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Interesting – the Ritz has a long lobby from the street and also, straight back, a long and narrow auditorium.
They have been holding a number of fundraidingevents, some of them at the theatre itself, haunted halloween and ghost hunting type events in fall of 2010.
2010 Google view shows the building still with its new clapboard siding in excellent shape, but no signage whatsoever on the building. I don’t know if it is merely dormant or used for something that puts out no signs. At any rate the building clearly looks maintained (maybe for rent). But the church listed above did not move in – they are located elsewhere in the city.
2010 Google street view: Still boarded up, but the entire exterior has been given a fresh coat of white paint and the marquee is intact.
The current (Dec 2010) Google street view shows some letters on the marquee – looks like it’s a large consignment/furniture/rug store now.
Their new webpage at: http://www.parktheatreri.com/ has a nice photo gallery of interior and exterior shots. The auditorium is all modern in style, but the layout is fairly traditional. And the priscenium arch is a nice classical touch, all varnished wood in a simple but traditional style.
According to this article in the Greenfield Recorder (http://www.recorder.com/story.cfm?id_no=8307371), the owners are putting the cinema up for dsale, which could delay a possible renovation of the building into a performing arts center. It’s a complicated scenario, but hopefully something gets worked out. A renovation could possibly move five of the cinema screens into neighboring buildings and restore much of the original auditorium.
Looks like it is filled with retail now.
As of December 2010, they are still open and going strong. Their webpage (http://www.olympiademontreal.com/en/) shows some auditorium photos – it’s a low and wide autiroium, just a small shelf balcony in the back, most seats in the orchestra level.
Here is the link to the English version of their website: http://www.theatrecorona.com/siteANGLO.html The 2003-2004 renovations were the “2nd phase” and have been completed. No mention of more recent renovation, but they describe it as ongoing work. Lots of nice historical photos of the ornate auditorium!
The building is still there, looks like it houses a number of retail establishments.
Kel1947 is correct, and I made a mistake in my post above The new google view shows that it is definitely demolished.
This is now the Heart and Soul audio store. A great place for a neighborhood theatre – everything else is a nice quiet residential street – this theatre is long, low and small – looks like an early Nickelodeon. Would’t it be great to live right down the street from it and be wble to walk right to the movies?
From the windows punched into the side walls I’d say it was gutted. Looks like offices more than storage.
New Townhouses now pccupy this site.
There’s new construction at this address – this theater is demolished.
Still standuing, and has a sign saying “Community” something. Couldn’t make out the rest of the sign but appears to be offices and at least is not vacant.
The Theatre’s website “highlandtheatre.com) is down, but they are still showing 1st run movies as of December 2010 – the phone # at top should still be good.
Ther building still stands, with 1-floor addition on one side. It looks to be the headquarters of a firm called Master Security – looks like it’s their business office and warehouse.
The Lobby and auditorium look very much like those of the Palace Theatre in Cleveland and the Albee in Cincinnati, except that those lobbies had two identical staircases on either side. But really a beautiful place and unfortunate that it was demolished.
The Strand is demolished. A large office tower and parking lot sits on the site.
The Google Street views show the auditorium of the Gateway and the side walls look like 1940 vintage so I think it was completely rebuilt at that time. The theatres are really packed together there. If you walk south, you enter the former entrance of the Byham theatre, through the auditorium onto the stage, through the back wall, audiences at the Gateway would see you enter their venue from the left and continue through the right and then you’d end up entering the O'Reilly Theatre through the backstage wall,, up the auditorium aisle, out through the lobby, across the street and then the audience at Heinz Hall would see you walk through the right wall of the auditorium!
Just a big parking lot there but you can see the footprint.
All boarded up now, looks rather shabby. Interesting – the entrance is on one street, goes back and wraps to the right a little before connecting to the auditorium which is around the corner on another street. The buildings along the corner have been demolished so you can see the lobby wrapping around to the auditorium.
The building is still standing, still has its marquee. The marquee is advertising “The Fox Tots” – hard to tell exactly what the current use it. No other hint of current function. But the front facade is fairly modern – 1950s to 1960s, plain.