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HowardBHaas commented about State Theatre on Jul 3, 2007 at 6:00 pm

click the link for a nice photo.
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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore plans to glam up a theater in Traverse City, Mich.
“We’re going to restore this magnificent building to its old glory,” Moore told a crowd on May 30, according to the Associated Press.

The Flint-born director’s film festival, which he launched two years ago, acquired the State Theatre on May 26. It plans to turn the building, which opened in 1949 and showed its last film in 1996, into a state-of-the-art movie house with one of the largest screens in the country.

“As a kid, I grew up going to the theater until it was closed,” says John Robert Williams, film festival board member. “It’s a slice in time from my youth. We don’t want to change it. It’s in phenomenal shape.”

The film festival leased the State Theater last year from Rotary Charities of Traverse City, which acquired the building in 2006. It has essentially donated the building to the film festival.

“We started asking Rotary Charities if we could borrow or rent the State Theatre because it was a crime to be showing movies in Traverse City and not do it in the State Theatre,” Williams says. “[Previous owners] were going to rip it up and turn it into a performing arts center. It was a plan to fail.”

The roof needs repairs, and the festival plans to install a sprinkler system later this year. In the meantime, it has been spiffing up the theater, installing a custom-made screen that measures 46 feet wide.

Mike [Moore] has had lunch with George Lucas, and George is going to be supplying, free of charge, a THX sound system and a standard Dolby sound system,“ Williams says. "We’ve got all the connections. It’s going to be the place to see a movie.”

The Traverse City Film Festival runs from July 31 to Aug. 5.

HowardBHaas commented about Warner Theatre on Jul 2, 2007 at 8:28 am

I’ve heard from a West Chester resident that “The art deco auditorium had seen better days by the 80’s, but you could still see the grandeur, and the size of the place itself was amazing.” The fellow says the auditorium was torn down and made it into a parking lot, and that the lobby was renovated into offices, which is where the Philadelphia Inquirer has their Chester County office today. He further tells me that “The only interior architectural detail that survived is the railing on the stairs, which were originally the balcony stairs.”

HowardBHaas commented about New Metro Twin on Jun 29, 2007 at 6:22 am

If as I think, the exterior is legally protected, then I would hope, and think, that the large circle on the exterior with sculptural reliefs of figures, would be protected.

HowardBHaas commented about Everyman York on Jun 28, 2007 at 11:05 am

If those photos can be scanned, and placed on flickr or another website & linked here, many of us would enjoy looking at them. I’d rather look at the pretty theater than the projection room, but I’m sure many here would be pleased to look at the photos of the projection room, too!

HowardBHaas commented about Logan Theatre on Jun 27, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Never mind. I found it in Monday’s Daily News at Dan Gross' column-
Logan Theater to live again

Entertainment promoter Jimmy “Hollywood” Brooks and Dr. Owen Williams are fixing up the old Logan Theater (4732 N. Broad) and hope to reopen it as a live-music venue called Claretildaville as early as November, Brooks says. The property, which was built in 1924, later became a church. Brooks and Williams acquired the spot two years ago and have purchased the old curtains from the Copa Room at the recently shuttered Sands in Atlantic City. The venue is named after Williams' late wife, Claretilda.

HowardBHaas commented about Logan Theatre on Jun 27, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Could you please advise when & where this article? Today’s Daily News? I can’t find it online. Does it say who is going to operate it> Thank you.

HowardBHaas commented about Million Dollar Theatre on Jun 26, 2007 at 6:35 am

Just so visitors to this site know, the Bradbury, though not a theater, is a wonderful historic building that can be visited:
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HowardBHaas commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 25, 2007 at 7:13 pm

the Ziegfeld is closed for a couple weeks, so it will lose less money. There’s isn’t any chance at all that the Loew’s King, built with more than 3000 seats, as a single auditorium, is going to again show new movies. That’s like all the suggestions that the Embassy 2-3-4 aka Mayfair would again do so. The Mayfair is being gutted to its bare walls now. Focus on the Loews Kings showcasing live shows….or see it gone.

HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 25, 2007 at 2:34 pm

I agree totally that on website, AFI should identify which film is in the historic auditorium!!

As to the Avalon, under various management over the years, that theater has always specified Avalon 1 (the beautiful huge downstairs auditorium) or Avalon 2 (upstairs). I'v seen a movie upstairs since the nonprofit community tookover, and it isn’t inappropriate for an arthouse film. It isn’t a huge auditorium or screen, but it has been refurbished as comfortable as possible. I’d rather see a movie upstairs any day than in NYC’s Lincoln Plaza.

HowardBHaas commented about Happy 25th, 'Blade Runner'! on Jun 25, 2007 at 8:58 am

I wasn’t impressed with it on TV. Blade Runner was very impressive in 1998 on the huge screen at the Uptown in Washington D.C. albeit in 35 mm because it was part of Warner Brothers 75th Anniv & none of those films arrived in 70 mm. At least some of your listings above indicate that the movie in 1982 didn’t get the largest widest screens that it does deserve.

I’d hope, even if limited release, a re-release in 70 mm could be possible, including at the D.C. Uptown.

