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BulldogSteve
BulldogSteve commented about Logan Theater on Oct 5, 2012 at 5:12 am

The address of the Logan Theater as given at the top of the page is not correct. Placing old locations in Altoona can be confusing in that the Juniata section of the city was once its own borough and had its own numbered streets — using many of the same numbers as those in Altoona. Juniata was annexed to Altoona in the 1910s or so, but kept the same street numbers. Consequently, 1116 11th Avenue was a correct address for two completely different locations. (The “North” was added to Juniata numbered streets in the 1990s.) In this case, the Logan was at 1116 11th Avenue.

A photo of the Logan Theater (also showing its neighbor, the Olympic Theater) can be found at http://goo.gl/aAz1J

Except for the Playhouse, all of the downtown Altoona movie theaters were gone by 1980, demolished in urban renewal projects.

BulldogSteve
BulldogSteve commented about Olympic Theater on Oct 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

A 1950s photo showing the Olympic Theater, along with the nearby Logan Theater, can be found at http://goo.gl/aAz1J

Also, the Olympic Theater was not in the Juniata section of the city, but simply at 1104 11th Avenue (in zip code 16601, if it were still standing).

BulldogSteve
BulldogSteve commented about Demolition of Rivoli Theater on Oct 5, 2012 at 4:49 am

Photo at http://goo.gl/AzLYe

(I was unable to insert the link correctly in comments before uploading, and I want to give proper credit for the photo.)

BulldogSteve
BulldogSteve commented about Rivoli Theater on Oct 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

Joe Vogel is correct in the previous comment. Altoona First Savings Bank is where the Rivoli Theatre was, at 203 N. Logan Boulevard. I have uploaded a photo of the demolition.

The Picasa sets posted by Dave Seidel, of which this photo is part, have a lot of old photos of Altoona, especially of the downtown area, including its theaters. The short URL for the photo is http://goo.gl/AzLYe (I mention this as I could not get the full link to appear here before I uploaded the photo, and I want to give proper credit.)