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The marquee is gone…..
Never knew this theatre existed but of course is way before my time. The address of the theatre listed and the picture do not match as the address would be actually about 1-2 blocks east of the picture. The building pictured used to be a drug store for many years and was a drug store in the 40s when my mom attended high school, which is located a block to the west.
I believe it is the correct building. One correction. The theatre did not close in 1952. A better estimate would be 1962. Definitely 1960s.
The stairs on the left of the current picture lead to the third floor which was the dancing school. The door adjacent to that door was a jewelry store. The far right side of the picture, next to the current parking garage (which wasn’t there while the theatre was in operation) was the location of the boxoffice. To the left of the boxoffice was the location of the entrance to the theatres.
The Lee Theatre was located to the west of the Mister Donut (toward the top of the picture). After it burned down, it was demolished and was located where the empty space/parking lot is now located.
I live in the Southwest but drove by this theatre last week. What a GORGEOUS theatre with an amazing location on the most traveled street in Rockford. The DETAIL on the exterior is mindblowing. Someone HAS to restore this one. Just a paint job on the exterior will look amazing.
Looking at the street scene today it appears that the Colbert was torn down. There are cars parked where it previously stood. How sad.
I assume this is NOT the downtown made famous by Petula Clark.
Great blog! Thank you very much for responding. Would love an update on the theatre. Is it still empty? for sale? Current picture would be great!
Awesome Rivest! Thanks!
Thanks for the update, Shoals!
Where to begin. There is so much confusion with four cities that are all referred to as part of the Muscle Shoals AREA. There are four separate cities. Florence. Sheffield. Tuscumbia. Muscle Shoals. The Martin Theatre information in this listing is correct. Rivest’s post with the ad is corrent. The above address is wrong. The picture above is a GREAT picture of the intersection of Avalon and Woodward in Muscle Shoals, which is where the Cinema I and II were located. The Martin Theatre, however was located in the city of FLORENCE. It was located at 7 points in the shopping center that also was home to the W.T. Grant Store. The Martin was located about two blocks north of the Norwood Theatre which had burned down two years earlier.
You are right, Darebear. It was always a first run theatre. The dollars movies were on the NE corner of 43rd Avenue and Bell which would put it in Phoenix. It was demolished and there is now a strip center there.
In the late 60s early 70s, the movies changed twice a week. The theatre was the only theatre within walking distance from the University of North Alabama after the Norwood closed permanently due to a major fire. Admission was $1 for college students
More accurate address is 117 SOUTH Main Street. It is still standing, has a modern facelift AND has a FOR SALE sign in the window. Man, would I LOVE to get inside and see what is left of the old theatre! Current picture above is not the correct building but hopefully, someone will read this and let me put in the correct building.
This theatre was still operating into the 80s and as mentioned was on the opposite side of Camelback from Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Camelview 5 is on the same side of Camelback as the mall, which is the north side.
It appears Dwight Harkins numbered his theatres as he opened them in their Grand Opening ads. #1 was Tower Plaza, #2 was Los Arcos #3 Shea #5 Glenfair. So far #4 is a mystery theatre. Even though the Shea is #3, it opened as a twin theatre.
The theatre was located on West Jefferson Street adjacent to Inwood Park and was the first indoor mall in Joliet. It was a one level mall. Anchors of the mall were Montgomery Ward and Weibolts. The mall had a very short life. Weibolts became Menard’s when the entire chain went out of business. After the mall failed the entire mall, except for Menard’s was demolished. Menard’s is still in business at the mall’s location.
I worked in this shopping center when this theatre opened and got an invite to the grand opening. Little did I know this was a social event in town with everyone decked out in their Sunday best and even some formalwear. Grand opening feature was The Dirty Dozen. The shopping center was anchored by a Goldblatts (which later turned into a Venture) and a Boston Store (which later turned into a Service Merchandise). The center also had a Walgreen’s and a Jewel Food Store and was quite the draw on the west side of town. The first major center outside of downtown. As mentioned above the former theatre still stands and is shared by two businesses.
One movie sticks out in my mind that I saw at the Lee. A Summer Place.
The Princess never quite got the best movies. The top movies went to the Rialto or the Mode and the Princess showed first run B movies. If there was a horror movie released, you can bet it was showing at the Princess. No balcony. Just a good sized single screen theatre.
The last movie I saw at the Bethany was one of the Witch Mountain movies in late 1981 or early 1982. Nice single screen theatre. As mentioned above it sat empty for quite a few years and then was demolished for a strip mall with Big Lots.
Interesting ad! Thanks for finding it! I remember seeing tons of movies here. John Hughes movies and the crazy Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive.
The theatre was located on the NE corner of Shea and 32nd Street in a strip shopping center with a grocery store and a few other businesses. It faced 32nd Street.
What a gorgeous theatre! The blue trim really makes the details of the building pop. Hope they manage to locate windows on the side or something to keep the facade intact if they convert the building into apartments.