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It probably opened in 1929 (it was definitely open in April of that year) in the French style and seated 1,000. The architect was M.J. De Angelis.
The Riviera theatre (later the Paramount)was built in 1927 on land that formerly accommodated the buildings of the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Union Mill Company. It was an A.H.Blank – Publix house and Theodore Stark and Co of Cedar Rapids had charge of the construction, while C.M. Fox, art representative of Balaban & Katz of Chicago had charge of furnishings.
Had a complete remodel in 1928 in the Colonial Spanish style at a cost of $100,000. Was then owned and operated by the Theatre Operating Company of Billings, Max Fregger & Eugene O'Keefe. Seating capacity was nearly 1,500 persons.
Opened as the Egyptian on July 1, 1926.
The Crescent opened on Wednesday February 4th, 1914 at 9.30am, and for the next 5 hours the people of Austin were allowed to wander round and explore the new theatre, including projecting rooms etc, free of charge. Up to 3,000 people took advantage of the opportunity before the first film showing at 2.30pm. The manager, W.T.MacCormack was on hand with his staff to explain the workings of the machinery to the curious and afterwards said “The affair was a success in every way”.
It was owned and operated by Maurice Baum from 1928, and seated less than one thousand when it opened that year.
Thanks for the info Ed, have removed the comment and link.
Pic of the marquee of the Smoot in early 1930: View link
Pic of the San Carlos in 1930: View link
Picture of the Merryland Theatre in 1930, which had just been bought by the 27 yr old David A Miller.the previous owners having run it into the red,and was still showing silent movies,plus 5 Vaudeville acts once a week: View link
Princess Theatre in 1930 : View link
Some pics of the New Sequoia Theatre in 1930(apologies for quality)
Rialto Theatre, Macon, Georgia in 1930. View link The big tyre in the front was being used as a promotional tool for the Maurice Chevalier film “The Love Parade”. It was at the time claimed to be the largest tyre in the world!
In a copy of the Motion Picture News for Feb 8, 1930 it is still described as the Temple and it’s stated it celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary in January of that year, the manager, Ernie Moule, had compiled a black and white program carrying a personal message to his staff & patrons promising to keep up the standard set in the previous ten years. View link
In 1913 it could seat 430, with a stage that could accomodate a company of 15 to 20, with a box either side and plaster of paris decorations. In the basement there was a heating plant under the stage and it was being managed at that time by Messrs. Ballenger and Ballenger.
1913 photograph, when it was showing films of the horrendous floods and tornados that had recently occurred in Ohio etc http://flic.kr/p/9GUFKi
This photo is of the Grand Theatre, Estherville in 1913 – http://flic.kr/p/9GUFRK
Quote: “The Eagle Theatre was constructed on the site of Pontiac’s oldest movie house in 1927.” So what was Pontiac’s oldest movie house called? I ask because I have found in an old film magazine of 1926 a photograph (which is a reprint from an even older mag of 1911) of an old theatre called the Bond that was in Pontiac at that time (c1911). It is in an old wooden building and obviously a very early movie house with a group of people standing in front of the entrance in the clothes of the time. I know at the time it was showing films from the old IMP (Independent Movie Company, that was the forerunner of Universal) If anyone has any knowledge of this theatre I would be interested to hear.
Vintage photograph of the Harding’s projection room in 1928 showing it’s bank of Motiograph projectors http://flic.kr/p/9GmG8u
Nice photograph of the Granada Theatre San Francisco just prior to it’s Grand Opening on 17th November 1921
I have a photo of Tally’s I found in an old film magazine. The photo dates from about 1902 or 1903 or even earlier (I notice it has an awning advertising the Great Corbett Fight – This would be James J Corbett when in 1894 he took part in the production of one of the first recorded boxing events, a fight with Peter Courtney. This was filmed at the Black Maria studio at West Orange, New Jersey, in the USA and was produced by William K.L. Dickson. It was only the second boxing match to be recorded.) Unfortunately I am unable to post it here as you are not accepting any more photos, but you can see it on my Flickr photostream, at View link