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robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Dec 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Re being a discount house. After being a discount house the Bellerose was closed and the Floral became the discount house. Then the Bellerose was reopened. Don’t really know what the story was with the Floral. If nothing else the Bellerose was better situated with proximity to the Cross Island Parkway and the Q1 and Q36 bus routes. Parking was a problem however. Was just back in Bellerose in September, 244th between Ontario and Superior, and it looked liked the city. Not one open parking space to be seen. When I was a kid not everybody had cars and those that did, with one exception (and that was, I suspect, that they were show off their Chrysler) kept them garaged.

When I lived there the median island hadn’t been installed separating Jamaica Avenue and Jericho Turnpike. When it was they narrowed the sidewalks resulting in the marquee taking some bad hits.

Doubt if you’ll find pictures of the old marquee. If my memory is correct it was installed around 1950. Remember them modifying the steel and chipping some of the facade on the building.

An aside. Were you around when the, then, Franklin National Bank had the drive in window off 247/Colonial with a turntable? I believe the turntable may still be there.

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robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Dec 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

I have been trying to get pictures of the Bellerose with the original boxy marquee. The Bellerose was alive and well when I moved east in 1967. At that time the store on the corner of Jericho and 246th Street, in the theater building, was a florist. The store to the west was the American Beauty Shop. Moskins was the double store further west, then the tailor, butcher and barber shops.

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robboehm commented about Jazz Theatre on Dec 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Check out Denver: Curtis Street – Denver’s Old Theatre Row on Skyscraper. A lot of good info and photos.

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robboehm commented about Isis Theatre on Dec 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

According to the archives of the Historical Society the Isis opened in 1949 and was operated by Fred Maller. There were still references to it in 1958. The building, which was located on Park Avenue (now Highway 290), no longer exists.

There is also a reference to movies being shown in the former People’s Saloon by Angus Linton in 1926.

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robboehm commented about Aurora Theatre on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Just watched the TV Christmas movie A Prince for Christmas. Filming was done in East Aurora and the exterior of the theater can be seen in several scenes.

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robboehm commented about Ryley Theater on Nov 29, 2015 at 5:55 am

The Bartola information came from the historical society, but you know how that kind of information can be.

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robboehm commented about Ritz Theatre on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:03 pm

A different Google Books author, Bonnie Wilson, sites 1926 as the year in which the theater opened. She also mentions that ushers would spray patrons with mosquito repellent as they entered the theater. Nice. The former theater became a retail store after it closed sometime in the 1940s.

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robboehm commented about Ryley Theater on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:21 am

Photo of the Hotel uploaded.

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robboehm commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Nov 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Facade looks far richer than when it was first built.

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robboehm commented about Dixie Theater on Nov 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm

The former theater is to the left of the three story building. Photo from the Ocala High School Class of 1957 – Old Ocala photos.

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robboehm commented about iPic Houston River Oaks on Nov 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

Cuddle pods with blankets and pillow? What no erotic massage? Whatever happened to the days when you took a seat and watched a movie?

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robboehm commented about Star Theatre on Nov 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

In 2014 a plan was announced to convert Seibert into a tourist destination as a 1920s era town. Included among the proposed attractions was to be Tut’s Egyptian Theatre. Whether this would be a reincarnation of the Star was not indicated. Shares were being offered online.

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robboehm commented about Corydon Cinemas on Nov 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Opened in 1984 as a four screen theater. Closed from January 2005 until April 1st of that year for modernization including stadium seating. Building expanded in 2007 to add three auditoriums. Has been operated within the Byrd family the entire time.

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robboehm commented about Montauk Playhouse on Nov 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm

A proposal for the Montauk Playhouse Community Center has been submitted to the hamlet’s Citizens Advisory Committee. A cost of up to $8.5 has been projected, $2.5 of which has already been raised.

The center would be the historic Playhouse, itself, built in 1929 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Half the structure has already been renovated.

The design calls for an aquatic center with two pools, a cultural center including a second floor performance space and meeting rooms downstairs and a two-story lobby that would provide space for exhibits and art shows.

If completed the annual operating cost is estimated at $800,000

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robboehm commented about Williston Theatre on Nov 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm

According to the Mineola Historical Society the years of operation were from 1931-1952.

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robboehm commented about Tuscan Opera House on Nov 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

Uploaded a photo of the Opera House, circa 1930, from the Dixfield Historical Society found on the Maine Memory Network site. Original Oddfellows dated back to 1891.

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robboehm commented about Dipson Theater on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:54 am

Images of this theater also appear in the You Tube video “Downtown Batavia As It Once Was”.

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robboehm commented about Family Theater on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:41 am

I found snippets alluding to the installation of an organ in 1912, a fire in 1954 and live performances in the early 1960s. Unfortunately the full links were not available for me to elaborate further.

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robboehm commented about Batavia Showtime on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

The Batavia Mall in which this theater is located came about as a massive urban renewal project in which a large portion of Main Street was demolished including the Dipson Batavia.

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robboehm commented about Dipson Theater on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

Uploaded three photos. Two show the demolition approaching the Dipson. The third is a painting of how the area looked in the day.

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robboehm commented about Park Theatre on Nov 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm

The Winer & Sons site indicates one of their organs was installed in the Akron Theater in 1923. Same venue. Winer site was wrong?

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robboehm commented about Aurora Theatre on Nov 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

At the time the theater was completed there was a Winer & Sons organ installed.

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robboehm commented about Geitner Theatre on Nov 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

See a lot of references to a Link organ above, but according to the Winer & Sons site one of their organs was installed in 1926.

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robboehm commented about Lafayette Theater on Nov 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A Winer and Sons organ was installed when the theater was built.

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robboehm commented about Mancuso Theatre on Nov 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Uploaded a contextual photo of the Mancuso.