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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

In my previous comment I was mistaken in saying that the second Orpheum was on Shoshone Street North. It was at 131 Shoshone Street East, and when the new Orpheum opened in 1921 it became the Rialto Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Idaho Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for the newspaper clippings about the Idaho Theatre you just uploaded to the photo section, OCRon. I was interrupted while writing my previous comment, so it sat on my computer for several hours before I finished it and posted it. (Maybe I should have re-checked the page for updates before posting.)

But the clippings confirm my suspicion that the Idaho was never called the Rialto, and as we now know that the Idaho opened in 1916, the Rialto must never have been called the Idaho, either.

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Joe Vogel commented about Idaho Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Photos of the Idaho Theatre from 1968 (one or the other of these is probably kencmcintyre’s dead link):



Also, an undated photo of the Rialto Theatre (possibly Lost Memory’s dead link,) which was across the street from the Idaho, at 131 Shoshone Street East. The Rialto was originally the second Orpheum in Twin Falls, probably renamed when the third Orpheum opened in 1921. Here is is a photo of it as the Orpheum.

It’s possible that that the house at 131 was called the Idaho for a while before being called the Rialto, but houses called the Idaho and the Rialto were both in operation by 1927, so the theater at 130 must have been built by that year at the latest, and the house at 131 must have been renamed Rialto by then. It seems unlikely that the house at 130 was ever called the Rialto, though, so that aka should probably be removed from this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theater on Mar 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm

The 1939 photo of the Roxy Theatre that Lost Memory linked to can now be found at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

The author of this article at the web site of the Twin Falls Times-News claims that the Orpheum Theatre opened in its present location in 1918 (he appears to be mistaken- see the final paragraph of our description of the Gem Theatre) after having operated on Shoshone Street North for a number of years. Its original location was on Main Street South, where it opened in 1906.

A gallery accompanies the article, with exterior photos of the Lavering Opera House and the Rialto Theatre, an interior shot of the Lyric Theatre, and an early photo of Main Street that includes the original Orpheum, which was in a tiny, wood-framed building.

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Joe Vogel commented about Corbin Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I was going to update the dead link to the Boxoffice article I cited in my earlier comment, but discovered that the magazine is in the process of changing formats for its online archive again. That means that Cinema Treasures is going to be hit by another epidemic of linkrot. I’m not sure it will even be possible to link to pages in the new archive yet, as the new format appears to be set up only for “sharing” pages by embedding them in other sites.

If anybody wants to check out the new Boxoffice archive (they only have the four most recent issues available so far) it’s right here.

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Joe Vogel commented about Corbin Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

The caption of the rendering OCRon mentioned says that the Corbin Theatre was actually designed by Gale Santocono (though it misspells his first name as Gail.) That opens the possibility that the Buena Park theater I mentioned in my comment of January 21, 2010, was also designed by Santocono, and Overpeck merely signed the plans for both houses as Santocono was not yet a licensed architect (this comment by Carol Santocono, Gale Santocono’s granddaughter, on our Raven Performing Arts Center page, says that Santocono was first licensed to practice architecture in California in the early 1960s.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm

The July 9, 1936, issue of The Film Daily reported the opening the previous day of the Capitol Theatre in Danville, Pennsylvania:

“Danville, Pa., July 9. — Most of the leading citizens shared in the opening of the new Comerford house here yesterday. A community dinner at noon had I. E. Wolf, president of the Chamber of Commerce, as toastmaster, and Reed McCarty, editor of the Morning News, as principal speaker, with Frank C. Walker and M. E. Comerford as guests. A parade and daylight fireworks preceded the formal opening at 6 o'clock. George A. Nevin is local manager.”

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Joe Vogel commented about American Theater on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Here is information about the American Theatre from the March 25, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The American Theater, owned and manager by Morris Less, also owner and manager of the Lyric Film Supply, is Terre Haute’s best in moving picture theaters.

“As will be seen by the views, the American is the real thing. It seats 1,050, has a pipe organ, an operating room 10 x 18 x 8, having an 18-lnch vent flue. There are two Simplex projectors. Over the lobby Is the Lyric Film Supply, where projectors of various kinds are carried, as well as a full line of supplies, and a rather weird collection of projectors of ancient and venerable aspect and design.

