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Early 1900’s, when the Center was named Colonial.
Fire damage to the Queen Theater caused owner K.Lee Williams to build a new theater, designed to be the best in town, the Sevier Theater. The Art Deco Style Sevier was built in a previously vacant lot in the 200 block of De Queen Ave. in 1945-1946 It could seat 700 persons, and it had air conditioner, carpeted aisles and new projection equipment. The Sevier Theater burned in the 1980’s.
Look at the corner store and take a look at the Shelby pictures that I downloaded, you will notice the difference.
As you can see, this is the same building that was posted on Cinema Treasures as the Shelby, hence the confusion.
The Andriot store still located at 710 Main St, that should be the site of the former Shelby Theater,
Like in the United States with names like Orpheum, Princess, Bijou, etc, in Cuba, the name Niza was used in different cities and towns, this particular Niza that I posted here was located in Cienfuegos not Guantanamo. I will appreciate if somebody mistake is fixed.
The first building to the left is the Venus Theater.
I just want to thank the nice people of Cinema Treasures for the great work editing and correcting my posts. Thank You.
The Princess Theater was inaugurated May 24, 1919 with vaudeville programs. Converted to cinema was renovated in the 1940’s, losing its original aspect. Was demolished in 1995.
One of the former names of the Granada was Strand Theater.
The building all the way to the left was the State theater, originally named Jefferson theater.
The Rex opened as a nickelodeon in 1911 by C.A.Kulhman, who had owned the Crown Theater across the street. A few years later, he opened a second theater next door to the Rex called the Kulh. The dividing wall between the two was removed to make one large theater. Closed around 1951. Building demolished in 1975.
This picture is of the Bon Ton Theater one of the three originals nickelodeon opened in Durham, along with the Edisonia and the Electric. It’s not the Edisonia.
The Roosevelt opened in 1920 in the corner of Monte and Fernandina St owned by Blanco y Martinez.The name of the theater was selected in a public contest, the winner received a $50.00 prize. Not bad for that year.
This cinema was the first in Latin America to install air conditioner system, built by the Carrier Corp. of Newark NJ.
Strand was the original name of the Warner Theater.
The Vaudette Theater was located at 74-76 Whitehall St. in Atlanta. It was built by J.G. and A.C. Evins. The front of the theater was an adaptation of the famous “Petit Palais” in Paris, France. The height of the entrance arch was 30 feet and the width 20 feet, flanked by two allegorical figures supporting the half dome above.
The Cine Imperio opened on May 24, 1952, was equipped with audience, 1st and 2nd balcony totaling 1676 seats.
The Martin Theater in Clifton AZ was damaged in the 1983 flood of the San Francisco River but was remodeled and used for a training center until a few years ago. The abandoned building is in the process of being demolished now.
Cine Sala X in Corredera Baja de San Pablo, opened as Cervantes Theater in 1911, seating 900 patrons and showing vaudeville plays. By 1914, it started showing mainstream movies. In 1984 was converted into adult cinema, downsizing the seats to 400 and changing its name to Sala X. It closed in 2012.
Cine Alba opened in 1941 in the building formerly occupied by the “Impartial” newspaper, built in 1913. At the end of the 1970’s was transformed into a porn cinema and in March 10, 1986, changed its name to Sala X. Closed as a cinema in 2015.
Cine Postas opened on December 22, 1948. In 1978 was transformed into a porn cinema and closed down in November 2012.
The Adelphi Theater likely opened in the 1920’s. Its original name was the “Cum-Bac”, probably a words play for Come Back. It was a two stories structure, with apartments in the second floor. It had 460 seats. The name was changed from Cum-Back to Adelphi in 1936 after renovations designed by the firm of Kaplan and Sprachman. The theater probably closed in 1956 and now is a church.
Orpheum at 3rd St.
The Nippon Gekijo (Japan Theater) usually known as Nichigeki, opened in 1933. Although it looked circular in appearance from the street, the theater was actually ‘U’ shaped by design Its Art Deco interior and exterior, comprised of seven stories above and three stories below ground, were designed by Watanabe Hitoshi to accommodate both staged and motion pictures entertainment. Said to be patterned after New York’s Roxy, the Nichigeki was planned to be the biggest in all Asia with a seating capacity of four thousand. Was shuttered and demolished in 1981.