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Joe Vogel commented about El Capitan Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

What remains of the El Capitan Theatre and Hotel was designated a San Francisco city landmark in 1996, which was unfortunately long after the auditorium had been demolished. A PDF of the Planning Commission document with the history of the building can be downloaded with this link. The document says that while G. Albert Lansburgh did in fact act as consulting architect on the project, the architect of record was William H. Crim.

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Joe Vogel commented about Will Rogers Theater on Jan 18, 2016 at 12:24 am

Linkrot repair: The brief article about the Will Rogers Theatre in the October 17, 1936, issue of Boxoffice can now be found here.

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Joe Vogel commented about Flix Brewhouse on Jan 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

JKRP Architects (the new name of the former JKR Partners) have several photos of the Flix Brewhouse in Carmel on this page of their web site, though most of them are of the bar and brewery.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Moorestown Mall Stadium 12 & RPX Theatre on Jan 16, 2016 at 6:21 pm

The firm that designed the Regal Moorestown Mall Stadium 12, JKR Partners, have renamed themselves JKRP Architects. Their web site features three photos of this cinema on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Williamsburg Cinemas on Jan 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm

JKR Partners have renamed themselves JKRP Architects. The firm’s web site features two photos of the Williamsburg Cinemas on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ambler Theatre on Jan 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Linkrot repair: After changing their name again (it is now JKRP Architects) the firm that designed the renovations of the Ambler Theatre also reconfigured their web site. The photos of the Ambler are now on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

JKR Partners have changed their name to JKRP Architects. Their reconfigured web site now features four photos of the Regal Deer Park Stadium 16, which can be found on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Penn Cinema on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm

JKR Partners have changed their name to JKRP Architects. Their web site has been reconfigured, but two photos of the Penn Cinema remain, and can now be found on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Regal had this multiplex renovated after taking over. The project was designed by the Philadelphia architectural firm JKRP Architects (formerly JKR Partners) and there are four photos on this page of the firm’s web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Flix Brewhouse Des Moines on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm

JKR Partners have renamed themselves JKRP Architects. There are six photos of the Flix Brewhouse at Merle Hay Mall on this page of their web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

JKRP Architects is the new name of JKR Partners. Their web site has been reconfigured, and three photos of the Penn Cinema Riverfront are now on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Spotlight Theatres Front Street on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm

JKR Partners has changed names again, becoming JKRP Architects. The web site has been reconfigured and the photos of the Spotlight Theatres are now on this page.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cityplex 12 on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Linkrot repair: JKR Partners have renamed themselves JKRP Architects, and have reconfigured their web site. Four photos of the Cityplex remain on display at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dietrich Theater on Jan 16, 2016 at 4:50 pm

JKR Partners is now called JKRP Architects (the firm was founded in 1984 as J.K. Roller Architects.) While several cinema projects are featured on their redesigned web site, the Dietrich Theatre is unfortunately not among them.

The photo currently on display was uploaded by wsasser back in 2012, but he didn’t provide any annotation with it. As the newest movie on the marquee, The Mummy Returns, was released in 2001, I’d surmise that the photo was taken around the time the house reopened that year, and the people depicted were connected in some way with the event.

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Joe Vogel commented about Diamond Theatre on Jan 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Blaney’s New Orleans Lyric Theatre was mentioned in the February, 1909, issue of Pan-American Magazine. The house was one of several operated by the prolific author and producer of melodramas for both stage and screen, Charles E. Blaney.

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Joe Vogel commented about South Side Theatre on Jan 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

Ah, so it was that issue of the News that had the typo. No wonder I was unable to find other references to Hair’s theaters.

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Joe Vogel commented about Trianon Theater on Jan 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm

The October 31, 1912, issue of The Tradesman, a Chattanooga-based publication later to be renamed Southern Hardware, noted that a permit to construct a $10,000 movie theater in Birmingham had been issued to H. M. Newsome.

The opus list of Louisville organ makers Henry Pilcher’s Sons includes an entry for opus 778, a two manual, ten rank organ installed in a theater in Birmingham for H. M. Newsome, February, 1913. Probably the Trianon.

The installation was also mentioned in a classified ad for Pilcher’s Sons in the October 25 issue of Moving Picture World that year. The ad said that other recent installations included organs for the Hippodrome Theatre in Dallas, the Queen Theatre in Galveston, and the Vaudette Theatre in Atlanta.

