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spectrum commented about Grand Theatre on Oct 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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 Oct 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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 Oct 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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 8:16 am

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 7:30 am

…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 7:28 am

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 8:23 am

The address is 225 Water Street.

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spectrum commented about Strand Cinema on Oct 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

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 8:11 am

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 2:58 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 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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

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spectrum commented about Howard Theatre on Oct 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

As of October 2010, the building is still there, with the gate closed, vacant.

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spectrum commented about Patterson Performing Arts Center on Oct 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

Another article. The renovation was completed in 2003 and Creative Alliance has been hosting events there ever since. Here’s an article about the renovation.

http://www.armarani.com/proj_pattersontheatre.html

Their official websaite is:

http://www.creativealliance.org/

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spectrum commented about Waverly Theatre on Oct 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

Google Maps 2010 shows the Payless Shoe Store is still there. Given the size of the lobby portion of the building, I would not be surprised if the store is just in the lobby portion with the auditorium vacant, possibly being used for storage, but I can’t be sure. The store looks very well maintained.

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spectrum commented about Uptown Theatre on Oct 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

From the 2010 google photos it looks like the building is again vacant. No church sigms in front, although the building is in good shape.

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spectrum commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Sep 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Some articles about the upcoming restoration by ACE Theatrical Group:

http://nyrej.com/38524

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Ace Theatrical Group’s website: www.acetheatricalgroup.com (just a stub at present)

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Older article:

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spectrum commented about Can you ID this theater? on Sep 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

This is definitely the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, with the picture reversed.

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spectrum commented about Dock Street Theatre on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm

The Theatre reopened on March 10, 2010 and is currently a performing arts venue with a busy schedule. The first theatre on this site opened in 1736(!) The current building was built as the Planter’s Hotel in 1809, and rescured and converted into the Historic Dock Theatre in 1937. After renovations, it reopened in 1910. From the seating chart it appears to seat between 350 and 400.

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spectrum commented about Campus Theatre on Aug 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Looks like Teatro ChuperAmigos is doing quite well!

The front facade is quite different from the historical photos because it looks like most of the original lobby was demolished at sometime, replaced with a recessed front and a nice courtyard in front.

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spectrum commented about Strand Theatre on Aug 6, 2010 at 9:20 am

I checked the google maps. The lobby portion is intact, now retail and restaurants, but the auditorium has been demolished and is now a parking lot.

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spectrum commented about Auburn Theater on Aug 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

Checked out Google. I don’t see anything that looks like a former theatre. There’s a large brick building that looks like a former fire station, and a couple small commercial buildings. Across the street is a parking lot.