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Life's Too Short commented about News From Loews Jersey City on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

My question is: how many venues can you have? They just finished renovating the Kings, now they are talking about renovating the Brooklyn Paramount, and they did a great job on the Paradise only to decide after a few years that it was more lucrative leasing it to Creflo Dollar.

If they do spend top dollar on a renovation I just hope the Jersey doesn’t end up being a millstone.

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Life's Too Short commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I’ve heard the steel support work at the Jersey is too far gone to reinstall their vertical sign at present. I suppose that might be one positive thing to come from a big time company taking over, though I don’t generally care for the idea. I wonder what condition the support structure at the Kings is in?

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Life's Too Short commented about So Far We Visited 12 Theatres in 2 Days, Including Richmond's Carpenter Theatre on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I guess they need the prop clouds for the orchestra. But I don’t like the way they look. Wish they could find another way.

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Life's Too Short commented about Eastown Theatre on Jun 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

News report after collapse:

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/dangerous-conditions-at-eastown-theatre

Apparently it was due to illegal scrappers.

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Life's Too Short commented about Eastown Theatre on Jun 20, 2015 at 10:16 am

So much for that:

http://www.adamjacobsphotography.com/blog/detroits-east-town-theatre

But then, realistically it was probably done for years ago.

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Life's Too Short commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

I know what you mean Mike. That terra cotta makes a really nice presentation. But the Kings doesn’t feel finished without a vertical sign.

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Life's Too Short commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 8:21 pm

MarkDHite: They can take it all the way back to 1928 if they want to. If they were willing to spend the money they could make every detail look like opening day. It’ll be interesting to watch the situation develop.

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Life's Too Short commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm

They spent so many millions on this (and it looks great, I’m not complaining). But after all that why not spend a little more to put in a new vertical marquee? Does anyone know the story behind that?

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Life's Too Short commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Modern photos here:

http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/movietheaters.aspx?id=592&type=5

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Life's Too Short commented about Belpark Theatre on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

That’s quite a fundraising drive they pulled together.

I’ve been wondering what would happen to the Belpark. It’s been Golden Tiara for so long, it just seemed like the average run of a Chicago business meant change was coming.

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Life's Too Short commented about News From Loews Jersey City on Jun 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I really don’t understand why the two can’t coexist. Both bring something to the table. And anyway, it seems like these places are never booked as much as officials promised after the restoration is complete. So it is likely there would be plenty of time for silent movies and community events.

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Life's Too Short commented about Owners' Hopes For Two Chicago Historic Theatres - Chicago Tribune on Jun 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

The posting kind of puts them on the same level. But the New Regal is in far better shape, having been restored in the 80’s. The Central Park, from what I’ve seen, is kind of a disaster on the inside.

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Life's Too Short commented about Oakland Square Theater on May 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

After closing as the Oakland Square, the theater was known for a while as the Afro-Arts.

Photo of it as the Afro-Arts in this article:

http://never-the-same.org/interviews/phil-cohran/

The opening description for this theater also needs to be amended. This was far more than a hangout for gang members. As the “El Rukn Fort” it was on the evening news frequently in the 1980’s. Documentary here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg_SHvTxfds

The El Rukn leader attempted to make a terrorism deal with Libya and ended up locked in Supermax somewhere.

As negative as it all is, this is a large chapter in Chicago’s history.

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Life's Too Short commented about New 400 Theaters on Mar 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm

The description says it was divided in 1990. I think it was later. I remember seeing a screening of the Blade Runner Director’s Cut there, and I’m sure it wasn’t until around 1994-5. It was still a single screen.

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Life's Too Short commented about Pike Theatre on Nov 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

If someone wanted to take the time, I’m sure the Historical Aerials web site could help clarify this point. That assumes they have coverage of Mobile.

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Life's Too Short commented about New Regal Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 6:32 am

$100,000 isn’t much money for such a big real estate deal. That’s not a positive sign.

And I really don’t understand why so much money was used to build a new Black performing arts center on the site of the old Regal Theater. The timing of the project was horrible, as both performing arts and film presentation aren’t what they used to be, and it created competition for the New Regal after so much money was spent to make it beautiful again. Neither facility has fared well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Washington_Cultural_Center

I hope there is a good ending to all this. But right now I don’t see it.

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Life's Too Short commented about Tivoli Theatre on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:26 am

In response to WayOutWardell:

It costs truckloads of money to maintain one of these big places: heating, cooling, electrical bill, cleaning, taxes, building maintenance, staffing, etc. The Tivoli might not have been completely dead in the water business-wise. But Balaban & Katz was a well-run company. For what they saw coming back it might not have been worth further investment. They put considerable money into the building in the 50’s and were apparently not satisfied with the return on investment.

If the decision to close and demolish was sudden it may be because a big repair came up, like maybe a problem with the boilers, and they opted to get out instead. The building was about forty years old at the time.

I’ll give you a modern-day example. John Barleycorn, a bar which has been on Lincoln Avenue for many years, just closed. When Crain’s talked to the owner he blamed it on nearby Children’s Memorial Hospital moving downtown. He said business wasn’t in the tank. But it wasn’t nearly as lucrative as it had been with so many employees working right next door. He said it would take a few years for them to re-purpose the property and he didn’t want to wait around. He has other business ventures and decided this one wasn’t the best use of his capital.

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Life's Too Short commented about Portage Theater on Jul 17, 2014 at 5:15 am

Kind of sounds like someone got bribed. On the other hand the city is really hard up for cash right now. They may be doing anything they can to get money in the door. Whatever the case, the Jefferson Park Police Commander doesn’t sound like he’s in the mood to take any crap.

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Life's Too Short commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I think it could be restored. Some really devastated buildings have been made beautiful again. The restoration would also pump a lot of money into the economy through the contractors. The question is what then?

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Life's Too Short commented about Virginia Theatre on Jun 25, 2014 at 12:56 am

From what I read in the comments marquee replacement went against local and national opinion, and I personally don’t think it is an improvement. It’s the Windows 8 style of management: 1) Give Windows 8 to focus groups. 2) Focus groups all say they hate it but Windows 8 is released anyway. 3) Windows 8 bombs in the marketplace. But they don’t fix the consumer complaints with an update and continue to try to force it on people as is. This kind of thing always baffles me, especially in the case of the Virginia where it involves a taxpayer-funded organization. In Microsoft’s case they will pay the price with continued poor sales if they don’t give the people what they want. I’m not sure how it shakes out in Champaign, except possibly at the election booth.

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Life's Too Short commented about Pike Theatre on Jun 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm

You would think if it was featured in a WWII documentary that it was operating after 1930, despite what the description above says.

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Life's Too Short commented about Pike Theatre on Jun 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Photos of the Pike Theater can be seen in Ken Burns' WW II documentary “The War”.

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Life's Too Short commented about Pix Theater on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Per second link above, address may have been 234 E. Main Street.

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Life's Too Short commented about Pix Theater on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Vintage photograph: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30559980@N07/9394301449/

Recent photograph:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/30559980@N07/9394301449/

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Life's Too Short commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 14, 2014 at 6:32 am

I was just reading about how Tommy Huang got smacked in the chops last year:

http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-felony-guilty-pleas-notorious-queens-developers-tommy-and

I was amazed that they decided to restore the Loews Kings. If that can come back after huge decay and almost becoming a Magic Johnson Cinema multiplex maybe the RKO has another round left in it.