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SchineHistorian commented about Prytania Theater on Nov 23, 2006 at 7:55 pm

Thanks Erin. I had the pleasure of visiting the Prytania and Mr. Rene Brunet in mid-October and found him to be charming and gracious (as was everyone i encountered in New Orleans!) and so very proud of his theater. I wish we’d had more time to chat, but we did look at the many vintage photos on the lobby walls and he had a great story for almost every one of them. The theater itself has obviously been severely redecorated (inside and out) since it’s inception, but through the photos Mr. Brunet was able to show me the original design. He’s had such a long and storied role with so many other great New Orleans theaters. True Southern treasures: the Prytania AND Mr. Brunet!

SchineHistorian commented about Live your dream - Own a theater! on Nov 23, 2006 at 2:34 pm

What will be the focus of the theater now? Are films still going to be offered? Local shows? National names such as John Berry?

This theater is one of the great existing Eberson deco theaters, so the interior design is really a valuable asset to the theater. There aren’t too many Eberson decos still in operation so it is hoped that the new owners will retain and maintain Eberson’s original idea for this great house!

Best wishes for success!

SchineHistorian commented about Cattaraugus County Center For the Performing Arts on Nov 12, 2006 at 6:41 pm

Patsy: Later in his life and practice, father and son often joined forces to work on projects. There are quite a few theaters that list both John and Drew as the architects of record.

I have visited it as it was part of the Schine Theater Chain and it really is a lovely little place. It has been quite altered inside due to a couple of floodings and to create more servicable areas to meet the theaters needs. But the facade and marquee are still quite nice and they have started a “Walk of Fame” in front of the theater. Of course Ray Evans is the first and biggest star!

SchineHistorian commented about Hollywood Theater: Then & Now on Oct 23, 2006 at 7:40 pm

Party pooper! : D

SchineHistorian commented about Prytania Theater on Oct 15, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Can anyone comment on the condition of the interior of this theater? The outside appears to be modernized quite a bit. What about the interior?

SchineHistorian commented about Palace Theatre on Oct 7, 2006 at 11:05 am

Karen Colizzi Noonan (aka Schine Historian!) will be giving a talk and powerpoint presentation on the history of the Schine Theaters at the Niagara County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner on Thursday October 12. I will be pulling from the archives of the NCHS as well as my personal collection of photos to tell the fascinating story of the Schine Brothers and their chain of independent theaters. Hope to see some of you there!

SchineHistorian commented about Long run over for Esquire Theater on Sep 15, 2006 at 3:16 pm

A bit from YouTube on the closing of the Esquire.

SchineHistorian commented about A father's pride. on Sep 15, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Oh my goodness, that is too precious! Yes, our children do learn by watching us – even the smallest details.

My love affair with historic theaters started when my daughter was in Kindergarten and she absorbed the jargon and minutia like a little sponge. The day we walked into the Stanley Theater in Utica NY and she said, “Hmmm, looks like a Lamb to me”. I just about burst with pride as the theater management looked on in disbelief.

It was probably just a guess on her part, but she guessed right. I knew that she was getting an education that few children receive as she tagged along with me from town to town looking at theaters and meeting fascinating people!

SchineHistorian commented about Trylon Theater on Sep 10, 2006 at 2:57 pm

HEADS UP FANS OF THE TRYLON! Theatre Historical Society’s 3rd quarter issue of Marquee will feature a story and photos on the Trylon Theater written by Michael Perlman. This issue should be mailed to the members by the end of November, early December. Non members can reserve a copy now by contacting THS at or better yet, JOIN! and get your own subscription to Marquee!

SchineHistorian commented about Schine Holland Theatre on Sep 10, 2006 at 2:55 pm

Heads up fans of the Holland! Theater Historical Society’s next issue of MARQUEE will feature a story of the Holland theater as well as several rarely seen photos of the interior and historical photos. Members should see their copy by the end of the month. Non members can order a copy by going to or better yet, JOIN! so you can get your own subscription to MARQUEE!

SchineHistorian commented about Loew's Rochester Theatre on Sep 10, 2006 at 2:52 pm

Great lnk Ken. It looks more like a land survey photo than an attempt to document the theater itself. What theater enthusiast worth his salt would take a photo that barely shows the facade and all but cuts off the marquee? But… when adequate photo history of a theater does not exist, we get excited about what little we have, eh? I would like to set up a website with those Rochester Schine photos because they really deserve to be seen.

SchineHistorian commented about 10 theaters doing it right on Aug 20, 2006 at 4:44 pm

It may be an old article, but it is interesting to see that a publication like Entertainment Weekly might possibly “get it” – that it’s all about the experience, stupid! Of course, we have known that all along, right gang??

SchineHistorian commented about Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center on Aug 12, 2006 at 10:51 pm

What a pity that the photo attached to this theater’s profile has to feature that horrid, mismatched “vintage” marquee. It is only vintage in that it represents a time in our architectural evolution when no thought or consideration was given to the historic nature of the building and the period, flavor or design that the architect intended. Why would anyone slap such an ill-matched marquee style onto a beautiful period building? It was done all the time – but how sad to look back at what was done to these buildings in the name of “modernization”!

