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Wow! I love the photos of the old Crown. As I remember it from the early to mid 1950s it had a MAJOR marquis with a large globe and light strands around it. I was a little kid and I remember how the lights would melt the snow under the marquis! It all seemed amazing.
The Strand Theater was operating as a movie theater for at least part of the 1950s. I lived two blocks away from it and went to the Biltmore and the Strand Theaters depending on what was showing. The Biltmore was clearly the bigger and more decorated of the two but the Strand was also and option and was within walking distance.
One of my earliest memories of the movies was of going to the Biltmore on Saturday afternoon with my mother and brother. This was in 1951 or 1952 and there was a drugstore across the street (on the corner of Leavitt and Division) with great sundaes and sodas. A movie and a sundae! What great memories.