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EsseXploreR commented about Columbia Theater on Aug 6, 2022 at 12:41 pm

Sorry, just seeing this now. I was able to get inside, my picture is in the photos section.

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EsseXploreR commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 29, 2021 at 5:35 am

Unfortunately, the entire auditorium was gutted long ago when the building was converted into a store. I was able to sneak inside the building recently and there is nothing of architectural value left of the auditorium.

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EsseXploreR commented about Paramount Theatre on Mar 31, 2021 at 5:34 am

As of 2021, half of the theater’s roof has collapsed. The weight of all the snow and ice we got was just too much for the old girl to withstand. I have not heard any updates on the redevelopment of the property since.

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EsseXploreR commented about Columbia Theater on Mar 19, 2021 at 8:19 am

This theater is set for demolition, with an 18 story tower planned for the site. Unfortunately while the outside of the building remains remarkably intact, the inside was entirely gutted when the structure was converted into a banquet hall. Nothing of the original interior appears to be left.

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EsseXploreR commented about Playhouse on Feb 14, 2021 at 2:46 am

The theater has been demolished.

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EsseXploreR commented about Girard Theatre on Nov 5, 2019 at 6:46 am

Demolition is well underway.

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EsseXploreR commented about Center for Creativity at Rialto Theatre on Aug 23, 2019 at 6:51 pm

This theater has been closed.

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EsseXploreR commented about Palace Theater on May 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

This theater has been demolished.

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EsseXploreR commented about Coliseum Cinemas on Jan 7, 2019 at 8:30 am

I was recently inside the structure. All of the gorgeous plaster has been stripped out of all the auditoriums (including the stage area) and lobby. It now stands gutted and awaiting demolition.

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EsseXploreR commented about Lord Baltimore Theatre on Mar 7, 2018 at 1:25 pm

The interior wall along the right side has collapsed now. The plaster is still in decent shape. The building is falling apart fast though.

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EsseXploreR commented about West End Theatre on Jan 18, 2018 at 7:04 am

It’s gone now.

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EsseXploreR commented about Embassy Theatre on Jan 15, 2018 at 7:30 am

There is still nothing happening with the shell of the former theater.

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EsseXploreR commented about West End Theatre on Nov 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm

This was a Spanish Baroque styled theater, designed by Neville and Bragge. After it was converted to a church a drop ceiling went up over the orchestra level, and the first floor was repainted a white and gold color. The balcony level was stripped of the seating and decor. A small portion of the proscenium remained above the ceiling, but the arch was removed along with the ceiling and walls. The building is currently surrounded by scaffolding, and will be demolished soon.

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EsseXploreR commented about City Theatre on Nov 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

This was designed by Thomas Lamb for William Fox in 1909. According to the New York Times it was the first theater building Lamb ever designed. Pity it’s no longer around.

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EsseXploreR commented about Forum Theatre on Nov 13, 2017 at 11:43 am

The auditorium is definitely still mostly intact as mentioned above. It’s been whitewashed and simplified, but I’ve seen much worse church conversions.

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EsseXploreR commented about Bellevue Cinema 4 on Nov 11, 2017 at 10:42 am

From what I recall the ceiling is the same, albeit chopped up real good. They added a floor and made the upper floor a few seperate auditoriums.

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EsseXploreR commented about Mohawk Theatre on Nov 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

The theater is largely gutted, except for the lobby and the plaster surrounding the stage. The current owner has plans to restore what he can and return the building to use.

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EsseXploreR commented about Loew's Spooner Theatre on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

The building is now almost entirely gutted on the third floor.

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EsseXploreR commented about Fleetwood Theatre on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:28 am

A church now occupies the second story of the building. They gutted and stripped out the whole second level, and we got mixed reports about what’s left on the third floor. If anything is left up there, it’s likely very minimal and won’t be around long.

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EsseXploreR commented about Imperial Theatre on Nov 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm

I went by the Imperial theater and it is a little more than a ruin at this point. Though both the auditorium and lobby are still standing, they are so damaged that the walls are crumbling and falling away. It seems that the building was used as a church for a while, and in the transformation a large sheetrock wall was built halfway down the auditorium, perpendicular to the stage. The ceiling is falling down, and the walls are bare. A few ornamental chandelier medallions are still there but the original lighting fixtures are long gone. All of the seating was removed and the floors were thoroughly rotted. The projection room is as empty as the rest of the building. The bland lobby appears to be mostly original but was very unimpressive. At this point it’s either going to fall over or be demolished.

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EsseXploreR commented about Multi-Media Arts Center on Apr 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

As you can see in the photos I just uploaded, it is most certainly still closed. It was the MMAC when it closed around 2010. I was disappointed to find that they had definitely demolished the original ceiling. However, upon peeling back a curtain I was surprised by a cascade of damaged plaster falling to my feet. However, further attempts to remove the curtain proved pointless, as more and more plaster was coming down. The building is being sold as a shell, and the most likely future for this theater is that it will be torn down as a part of the town redevelopment.

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EsseXploreR commented about All Jersey Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

All Jersey Multiplex Cinemas was demolished the week of March 30th, 2014.

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EsseXploreR commented about State Theatre on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The auditorium was gutted by the bus company last summer. I had tried several times to get in contact with them and they weren’t responding to my messages, I guess I know why now.

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EsseXploreR commented about Boyd Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 5:55 am

Nobody brought the bad news here yet? Demolition has begun inside the auditorium: http://philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/news&id=250711081

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EsseXploreR commented about Cinema 23 Fiveplex on Aug 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

The building is completely gutted, it’s like a warehouse.