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HowardBHaas commented about Whiteside Theatre loss negates previous historic recognition on Feb 9, 2007 at 9:19 am

This sounds like terrible news.

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HowardBHaas commented about Casino Star Theatre on Jan 17, 2007 at 1:14 pm

News story at View link

The theater has been rescued by Lori Nay and Diana Spencer. They had been trying for 20 years to rescue the theater which opened in 1912. A potential one million dollar restoration is planned for the Beaux Arts theater. A unique feature of the theater is a well in the basement which was used for cooling and heating the theater.

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HowardBHaas commented about Devon Theater for the Performing Arts on Jan 16, 2007 at 7:44 pm

He continues as a leading member of the state house.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 10, 2007 at 10:29 am

Although the screen isn’t a giant like the Uptown in DC, it is a very big screen. I usually sit towards the back of the “orchestra” seating and appreciate how large the Ziegfeld screen actually does look. It is bigger than most screens in megaplexes, though not all of them.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 10, 2007 at 9:47 am

Has Clearview in fact already been sold to Liberty Media? I didn’t find a sale in a quick google search.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 10, 2007 at 9:20 am

A friend suggests to me the following (after I also sent him the links to exterior photos for two Phila. area theaters- Bala and Anthony Wayne:
“The photos were taken with a fish-eye lens. The blue color is probably cause they didn’t want to use normal color photos and didn’t want to use black-and-white either, so they went for a tinted monochrome photo. I get the feeling they didn’t care at all about showing off the theatres, but just wanted some distinct placeholder graphic for each one.”

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 9, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Does anybody like this photo of the Ziegfeld auditorium recently posted on the Clearview website?

View link

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HowardBHaas commented about Beloved Member Jim Rankin Passes Away on Jan 9, 2007 at 5:06 am

The Yeadon “no” should read “now demolished.

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HowardBHaas commented about Beloved Member Jim Rankin Passes Away on Jan 9, 2007 at 5:05 am

By very detailed emails, Jim Rankin assisted Friends of the Boyd (www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org) in our understanding and retrieval of our original Lighting Control Panel.

He also inquired about the non-original, but interesting grillwork on the Yeadon Theater (no demolished) in suburban Philadelphia.

I’ve enjoyed his many postings on so many theaters on this site!

Rest in peace!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Avalon Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 2:25 pm

The theater’s website has photos and history of the auditorium ceiling dome mural, which was painted in 1985. The site also discusses the restoration of the theater.

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HowardBHaas commented about Avalon Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 9:09 am

Evening photo:
View link

No food or drinks:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/billadler/290529849/

View up the block:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/katmere/55099418/

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Dec 25, 2006 at 8:42 am

When I saw movies in 2001, I was told that Theater 3 had 262 seats and Theater 4 had 300 seats.

Visiting this past weekend, I was told Theater 1 also has 300 seats. 12-22 Friday evening’s first show of “The Good Shepherd” looked like it sold out, in its opening weekend. Sound was only from behind the screen. Red fabric was at the top of the side walls and the back wall of the auditorium. The rest of the side walls are off white with sconces that have lights on top of what look like corkscrews. The seats are luxury seats.

The theater is on the 3rd floor. The lobby continues to have a red tent like ceiling. A hall to the right of the lobby leads to the auditoriums and to a bar.

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HowardBHaas on Dec 25, 2006 at 8:32 am

I don’t understand what this paragraph means-
“Considering the importance of this project, Todd Katz, holder of the Paramount Theatre property, enthusiatically moved the holdings, and tributed by mural painting of the Paramount and Strand theatres on his new property of operations of Siperstein Paints located at Route 36, Long Branch , NJ.”

“moved the holdings”?
“tributed by mural painting”?

