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Broan commented about Embassy Theatre on Jan 18, 2005 at 10:00 am

http://www.trolleybuses.net/cta/htm/cta1226.htm is the new URL for that link

Broan
Broan commented about Copernicus Center on Jan 18, 2005 at 9:57 am

The first link Bryan posted is broken. The new URL is http://www.trolleybuses.net/cta/htm/cta1249.htm

Broan
Broan commented about Tujunga Theatre on Jan 16, 2005 at 4:37 am

That preservationist website made my head hurt.

Broan
Broan commented about State-Lake Theater on Jan 16, 2005 at 12:06 am

It should be noted that Plitt was the successor corporation to ABC Great States, so the only real transfer of ownership as a theatre was from RKO to B&K.

Broan
Broan commented about Regal Lake Zurich 12 on Jan 15, 2005 at 12:58 pm

I can’t imagine how it was voted best. I suppose he pickings were pretty slim in 1993 though. Tickets are cheap, but the slope of the floors is almost non-existant, it has no architectual flair whatsoever, even compared to other Regals, and the cleaning lights were on through all the previews. Pretty lame. What’s with Regal cranking the volume up to uncomfortable levels in all their theaters?

Broan
Broan commented about Glen Art Theatre on Jan 13, 2005 at 10:00 pm

The Glen Art’s official website is http://glenarttheatre.com/ and includes another early picture of the theatre.
View link Shows a night view of the picture, and the ebay offerings gallery on the same page includes the above postcard and an alternate view.

Broan
Broan commented about Glen Art Theatre on Jan 13, 2005 at 9:43 pm

The theater was built by the same firm that built the des plaines, catlow and deerpath theaters, the latter two of which share many exterior similarities. From the looks of it, I would guess the 60s modernization craze took its toll on the Glen. In the photo on this page you can see details like divided-pane windows, scrollwork over the brick, and detailed columns adding to the unusual tudor revival look. In the current photos, the brick has been replaced with plain, non-matching brick, one-over-one windows, storefronts modernized. A shame it’s lost so much of its architectual integrity.

Broan
Broan commented about Glen Art Theatre on Jan 13, 2005 at 9:03 pm

Actually, it is. The facade has been modernized somewhat. http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=6473

Broan
Broan commented about RKO Bushwick Theatre on Jan 12, 2005 at 9:55 pm

The bushwick? It looks entirely intact except for the circle on the point and the brick. I wonder why they got rid of that seal.

Broan
Broan commented about DuPage Theater on Jan 8, 2005 at 11:06 pm

Concered Taxpayer’s comments on October 9th and December 4th on this page make reference to the theater being fenced in, for what it’s worth. I do not know if this is the same fence Bryan refers to, however.

Broan
Broan commented about Rave Motion Pictures 18 on Jan 4, 2005 at 11:09 am

Thanks for the link. The last article I posted was from 2002, so its information that a theater complex was no longer planned has been superceded by the 2004 announcement you have. I don’t think anyone ever said it had anything to do with Rave, but having an operators name is certainly helpful.

Broan
Broan commented about Rave Motion Pictures 18 on Jan 4, 2005 at 1:30 am

Concerning “College Point” I found this article; it sounds like the project is called “University Gateway” now and the theaters are no longer part of the plan. View link

Broan
Broan commented about Rave Motion Pictures 18 on Jan 4, 2005 at 1:25 am

I found these: View link
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Broan commented about Adelphi Theater on Jan 1, 2005 at 6:11 pm

Unfortunately, the portion of the terazzo that was in line with the sidewalk was destroyed in 1990. The portion going into the lobby remains. I’m told that some of the terrazzo was, incidentally, salvaged and is in fact in front of a local grocer, although I haven’t seen it for myself. The Adelphi was built in 1917 for the Ascher Brothers vaudeville circuit (the name in fact means “Brotherly Love”). The lobby area recieved an Art Deco remodeling in the early 1930s, although water damage has revealed the outlines of the old beaux arts plaster that had been removed from the walls, as well as a few other decors that have been in place since. Mosaic tilework appears to exist under the unattractive, stained carpet. The men’s room has been remodeled fairly recently, but the women’s room is fairly intact, although the real estate office next door which owns the building has annexed the original stalls and the theater’s bathrooms are in the former lounge. The one-time bowling alley upstairs, although divided into studios in the 40s or 50s, retains elaborate plaster grilles in the ceiling. The auditorium was partially remodeled in a modern style in the 1940s, really just layers of drywall, plus a layer of rockwool and fabric as acoustic paneling, which unfortunately has obscured or destroyed much of the detail in the auditorium that would make it attractive to a restorer, although the theater is quite restorable. The Adelphi never had much of a stage (perhaps 10 feet deep), and seems to have been built solely for movies, as there is no stagehouse (although the fact that the auditorium does not go all the way back to the street suggests it was designed to have one), and the rear wall appears to have been popped out in the transition to sound, to have a place for a speaker. With the addition of Cinemascope more alterations came. The current screen, though very large, is about twice the width of the proscenium, which has been removed for about the first 6 feet to accomodate voice of the theater speakers. The original backstage cavity is filled with old carpet. The auditorium, although shabby looking, is restorable. It’s been covered in very cheap green paint, much of which is now peeling and taking a layer of face plaster with it, and some of which was carelessly sprayed onto the masking curtain. It’s a decent neighborhood theater with lots of character, and I hope it’s put back to use one of these days.

Broan
Broan commented about Colonial Theatre on Dec 27, 2004 at 4:53 am

In 1904-1905 the Iroquois was known as Hyde and Behman’s Music Hall

Broan
Broan commented about Genesee Theatre on Dec 25, 2004 at 7:51 pm

Merry Christmas, Movie House.

Broan
Broan commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Dec 24, 2004 at 2:00 pm

I’d imagine they would be able to retain the name, most buildings do. Like the Sears tower for example, Sears doesn’t have a thing to do with it anymore.

Broan
Broan commented about Center Theatre on Dec 21, 2004 at 8:38 pm

http://www.gabesplayerpianos.org/html/Center.html More photos of the Center here

Broan
Broan commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 4:47 am

Here is another

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Broan commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 4:46 am

Here is a July 22, 1966 sidewalk view of the Paris from the Cushman collection

Broan
Broan commented about Loew's Grand Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 4:38 am

And here is another, closer one. Both from the Charles Cushman collection.

Broan
Broan commented about Loew's Grand Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 4:26 am

Here is a Dec 3, 1951 photo of the Grand and Paramount marquees at night

Broan
Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Dec 14, 2004 at 3:37 am

Here is a photo of the Fine Arts as the Studebaker/World Playhouse from the Charles Cushman collection, May 26, 1963

Broan
Broan commented about Rococo Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 3:25 am

A photo featuring the marquee of the Stuart is available here as part of the Charles Cushman collection.

Broan
Broan commented about World Theatre on Dec 14, 2004 at 3:20 am

Here is a photo of the World from April 1957, from the Charles Cushman collection.