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spectrum commented about Victory Theatre on Apr 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

According to the above article, the victory has raised $19,500,000 of the $27,000 needed to complete the renovation, and they sre launching a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining amount. A much earlier fundraising cappain’s proceeds were partially used some time ago to repaier the roof, remove asbestos, board up the building and complete the renovation plans.

spectrum commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

The photos referenced in TC’s 2005 link above appear to have been done right after the 1940s renovation. They are all dated 1943, and everything looks all freshened up. The good news is the original decor is almost completely intact – just a few minor art deco touches here and there (movie poster cases in the lobby, etc.)

The auditorium photo is intriguing – it looks like there are about 1,800 seats there (the description says 1,400 after the renovation). I can’t figure how the auditorium could have originally held 3,000 – unless there was a 2nd balcony that was completely removed during the renovation.

spectrum commented about Saenger Theatre on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Their official website is back up at

Mostly it’s a place holder saying more details on the renovation will come soon and has links to their productions at Mahalia jackson theatre.

This article

points out that the repairs still hasn’t started yet, as the legislature is working out an extension to the developer’s tax credits. They’re still hoping to have it reopened for the 2012-2013 season.

spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

According to this article (, renovations of the Orpheum started on 2/14/11.

Over the next 12-14 months they plan to repair the roof, stage, electrical, seating and everything else.

They are continuing to secure financing while the work progresses.

The previous owners (mentioned in above posts to 2009) sold the orpheum to a new owner in 2010.

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Some more details:

Each auditorium has it’s own name:

1: Main Stage. Seating: 519 orchestra, 243 (usable) Balcony
2. Ballroom. (upstairs) Seating: 108
3. Jewel Box. (the former back orchestra) Seating: 130
4. Lathis 4. (in adjacent storefront) Seating: 100

The proscenium is 31 feet wide, the stage 26 feet high, the stage is 18 feet deep from plaster line (proscenium?) to the back wall. is 18 feet deep

spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

With the closing of the Kipling Cinemas on 3/27/11, the Lathis should start doing very good business, being the only cinemas left in town.

spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

1940?? I had always thought the Paramount opened sometime in the 1920s, based on the decor, but my memory isn’t the best. At any rate, it’s a shame it’s gone.

spectrum commented about Kipling Cinema 6 on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Update: The managers packed it in after receiving a hefty rent increase. No word on whether it will be rented to new managers or converted to retail or another use.

spectrum commented about Kipling Cinema 6 on Mar 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

The Kipling Cinemas have closed. No indication whether this is temporary or permanent.

spectrum commented about Metropolitan Entertainment Centre on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

Nov. 2010 article about efforts to restore the Metropolitan:

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spectrum commented about Walter Reade Theater on Mar 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

From their website:

Projection System
•35/70mm Century projectors with variable speed capabilities and1:37, 1:66, 1:85 and 2:35 anamorphic aspect ratios; 4500 xenon bulb.
•16mm Elmo projector with 24fps and 18fps speeds, full frame and anamorphic; 2000 watt xenon bulb.

•Barco DP2000 2K DCI compliant DLP projector with Dolby 3D
•Video decks available: HDCAM (Sony J-H3), Digibeta and Beta SP NTSC and PAL (Sony J-3 , J-30), HDV (Sony HVR-M25U), DVCAM (Sony DSR-11), DVC PRO (Panasonic AJ â€"D250), DVD, VHS, and 3/4” U-Matic

Sound System
•Dolby cinema processor with SRD, SR and mono soundtrack playback
•Bi-amped sound system with subwoofers and surrounds
•Dolby E available through Dolby DMA8 Plus

spectrum commented about Boston Area movie theater wanted on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The RKO Boston had the balcony walled off with a concrete ceiling extending from the balcony to the back stage, with a Cinerema auditorium in the orchestra section. This was subsequently twinned before the building closed (currently used for sotrage). The theater originally seated just over 3,000, so the two screens must be at least 700 seats each. The upper part has been vacant since the 1960s at least – most of the plaster ornamentation is there but a lot of stuff (lighting, etc). was stripped out and that portion at least would require a lot of renovation. I am not sure of the condition of the lower part (vacant since mid 1980s). The exterior of the building is a national landmark so the building itself is being maintained.

There isn’t much else in the Boston area in terms of triplexes – the old Cinema 57 downtown (Now Stuart Street Theatre) was a twin. Current tenants have only renovated one auditorium; the other is still empty, but possibly available.

spectrum commented about Uptown Theatre on Feb 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Good news in the Philadelphia Inquirer article above. The group working to save the theater has raised enough money to do the first phase of renovation – restoration of the exterior and the office portion in front. Rental income from the offices will help raise the $5.5 million needed to complete phase II – the auditorium. They’re on the right track!

spectrum commented about Zoetic on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

Very interesting interior views (their website is still up) – looks like the audirotium was redone in a new, but classical looking motif. Seating looks like modernist-style church pews. The place looks in great shape and could easily be reopened as a performing arts venue or church.

spectrum commented about Queen Theatre on Jan 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

In a 2010 google street view, the building has been renovated – the exterior all cleaned up with the original red brick glowing brightly. The building is now the Forest County Potcowotomi Community Hall. The adjacent buildings and street/sidewalks are all currently being renovated.

spectrum commented about Strand Theater on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

As of 2010 it appears to be still standing as a furniture store. A long lobby leads to an auditorium way out back behind the neighboring retail buildings. Looks rather long and narrow – not much of a stage house on it – that may have been removed during the 1948 remodeling.

spectrum commented about Center Theatre on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:18 am

The Center Theatre has been demolished. A modern government office building now occupies the site.

spectrum commented about Empire Theatre on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

The Empire was recently demolished and the Fall River Justice Center constructed on its site – looks like the new complex was finished very recently.

spectrum commented about Vista Theatre on Dec 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I get a redirect when I go to their website, but apparently the theatre is still open.

spectrum commented about Texas Theatre on Dec 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Still closed, but the facade and marquee look in good shape – very fancy marquee! Looks like the building is a converted church.

spectrum commented about Ritz Theater on Dec 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Interesting – the Ritz has a long lobby from the street and also, straight back, a long and narrow auditorium.

spectrum commented about Ritz Theater on Dec 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

They have been holding a number of fundraidingevents, some of them at the theatre itself, haunted halloween and ghost hunting type events in fall of 2010.

spectrum commented about Linden Circle Theatre on Dec 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

2010 Google view shows the building still with its new clapboard siding in excellent shape, but no signage whatsoever on the building. I don’t know if it is merely dormant or used for something that puts out no signs. At any rate the building clearly looks maintained (maybe for rent). But the church listed above did not move in – they are located elsewhere in the city.

spectrum commented about Lamar Theatre on Dec 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

2010 Google street view: Still boarded up, but the entire exterior has been given a fresh coat of white paint and the marquee is intact.

spectrum commented about Pix Theatre on Dec 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The current (Dec 2010) Google street view shows some letters on the marquee – looks like it’s a large consignment/furniture/rug store now.