“The American Theater has a light plant which Is a real curiosity. Brother Less just simply don’t propose to have his theater go dark. He has a 60-h. p. kerosene engine and a 120-volt generator of 260 ampere capacity, a motor and another generator of like capacity to rectify the A. C. in event the engine gets balky, and still another motor and generator of smaller capacity to carry the load when it is light

“The seating consists of a bank of seats in front, then a bank of brass-railed loge boxes, behind which is a second bank of seats. There is also a narrow balcony at either side and the rear, all given over to loge boxes. The lighting is by handsome, inverted fixtures.

“Projection is very good, though I believe it might with advantage be more brilliant.

“Mr. Less is a wide awake exhibitor, as well as an affable gentleman, with whom one likes to talk and exchange views. May his tribe increase.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Quilna Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

The August 6, 1919, issue of The new York Clipper reported that the Butterfield circuit’s new Regent Theatre in Lima, Ohio, was expected to open on August 28. Butterfield planned to open another Regent in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on August 31, and had lately begun construction on a third house of that name in Flint, Michigan.

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Joe Vogel commented about Quilna Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

Here is a brief article about the Quilna Theatre project from the March 8, 1919, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Bijou Syndicate Builds New Theatre in Lima

“LIMA, OHIO, is to have a handsome new moving picture theatre. The Shawnee Amusement Company will operate the house, which is one of thirty-seven in Ohio and nearby states, the bulk of the capital being furnished by the Bijou Theatre Enterprise Company of Detroit.

“The new theatre, which will seat 1,500 persons, is to have a $10,000 Hope-Jones organ, leather upholstered chairs and a balcony given over entirely to boxes, each fitted with six wicker chairs. It will be located in the handsome brick building now being used by the Heniger Auto Sales Company. This building was completed about a year ago and is especially adapted for uses of this kind. It is situated next to the Trinity Methodist Church.

“J. J. Zanone, formerly manager of Lima’s Majestic, will have entire charge of the theatre, and promises up-to-date releases and a progressive policy generally. He has engaged a ten-piece orchestra, which will furnish the music with each showing. At least $50,000 will be spent on improving the building.”

The February 21, 1919, issue of The Lima News reported that local architect Walter DeKalb would work with theater architect John Eberson on the project.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ritz Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

The March 25, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World reported that the Cozy Theatre in Shawnee was to be remodeled and enlarged:

“The work of remodeling and enlarging the Cozy theater, Shawnee, Okla., in which $7,000 is to be expended, is to begin at once. With the contemplated enlargement of the Cozy a new firm has been organized to conduct this theater. A. J. Cammack has gone in with Jake Jones and Nicholas Albert, the proprietors heretofore, and the firm will be known as Jones, Albert & Cammack.

“Increasing business merited the enlarging of the Cozy. The new dimensions of this photoplay house are 40 by 140 feet. It will have a seating capacity of 636. The proprietors expect to have the new place completed in time for Easter. The Cozy when completed will be a worthy addition to the, handsome structures in Shawnee.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Bison Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

The Film Daily of October 21, 1927, reported that the Griffith circuit’s new Bison Theatre in Shawnee had been set to open between October 16th and 18th.

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Joe Vogel commented about Andrews Theater on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

On March 15, 1930, architect Victor A. Rigaumont received a copyright for drawings and seven sheets of blueprints for a theater to be built on Main Street in Salamanca, New York, for the Schine enterprises. I wonder if this could have been the Andrews Theatre? The deepening of the economic depression could have accounted for the delay in construction.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cattaraugus County Center For the Performing Arts on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

While the John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records from the Wolfsonian Library lists five theaters that John Eberson designed for the Schine circuit, the Seneca Theatre is not among them. In fact, Salamanca is not mentioned in the records at all. I wonder if the theater is just missing from the Wolfsonian’s archive, or if it has been mis-attributed to the Ebersons?

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Joe Vogel commented about Princess Theatre on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

The Princess Theatre is one of five movie houses listed for Ottumwa in the 1922-1923 edition of the Film Daily Yearbook.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rex Theatre on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

The 1922-1923 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the following theaters at Ottumwa: Rex, Circle, Strand, Empire, and Princess.

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Joe Vogel commented about Wareham Theatre on Mar 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm

The Massachusetts building inspection report for the year ending November 30, 1919, said that as of January that year the Warr Theatre in Wareham was in good condition. It was operated by William E. C. Warr, who also operated two public halls in Wareham: Colonial Casino and Colonial Hall. Our photo shows that the Warr Theatre was in a three-story building, so maybe the two public halls were upstairs.

