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HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Jun 24, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Here are my photos at the Paris of a few of the movies shown in the last few years:

2005 Happily Ever After, View link

2006
The White Countess, View link
Copying Beethoven, View link

2007
The Namesake, View link
Paris, Je T'aime, View link
La Vie En Rose, View link

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HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Jun 24, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Having been well reviewed by the critics, La Vie en Rose seems to be doing well at the Paris. Yesterday, the orchestra was crowded during the afternoon.

The lobby display, in the niche to the right, no longer changes with the movie. I think it was sometime earlier this year, perhaps in February when Breaking and Entering was shown, that the display became a wonderful montage of Paris monuments and actors.

I’d like to see a photo of the former, huge basement lounge.

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 22, 2007 at 9:49 pm

I meant www.cinematour.com

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HowardBHaas commented about Paramount Center on Jun 22, 2007 at 9:40 pm

the above article specifies:
As the 20th-century Paramount is painstakingly restored â€" from the ornate vents in the sealing to the murals on the walls and the Art Deco seats

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 22, 2007 at 9:20 pm

It is a shame that decoration is being gutted! There are a few photos of the interior after triplexed at www.cinematour.org under Mayfair. Don’t other people have additional interior photos other than the few linked above??

As to people who were thinking this theater could be a daily single screen movie theater again, that’s not real world in the age where there’s no more downtown exclusive! Thankfully, one movie premiere is taking place tonight at Radio City and the Ziegfeld continues (for the time being). People can hope that in the future maybe the Hollywood Theatre (by Lamb) will be available for film premieres/film classics/film festivals. With it rotunda lobby and gorgeous auditorium, built as a movie palace, it would be wonderful to see a film there (though the primary use could be legit theater if it is ever acquired from the church).

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HowardBHaas commented about Last call at the Varsity on Jun 20, 2007 at 6:45 pm

Nice photos, thanks for sharing your photos of this Art Deco gem. It is a shame that it closed.

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HowardBHaas commented about Reopening for Odeon Cinema on Jun 19, 2007 at 4:24 pm

Of course you did. That’s the same story worldwide. A quick google search doesn’t reveal other York cinemas listed at cinematreasures.org. If you know any details (names, style, year built, year closed, what they are now) about them, feel free to list them, even if only here in reply. Movie theater fans visiting York may want to glance at a building and realize what it was.

I look forward to hearing in the future about the renovation of the Odeon York! if possible, you might to telephone the new company, or the town authorities, to inquire about the mural. Even if they know about it, lobbying by individual citizens could result in it being un-hidden.

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HowardBHaas commented about Reopening for Odeon Cinema on Jun 19, 2007 at 2:13 am

hah? so if I inform you that the Boyd Theatre is downtown Philadelphia’s last surviving pre-war movie palace, then you’d conclude the others were bombed by the Germans during World War II rather than lost due to TV, suburbs, multiplexes, etc?

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HowardBHaas commented about Varsity Theater to close on Jun 18, 2007 at 7:24 pm

How sad! Let’s hope any new owners does indeed incorporate the facade with the wonderful looking marquee, and the gorgeous Art Deco/Art Moderne light fixtures, too, in a new building if this theater is demolished.

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HowardBHaas commented about Reel York on Jun 18, 2007 at 7:22 pm

I have once visited York and seen the exterior of this theater, but wasn’t inside.
Where is the hidden mural?
If the balcony auditorium is going to be triplexed, will 3 not very large screens be up there instead of the large screen seen in the photos?
Who will attend the reopened theater if there’s movie theaters for mainstream films, and art films, nearby? Are those theaters convenient, comfortable, and up to date?
Of course, that this theater isn’t to be demolished (which seems the fate of the Manchester one) is great

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 14, 2007 at 11:14 pm

sounds like they could be gutting it.

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HowardBHaas commented about United Palace on Jun 13, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Photos:

http://www.theunitedpalace.com/slideshow1.htm

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HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Manchester on Jun 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Are there interior photos (before the trashing)? I’d especially like to see the crush bar mentioned above with 1930’s feel, but eager to see the rest.

