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HowardBHaas commented about San Francisco's Metro Theatre to close in one week on Sep 19, 2006 at 10:16 am

That’s terrible. I saw a movie there in 1997 when other single screen theaters were still open, and before the Metro’s restoration. This is one the San Francisco movie theater activists should consider fighting for.

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 5:15 am

No, it isn’t time to go all pessimistic. We need to ensure Philadelphia’s sole surviving downtown movie palace survives, is restored, and is restored. Visit www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org for more updates.

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HowardBHaas commented about Arcadia Theatre on Sep 12, 2006 at 7:58 pm

I reviewed the file in the theater collection at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The Arcadia theater apparently was built with the 2 structures on each side that were identical to each other. The one on the east survives. The one on the west had, at least, its facade removed so the theater facade could be way bigger. There were interior changes, too, including expansion of the theater lobby.

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HowardBHaas commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 12, 2006 at 6:00 am

If the Uptown ceases to show movies, that would be tragic! For decades it has been the greatest theater to see movies on the East Coast!

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HowardBHaas commented about Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas on Sep 12, 2006 at 5:56 am

My photo link was previously linked to this page. I don’t know why it went missing:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howardbhaas/77637685/

Antitrust concerns upon merger seemed to be ensuring competition, but there won’t be competition in much of Washington D.C. (outside of downtown-Union Station) won’t exist if the theater closes and AMC retains Mazza Gallerie and Georgetown.

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre renovation on Sep 8, 2006 at 8:18 pm

Chestnut Street is not muli-laned Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, but it has long been one of Philadelphia’s main streets (along with Market Street, and Broad Street). Philadelphians don’t consider it a small side street, at all. There will be adequate parking nearby, and mass transit connections are great.

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HowardBHaas commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 5, 2006 at 7:24 pm

MikeRadio, have you ever been to the Uptown?

Regarding the Tivoli, you might want to read a bit about the effects of 1960’s racial rioting in American cities.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 on Sep 3, 2006 at 7:25 pm

3 photos from today
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HowardBHaas commented about Gaumont Palace on Aug 21, 2006 at 7:28 pm

Historic photo from early 20th Century:
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HowardBHaas commented about Visual Arts Theatre on Aug 18, 2006 at 7:49 pm

The above list of posters has no relevancy to the Chelsea West page.

What is relevant is that in about the same time period Cineplex Odeon was turning this 3 screener into a very nice 2 screener, they renovated the Beekman (since demolished) in New York, and in Washington D.C. the Cinema (since closed & gutted) and Uptown. They didn’t renovate the Avalon in D.C, which after Loews departed, was saved & renovated by neighbors. I miss Cineplex Odeon.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 3, 2006 at 8:10 pm

I meant another famous “rent free” place now closed but still there. I have practiced many fields of law.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 3, 2006 at 6:30 pm

I agree there are too many lawyers, though I don’t mind your being one. You at least care about something else, i.e. historic moviehouses. I usually encourage competition to move to Florida.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 3, 2006 at 5:16 pm

I am a lawyer, so when I put an “s” on it, it’s because I am starting to spell Holmesburg due to a facility that used to provide “rent free housing” to clients in the past. That place is more locally famous than a theater that closed half a century ago.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 2, 2006 at 8:16 pm

Presumably you are telling the public rather than me who William Penn was.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 1, 2006 at 9:39 pm

If you were paid by the word, you’d have the funding….

You do go so off point with all the politics, taxes, etc…

Did the Mayfair reopen yet, as a bank? Is that going to use the former auditorium space?

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 1, 2006 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for sharing the interesting article.

I hope you can post the videotape of the Mayfair online and Dan can find photos.

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Aug 1, 2006 at 11:03 am

That show will be at the Merriam instead. No date yet for Boyd reopening.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jul 31, 2006 at 7:01 pm

I’ve said that I don’t believe it is feasible to return the Mayfair to daily single screen status. I never suggested anyone should damage original historic details, exterior or interior including the murals. I also haven’t read any definitive account as to whether the Mayfair murals are in fact gone, and when so.

Although I understood your reference, I don’t think we need to bring in politics & religion here to understand why Art Deco ornamentation shouldn’t be destroyed.

Also, I have long gone long out of my way to enjoy movies in historic theaters, but there aren’t enough people like me to keep enough of those historic theaters alive, much less return too many that failed three decades ago or even half a century ago (Holmes).

No offence is meant to a dream, but if economics could revive single screen theaters, they’d be popping all over the place.

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HowardBHaas commented about Eric's Place Theatre on Jul 30, 2006 at 5:12 pm

Here’s a link to original exterior in 1934, Lamb design:
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HowardBHaas commented about Eric's Place Theatre on Jul 30, 2006 at 11:28 am

Here’s a photo from 2004:
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And, a photo today:
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HowardBHaas commented about Arcadia Theatre on Jul 30, 2006 at 5:51 am

4-24-06 photo here:
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HowardBHaas commented about Sam's Place One and Two on Jul 30, 2006 at 5:28 am

photo I took yesterday here:
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HowardBHaas commented about Holme Theatre on Jul 19, 2006 at 4:43 pm

Did it look the 1928 Art Deco marquee at Boyd, or the later 1953 version that’s still mostly there? www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org and visit photo gallery’s Exterior gallery?

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HowardBHaas commented about Holme Theatre on Jul 19, 2006 at 4:29 am

I wish somebody would’ve photographed the original marqueee when briefly visible. Even before gutting, I knew that a movie theater closed in the 1950’s wasn’t going to reopen. Even if a wealthy person renovated the theater to being any kind of theater, Art Deco or not, it wouldn’t exist as a daily mainstream single screener.

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HowardBHaas commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 17, 2006 at 11:52 am

Sometimes there’s an employee to ask, but chains are stupid, and there may not be someone to ask or they may not say yes. Bring in your camera in your pocket or bag. Snap a few photos without trying to attract attention. Eventually, an employee says “no photos” so you put away your camera. No real harm to anybody. (Don’t snap at the screen while a movie is ongoing, as they don’t want tapes of movies being made- that’s bad for all of us).