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Joe Vogel commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 16, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Here is a 1952 photo of Crossville’s Main Street with the Palace Theatre at left.

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Joe Vogel commented about Criterion Theater on Apr 16, 2015 at 9:31 pm

This item about the Criterion Theatre appeared in the July 18, 1927, issue of The Film Daily:

“Remodel Tonkawa House

“Tonkawa, Okla.— Work of remodeling the Criterion has been begun by J. M. Scwab, local contractor. The house, which was damaged by fire two months ago, has been bought by the Griffith Amusement Co., of Oklahoma City.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Community Drive-In on Apr 16, 2015 at 8:49 pm

According to the report on drive-in construction in 1952 that appeared on Boxoffice of January 10, 1953, the Community Drive-In at Mascot, Tennessee, had been opened by the Cherokee Amusement Company. Car capacity and date of opening were not given.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Here is a a 1952 photo of Rogersville’s Main Street with the Roxy Theatre in the foreground.

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Joe Vogel commented about Movies 2 on Apr 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

The Carmike Movies 2 in La Follette closed in February, 2015. A January 23 report from ABC television affiliate WATE said that Carmike’s lease on the theater would be up on February 19, and that the building would then be converted into a new home for The Harbor, a community church.

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Joe Vogel commented about Farmingdale Theater on Apr 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The address of the law firm that now occupies the former Farmingdale Theatre is 360 N. Main Street. 354 was the address of the earlier Strand Theatre next door.

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Joe Vogel commented about Prairie Theater on Apr 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Here is an item about the opening of the Prairie Theatre from the January 17, 1936, issue of The Film Daily:

“New Nebraska House Opens

“Ogallala, Neb. — The newest theater property in the state, the Prairie here, opened this week and represents the biggest building project of its kind in two years in this area. Owned by A. F. Kehr & Son, it cost $85,000 and seats 552. Kehr will operate the house. He still operates the Princess.”

A thumbnail biography of A. F. Kehr published in 1940 said that he entered the movie theater business in Ogallala in 1912. In 1940 he was still operating two theaters there. Presumably the second house was still the Princess, which dated back to at least as early as 1920.

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Joe Vogel commented about Farmingdale Theater on Apr 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Here is the brief notice of the opening of the Farmingdale Theatre that appeared in The Nassau Daily Review-Star of Friday, January 30, 1942:

“Theatre Opens Tonight

“The official opening of the new Farmingdale theatre, tonight at 8 o'clock, will feature the attendance of village and town officials who have accepted invitations to be present at the first performance. The theatre, of which Sidney Jacobsen will be managing director, has a seating capacity of 800. It adjoins the Farmingdale Strand, motion picture theatre owned and operated for many years by Mr. Jacobsen. The new theatre is one of the Prudential chain. Only one feature film has been planned for the opening night, in addition to the dedication program.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock on Apr 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Photos of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Lubbock can be seen on this page at the web site of the architects, 5G Studio Collaborative.

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Joe Vogel commented about Moviehouse & Eatery Austin on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

DVA Architects was taken over by the Dallas firm 5G Studio Collaborative in 2012. Photos of The Moviehouse and Eatery can now be seen on this page of 5G’s web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinergy Midland on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Dallas architectural firm 5G Studio Collaborative acquired Atlanta’s DVA Architects in 2012.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cinergy Copperas Cove on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Cinergy Copperas Cove was one of the multiplexes designed for Cinergy Cinemas by the Atlanta firm DVA Architects which, in 2012, was taken over by the Dallas firm 5G Studio Collaborative.

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Joe Vogel commented about Plaza Cinema Cafe on Apr 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

The Plaza Cinema Cafe was designed by the Atlanta architectural firm DVA Architects, which has since been taken over by the Dallas firm 5G Studio Collaborative. It is one of several cinema projects for which photos are available in the “Entertainment” section of 5G’s web site at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille on Apr 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm

DVA Architects, the Atlanta firm that designed the Cinergy Cinema, was taken over by Dallas-based 5G Studio Collaborative in 2012. Though DVA’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since then there are still a few photo albums associated with it, and this one has photos of the Cinergy Cinema in Corsicana.

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Joe Vogel commented about Des Plaines Theater on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

This article from the suburban Daily Herald, dated August 25, 2014, says that the Des Plaines Theatre was closed due to violations of the building code. The owner of the theater would like to reopen but is seeking funds from the city to make repairs. Two other potential operators are also interested in reopening the house, including the operator of the Arvada Theatre in St. Charles, but at the time of the article no deals had been made. I haven’t found any more recent articles.

(My apologies for the broken HTML in the version of this comment I posted yesterday, which turned the comment box into a link. I usually check after I’ve posted a comment, but that one I missed.)

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Joe Vogel commented about Majestic Theater on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

We do need a better picture. The Majestic was in the building to the left of the YMCA. The picture shows just a bit of the original marquee. The building was probably remodeled in later years.

