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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jul 16, 2007 at 5:29 am

Auditorium from 1937 The Exhibitor trade magazine:
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HowardBHaas commented about Avalon Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Photos from 2004 premiere:
Exterior:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/outfoxed/158351/

Auditorium 2004 premiere:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/outfoxed/158332/

Facing the movie screen, 2004, a wonderful photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/outfoxed/158339/

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC 309 Cinema 9 on Jul 15, 2007 at 7:45 pm

2007 Photo of sign:
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HowardBHaas commented about Green Hill Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 7:32 pm

marquee photo here:
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HowardBHaas commented about News Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Rendering from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor here:
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HowardBHaas commented about Rio Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 1:29 pm

No, there are no open movie theaters in Camden.

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HowardBHaas commented about Dante Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm

from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor, photo of Dante Theatre’s ticket booth:
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and photo of glass brick standee wall at auditorium rear with text below:
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The standing rail of the new Dante Theatre, Philadelphia, PA Armand Carroll, Architect. Glass brick inlaid in wood panelling and topped with upholstering to match the chairs, is an unusual modern touch. Subdued reflected illumination from within serves only to guide incoming patrons.

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HowardBHaas commented about Belgrade Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 12:10 pm

This photo is from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor article on Glass Brick
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Text: Aisleheads of the new Belgrade Theatre, Philadelphia, PA David Supowitz, Architect, uses glass brick corners inlaid in wood and lighted from within to direct patrons and promote (Howard Haas note: rest of text missing from my photocopy)

Another photo from same page of the drinking fountain:
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HowardBHaas commented about Landis Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 11:48 am

I attempted to telephone Landis Theatre Redevelopment Association to inform them of posting of above opening year photos, but all tel. numbers were disconnected. Perhaps somebody can inform me as to how to reach the people working to rehab the Landis Theatre?

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HowardBHaas commented about Landis Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 11:39 am

9-15-1937 The Exhibitor features the NEW Landis Theatre, Vineland, N.J. Architect W. H. Lee, Philadelphia, PA. Owner Cumberland Holding Co.

published in The Exhibitor:

Blueprint which underneath says Lot 80 ft x 200 ft. Seating Capacity 1200. Cost, without ground: $95,000
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Below the blueprint is a photo (from Howard Haas: LOOK AT THE PORTHOLE WINDOWS VERY ART DECO- LIKE A SHIP) with text as follows.
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An outstanding new feature in design is the Zeppelin streamlining of the standing rail and windbreak between lobby and auditorium. The glass sheets anchored in bronze framework are tilted at such an angle as to eradicate the necessary echo which forced most theatres to remove such glass with the coming of sound. When sound strikes the deflected surface, it is batted down and the possibility of echo is removed.

Bottom photo on The Exhibitor page with text as follows
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An exterior showing the modern treatment obtained by the use of light brick, stainless steel, terra cotta base and glass brick

Later in the same The Exhibitor issue is a feature on Glass Brick with more Landis Theatre photos-

Photo of the Cosmetic Room (from Howard Haas: LOOK AT THE GLASS BLOCK COSMETIC ROOM!) with text as follows
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The Cosmetics Room at the new Landis Theatre, Vineland, NJ. W. H. Lee, Architect. The glass treatment contributes privacy while permitting cheerful sunlight at matinee time. The room lighting passing through the transparent substance contributes to the exterior building line at night.

Finally, there’s another exterior photo with text as follows:
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A corner of the exterior of the new Landis Theatre, Vineland, N.J. W. H. Lee, Architect. Inlaid in light brick and terra cotta and outlined with stainless steel, glass brick carries out the modern curve, and lighted from the room within accentuates the night time lighting.

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HowardBHaas commented about LaSalle Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 10:03 am

Here’s a rendering from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor of “Basil Bros, new 1000 seat LaSalle Theatre, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Simon & Russell Larke, Architects"
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HowardBHaas commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 9:51 am

Here’s a rendering found in 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor of “Kridell Brothers newly remodelled 1500 seat Palace Theatre, in Orange, New Jersey. Sidney B. Moss, Architect”

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HowardBHaas commented about Rio Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 9:37 am

here’s the rendering:
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HowardBHaas commented about Rio Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 9:37 am

Rendering from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor of what was desribed as the new 750 seat Rio Theatre

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HowardBHaas commented about Crest Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 9:22 am

Glazer’s hardback book says Crest opened 11-23-1937. This rendered was in 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor:
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Marquee 1st line: Clark Gable, Myna Loy
2nd line: Parnell
3rd line: March of Time (space) Mickey Mouse

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HowardBHaas commented about Goldman Theatre on Jul 15, 2007 at 9:00 am

My notes from old newspaper accounts are that at opening, there were more than 1200 seats plus 200 seats in the loge.
Later, in Feb. 1972, Budco bought the Goldman moviehouses.
As a twin, it reopened October 2, 1974 with each auditorium being 500 or 600 seats.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Jul 15, 2007 at 8:52 am

http://www.flickr.com/photos/billyqiu/90350970/
That’s a January 2006 photo

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HowardBHaas commented about Avalon Theatre on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:52 am

Perhaps Uptown could hire a union projectionist for the 70 mm screenings?
And, comments on that page indicate AMC may not renew lease so next year, if someone else operates it…

I’m not sure if Avalon has 70mm. I don’t think they’ve shown anything in 70 mm since reopening. I also wish they’d return to using curtain for each movie.

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HowardBHaas commented about Avalon Theatre on Jul 11, 2007 at 5:01 am

One of the best film experiences of my life was seeing the restored, El Cid, shown in 70mm in 1993 at the Avalon.

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HowardBHaas commented about Dixie Theater on Jul 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Bring back the cool Deco vertical blade sign seen in 1955 photo!

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HowardBHaas commented about Changing face of L.A. moviegoing on Jul 10, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Wow, brucec, I hope the huge screens, beautiful decor, and USE OF A CURTAIN BEFORE THE MOVIE SCREEN, can become an industry standard! I didn’t think anybody was building them anymore with curtains in front of the screen.

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HowardBHaas commented about Bethesda Theatre returns as playhouse on Jul 10, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Let’s hope they keep intact whatever interior Art Deco features exist in this gem.

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HowardBHaas commented about Calypso Cinema on Jul 10, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Demolition further along, sadly:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/supertsaar/728415102/

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HowardBHaas commented about Not to be missed theaters on Jul 6, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Looking at Europe, in addition to selections not already mentioned and excluding London for the time being where there are so many:

the historic auditorium of the Eldorado, Brussels

in Madrid: Callao, Capitol, Palacio de la Musica. Madrid has been closing movie palaces, some becoming legit, some may become retail, and so see them while you can!