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spectrum commented about Black Curtain Dinner Theater on Nov 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

From, the Google Street View, the building is still there, the exterior looks nicely renovated and it is being used for something but I can’t tell what. From the decor, it may be offices.

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spectrum commented about Fountain Square Theatre on Nov 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Contrary to what was said above – it looks like the auditorium was not gutted in the 1950s. The current banquet hall shows a nicely renovated atmospheric auditorium with balcony and priscenium arch. Still have clouds painted on the ceiling. Their history article makes no mention about conversion to a Woolworth’s – they merely mention it going into decline in the 1960s. They renovated it into a banquet hall starting in 1993.

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spectrum commented about Capitol Theater on Nov 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

From Google Views it looks like this theatre was demolished long ago. It was just a block away from the Indiana Theatre.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theater on Nov 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

The Google maps photo shows an empty lot. Status should be changed to “demolished”.

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spectrum commented about Central Park Theatre on Nov 13, 2010 at 6:08 am

This is now the church for the House of Prayer, Church of God in Christ.

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spectrum commented about Grove Theatre on Nov 13, 2010 at 6:06 am

This is now the Israel Methodist Community Church.

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spectrum commented about Highland Theater on Nov 13, 2010 at 6:04 am

This is currently the Ambassadors for Christ Church. They have done a beautiful restoration of the building both inside and outside. All the original features retained!

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spectrum commented about Virginia Theatre on Nov 13, 2010 at 5:10 am

Now the message says that both the web page and the theatre itself are under renovation. The webpage has a link to the Chicago park’s District calendar which indicates the next event at the Virginia will be at the end of December 2010, so it looks like this renovation will be a fairly quick one.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 13, 2010 at 4:45 am

Detailed restoration plans for the theatre have been released; the restoration will include a complete restoration of the WurliTzer and replication of the original console. http://www.cr-atos.org

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spectrum commented about Looking for a theater that is long gone....... on Nov 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm

The closest cinema to the Delman and Almeda is the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Natural history but that’s probably not it. Somewhat to the north and east are the Park (Delman Street), the Sunset at 1711 McGowan, the Dowling on Bowling Street and the French Quarter (although I can’t get any info on that one)

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spectrum commented about Grand Theatre on Nov 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

New official website is: http://grandtheatredouglas.org/site/

Quite a bit of progress – they’ve virtually completed restoration phases I through III, and have completed some parts of Phases 4 and 5. Quite a job too. Some of the pre-restoration photos show the auditorium with the roof, ceiling and part of the auditorium wallks completely gone – looks like a two-level outdoor theatre! But a lot hsa been done since then and their plan calls for complete restoration/recreation of the archictural details.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 1, 2010 at 1:14 am

From the photos above, it looks like there was a fire at the Paramount in 1980, and the current Google photo shows that the auditorium has been razed, wiuth the lobby portion remaining (with marquee) as a retail store.

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spectrum commented about Rex Theater on Nov 1, 2010 at 1:03 am

From the google photos and the postcard it looks as if the Rex has been demolished. Replaced by a small single story retail building.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Oct 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Interesting trying to find the theatre on the Google aerial photos. Their website says they’re located at the intersection of Smythe & Seymour, but the address Cinematreasures has is 884 Granville, two blocks over!

Well, the original entrance is at 884 Granville, and that takes one through a VERY long lobby, all the way to the other side of the block and over a service street, into the main building on the next block. Patrons then enter the main lobby and turn left into the auditorium. If they turn right, they go out to Smythe Street through a new entrance added onto the side of the lobby.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Oct 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

…And a great panorama of the auditorium at the official website top page:

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Oct 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Here are some more auditorium, also from Susan Griffin’s Flickr Photostream:

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…and the lobby

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spectrum commented about Skowhegan Opera House on Oct 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

The address is 225 Water Street.

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spectrum commented about Strand Cinema on Oct 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

The official website (http://www.narrowgaugecinema.net/strand.htm)has a nice photo gallery with interior photos.

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spectrum commented about Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Centre on Oct 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm

The Capitol Theatre now has its own page at /theaters/33971

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spectrum commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

According to the official website (october 2010), the main auditorium currently seats 1,683, while the new auditoria in the alley space all seat either 50 or 60.

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spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 13, 2010 at 2:51 am

One unique thing about the Loew’s Jersey is it is by far the largest remaining Movie Palace with ALL of the following:

Regular showings of silent films…
With live theatre organ accompaniment
with original organ (actully a twin of the original)

Other unique features:

Most of the original plaster walls and decor have never been repainted
Many of the original draperies remain

It is also by far the largest entirely volunteer-run theatre in the country

The best place for people who love both silent films and the theatre organ. You get both here.

I am looking forward for the fire escapes to be repaired at which point the balcony can be reopened. The web page indicated some time ago they were beginning to reinstall the refurbished balcony seats. Once regular concerts can be held and sold to the full 3,000+ capacity that will bring in revenue to speed up restoration. Ir has really come a long way over the past few years; the “zorro” presentation was excellent (Yay to Chris Elliott, the Organist), and their was a very large crowd for the show.

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spectrum commented about Wollaston Theatre on Oct 13, 2010 at 2:02 am

The website is back up. Latest news is the theatre has been acquired and protected, but it looks like latest updates are from 2009.

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spectrum commented about LaGrange Theatre on Oct 13, 2010 at 1:52 am

According to their website, the $2,000,000 has been completed – new decor, sound system, seating, restored ceiling mural, new concession stand.

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spectrum commented about Majestic Theatre on Oct 13, 2010 at 1:40 am

Very strange. I checked the Google Maps aerial photo of the Majestic. The roof looks intact over the entire building. There is what looks like a large skylight over the stage, and what might be a small hole above the projection booth area.

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spectrum commented about Congress Theater on Oct 13, 2010 at 1:06 am

From those recent photos it looks like the shelf balcony has been removed.