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It’s gone now.
There is still nothing happening with the shell of the former theater.
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.
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.
The auditorium is definitely still mostly intact as mentioned above. It’s been whitewashed and simplified, but I’ve seen much worse church conversions.
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.
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.
The building is now almost entirely gutted on the third floor.
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.
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.
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.
All Jersey Multiplex Cinemas was demolished the week of March 30th, 2014.
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.
Nobody brought the bad news here yet? Demolition has begun inside the auditorium: http://philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/news&id=250711081
The building is completely gutted, it’s like a warehouse.
After the theater closed it when through some remodeling and held several industrial companies over the years. In 2011 it went through a total gut in order to make the building into a recreation center. I was told by the company gutting it that I could shoot it. As soon as I got confirmation they said “Oh I wish you had gotten here the other day, when we took down the vaulted ceiling”. Needless to say I was crushed by that. I still took some photo’s though, as I will post soon. They will just show that the building is a shell though.
This theater is closed now