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HowardBHaas commented about Grand Theater on Jun 3, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Anthony DiFlorio III (who supplied the above photos!) received the below email, and has told me I can post it here:

What a memory! But you must know the Grand is/was at Seventh and Snyder Avenue not Sixth Street. It once was a Baptist Church but as the neighborhood changed before WWI it became a hall and eventually a movie house. It was three-four blocks from where I lived, near Ninth and Wolf Streets. I seldom went to the Grand for one good reason. The fare was nineteen cents because it was air-conditioned! It was tough enough for me to get eleven cents for the Colonial movie house, nineteen cents was beyond my reach. But just to experience the air-conditioning, I very slowly accumulated nineteen pennies and entered the frigid world and saw Spencer Tracy and Bartholmew -what ever the rest of his name- was in some fishing drama. How I accumulated nineteen pennies is another story. Thanks for the memory.
Umberto LaPaglia

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HowardBHaas commented about Grand Theater on Jun 3, 2007 at 1:58 pm

The Synder Avenue Baptist Church was converted into a moviehouse in 1911. The listing above that Hoffman-Henon were the architects is mistaken. Silent films were joined by vaudeville. . Another renovation, by architect W.H. Lee, took place in the 1930’s. The Grand had 850 seats. A retail store took over by the 1960’s.

Current exterior photos by Anthony DiFlorio III are linked below.

Sign proclaims Grand Theatre Talkies Matinee Daily:
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Another photo shows corner view, and a sign proclaims Grand Theatre:
View link

There are more Grand signs visible, too, elswhere on the building.

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HowardBHaas commented about Grand Theater on Jun 3, 2007 at 1:55 pm

The Synder Avenue Baptist Church was converted into a moviehouse in 1911. The listing above that Hoffman-Henon were the architects is mistaken. Silent films were joined by vaudeville. . Another renovation, by architect W.H. Lee, took place in the 1930’s. The Grand had 850 seats. A retail store took over by the 1960’s.

Current exterior photos by Anthony DiFlorio III are linked below.

Sign proclaims Grand Theatre Talkies Matinee Daily:
View link

Another photo shows corner view, and a sign proclaims Grand Theatre:
View link

There are more Grand signs visible, too, elswhere on the building.

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HowardBHaas commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 27, 2007 at 6:31 pm

Ah, after some online searching, 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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/89841688/

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HowardBHaas commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 27, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Ah, 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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/89841688/

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HowardBHaas commented about Goldman Theatre on May 27, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Stairway:
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HowardBHaas commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 27, 2007 at 12:17 pm

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!

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close-up of Nicotine Room:
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Online, here’s Donald Deskey in the Nicotine Room:
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corner of Grand Lounge:
View link

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?

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HowardBHaas commented about Clairidge Cinemas on May 27, 2007 at 10:39 am

$5 Clearview classics summer 2007 at Clairidge Cinema (973) 746-5564, sponsored by The Montclair Times, Wednesday & Thursday 7:15 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM, June 6-7 & 9-10, Rebel Without a Cause, June 13-14 &16-17 East of Eden, June 20-21 & 23-24 Giant, June 27-28 & June 30, July 1 A Streetcar Named Desire, July 4-5 & 7-8 The Wizard of Oz, July 11-12 & 14-15 An Affair to Remember, July 18-19 & 21-22 Manhattan, July 25-26 & 28-29 Raging Bull

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HowardBHaas commented about Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas on May 27, 2007 at 10:31 am

Clearview Classics, June 14-17 Grease, June 21-24 All about Eve, June 28-July 1 Animal House, July 5-8 Superman, July 12-15 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, July 19-22 Goonies, July 26-29 Ghostbusters, Aug 2-5 The NeverEnding Story, Aug 9-12 Batman, Aug 16-19 Goldfinger

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HowardBHaas commented about Bala Theatre on May 27, 2007 at 10:24 am

A classic series has been held for $5 admit 7 PM Wednesday & Thursday evenings, in one of the 2 side auditoriums. Casablanca April 11-12, Singin in the Rain April 18-19, Sunset Boulevard April 25-26, Citizen Kane May 2-3, Some Like it Hot, May 9-10, West Side Story, May 16-17, Annie Hall May 23-24, Breakfast at Tiffanys, May 30-31. So far, few have attended, likely due to lack of PR in the Philadelphia area media market.

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HowardBHaas commented about Stanford Theatre on May 25, 2007 at 10:32 am

I’m not sure the email appears properly by clicking my name, so here it is:

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HowardBHaas commented about Stanford Theatre on May 25, 2007 at 10:27 am

Mr. Tarantino,
it would be great if those original BW photos could be enjoyed by everyone! You can find my email by clicking on my name. I’d be happy to scan them, place them on my flickr site, link those photos to this site as I did with the San Francisco Metro photos, and mail your originals back to you.
Or, maybe somebody in S.F. area can do so?