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Joe Vogel commented about Pantages Theater on Jan 14, 2016 at 1:50 am

Linkrot repair: The October 22, 1955, Boxoffice article about the remodeling of the Roxy is now at these links:

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Jan 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

The town of Jewell spells its name with a double “l” at the end. In early publications it is sometimes referred to as Jewell Junction.

Here is evidence of an earlier theater in Jewell, which might or might not have become the Strand: the October 14, 1916, issue of Motography mentions the Isis Theatre, which had just been purchased by George Peterson, manager of the Grand Theatre at Story City. An item in the December 9 issue of the same publication said that Peterson had bought a lot where he intended to erect a new building for the Isis.

The Strand was almost certainly located on the two block stretch of Main Street between Carmichael Street and Edwards Street that contains virtually all of Jewell’s old business district. Of all the buildings on the street, the one that looks most like it might have been a theater at one time is the one at 712 Main, which houses the Axis Lanes bowling alley. This building housed a bowling alley by the 1960s, and though later long abandoned it was renovated and reopened a few years ago. The building looks to date from the 1910s, which is when the Strand would have been built if it was originally the Isis Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Belcourt Theatre on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

Linkrot re-re-repair: The July 8, 1963, Boxoffice page with photos of the recently remodeled Belcourt Theatre is now at this link on the magazine’s web site.

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Joe Vogel commented about Riviera Theatre on Jan 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

The furniture showroom is apparently gone. Here is the web site of the Area Stage Company, the live theater group founded in 1989 which moved into the Riviera Theatre in 2008. They still call the venue the Riviera Theatre and still use the theater’s original address.

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Joe Vogel commented about Horstman Theatre on Jan 10, 2016 at 3:16 am

I’m wondering if we have conflated two different theaters on this page. A 1955 photo of the Horstman Theatre appears on this web page and shows a building that is still standing, though missing its top floor, and it is next door to the address 105 W. Yoakum Avenue, which is occupied by a cafe called Sandy’s Toddle Inn. The Horstman Theatre’s address must have been 107 W. Yoakum.

The caption of the photo says that this house was called the Chaffee Pullman Theatre when it was bought by Charles Horstman in 1921. He renamed it the Horstman Theatre in 1931. These dates are also noted in the 2009 obituary of Bernice Montgomery, Charles Horstman’s daughter. The caption also says the Horstman Theatre operated into the early 1960s.

The description of the Empress Theatre I found and cited in my previous comment described a three-story building, and the Pullman/Horstman was in a two story building. We also got the address 105 Yoakum somewhere, although that isn’t the current address of the building the Horstman was in. I’m thinking it’s possible that the Empress/Paramount and Pullman/Horstman might have been two different theaters that were next door to each other, at 105 and 107 Yoakum.

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Joe Vogel commented about Missouri Theatre on Jan 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm

The site prefers the terms vertical or upright in the description when you submit a new theater, but I doubt if there is a moderator who is going to go through all the comments on the site and give demerits to anyone who has used the term blade in them.

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Joe Vogel commented about Hollywood Theatre on Jan 8, 2016 at 4:14 am

Architect Beelman spelled his first name in the English style, without an “e” on the end: Claud.

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Joe Vogel commented about Liberty Theater on Jan 8, 2016 at 3:13 am

kkdeda: Thanks for providing us with the correct spelling of the name McGhie. With that information I’ve been able to find quite a few references to the McGhie (or McGhie’s) Theatre, including one that reveals that it was designed by Carl Boller. As the project was designed in 1904, it was one of Boller’s earliest theater projects. This item is from the July 2 issue of The Columbus Weekly Advocate:

“Carl Boler [sic], the theater architect of St. Joseph, Mo., was here Monday with completed plans for McGhie’s new opera house, which were entirely acceptable to Mr. McGhie, and Mr. Boler will now go ahead with the specifications, so that contractors may bid on the work. Mr. McGhie has 125 seats for sale yet for the opening night, which must be sold to insure the immediate beginning of the work. A first-class opera house would be a good thing for the town and the town must in a small degree help Mr. McGhie to assure its success.”
The Weekly Advocate of December 1, 1904, reported that the formal opening of McGhie’s New Theatre had been a great success. It didn’t give the exact date of the late November event.