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HowardBHaas commented about UGC-Toison d'Or on Dec 2, 2007 at 10:38 am

This photo doesn’t show the cinema, but does show a remarkable sculpture that is a local landmark at the Porte de Namur. The cinema is likely nearby:
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HowardBHaas commented about Cinematek on Dec 2, 2007 at 10:10 am

2007 exterior photo of entry, apparently while building is being renovated:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigean/886760553/

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HowardBHaas commented about Auditorium Shell on Dec 2, 2007 at 9:20 am

Small photo of the exterior of the Shell Building:
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HowardBHaas commented about Vendome Cinema on Dec 2, 2007 at 9:17 am

2005 exterior photo:
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HowardBHaas commented about Aventure Cinema on Dec 2, 2007 at 5:59 am

This appears to be a 2007 photo of the movie screen with a bit of film overheated:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixzilla/1027332372/

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HowardBHaas commented about Nova Cinema on Dec 2, 2007 at 5:57 am

2007 exterior photos:
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with the painted gate down:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/linkadoor/1287157630/

2007 close up of ticket booth:
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HowardBHaas commented about Gramercy Theater on Dec 1, 2007 at 4:47 am

My own comment from looking at the photo of the redone theater, though not having been there, is it still resembles a typical cinema and it is great that it continues for entertainment! Since my friend doesn’t recall it ornate before, the changes wouldn’t be a big deal.

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HowardBHaas commented about Gramercy Theater on Dec 1, 2007 at 4:44 am

A friend (A-M) saw movies there 2002 or 2003. He recalls the interior as not ornate, but there was some molding that was painted grey. He recalled good acoustics.
Looking at the photo of the redone auditorium, he says the ceiling looks different (higher) and the proscenium is different if not totally gone. He says there was more molding before.
He’s glad the theater is not “dancing with the wrecking ball.”

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HowardBHaas commented about Sherburn theatre reopens on Nov 28, 2007 at 9:41 am

Ken, the story doesn’t say what was wrong with the projector. I suppose it could have damaged in various ways, too.

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HowardBHaas commented about Madrid's Central Cinemas added to CinemaTreasures.org, but sadly closing on Nov 28, 2007 at 9:40 am

I’ve since added a historic cinema in Segovia, sadly closed:
/theaters/22178/

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HowardBHaas commented about Teatro Rialto on Nov 23, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Clicking on El Teatro at the official theater website linked in the theater’s introduction, and on the various links on the left at El Teatro, provides various photos of the Rialto’s vestibule lobby, foyer, auditorium, and renovations.

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HowardBHaas commented about Teatro Rialto on Nov 23, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Exterior photos at night of the renovated theater with musical ‘Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar’ (“Today I can not lift” on the marquee http://www.flickr.com/photos/oyejuan/408108458/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/267324470/

Photo of the foyer here:
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HowardBHaas commented about Teatro de la Luz Phillips Gran Via on Nov 23, 2007 at 9:58 am

Oh! Would someone in Madrid please write a book about Madrid cinemas including vintage photos? And, place vintage photos & photos of interiors of Madrid cinemas online? Many cities in US & Europe have such books & websites.

As to my comment above, Ken Roe has suggested to me the following:
“ I don’t think the vintage photo on their website is even Spanish. It would have the title ‘Cinderella” in Spanish, not English and two other points I notice, there is a vertical sign in the centre distance for an ‘Orpheum’ which I don’t think Madrid ever had, and the vertical sign of the theatre on the right has the word ‘Theatre’ not ‘Teatro’.”

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HowardBHaas commented about Teatro de la Luz Phillips Gran Via on Nov 23, 2007 at 8:52 am

Since theater websites change over time, I’m adding this to Comments instead of the Introduction:
A photo on the theater’s official website (click Entradas, then plano) shows the auditorium facing the large balcony and depicts a beautiful neoclassical auditorium with ornate plasterwork, lavish chandeliers and sconces.

Another photo on the official theater website (click at Proximamente) is vintage, with Walt Disney’s Cinderella, Technicolor on a theater marquee. I’m not sure if that marquee is the Gran Via.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Bristol on Nov 21, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Bristol rear exterior?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drzito/414822746/

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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Bristol on Nov 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

2007 Photo of the entire exterior:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drzito/1444052024/

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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Palacio de la Prensa on Nov 21, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Another closeup exterior 2007
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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Rex on Nov 21, 2007 at 6:19 pm

another photo of closed theater:
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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Palacio de la Musica on Nov 21, 2007 at 1:00 pm

My notes from October 17, 1997 seeing Spanish director Almodovar’s “Carne Tremula” (Live Flesh) which was set in Madrid, are for main floor, 22 rows of 19 seats, aisle, 19 seats, and two balconies, with total of 1750 seats.
I estimated the screen was 50 feet wide. There was a red curtain in front of the screen.
The auditorium was very handsome with a huge backlit grill above the screen and a dome at the center of the ceiling.
Two additional screens were in the basement.
It would be a shame if the main cinema ceased to be a cinema! And, if the interior were gutted, that would be even more terrible.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Proyecciones on Nov 21, 2007 at 11:51 am

2006 photo of exterior of this historic, Expressionist cinema:
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Other exterior photos are found in this article:
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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Palafox on Nov 21, 2007 at 11:25 am

I recall going to see this theater’s exterior. I’m not sure if this is the building, with the sign, maybe:
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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Palacio de la Prensa on Nov 21, 2007 at 8:35 am

2006 Exterior photo of the tower with the cinema:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zuza-j/186548226/
2007 close up of exterior of cinema:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kailos/1343527210/

Historic photo showing Cine sign on top of the tower:
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1929 exterior:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/etecemedios/243706671

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HowardBHaas commented about Cine Azul on Nov 21, 2007 at 8:27 am

Photo of exterior of TGI Friday, former Cine Azul:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drzito/253421826/
There’s another photo from November 2005 of the interior of the restaurant (not showing anymore cinema decor than the exterior photo does) so the conversion was as least as early as 2005.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cines Avenida on Nov 20, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Spiderman 3 publicity, exterior photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/xoubanet/472209273/