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I found a 1907 ad for the Theatorium that gives the 212 West Main Street address. I noticed in the ad that the hours of operation are 6:30 to 10:30 pm. I wonder if the early 1907 Theatorium was an airdome at a different location than the later Theatorium at 114 West Main.
Published on December 27, 1907.
A 1922 ad for Hartnitt’s clothing store gives a location of 112 West Main Street, next to the Theatorium Theater. In 1922, the Theatorium was most likely at 114 West Main Street. I haven’t found any mention of the 212 West Main Street address for the Theatorium.
The Majestic screened its last movie on January 30, 1917. I uploaded the article about the closing. It might be a little difficult to read.
Published on January 30, 1917.
I wonder if there were two different Theatorium theatres. A March 13, 1907 ad is telling people to watch for the opening date of the New Theatorium located in the Cruce Building on West Main Street. I haven’t found any newspaper with an opening ad, but on March 21, 1907 the New Theatorium is advertising moving pictures in the Daily Ardmoreite.
Your right on target as usual, Joe.
The earliest mention of the Majestic that I have found in the Daily Ardmoreite is July 31, 1906. As for a closing date, the Majestic was still advertising on January 23, 1917. There are non-theatre ads published on February 20, 1917 and February 25, 1917 in the Daily Ardmoreite that are of interest.
The February 20th ad is for the Charles Kerner meat market. The ad states that the meat market is located in the building formerly occupied by the Majestic Theatre. The February 25th ad is for a clothing store. That ad states that the new home of Lathrop and Emerson clothing is located in the building formerly occupied by the Majestic Theatre.
The Majestic operated from at least 1906 to late January-early February of 1917. That’s the best timeline that I can come up with right now.
Okay, I found an opening ad. The Princess Theatre opened on February 15, 1917 with Mary Pickford in “Less Than the Dust” and a vaudeville show.
Published in the Daily Ardmoreite on February 14, 1917.
The Princess was supposed to open on Christmas day of 1916 but a December 24, 1916 item in the Daily Ardmoreite states the following:
“Work on the new Princess Theatre is being rushed in the hope that the house will be ready for the opening during the first weeks in January”.
The Princess must have opened in early 1917. I uploaded a newspaper picture showing what the Princess would like like when completed.
Published on November 6, 1916.
The fire that destroyed the Strand Theatre occured on April 14, 1927.
The address was 540 Woodward Avenue.
The Strand was located on High Street near Fayette Street.
The Rialto Theatre in Petersburg, Virginia is listed in the 1929 Film Daily Yearbook with 450 seats.
Crescent Theater circa 1918. Photo courtesy of the Austin History Center.
The Palace Theater is listed in the 1932 Film Daily Yearbook as closed with 560 seats.
The address is 204 Main Street according to the Dixie Theatre website.
The Gem was located on Island Avenue.
The Suburban Theater opened on June 18, 1928. The Suburban Theater is listed in the 1929 Film Daily Yearbook with no seating given. Listed in the 1930 edition with 1,000 seats. The architects were Conrad & Cummings. Ad has been uploaded.
Published on June 18, 1928.
An Embassy Theatre is listed for Gardena in the 1942 Film Daily Yearbook with 550 seats. Listed in the 1945 edition as closed with no seating given.
According to this Facebook page, the Springs Theatre closed in October of 2013.
The Orpheum Theatre is listed in the 1941 Film Daily Yearbook as closed with 850 seats.