” page is workable but I have to click multiple times (country, then state, then city, sometimes even neighborhood) and is srickly with two-word names (New York) if you don’t know the syntax (“new-york”) Also, it is easy to miss the capabilities of this search box (it wasn’t clear upon first glance that I could search right down to neighborhood level). Also, this search box probably should also appear on the main page, as the “search for” feature there only allows search by name and zipcode.
Perhaps we could add a separate search page where people could search on one or more fields (city, state, screens, current use, name, # seats, etc.)
It was very helpful to be able to search by current name AND/OR former name, OR both. Often I would only be searching for a former name, sometimes I wanted both current and former.
a. Browse Lists: Could these be expanded to show perhaps 100 theatres (currently only ddisplays 30) That would help when say browsing by architecural style (i.e. returns 89 pages for “streamline moderne”). Also, could the little navigation box at the bottom have an input box added where a user can jump to a specific page? Right now we can only click on the first ten pages or the last two; it’s extremely tedious to navigate to the middle of a major list – you can only jump 4 pages at a time. BTW, I DO like the fact that the entire list can be sorted by name, city, status, etc!
b. These browse lists show only “open” or “closed” under “status”. Could the detailed status be put there instead (i.e. restoring, demolished, showing movies etc.? I do like the tabs above that allow us to break out the list by detailed status, but it’d be nice ti also have that lebvel of detail in the main list. Also, could the browse lists also display # seats and maybe year built?
—-some more trivial suggestions—
Additional fields: Could years built/renovated/demolished be added to the individual theatre pages? I know we’d enter that when submitting new theatres.
Architectural styles: could “modern” be added as a choice? Right now the closest choice is “streamline moderne” which is VERY different from outright Modern (i.e. few built after the mid 1950s could be considered Streamline). Also, I miss the “art moderne” designation as I felt that was fairly distinct from “streamline”.
“submit a theatre” That link should probably have a more prominent location, and not just say “submit your favorite…” We want people to submit ANY new theatres they know about, not just their favorite!
The Challenge of New York City: The boroughs of Bronx and Brooklyn as their own “cities”, with additional neighborhood designations (makes it easy to browse those boroughs) but theatres for Queens and Staten Island are split into their individual neighborhoods (i.e. Flushing, Astoria, etc. as the “city” field) Is it possible to have them grouped together by their borough name the way it’s done for Brooklyn and Bronx? (It’s only about 60-70 theatres IIRL.)
Adjusting street view – I understand that once someone updates a street view, only that person can do further updates for that theatre. Could one release themselves from that obgligation and allow someone else to do it? I’m not sure I’d want to be responsible for future updates (of course once a street view is updated it shouldn’t need changing anyway unless the Empire 25 building gets moved down the street again :–)
I agree with CT staff having the say on which photo ios the definitive one for the theatre page, but would itbe possible to make a suggestion if one sees a (possibly recently posted) photo that is clearly better in terms of brightness, color quality, sharpness, etc.?
Any way to widen the width of the “comments” section slightly (would require narrowing the right hand links/ads column)
OVERALL: These issues pale in comparison to the enormous improvements you’ve made to an already fantastic website so I’m certainly not complaining! This has been an amazing resource, but is so much better now!
They aren’t just a gym – more of a combination fitness center and physical therapy center. From a photo on their website (linked above) it looks like they’ve preserved the aut=ditorium fairly well – original architectural features as well as the proscenium are still there. Looks like a well maintained business.
In response to Joe Vogel’s question, the backmost part of the original theater (the front part of the auditorium, proscenium and stage area) was widened to the left and right bu quite a bit. Into that area they built the new cinemas. The remainder of the Amherst Cinema was gutted and converted into stores & restaurants.
The photo tours posted by Matt Labros in january show the paintaings to the left and right of the proscenium to be gone — I hope they were simply removed for restoration (I expect that to be the case)
Sorry, that should read “19,500,000 of $27,000,000” (above)