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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Thank you. I got the St. Mel’s, but I could not get the Austin Neighborhood. I tried several times.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Mar 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

A soap opera couln’t more interesting than the perils of the Keith’s. More twists & turns coming…..

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

SWC, What an erie, haunting wonderful picture! It still has magic through all these years…One would think the neighborhood would rally around this faded showplace. Maybe 30 years ago they might have when there was more money around and people appreciated beauty……

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

I too am trying to find the St. Mels search. I did .see a picture in the local paper achives dated 1940’s where a large group of St Mels students marching down Madison St. towards the Marbro Theater for graduation exercises. Also found out Marks Bros. Inc was not bought out by Balaban & Katz Inc in the 1930’s, rather both corporations were bought out by Paramount-Publix and both were subsidies of the giant film studio looking to buy theaters to show their films. The Marks Bros. name was eventually dropped.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I think the economy will be the main issue. Ed Solero says it all. With the average seat price around $50+, and the fact the theater plans on being booked almost every night in the year, I ask anyone to inform me of any theater that is that heavily booked in the USA and makes a profit without any help from the city or state.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

The Barclays Center is really for sporting events and maybe mega concerts which the Kings could not handle. And it will bring people(paying customers)into Brookyln for further entertainment(Kings).But my concern is a lack of events to be booked and keep the theater filled most of the year(profitable). The beautiful Genesse Theater in Waukegan,IL cancelled its classic film series on Sat nights after trying it for a year. Very low turnout. Only “Gone With The Wind” & “Ben-Hur” drew more than 300 people. Both beautiful restored prints in 35mm.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

Sorry….Brooklyn I meant. I must have Paradise on my brain. I do believe the Kings will be re-opened in 2015 and I trust you know more about Brookyln and its needs than I do. I am sure there were many studies done before a dime went into this project to make sure the audience was there to support this endeavor.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

A lot of city money also went into the Oriental in Chicago along with the Cinema Odeon owner to restore the theater and present broadway shows. City didn’t realize there were two sets of books being kept and I believe he wound up in jail. All said, this project at Loews’s Kings will be looked at with a fine tooth comb for all checks & balances from the investor groups involved. The only thing I worry about is the statement made from ACE booking the theater 300+days a year. Does anyone anywhere know of any theatre that is that heavily booked a year. Not even Radio City! And we are talking Bronx, NY

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I’m with you Tinseltoes….I hope this isn’t a “pie in the sky”. You would think by now more would have been started. A few workers showing up once in a while sounds like they are just washing it down. Maybe they are waiting for the financing to come through before they send in a team. And it will take quite a full-time team won’t it?

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BobbyS commented about The Warner Sign and Marquee, April 1982, Quest For Fire on Feb 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

Now thats a vertical sign !!!!!

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

I had to walk two blocks to see what they were putting on the sign on Thursday nights. Couldn’t wait ‘til Friday when I walked by. You had it easy. By the middle 50’s, there weren’t any bulbs on the vertical sign. Pink neon only and elevator trucks were used to re-gas the tubes. I think maybe there were bulbs at one time when they first updated the sign, because you could see the holes were the bulbs used to be. I wonder what year they did the neon.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

I walked on the shiny floor of the Paramount a few years ago when it was being used as a basketball court. Looking up was dazzling to be sure and it wouldn’t be hard to bring the theater back to life. The lobby also was grand. You are right about the developers of the Kings opposing any thought about doing that. I am sure they have plenty of “clout” in Brooklyn and certainly not in their interest..

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre Exterior 1929 on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:29 am

Great photo Scott! The theater really stands out from this view. What a facade..

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Th Chicago on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Paradise, I do have a color night photo of the Paradise in its orange & white glory. How do I post it? And do I need a printer or scanner?

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Amazing!!! The Cadillac Palace (once the RKO Palace) in Chicago still have their annunciator displays located on sides of the stage. I bet they also have instructions on the upkeep as well. SWC, you are a treasure yourself!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Th Chicago on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I knew it was you all along Scott….

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

Paradise, Wonderful view of the Paradise. Seems unreal a plain lot sits there today. This building looks like it belongs in Europe.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Th Chicago on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thanks Paradise, Great photo! I remember very well the end. Even though the marquee was changed ,it was still very impressive with the orange neon and chasing whites. What a beautiful building! This photo shows alot of detail. Should have been saved, but we all went down this “street” before. Got any last of the Marbro?

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 18, 2012 at 2:32 am

“Tomorrow is another day”….

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Many thanks again SWC for taking the time to enter the theater and posting the photos for us to enjoy..as for JamesD we are waiting for yours….

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

SWC,It is so true what you write and a big thank you for letting us see it from your eyes..

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm

It always amazes me that New York has those palaces still standing and Chicago lags behind. We do have three downtown, but our Uptown Theatre is still in limbo with no direction it seems. This is our Loew’s Kings! But unlike the King’s, not much going on at Broadway & Lawrence ave.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Jan 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

These two above comments make me want to pack now!!! Is someone filming the day to day work do you think? It would make quite a DVD passed out to opening night crowd.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I wonder if the Kings is on schedule to re-open in 2014? Only two years away and I can hardly wait!!!

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BobbyS commented about Loew's State Theatre on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

What a wonderful link…Thanks Great Movies in Great Theaters!!!