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davidplomin commented about Clifton Theater on Sep 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I always thought that this building used to be a theater. Love the red brick and terra cotta being kept up nicely at age 100!

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davidplomin commented about Argmore Theatre on Aug 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Hey Yves! Very nice of the manager to show you the storage area where the main auditorium is! I’d like to get into the Bryn Mawr and see what’s still there!

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davidplomin commented about Loew's Majestic Theatre on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Hey Seamus1972. Your story piques my interest. Email me at: . I LOVE a good ghost story. I have a few theater ones myself..

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davidplomin commented about Castro Theatre Organ IndieGoGo Campaign on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I heard a great organist playing it before the movie on a visit back in 2006. Maybe have your best each record a few of their favorites on the present organ and sell CDs! I know people who would buy them!

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davidplomin commented about Varsity Theater on Jul 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Link won’t open on this site.

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davidplomin commented about Fond du Lac Theatre on Jul 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

From what I’m reading here, there were six theaters in Fond Du Lac, and NONE are operating now?! Couldn’t save even ONE? Sad….

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davidplomin commented about Varsity Theater on Jul 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I drove by yesterday with a friend from Chicago. I wonder how much was left upstairs in the balcony? From the alley, you can see that all the fire escapes have been removed, and many of the exits are bricked up. You can still see a few metal doors just begging to be opened by us urban explorers. No way for the employees of that Gap store to explore. From what I recall, the stairs leading up to the balcony were just inside the front doors in the lobby. And those are gone as well. All retail space, except maybe far back, the stage area is still there. No need to dismantle it. Too expensive. Just wall it up. It was a grand place to see movies!

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davidplomin commented about Franklin Theatre on Jan 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

What a cool facade! Too bad tastes change, and there was no room for this kind of architectural style. I’m sure the ones that survived longer were modernized in the style of that particular year.

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davidplomin commented about Arden Theatre on Dec 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I’ve never seen a theater where you could drive under the marquee! Nice design! Too bad it’s history now.

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davidplomin commented about Chief Theatre on Nov 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Looks like the Palace Theater is just four doors down on the left of this picture! Must of been a decent sized town to support two theaters so close to each other and its Main St that ends after two blocks!

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davidplomin commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Nov 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

It’s too bad they can’t reopen the theater. Outside of the 400 Theater a few miles north, that area of the city is severely under screened. The 80’s lost The Granada, Devon, Adelphi, Howard. That’s a LOT of seats. Bryn Mawr east of Kenmore is looking a lot better than those seedy days of the 80’s. Just push for improvements west all the way to Broadway! It can look like Lincoln Ave north of Fullerton!!

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davidplomin commented about Guild Theatre on Oct 3, 2013 at 1:25 am

I’m looking at all the theaters that used to be in downtown Vegas, and I wonder, what the hell happened??!! Did no one care to keep a couple of them opened?! With such a large population, including tourists who……MIGHT NOT WANT TO GAMBLE, and actually see a movie instead, WHY they are all gone. No IMAX theater. No classic films venue. No first run movies. Sad indeed. Your your C OF C only cares about the gambling tables, slots, expensive high rollers. Not the regular folks who crave inexpensive entertainment. I pity your downtown, and it’s future…..

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davidplomin commented about Randolph Theater on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:49 am

I worked at the Noble Fool Theater from its move there to the end. It’s a shame the theater couldn’t have made a go of it. It was a cozy main theater, with a smaller one down the hall and a cabaret bar in the basement. And haunted too. I heard strange music and singing one afternoon while locking up when we didn’t have a show that night. No one next store at the Oriental either that might have been rehearsing. Didn’t scare me, but I didn’t stick around to find out if more was coming. The foundation was not current, as they probably just tore down the previous building to build new. That foundation, visible in the crawl space was very old mismatched stonework. Solid, but could it still emanate vibrations from the past as well?