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Joe Vogel commented about Kentucky Theatre on Apr 13, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Ken: Street view is facing the wrong side of the street. 224 is down the block to the west, in the four-story brick building with paintings of musicians covering the windows. The theater entrance was probably where the trombone player is. The storefront in the three-story building to the east of it has the number 222 on its door.

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Joe Vogel commented about Kentucky Theatre on Apr 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Though miamiguy says the Kentucky Theatre was demolished, from his description of what happened it sounds like it was only dismantled and converted to retail use. The building at 224 W. Main Street looks like it dates from the 1910s or 1920s. Unless the auditorium was behind the building, where there is now a huge parking garage, the building it occupied still exists.

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Joe Vogel commented about Center Theatre on Apr 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

A house called the Kozy Theatre opened in Ludington on July 1, 1914, according to Motography, but it was located on James Street:

“July 1 the Kozy, a new motion picture theater opened in the Zeif building on James street, Ludington. Rudolph Zeber and R. R. Cunningham being the proprietors of the new show house.”
I don’t know when the Kozy moved to its Ludington Avenue location, but it was probably long before the 1942 rebuilding. In addition to the changes noted in the article LouisRugani cited above, the June 4 issue of the paper said that the rebuilt house had a greater pitch to the floor to improve sight lines, and the seating capacity had been increased. The rebuilding had taken eight weeks. The house reopened as the Center Theatre on Saturday, June 6, 1942.

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Joe Vogel commented about Alhambra Theater on Apr 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

The Alhambra Theatre can be marked as demolished. A liquor store and its parking lot now occupy the site of this theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Apr 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

There was a Strand Theatre operating in Norfolk at least as early as 1916, when it was mentioned in The Moving Picture World in both January and February.

The only mention of the Victoria Theatre I’ve found in any theater publications of the period is in the 1912-1913 Cahn guide, which gave no details but said the house was showing vaudeville and pictures.

The June 10, 1911, issue of Engineering Record listed bids that had been received for the construction of the Victoria Theatre in Norfolk. The architect was C. K. Howell of Richmond.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cameo Art House Theatre on Apr 13, 2015 at 2:28 pm

There was an earlier movie house called the New Dixie Theatre across the street from this one. It was listed at 220 Hay Street in the 1909-1910 city directory, operated by S. A. Lambert, who must have been the Steve Lambert who operated the Dixie Theatre at 225 Hay Street until 1919.

According to DocSouth’s “Going to the Show” the theater at 225 Hay Street became the 300-seat Rose Theatre in 1919 and kept that name until 1926.

DocSouth also has a page for the Princess Theatre. Though no address is given for it, it appears in 1927, when it had 333 seats, and operated until at least 1930, when it seated 350. I think there’s a very good chance that Princess is another aka for the Dixie/Rose/Cameo.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Prior to an expansion in 1920, the Rivoli was called the Wilson Theatre. Here is an item about the project from the May 1, 1920, issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater (Wilson, int. alt. & side add.): $400,000. 1 sty. 85x145. 418 E. Balto st. Archt. E. G. Blanke, 213 Calvert st. Mech. engr. not selected. Owner Wilson Theater Co., H. W. Wonders, on prem. Plmg. let to Herr Bros., Lexington bldg. Elec. wiring let to Kingsbury S. Macmuiss Elec. Co., 213 N. Cal st. Not started.”
The Wilson Theatre was in operation prior to 1912, when the January issue of the trade union publication Typographical Journal ran this item:
“For two seasons the Wilson theater, on East Baltimore street, was on the unfair list of the federation of labor. This season the new management employs union performers, union stage employes and union orchestra, and deserves the patronage of all union laboring men and their families. This theater is one of the prettiest and coziest little theaters in Baltimore and the price of admission is always the same, and the courtesy shown the public is much better than at some of the other houses.”
The Wilson Theatre was mentioned quite a few times in The Moving Picture World around 1916, when its manager, Guy L. Wonders, was President of the Maryland Exhibitors League.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roxy Theater on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

The October 7, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item:

“New Theater Proposed.

“Baltimore. Md. — Plans were filed with building inspector J. J. Byrne, by Louis Helldorfer, on Friday, September 15th, for a moving picture theater to be located at 2239-43 East Fayette street. Mr. Helldorfer states that he expects the structure to cost in the neighborhood of $10,000 when it is completed.”

Plans being filed on September 15 means the small house could have been completed before the end of 1916, and was probably open by early 1917 at the latest.

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Joe Vogel commented about Farmington Music Theater on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

The new Masonic Lodge in Farmington was dedicated on October 9, 1901, according to the November 1 issue of Masonic publication The American Tyler. I haven’t found the Princess Theatre mentioned in early trade publications, but it was listed in the 1921 Cahn guide with 500 seats.

The February 19, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World mentions houses in Farmington called the Lyric and the Strand, both operated by Jesse Chance, Jr., and in 1913 there was a house called the Dreamland. Any of those might have been earlier names for the Princess.