HowardBHaas commented about Stanley Theatre on Jun 24, 2007 at 1:59 pm

This afternoon, I photographed the Murano residential tower that is being built on what I think is the site of the Erlanger. The Erlanger closed in the 1970’s and was demolished in that decade.

HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Jun 24, 2007 at 8:25 am

Here are my photos at the Paris of a few of the movies shown in the last few years:

2005 Happily Ever After, View link

The White Countess, View link
Copying Beethoven, View link

The Namesake, View link
Paris, Je T'aime, View link
La Vie En Rose, View link

HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Jun 24, 2007 at 7:20 am

Having been well reviewed by the critics, La Vie en Rose seems to be doing well at the Paris. Yesterday, the orchestra was crowded during the afternoon.

The lobby display, in the niche to the right, no longer changes with the movie. I think it was sometime earlier this year, perhaps in February when Breaking and Entering was shown, that the display became a wonderful montage of Paris monuments and actors.

I’d like to see a photo of the former, huge basement lounge.

HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 22, 2007 at 12:49 pm

I meant

HowardBHaas commented about Paramount Center on Jun 22, 2007 at 12:40 pm

the above article specifies:
As the 20th-century Paramount is painstakingly restored â€" from the ornate vents in the sealing to the murals on the walls and the Art Deco seats

HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

It is a shame that decoration is being gutted! There are a few photos of the interior after triplexed at under Mayfair. Don’t other people have additional interior photos other than the few linked above??

As to people who were thinking this theater could be a daily single screen movie theater again, that’s not real world in the age where there’s no more downtown exclusive! Thankfully, one movie premiere is taking place tonight at Radio City and the Ziegfeld continues (for the time being). People can hope that in the future maybe the Hollywood Theatre (by Lamb) will be available for film premieres/film classics/film festivals. With it rotunda lobby and gorgeous auditorium, built as a movie palace, it would be wonderful to see a film there (though the primary use could be legit theater if it is ever acquired from the church).

HowardBHaas commented about Last call at the Varsity on Jun 20, 2007 at 9:45 am

Nice photos, thanks for sharing your photos of this Art Deco gem. It is a shame that it closed.

HowardBHaas commented about Reopening for Odeon Cinema on Jun 19, 2007 at 7:24 am

Of course you did. That’s the same story worldwide. A quick google search doesn’t reveal other York cinemas listed at If you know any details (names, style, year built, year closed, what they are now) about them, feel free to list them, even if only here in reply. Movie theater fans visiting York may want to glance at a building and realize what it was.

I look forward to hearing in the future about the renovation of the Odeon York! if possible, you might to telephone the new company, or the town authorities, to inquire about the mural. Even if they know about it, lobbying by individual citizens could result in it being un-hidden.

HowardBHaas commented about Reopening for Odeon Cinema on Jun 18, 2007 at 5:13 pm

hah? so if I inform you that the Boyd Theatre is downtown Philadelphia’s last surviving pre-war movie palace, then you’d conclude the others were bombed by the Germans during World War II rather than lost due to TV, suburbs, multiplexes, etc?

HowardBHaas commented about Varsity Theater to close on Jun 18, 2007 at 10:24 am

How sad! Let’s hope any new owners does indeed incorporate the facade with the wonderful looking marquee, and the gorgeous Art Deco/Art Moderne light fixtures, too, in a new building if this theater is demolished.

HowardBHaas commented about Everyman York on Jun 18, 2007 at 10:22 am

I have once visited York and seen the exterior of this theater, but wasn’t inside.
Where is the hidden mural?
If the balcony auditorium is going to be triplexed, will 3 not very large screens be up there instead of the large screen seen in the photos?
Who will attend the reopened theater if there’s movie theaters for mainstream films, and art films, nearby? Are those theaters convenient, comfortable, and up to date?
Of course, that this theater isn’t to be demolished (which seems the fate of the Manchester one) is great

HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 14, 2007 at 2:14 pm

sounds like they could be gutting it.

HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Manchester on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:30 am

Are there interior photos (before the trashing)? I’d especially like to see the crush bar mentioned above with 1930’s feel, but eager to see the rest.

HowardBHaas commented about Grand Theater on Jun 3, 2007 at 8:58 am

Anthony DiFlorio III (who supplied the above photos!) received the below email, and has told me I can post it here:

What a memory! But you must know the Grand is/was at Seventh and Snyder Avenue not Sixth Street. It once was a Baptist Church but as the neighborhood changed before WWI it became a hall and eventually a movie house. It was three-four blocks from where I lived, near Ninth and Wolf Streets. I seldom went to the Grand for one good reason. The fare was nineteen cents because it was air-conditioned! It was tough enough for me to get eleven cents for the Colonial movie house, nineteen cents was beyond my reach. But just to experience the air-conditioning, I very slowly accumulated nineteen pennies and entered the frigid world and saw Spencer Tracy and Bartholmew -what ever the rest of his name- was in some fishing drama. How I accumulated nineteen pennies is another story. Thanks for the memory.
Umberto LaPaglia