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HowardBHaas commented about Phoenix Theatres Union Station 9 on Dec 20, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Here’s the link to theater operator website with photos of the theater’s interior!
http://www.phoenixtheatres.com/unionpictures.htm

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinemagic 3 at Penn on Dec 19, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Not part of Sameric chain. The Eric 3 was replaced by the Bridge theater. The Cinemagic 3 was not an Eric. I believe it was a Budco, and it might have earlier been a GCC. I think it was built in the 1970’s. It closed 2005. My notes from 2003 indicate auditorium 3 had 219 seats.

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HowardBHaas commented about Anchorage's 4th Avenue Theatre saved on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:07 am

my link ddn’t work- that’s www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org

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HowardBHaas commented about Anchorage's 4th Avenue Theatre saved on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:06 am

Having read the description of the theater on this website, and looked at the exterior and interior photos, I am impressed by how wonderful this Art Deco gem is and overjoyed that it will be saved and open again to benefit the public! This is a giant win win, and all parties are to be congratulated!

Regards from Philadelphia, www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org, volunteering to save our Art Deco theatrical showplace.

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Dec 18, 2006 at 4:52 pm

At our website, How to Help, you can find my direct email address towards the bottom of the page. I’d appreciate hearing from you directly including whether you saw any differences today inside the Boyd from recently. I’m not sure what was “cleared out” unless you mean concession stand that was removed last year from the Grand Lobby. And, I am eager to know whether For Sale on the small auditorium property or the Boyd itself, if you are sure on that point.

I am going to also seek direct clarification from the ownership. Thanks.

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Dec 18, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Under the marquee is the original, historic Boyd Theatre. To the west, closer to 20th than 19th Street, is the long blank wall of the three former small auditoriums. The small auditoriums aren’t historic, and that space was gutted and available for rent. Is that where you heard workers and where you saw a new for sale sign?

If you enter your contact information at www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org you will receive our free email Weekly Updates. The last formal notice from Live Nation, the Boyd’s owner, was that they were considering whether to proceed with the project or place the theater up for sale. The Friends of the Boyd will continue to volunteer to ensure the Boyd is restored and reopened.

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HowardBHaas commented about Guild Theater on Dec 18, 2006 at 3:27 pm

The marquee says Anthropolgie and the store is packed with shoppers! Festive holiday music is piped in. Very decorative metal railings go to a downstairs level and an upper level, accompanied by huge ornate metal chandeliers and other ornate decoration.

I love single screen movie theaters, especially ones that use their curtain before the movie as this one always did. I saw a few movies at the Guild 50 in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, and would still travel there to see movies if they were being shown. However, the interior was plain as a theater as a post says above. The most interesting part was going upstairs to look out the windows. The old theater’s interior is actually more entertaining now!

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HowardBHaas commented about Changing sizes of movie theater auditoriums on Dec 18, 2006 at 2:17 pm

Somebody obviously didn’t read the article.

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HowardBHaas commented about Pearl Theatre at Avenue North on Dec 17, 2006 at 1:37 pm

The slanted ceilings are also found into the Men’s restroom. The sink is a long communal trough like metal shelf, with spigots.

Before the Saturday afternoon matinee began, there were no slides (fine with me) but also no music. Four or five movie previews preceded the movie. Thankfully, there were no commercials in the pre-show.

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HowardBHaas commented about Historical significance of Cape May's endangered Beach Theater on Dec 17, 2006 at 3:37 am

The Boyd is not standing through pure happenstance! Facts determine survival- owners who kept it standing and later of fights for its preservation!! In the 1980’s the Historical Commission fought for it, in this decade the Preservation Alliance has fought for it, and for 4 years the Friends of the Boyd, www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org has fought for it! Numerous volunteers have devoted much time for the Boyd. Those volunteers have not included TheaterBuff1

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HowardBHaas commented about Changing sizes of movie theater auditoriums on Dec 17, 2006 at 3:32 am

One point of the article was the to meet demand and to be better showplaces, new movie theaters are designing their largest auditoriums as even larger with more seats and bigger screens.

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HowardBHaas commented about Beach 4 Theatre on Dec 17, 2006 at 3:29 am

I hope this theater survives, but the opening of casinos in PA has no relationship to the viability of this cinema.