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Added a photo of the drive-in I took in the summer of 1980.
Opening night ad added to Photo section.
Sharp photo circa 1948; the vertical sign must have been a later addition:
Color shot of the marquee here:
Here’s a 1958 photo:
This theater just dodged a bullet – according to Lapeer’s fire chief,a fire that gutted some adjacent buildings caused minor smoke and water damage to the Pix:
Here’s a link to a blueprint for a 1934 upgrade on an unnamed theater in Whiteville, owned by A. F. Powell. Is this the same building?
Look for the 1957 Robert Altman movie The Delinquents on the MGM Movie Channel – it was made on location around Kansas City, and one scene was shot at the Crest Drive-in.
Property is going up for auction on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Info and photos here:
A friend and I went there when the interior was being auctioned off; he bought about 25 seats (to redo his homemade home theater) and I got the projection room clock. Everything in the theatre was in very good shape.
Live feed from Channel 9 says the theater is being used as a triage center.
There’s some good footage of the Toyo in the 1988 movie Aloha Summer.
Photo taken late 1945 here:
The top photo is a still capture from the 1954 Fred MacMurray/Kim Novak film Pushover, which aired a couple days ago on Turner Classic Movies – there was also a nice shot of the original marquee (which was totally different from the one in the ElectraWoman and DynaGirl episode).
Patsy, I’m so sorry to hear of the demolition. Touring the Winter Garden was one of the highlights of that road trip four years ago. Was anything at all salvaged?
Somewhat blurry shot of the Rialto marquee here:
A little more info – The Inland is currently being used by the Living Word Community Church. The address is listed as 306 Main Street, Martin, SD 57551.
According to a posting dated 1-4-09 at this site:
the Inland “is a wonderful place and still in operation for movies and church”. I left a comment asking for more info from Roseanna, the site’s owner, and I’ll pass along any new info when I get it.
Thanks for posting that photo – just the way I remember it before it closed for the remodel in late ‘82. And yes, I remember Handlebars – that’s where Barbra Streisand is discovered by Kris Kristoffersen in the '76 remake of “A Star Is Born”.
Link works fine – thanks for posting them! Especially “Flight Command”. I picked up three old silk banners at a garage sale for $5.00 once – ironically in this case, they advertise Westinghouse TV sets (“With Electronic Clarifier”!).
“‘Mad Max’…only received mixed reviews from critics”
I remember Siskel and Ebert gave it their “Dog of the Week” award – I’d love to ask Roger if he and Gene ever rethought that review.
“Meteor” – I remember it having a troubled production history, with a lot of the effects being reshot. Best moment: After an argument with Karl Malden, Sean Connery utters the unforgettable line:
“Why don’t you stick a broom up my a—? Then I can sweep the carpet on the way out!”
Maybe if they added little buzzers to the sensors and did a remake of “The Tingler”…
Leo, did your father ever mention the film “A Night at the Sunset” I posted about? I’ve posted to my high school reunion page and they’re trying to find my old cinema class teacher, but no luck yet.
I just drove past the building today and the place has been reopened as a restaurant called the Cozy Corner. It has received something of a facelift; the formerly bricked-in entrance has been opened up with windows and front doors and the facade looks to have been cleaned up some. The restaurant wasn’t open when I passed by; maybe someone local (like ken mc?) could check it out soon.
That was “Saboteur” with Robert Cummings, not Cary Grant (1942), although “North by Northwest” (1959) with Cary had its similarities in theme.
Don’t forget NBC’s SPECIAL BULLETIN that aired the same year, about domestic terrorists who hold Charleston, SC hostage with a nuclear weapon; presented as how such a story would unfold on live TV. That was intense!