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Seen in exterior shots in the film Matinee.
During my college years (1969-73) I worked part time downtown in the summers. I used to stop here nearly every day after work to catch an older film I’d missed.
They had a good-sized screening room upstairs. I saw an advance of The Poseidon Adventure with a group of invited college newspaper editors.
In its last years, they showed stage plays and movies, sometimes in alternating runs! I saw the road company of Man of La Mancha here in between movies.
With all the Jerry Lewis pics I sat through, how’d I miss THAT double bill!
Its design was odd, in that you entered the auditorium from the left side rather than the rear … i.e., the screen was perpendicular to the main road rather than parallel.
I think that address is right … on 55th, between California and Fairfield. Our house was at 56th and Fairfield, and I couyld go here without so much as crossing a street!
I’m sure it was still open in 1958. Closed maybe in ‘59 or '60. Marquee read “GONE FISHING / WHY DON’T YOU?” for months or years, as if the owners were on vacation, but they must have drowned or sumpin’, as it never reopened.