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davidplomin commented about Roxy Theater on Sep 17, 2013 at 2:15 am

I wonder if the owner of the building would do everyone a favor and remove that ill conceived urban renewal crap of a facade off, we might see a handsome real brick and stone facade under there. I never understood the reasoning to cover such craftsmanship with mediocrity.

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davidplomin commented about Heights Theater on Sep 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Even though the seats are long gone, it’s nice to see the building still standing. I love the fact that the upper half is still intact, including the twin brackets that must have held the original signage or cast iron canopy/awning. Would love to go in and see what’s been covered by drop ceilings and side paneling!

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davidplomin commented about Joyland Theatre on Sep 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

According to the great shot posted on this site, it looks like the bottom front is boarded up, ready for demolition. The name change probably happened sometime after the Chicago Theater at State and Lake opened in 1921.

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davidplomin commented about Joy Theatre on Sep 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Beautifully unique facade! I wish I could have experienced these places in their prime.

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davidplomin commented about King's Palace on Jul 25, 2013 at 5:03 am

I love the facade! Love the curved brick! Thanks for posting Jack!

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davidplomin commented about Odeon - 1958 on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Nice color shot! Looks like the entrance is hidden by those three storefronts! No traditional marquee?!

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davidplomin commented about Willard Theatre on May 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I’m intrigued with the way they wrapped the new building around the old theater. Not too shabby! I like the one picture that shows the CTA train (red? green line?) right there, Thats the way we get people to use public transportation! Very accessible for this venue! I wonder if the people who use that theater (would Love to see interior pics!) know that the Marx Brothers honed their act there in Vaudevile years before they made their success in Hollywood?!

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davidplomin commented about Ken Theatre on May 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Impressive facade for a small neighborhood theater! A shame they tore it down. I think Every neighborhood in Chicago should have a theater for the community. Senior Center, Youth Center, to keep the kids off the street. I wonder if the aldermans really care. I’ve driven through the ghettos of the south and west sides of Chicago since my first trip with my Dad back in the 70’s when they were tearing down the Senate Theater at Madison and Kedzie. After 40 plus years, and Still empty lots and storefront churches with bars on their windows and landmarks like these theaters waiting for a renewal, only to be torn down………I feel sad that the people who live there will soon have no connection to the past. Might as well live in the boring burbs like I do now!!

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davidplomin commented about Balmoral Theatre on Dec 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I wonder if this is where I saw It’s A Mad Mad Mad World? I was in 3rd grade, so my faint memory was a small modern theater with a simple interior in that part of town. Also the first and last time I saw a newsreel before the feature.

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davidplomin commented about Goodwill Theatre on Jul 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I like Lost Memory’s picture with the marquee from 1987. Looks like a solid structure. I’m a bit confused with their website. The theater is in Johnson City, but they also mention Binghamton, NY. Is that the nearby town that is helping with the renovation?

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davidplomin commented about DuPage Theater meets end on Jul 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

The last post here is over 4 years old, and that plot of land is still empty. Any plans by the city of Lombard in the near future?

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davidplomin commented about Villard Theatre on Jan 18, 2007 at 9:43 pm

I was just at the old Villard Theater taking pictures today, and was wondering WHY it closed in the 50’s, while others stayed open decades later? Villa Park has a large enough population…Maybe the city fathers were afraid of the movies that were coming out that might be “subversive and detrimental” to their teenagers? ESPECIALLY with a bowling alley on the lower level..
After living in Chicago the first 50 years of my life, then moving to Lombard last year, I think that Villa Park missed a golden opportunity to ressurect the Villard as a theater again. That section of town is a bit quirky, and in my cruising the area when the theater was still intact (but probably an empty shell), I can see why I missed it, not being on the main drag, like the Glen in Glen Ellyn, or the Dupage in Lombard (which lost its' theater portion recently. I guess you folk like staying in and watching TV, instead of getting out and communing with your neighbors!?