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Here is a picture of the Gem from 1915.
Status should be demolished. The address given is incorrect. More llikely it is 151 South Ludington. This picture taken today from that location matches Don Lewis' postcard picture.
Notice that the sign for the steakhouse is identical to the 1960 picture, as well as is the cornice on the building adjacent to it . The theater has been replaced by the Columbus Public Safety Building at the right in this picture.
According to the website, the Patio will reopen on June 3 with a screening of “Thor.”
Hope it works out OK.
This theater closed in March, 2010 after the town cancelled the operator’s lease.
This theater has now gone digital.
A lot more is involved than installing new equipment. To prevent dust intrusion, the projection booth had to be sealed and air-conditioned.
Here’s a 1925 picture of the stage.
Here’s a couple of old interior pictures from the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Click on the small pictures to expand them.
Here’s an early 1900s picture of the Gotham Theater, showing an elevated train, a streetcar, and other vehicles. Click on the picture to enlarge.
Chicago had its film row on South Wabash Avenue. Here’s an article on those times
The theater marquee is prominently featured in the movie “Hop” which opened this weekend.
Crown opened a megaplex in suburban Skokie,Illinois that is now part of AMC. It is a very popular theater, with covered parking.
At least Chicago might have a chance with light rail. Here in Wisconsin, our new governor turned down federal money for high-speed rail and he is also an opponent of light rail as well.
Not sure how he feels about movie theaters, tho.
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“Green” film festival at the Nevada. View link
This listing is no less appropriate than some others on this site. For example, there is a high school auditorium in Wisconsin that was listed because it occasionally screened a movie.
At least this venue seems to be more dedicated to frequent movie showings.
This theater now hs 16 screens. Wonder if they will change the name?
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Here are some pics recently posted on Cinematour: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/1685.html
From the time I moved into the neighborhood in 1951, the building was always an auto parts store. The high ceilings and wide front hinted at another use in a previous era.
To me, it appears that the building is still standing and has been taken over by a church.
It was called the Ferrara Manor, because the owners of the Ferrara Pan Candy Company in Forest Park purchased the theater once it closed. The owners of the candy company also had (and still own) a bakery in the old Italian neighborhood in Chicago. The family lived nearby in River Forest and wanted the building as an ancillary venue to their primary businesses. Renting the banquet hall meant you would use Ferrara for your wedding cake and candies as well as other catering needs.
Eventually the decline of the neighborhood around the Manor caused their banquet business to go south.
The Goetz website has a wealth of information and pictures. View link
Compare this picture taken yesterday to the one taken in 1981. The two corner stores are gone, the theater expanded into them.
From across the street: http://tinyurl.com/3xyhmth
They still sell tickets from this outside box office. A little sign says “Only cash or checks.” Guess they don’t want to pay transaction fees for credit cards.
Can we get rid of these spammers? All they’re doing is taking up band width.
The Michigan was seen on the TV show “Detroit 1-8-7” last night. A cop meets with an informant in the structure and ceiling and wall details are clearly seen.