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Joe Vogel commented about AMC Loews Metreon 16 on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm

A Cineplex Odeon spokesperson said at the time of the Northpoint’s closing that the lease was up and the house had been losing money for some time, so the lease wasn’t renewed. Apparently nobody else wanted it either. SF Gate Story.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fox Theatre on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm

The Rex Theatre must have been this project described in the June 8, 1912, issue of Pacific Builder & Engineer:

“Eugene, Or.: Lewis & Lewis, archts., Portland, have awarded the cont. for the const. of a 2 sto. brick theatre bldg. to O. Heckart of this city, and the brick and stucco work will be done by C.S. Frank. The bldg. is of Spanish mission design and will cost $30,000.”
Notices about the project in other issues of the journal indicate that it was located on Willamette Street, and that the theater would be operated by J.J. Bryan and Mrs. M.E. Watson. The PSTOS page for the Rex says that the house “…originally had a 2/10 Estey organ (opus #1078) installed in 1912.”

Finding the identities of the architects, Lewis & Lewis, has been rather tedious, there having also been two other architects with that surname active in Portland around this time, both of them quite active, but it turns out that the less-well-known construction-architecture firm Lewis & Lewis consisted of English-born builder William P. Lewis and his son, Robert Lewis. The firm was founded in 1898 and dissolved in 1913.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rex Theatre on Jul 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm

The Rex was the same house later known as the Fox Theatre.

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Joe Vogel commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Jul 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for posting the photos, Matt. I was only in the Warner Hollywood once, when I was about nine years old and our elementary school class went on a field trip to see This is Cinerama. The auditorium looks a bit smaller than I remember it,perhaps because the upper part is obscured by the triplexing.

Also, there were the three Cinerama projection booths on the orchestra floor when I was there, and we were seated close beside the central one and very near the enormous screen. But I actually have a clearer memory of the lobby than I do of the auditorium. It’s good to see that the decorative detail is still in pretty good condition.

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Joe Vogel commented about Villa Theater on Jul 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

This weblog post by Matthew J. Prigge describes a business ledger from Michael Brumm’s Ritz Theatre for the month of October, 1935. It’s an interesting glimpse into the operations of a small, independent theater during that period.

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Joe Vogel commented about Amus-U Theater on Jul 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Konrad Schiecke’s Historic Movie Theatres in Illinois says that the theater in LaHarpe opened as the Princess in 1929 and was renamed the Amuse-U in 1934. The following year it had to be rebuilt following a fire.

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Joe Vogel commented about Alexandria Theatre on Jul 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Boxoffice of June 9, 1958, reported that renovations at the Alexandria Theatre, including the installation of the Todd-AO screen and projection equipment for the upcoming road show run of South Pacific, had reduced the seating capacity of the house to 1,250.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Theatre on Jul 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

The June 9, 1958, issue of Boxoffice said that the Capitol Theatre in McKeesport, which had been dark for several years, was to be converted into a bingo parlor.

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Joe Vogel commented about Midway Theatre on Jul 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The page for the Midway Theatre at Water Winter Wonderland says that it opened in 1940 and closed in 1967. A comment on the page notes that the building was demolished in 2004. There area couple of photos of the building after it had been converted for retail use.

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Joe Vogel commented about Avon Theatre on Jul 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Hoffman’s expanded into the former Avon Theatre’s space in 1973, according to an article in the Medford Star News of December 4, 2014.

The Avon was in operation by 1936.

Boxoffice of June 9, 1958, reported that Ray Blakeslee had renovated and reopened the Avon Theatre, which had been closed since the previous October.

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Joe Vogel commented about Clark Theatre on Jul 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

The June 24, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World reported with the dateline Canistota that “Dr. Clark’s new theater here will cost $10,000.”

Mrs. W.C. Clark, manager of the house, said that the Clark Theatre had installed new Kroehler push-back chairs and a new sound system, and that the lobby had been redecorated, according to an item in the July 26, 1946, issue of The Montrose Herald.

I’m not sure if it is the same theater under a new name, but Boxoffice of April 27, 1959, reported that the Canistota Theatre in Canistota would be reopened after having been closed for two years. New owner B.G. Pletan planned to install a wide screen. The Canistota Theatre was in operation at least as late as January, 1963.

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Joe Vogel commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Jul 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm

The Hippodrome in Utica was mentioned in the May 1, 1909, issue of Variety. The house was showing movies at least as late as 1921, when it was mentioned in the June 4 issue of The Moving Picture World.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 15, 2017 at 7:56 pm

The Rivoli was still being advertised in the newspapers in 1952, and I’ve come across several references to it in books and on nostalgia web sites during the pre-and post-war periods. So far the only reference in a trade journal I’ve found was a brief notice in the January 2, 1936, issue of The Film Daily saying that the house had been acquired by the Braddock Trust Co. in a sherrif’s sale.

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Joe Vogel commented about CineArts at the Empire on Jul 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

This web page has a drawing of the proposed West Portal Theatre project by architect Irving Morrow, dated 1923.

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Joe Vogel commented about CineArts at the Empire on Jul 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm

jordanlage: Jack Tillmany’s well-researched list of San Francisco Theaters doesn’t have a listing for a house at 200 West Portal, currently the location of Walgreen’s. I can’t find any evidence of a theater at that location, either. Do you remember one being there?

To me the building looks as though it might as easily have been built for an early supermarket or a bowling alley or perhaps a neighborhood department store of the sort once once fairly common in American cities. A lot of businesses other than theaters were housed in buildings with Art Deco or Streamline Modern details.

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Joe Vogel commented about Galaxy Tulare 10 on Jul 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

BB Architects now has a five-photo slide show of the Galaxy Tulare at this link.

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Joe Vogel commented about Edwards Santa Maria Stadium 14 & RPX on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm

The interior of the Edwards Santa Maria Stadium 14 can be seen in a fifteen-photo slide show on the web site of BB Architects.

Although the theater’s entrance is inside the mall, the exterior features a monumental, entrance-like structure, designed by LDA Design Group in a Spanish Colonial Revival style, facing the corner of South Broadway and East Cook Street. A single solid door in it indicates that it probably serves, rather incongruously, as a service entrance.

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Joe Vogel commented about Corona Crossings Stadium 18 on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Six photos of Edwards Corona Crossing are featured in this slide show on the web site of BB Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm

The Big Newport’s rather austere new auditorium interiors can be seen in this slide show on the web site of the firm that designed the remodeling project, BB Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Regal carried out a remodeling of this theater beginning in 2015. Reseating has undoubtedly reduced the overall capacity, but I haven’t been able to discover the current number. The plans for the remodeling were by BB Architects, and the firm’s web site features this slide show with eight photos displaying some of the results.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Carlsbad 12 on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Seven photos of the Regal Carlsbad can be seen in this slide show from the web site of BB Architects.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14 on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

The web site of BB Architects (the new name of Blair Ballard Architects) features this slide show with four photos of the Regal Santa Fe.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Kapolei Commons Stadium 12 on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

The Kapolei Commons 12 was designed for Regal by BB Architects of Laguna Beach, California. This slide show from the firm’s web site features six photos of the theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Here is a slide show with nine photos of the Galaxy Sparks, from the web site of BB Architects. It is much more sedate than the designs the same firm has done for Regal Cinemas.

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Joe Vogel commented about Regal Lancaster Mall Stadium 11 on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

BB Architects provides this slide show with four photos of the Lancaster Mall cinemas.