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Page 11 of brochure linked above.
Thanks Ken for adding this cinema today!
scroll down to page 17 for vintage photo of auditorium:
scroll to page 15 for vintage photo of auditorium of this theater. I especially like seeing the Art Deco chandelier!
Scroll down to page 13 for vintage photo of organ console on stage in this theater:
scroll down to page 11 to see vintage photo of organ console on stage:
It was a palistered and mirrored auditorium with the proscenium flanked by trompe l'oeil paintings.
Ken,was that still present when you visited?
I love the photo. (and the theater having seen movies there)
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Stroll down to see another vintage photo of the auditorium (right after the Mayfair Tooting photo):
Scroll down to see a photo of the great looking Art Deco auditorium of this theater:
Justin! That’s a totally unwarranted comment about the Ziegfeld. Have you been reading that theater’s page, including special presentations of all sorts of classics and Blade Runner: the Final Cut? I see their mainstream features, usually shown with use of curtain even if after the pre-show. There’s much class at the Ziegfeld’s presentations.
Did you ask to talk with the Manager?
With the closing of the National, and with the comments on this page about not using the curtain, I considered but decided against a vacation in LA that would now be taking place.
Article on the theater’s closing:
Thanks to Ken Roe for amending the Intro to better describe the interior changes. My notes from 2001 indicate a balcony closed, but open when the cinema was full, in the ornate historic Eldorado auditorium. So, the current Eldorado probably consists of the 2 former balconies with people sitting in the former 1st balcony, and sometimes in the upper balcony.
I estimated the screen at 45 feet feet wide. No curtain was used.
I saw an Art Deco sunburst pattern on the ceiling.
A really fun place to see a movie!
My May 27, 2007 posts:
A family member of decorator Armando T. Ricci (who worked on the Boyd Theatre www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org)) sent me a 1941 Theatre Catalog article by Ricci. To share historic photos of Radio City Music Hall, I scanned it.
These are likely Opening Day photos with Ricci’s description, of a corner of the grand lounge, and the Nicotine Room!
close-up of Nicotine Room:
Online, here’s Donald Deskey in the Nicotine Room:
corner of Grand Lounge:
I’ve been to Radio City Music Hall, but don’t recall seeing the Art Deco furniture. Does Bouche’s mural survive? Does Deskey’s Nicotine Room wallpaper (assuming that’s wallpaper) survive?
posted by HowardBHaas on May 27, 2007 at 3:17amAh, after more searching online, I can answer my question as to the wallpaper.
Nicotine Room aka Men’s Lounge, in 2006, with same wallpaper, sconce, and some surviving furniture:
posted by HowardBHaas on May 27, 2007 at 9:29am
Telling us which auditoriums are 3D, etc is interesting, but advertising your cleaning service is NOT.
We’d all be eager for you to add cinemas and link photos. A subtle phrasing that accompanies an Intro or linked photos that you are familiar with the theater via your cleaning employment would sound ok to me.
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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:
2007 exterior photo of entry, apparently while building is being renovated:
Small photo of the exterior of the Shell Building:
2005 exterior photo: