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Added current pic of theater in color. The Renaissance Theater groups is using the theater as their new home. Not sure what the condition of the theater is on the inside or if they are holding performances there.
Added pictures of the Peoria Theatre immediately after the fire, and after the remodel and reopening. The building is now open as the Lucidi Distilling Company. The complete remodel pays homage to the building’s history as Fire Station #1.
Added picture from inside the mall from 1990 showing the six movies playing there.
Added picture of the Tivoli close to the end. Saw some amazing films there.
Added picture showing the end of the Lincoln Theatre. It was the nail in the coffin of a vibrant downtown Chicago Heights.
Added 3 pictures I took on 10/22/13. Absolutely breath-taking theatre. It is stop your car in the middle of the street amazing.
The theatre that refused to die. After the fire of 1966, the theatre opened much sooner than 1983. It was open all during the 70s as seen by the Moonraker film marquee. I saw quite a few films there including Grease in 1978. Three of the pics were taken by me in the Fall of 2015 and the theatre is still standing. The hotel that was mentioned has been vacant for decades so it does not need any parking. Good thing. The theater although gutted still remains.
Added picture of Orpheum Theater. Finally!
If I remember correctly, didn’t the Dolton have a middle aisle in the middle of the theatre so patrons could cross over to the other aisles?
2-3 miles. Dixie Square Mall was on Dixie Highway
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.