The October 28, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News reported that William Waugh of Waugh’s Theatre in Wareham had recently visited Film Row in Boston. Who else besides me thinks that Mr. Warr’s New England accent might have made somebody mis-hear his name as Waugh?

The only theater in Wareham that I’ve seen listed in the Julius Cahn guides is the Odd Fellows Hall, a 400-seat, ground-floor house. It is listed in 1906 and 1909, but the 1912-1913 guide carries only the note “No corrected details at hand,” with no name given for the theater. I suppose it’s possible that Mr. Warr took over the hall and renamed it, but didn’t bother to keep it listed in the Cahn guides.

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Joe Vogel commented about Stuart Theatre on Mar 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

The Unique Theatre became the Stuart Theatre in 1927, according to the October 28 issue of Motion Picture News:

“The Unique Theatre, Boston, has been renamed the Stuart Theatre and is under the management of Charles A. Oilman, formerly of the Alhambra Theatre at Quincy, Mass. The theatre has been extensively remodeled.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Theatorium Theater on Mar 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

So the question is did the Theatorium first operate at 114 W. Main before moving to 212 in March, 1907, or did it move to 114 after operating at 212 for some time (or is 114 simply the wrong address?) 212 West Main is currently the location of Splatters Paintball. The front has some nice tapestry brick work, but there’s nothing especially theatrical about it (nor is the building at 114 especially theatrical, for that matter.)

Looking at the building at 212 in satellite view, I’m pretty sure the storefront to its east is part of the same structure, but the east side has been remodeled with one of those aluminum false fronts that were popular in the 1960s. Maybe the theater could have occupied both sides of the building, which I don’t think would have been the case at 114.

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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theater on Mar 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm

The October 28, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News had this item about the opening of the Victory Theatre:

“The Victory Theatre, Lowell, held its formal opening Sunday and was entirely too small to hold the throngs which endeavored to attend. George Hammond is the managing director. The new theatre seats 1200 people and is located opposite the Lowell Municipal Auditorium.”
October 28 was a Friday, so the previous Sunday would have been October 23.

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Joe Vogel commented about Milford Twin I & II on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

The State Theatre in Milford opened in 1927. Here is an item from the October 28 issue of Motion Picture News:

“Plans are under way for the opening of the State Theatre at Milford, Mass., on Oct. 27. This is a new theatre and will be operated by the Regional Chain Theatres.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Victoria Theater on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Here is an early notice about the Victoria Theatre, from Motion Picture News of October 28, 1927:

“WORK is expected to be begun this week on Oklahoma City’s first suburban theatre. The new theatre will be built on the corner of Eighteenth street at Classen Blvd., and will cost around $100,000 for the building. L. M. Ranch, a local real estate man, is constructing the building. It will be operated by the Victoria Theatre Company, headed by L. M. Karchmer and A. H. Emenheiser. The equipment for the theatre will cost approximately $75,000.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Park Theater on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Here is an item from the October 7, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News:

“The Ritz Theatre, at Ardmore, Okla., which was formerly the Adelphos Theatre, is having a new $25,000 organ installed about October 1st. The Ritz has been remodeled and redecorated since the Griffin [sic] Amusement Company secured interest in it and two other theatres in Ardmore a few months ago.”
The October 21 issue of the same journal had this follow-up item (this time with the correct name of the new owners):
“The Griffith Amusement Company, Oklahoma City, plan upon opening two theatres within a week. The Ritz theatre, at Ardmore, is scheduled to open October 14th. This is the old Adelphos theatre, which has been completely remodeled and redecorated and renamed. The other is the beautiful new house at Shawnee, the Bison, which will open between October 16th and 18th.”
Another item appeared in the issue of October 28:
“The old Adelphos theatre, Ardmore, Okla., which has been entirely remodeled and redecorated and refurnished, opened last Wednesday night. The Griffith Amusement Company spent $50,000 in rejuvenating this theatre. It has been renamed the Ritz.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Tivoli Theatre on Mar 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Excellent finds, Lost Memory. Now that I’ve seen Leonard Bailey’s drawing, I can’t say that the plain facade of the Tivoli is an improvement on his design for the Princess.

I notice that the opening day ad mentions the Theatorium but not the Majestic Theatre. I wonder if Helback & Cox closed the Majestic upon (or even before) opening the Princess? I haven’t seen any ads for the Majestic after 1916.