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The two storefronts that replaced the Colonial Theatre are currently occupied by a bail bondsman’s office and a tattoo parlor. Page 86 of George T. Henry, Mark W. Hunter’s book Cedar Rapids: Downtown and Beyond features a photo of the Colonial in its early days (Google Books preview.)
Replacing an earlier comment which suffered linkrot:
Hanns Teichert’s November 4, 1950, Boxoffice article about the State Theatre can be seen here.
The mail deamon might be set to reject emails over a certain size, or with files attached. Try sending a plain request without the photos. The theater editor, Ken Roe, might have another address you could send the photos to, or might be able to reset the program to accept the files from your specific email address, though I’m not sure exactly how the system works. But it might be quicker if you could just upload them directly to the photo page yourself.
CinemaTour has a photo.
In the January 10, 1935, issue of The Seminole Sentinel of Seminole, Texas, Dr. J. D. Burleson, dentist, advertised his location as “Palace Theatre Bldg. Lamesa.” The building in the photo has only one floor now, but might have had a second floor with offices that has since been removed.
The Palace was mentioned in the July 6, 1929, issue of Exhibitors Herald-World. RCA Photophone sound equipment had been installed. The house was in operation at least as late as 1973, when it was still advertising in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
The Palace Theatre, originally seating only 400, was expanded to accommodate 896 seats in 1950 when it was remodeled with a streamlined interior. The August 5 issue of Boxoffice had a brief article with two photos (lower part of left page.)
Soledad_Theatre_2: The theater your dad managed had to have been the second Soledad Theatre, located on Kidder Street, not this one (the first Soledad.) You’ll find a link to the second Soledad’s Cinema Treasures page in the “Nearby Theaters” field on the right side of this page. There is also a link to the page for the Rio Theatre.
You can upload digitized photos to Cinema Treasures. See the “Photos” section on the FAQ page for instructions.
I’m assuming that Gary, or someone else, has set the Google street view to the correct location of the (still standing) Greenfield Theatre. The building certainly looks like a former theater, with the wide entrance now closed up. As the flanking storefronts display the addresses 237 and 241, the theater must have been at 239 El Camino Real. The zip code is 93927.
The theater’s auditorium appears to have been fenestrated and divided into a couple of retail shops, entered from the side of the building. One is an ice cream parlor and the other sells drinking water. Ah, California.
At the top of this page we’re currently displaying a photo of the second Soledad Theatre on Kidder Street, not the Rio. The Rio was in the building at 325 Front Street, now housing a grocery store. Google street view has been set to the correct location, but the pin icon on the map is a block off.
Yay, my link worked. And so nobody will have to hunt them down, this link should take you to the page with the final four paragraphs of the article.
Linkrot repair: The August 5, 1950, Boxoffice article about the construction techniques used in building the Soledad Theatre is now at this link (I hope. The web site to which the magazine has moved its online archive is cranky as hell.)
The January 3, 1932, issue of The Film Daily said that an Ultraphone sound system had recently been installed in the Sheridan Theatre at North Chicago.
The text does not identify it, and the distinctive vertical sign is seen from edge-on, but I’m sure that this 1934 photo depicts the Garrick Theatre. The marquee and the shape of the parapet are recognizable from the photo I linked to in the second comment back.
A PDF from Iron Range Jewish Heritage says that the Garrick Theatre opened in 1921 in the building that by 1939 had become the Maco Theatre, so we have one source saying that they were the same theater.
The papers of the Minneapolis architectural firm Kees & Colburn, part of the Northwest Architectural Archives at the Elmer Anderson Library of the University of Minnesota, include a set of blueprints for the Blue Mouse Theatre, dated 1920. I don’t know if Kees & Colburn had any hand in designing the house, or if the firm just acted as supervising architects for the out-of-town designer, Harry Lawrie. I do know that Kees & Colburn’s style tended toward Classical/Beaux Arts rather than the Gothic look of the Blue Mouse.
I’ve come across something interesting but inconclusive. The finding aid to the Liebenberg & Kaplan papers has two entries for the Maco Theatre. One, undated, lists the blueprints for the project. The other, headed “Maco 1920, 1937-38” lists a pencil drawing. In that entry the architect field says “Libenberg and Kaplan (Kees and Colburn),” which I would take to mean that the Garrick was designed (and perhaps built) in 1920, and designed by the Minneapolis firm of Kees & Colburn (Frederick Kees and Serenus Colburn.)
