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Broan commented about Patio Theatre on Nov 25, 2004 at 5:03 am

Bryan, i’m not sure if you noticed but the photos on the cinematour site are somewhat newer, it looks like the marquee’s been painted (rather less attractively). It’s a little too… ketchup and mustard for my taste. It looks from your picture that some paint was desperately needed at the time.

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Broan commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on Nov 20, 2004 at 7:01 pm

Hm… from a business standpoint, which movie theater in an ethnically diverse area will do better? One that shows movies catering to the two largest groups, or one? Which group is larger, the xenophobes who are afraid of words they don’t understand, or the minority with no alternative venue. Gee… this is a tricky one.

And isn’t it simply appalling how opera houses are now projecting subtitles for their operas? If you want to understand opera, you should learn the language!

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Broan commented about Grand Lake Theatre on Nov 20, 2004 at 4:14 pm

View link Here’s a shot of the marquee with one of the political messages

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Broan commented about Publick Playhouse on Nov 17, 2004 at 6:11 pm

A vintage photo of the cheverly is available on Library Congress, as “Griffith Consumers Co. Exterior of Cheverly Theater."
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Broan commented about Gorilla Tango Skokie Theatre on Nov 14, 2004 at 6:02 pm

Here is a picture of the Skokie in its (mostly) current form, from 1963

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Broan commented about Riviera Theatre on Nov 13, 2004 at 6:21 pm

The Riviera is located at an odd intersection, three streets intersect at one place, Broadway, Racine, and Lawrence- you can see this in the mapquest link. Commercial traffic is primarily on Broadway and Lawrence- Racine is just a splinter following the path of Broadway, were it to continue straight instead of detouring into a diagonal. There’s not really any traffic on the Racine side (residential), and from any apporach you can see one of the sides of the attraction board, which is presumably why they didn’t bother adding a third one. Kinda unpleasantly asymmetrical though. I think they might’ve done some work on the marquee recently, it’s almost fully lit and looks like it’s in really nice shape. Unfortunately, I was incorrect earlier; there hasn’t been any further interior restoration. It’s still in the terribly ugly scheme of purple, black, gild, and green, with some parts still in a 60s beige and marbleized yellow, and still other parts in different colors. And the murals are barely legible from the years of smoke and dirt… the place is really begging for some TLC. But at least it’s standing and restorable. I hope the city comes through and buys it or the uptown. Anyone know what the proscenium was like? It has a lot of openings and looks like neon (?!) covering some of it… were the organ chambers in the proscenium? Also interesting to note is the prescence of a number of parts from the demolished Granada- there are a number of seats in the upper balcony, and I believe the chandeliers in the auditorium and lobby.

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Broan commented about Regency Theatre on Nov 10, 2004 at 1:22 am

This was also in a number of Seinfeld episodes- Jerry making out at Schindler’s List, where Elaine bought candy after her boyfriend was in a car accident, and where they planned to see ‘Firestorm’

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Broan commented about Rave Motion Pictures 18 on Nov 9, 2004 at 11:08 pm

Nice attitude there. You know very well that this site isn’t about publicity. There are theaters of all shapes and sizes on this site. Don’t forget that these ‘crapholes’ are still very closely related to the first nickelodeons. And they’re important too because this is where most people choose to be entertained now, and they show us what we’ve lost. So before you go around being our censor, try getting off your high horse.

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Broan commented about Regal Theater on Nov 9, 2004 at 2:55 am

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“Return of the diva. Photo by Mel Larson, February 19, 1960.
Josephine Baker makes up backstage for an appearance at South Side’s Regal Theater.”

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Broan commented about Astor Theatre on Nov 9, 2004 at 2:41 am

Here is a March 15, 1950 closeup of the Marquee, from the Sun-Times archive. View link

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Broan commented about Yeadon Theatre on Nov 5, 2004 at 8:13 pm

Oh, that’s too bad. The photos look like the place had some real potential, and some very interesting deco/streamline features. I especially LOVE the photos of the curtain being torn away, revealing the colorful deco work- I wonder what else those ugly crtains hid? Silly sixties ‘modernizations’. It sounds to me like if the back wall hadn’t been comprimised, the preservation might have succeeded- is that right?

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Broan commented about AMC River East 21 on Nov 5, 2004 at 2:36 am

There’s over 100 theaters on this site with more than 12 screens…
That said, it’s probably one of the better modern multiplexes, and one of the only ones I don’t dislike patronizing. Also, it shows a good amount of premieres, and it’s a venue for the Chicago Film Festival. I’d say it’s pretty significant.

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Broan commented about Tomahawk Cinema on Oct 31, 2004 at 5:39 pm

Where is this ebay listing? I can’t find it.

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Broan commented about Tomahawk Cinema on Oct 31, 2004 at 5:35 pm

I don’t have any interior photos of the theatre, because the roll of film was damaged. I do have a number of exterior shots though. The interior is pretty plain.

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Broan commented about Hinsdale Theater on Oct 30, 2004 at 3:30 pm

Here’s a link with photos of the theatre. View link

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Broan commented about Academy Theatre on Oct 29, 2004 at 4:59 am

I guess the idea of cleaning up the street for the show really didn’t work out so well.

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Broan commented about Woods Theater on Oct 22, 2004 at 12:56 am

Here is a view down Dearborn towards Randolph with the Woods visible (as well as the Daley Center, entrance to the Dearborn Subway, and Marina Towers… phew! That’s a lot of Chicago in one photo!
And this is that same view now.

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Broan commented about Esquire Theatre on Oct 21, 2004 at 2:10 am

Here are a couple closeup shots from Chicago Uncommon:
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Broan commented about Burnham Plaza Cinemas on Oct 13, 2004 at 11:45 pm

I believe this is a 5-screen, not 6.

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Broan commented about Park Theatre on Oct 8, 2004 at 2:20 am

View link Here is a picture with a portion of the Peerless from December, 2002. I would take this to indicate that it does in fact still exist, although I cannot personally attest to it.

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Broan commented about Vic Theatre on Oct 2, 2004 at 6:30 pm

Actually, the ‘marquee’ you note is a replacement-in the first shot you see the words -Victoria-Theatre- with boards underneath; persumably, this was used billboard-style, and when this had deteriorated enough it was replaced with a smaller, modern billboard and electronic sign, which isn’t really used anymore. The lighter colored brick is where the old billboard was; i’m not really sure why it’s a different color.

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Broan commented about Classic Films Joining Bollywood Features At Des Plaines Theatre on Oct 1, 2004 at 12:07 pm

That’s odd, the rest of my comment disappeared. The photo is from earlier this year; also, the theater’s entry isn’t entirely correct; the only art deco touches in the theater are the marquee and arguably the lobby; the exterior is best described as Spanish Baroque and the house Atmospheric.

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Broan commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 30, 2004 at 3:46 am

A nice article on the Marquee re-creation, with pictures, can be seen here: View link

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Broan commented about Oakley Theatre on Sep 30, 2004 at 3:01 am

If the above story is accurate, status should be changed to closed/demolished.