SchineHistorian commented about Crown Theatres' take on moviegoing trends on Aug 3, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Not to change the subject but…. speaking of the Crown Theatres… the chain is historically linked to the Schine Theater chain of old – Dan Crown being the grandson of Myer Schine. So i would expect superior showmanship and attention to patron needs to be the hallmark of the Crown Theatres as they were of the Schine Theaters.

SchineHistorian commented about Hollywood Theater: Then & Now on Jul 25, 2006 at 7:47 am

To each his own, Patsy. I shoot on regular old film and get amazing orbs in some all kinds of theaters both restored and derelict. Debunkers and disbelievers are entitled to their opinions, but I choose to believe that in some cases (not all) orbs are friendly contact from “past residents” who are making their presence and their pleasure known to us. I wouldn’t think their “signs” are intended for those who do not wish to accept them! : )

SchineHistorian commented about Hollywood Theater: Then & Now on Jul 25, 2006 at 5:03 am

Wow… did you catch all those orbs in that one photo?? “Someone’s” crying out for help – they want their beautiful theater restored and brought back to life!

SchineHistorian commented about Central NY Theater Memories on Jul 22, 2006 at 3:02 pm

Once a truly breathtaking Eberson theater with an “outerspace atmospheric” design as seen on the theater’s page on Cinema Treasures. When i spoke with G. David Schine (son of Myer Schine) in the mid 90s, he remembered this theater vividly and described much of the interior ornamentation precisely from memory. He was quite fond of this unique theater.

Despite its dilapidated condition, the beauty and the stunning decor stil s©hines through – one of Eberson’s more over-the-top designs and one of Schine’s most memorable theaters – truly one of a kind!

SchineHistorian commented about Strand Theater age? on Jun 25, 2006 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Bill. I sent a note to the theater’s email “contact” address too. Will give you a ring when i get back from the Conclave in Boston!

And to all who are “signing off” to travel to Boston, wishing you a safe trip and great times on the THS Conclave. Looking forward to seeing you all again.


SchineHistorian commented about Cinema Treasures Tour on Jun 25, 2006 at 7:18 am

I think we should all demand our money back. Oh… wait…. never mind….

: )

SchineHistorian commented about Strand Theater age? on Jun 25, 2006 at 5:47 am

Lessons Learned: “Never post to Cinema Treasures before the second cup of coffee on a Sunday morning!”

Of COURSE i know it’s the Strand – however my brain is not sufficiently caffeinated yet. I am looking at your website right now and trying to figure out if i can work it into my travel plans to Buffalo on July 3. Will let you know!

SchineHistorian commented about Strand Theater age? on Jun 25, 2006 at 5:39 am

Hi Bill,

Greetings from a “neighbor” in Geneva NY! I have unconfirmed information that the Cinema Theater in Rochester NY has been in continuous operation since 1914. (But i believe it to be true.) It’s a tiny little cinema that sits across the road from the Highland Diner, another vintage treasure in Rochester. As of last year I know the current owner was trying to sell but i never heard what the upshot was of those talks. (I met with a potential buyer to talk about all the “joys” of owning a movie theater.)

Would love to visit the Lyric some day, you are so close it’s amazing that i haven’t stumbled by already!

Karen Colizzi Noonan, President
Theatre Historical Society

SchineHistorian commented about Cinema Treasures Tour on Jun 23, 2006 at 7:16 pm

As President of Theatre Historical Society, i would urge anyone who is interested in future tours to check our website for future Conclave information. ( In 2006 we are, as mentioned, in Boston but that tour is now sold out. In 2007 we will be traveling from Milwaukee to Minneapolis and in 2008 we will be in the San Francisco/Oakland area. A decision on 2009 will be made this coming week at our board meeting, but we anticipate being back on the East Coast in the Mid Atlantic region. (Think of a fabulous restoration in PA which will be completed by then!) As soon as the proposal is accepted for the official calendar, I’ll announce it right here!

Karen Colizzi Noonan, President THS

SchineHistorian commented about A&E Television To Air Documentary on Loew's "Wonder Theatres" on Jun 20, 2006 at 9:07 am

Since the company that owns A & E also owns (among others) The History Channel it would be beneficial to contact the “powers that be” in large numbers to advocate for more exoposure for our historic theaters!

SchineHistorian commented about A&E Television To Air Documentary on Loew's "Wonder Theatres" on Jun 15, 2006 at 7:20 am

Theater Historical Society assisted with this exciting show – we too wish that it would be released on DVD! If you go to the A & E website there is a place where you can request a program that is not offered for sale. Maybe if enough people do it they will reconsider?

SchineHistorian commented about Replacing the organ at the Palace Theatre on May 29, 2006 at 6:36 pm

ERD: Any time i have written to Gov Pataki’s office (in my role as President of Theatre Historical Society AND as a resident of the State of New York) i have always gotten a prompt acknowledgement but a detailed reply from Commissioner Bernadette Castro who heads up the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. (And odd pairing at best!)

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHiPO, as we call it) is sometimes painted as the “bad guy” but i know for a fact that a few of their staffers are really into historic theaters and have gone the extra mile to give advice and oversight when one comes on their radar screen.

I think that encouragement could be brought to the Palace management and Commissioner Castro to replace this missing piece of the grand old theater. If, as Tom says above, the one at the museum is not adequate, an investigation should be undertaken to see if a workable proposal can be put forth to the powers that be.