The 1937-38 suggests plans for a remodeling by Liebenberg & Kaplan at that time, but the undated entry with blueprints suggests that the remodeling might have been abandoned in favor of entirely new construction. The introduction to the L&K papers finding aid says that the Maco was a 1940 project, but doesn’t cite a source for the claim. Again, I’m still not sure if the Garrick was demolished or just rebuilt as the Maco, but at least now we know the original architects of the Garrick.
I was unable to find this house with Cinema Treasures' internal search using just the name Loring. I think it’s because the words Loring and Theatre are run together in the page title. If you run them together in the search box, search finds the page, but it would be better to separate the words.
According to this page at Historic Detroit, the Miles Theatre was opened on May 15, 1910, ran its last show on Nov. 28, 1927, and was demolished around May, 1928, to make way for the Griswold Building, which is still standing.
The Miles Theatre was designed by the Minneapolis architectural firm Kees & Colburn (Franklin Kees and Serenus Colburn.)
This web page with a history of Virginia says that the Garrick Theatre was the predecessor of the Maco Theatre. A photo from the 1920s shows the front of the Garrick, and several of the buildings on the block are still recognizable in modern Google street view. The perspective of the vintage photo is a bit different, but it does look as though the entrance of the Garrick was in the same spot as the entrance of the Maco, and so would have the same address, 415 Chestnut Street.
What I haven’t been able to figure out is if the Maco was entirely new construction or an extensive rebuild of the Garrick. The seating capacity of both houses was about the same (700+), so the auditoriums probably occupied the same footprint. I’ll see if I can dig up more information, but in the meantime at least we have an address for the Garrick.
The building occupied by the Grand Theatre in our vintage photo was still standing when Google’s camera car last passed by, but might be no longer. In the current street view it was occupied by a shop called Wild Eyes Pets and Exotics, 430 Chestnut Street, which has since moved to a new location.
The facade of old theater building was looking pretty rough when the street view was made, and it’s possible that it has since been demolished. It is also possible that the roughness was due to restoration work, as the roof looked pretty sound in the satellite view. We’ll probably have to wait until someone visits the location, or Google’s camera car returns and updates the view, before we know the fate of the Grand Theatre building.
Several of the buildings in this block look about the same in modern Google street view as they did in the vintage photo we have. The building the Bijou was in is now occupied by a quick print shop called Copy Magic, located at 428 Chestnut Street.
The January 28, 1950, issue of Boxoffice had a brief article saying that an antitrust suit had been filed against major film producers and distributors by “…Rose and Lewis Deutsch, owners of the Granada Theatre in Virginia, Minnesota, a 630-seat house built in 1936.”
The Deutsch’s had difficulty obtaining films on opening the theater in 1936 until they signed an agreement with the dominant regional exhibitor, Minnesota Amusement Company, which allowed them to get first run or second run product, but only if their partners got the biggest share of the revenues (this was a very common situation for independent theater operators to be in during that time.)
When the agreement ended in 1946, the Deutsch’s were again unable to get first run product. Their lawsuit claimed that, due to collusion between producers, distributors, and the Minnesota Amusement Company, the Deutsches had suffered $75,000 in business losses.
The Lewisburg Cinema 8 was designed by the Louisville architectural firm Keyes Architects & Associates. There are four photos of the project on this page of the firm’s web site.
The Pierce Point Cinema 10 was designed by Louisville architectural firm Keyes Architects & Associates. There are two small photos on this page of the firm’s web site.
A photo of the Keystone Cinemas at Bardstown appear on this page of the web site of Lee Brick & Block, the company that made the concrete masonry used in the building. There are also a couple of closeup photos.
The Shelbyville 8 was designed for Great Escape Theaters by the Louisville architectural firm Keyes Architects & Associates. There are a few photos on the firm’s web site.
The single-screen, 6,800 square foot Paradise Theatre in Mora, Minnesota, is among the projects listed in the theater section of the portfolio of the St.Paul architectural firm Vanney Associates. No other details are given about the project. Robert F. Vanney is the lead architect of the firm.