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hondo commented about La Junta Drive-In on May 14, 2022 at 12:09 am

The drive-in is seen briefly in Mr. Majestyk (1974) starring Charles Bronson.

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hondo commented about Chester Cinema 6 on Mar 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm

The photo shown is not the Clearview 6-plex as that was located across highway 206 from the older Chester Mall shopping center as seen in the overhead photo. The photo shows what is today the Crossfit gym. The poster encasements remain on each side of the old doors. Oddly enough, the newer Clearview Chester 6-plex was also turned into a fitness place called the Nitroflex Gym.

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hondo commented about Sheepshead Theatre on Mar 8, 2022 at 10:05 pm

It is easily seen from the Belt Parkway.

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hondo commented about Boyd Theatre on Mar 6, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Sadly, the Boyd is being demolished over the next 60 days. The signage will be incorporated into the new apartment building that is to be built on the site although the sign itself is not historically significant. I saw all three Back to the Future films here. The theater has a nicely pitched auditorium floor which followed the contour of the hill on which is was built.

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hondo commented about Cine Regio Palace on Feb 26, 2022 at 3:55 pm

It was a large, rather plain, modern theater with lots of drapes adorning the walls with plush seats. I sat in the balcony and saw “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” on a reissue back in the mid 1970s. It was very clean and appeared exactly as you see it in the “How the West Was Won” photo above. I distinctly recall the great sound. Yes, as indicated above, it was in neighborhood near the Cine/Sala Diana and Cine Arnau along the Paralelo (Avenue - Paral-lel in the Catalan language). Nearby was the well-known “Molino Rojo” burlesque theater which ran well into the 1980s. The theatrical Teatro Apolo (yes, one L) and Victoria theaters are nearby.

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hondo commented about Cine Diana on Feb 26, 2022 at 1:39 pm

My parents, who met in Barcelona, attended a double feature here in 1957 during the winter in which the main objective was to stay warm. They ended up catching fleas instead! That was always the joke I heard whenever we visited the city or spoke about movies in the city. It was located in a undesirable old section of Barcelona near the port. Its clientele was mostly equally undesirable too. At that time it probably cost 15 cents for a double feature. I wonder what they saw? I walked by the place numerous times but was never encouraged to enter. LOL. I remember it exactly as seen in the color photo. No protruding signage or marquee.

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hondo commented about Water Tower Cinema on Jan 22, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Wow. In the newspaper advertisement photo showing the opening of the newly twinned Montgomery in 19975, I can see that AIRPORT 1975 was playing at the Mayfair Theater in PHilly. I went to that showing at the Mayfair that week! What are the chances…

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hondo commented about Eric Lawrenceville (probably) on Feb 14, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Seating capacity was in the neighborhood of 1200.

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hondo commented about Eric Lawrenceville (probably) on Feb 14, 2021 at 1:07 pm

As someone indicated, the address is wrong.

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hondo commented about Eric Lawrenceville (probably) on Feb 14, 2021 at 1:06 pm

As someone indicated, the address is wrong.

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hondo commented about Eric Lawrenceville (probably) on Feb 14, 2021 at 1:06 pm

This was a pretty nice theater and the subsequent interior photos with the green carpeting are, in fact, this theater. As I recall, it was not a twin when it was built. The building is situated behind the former Dunham’s Department Store (now Burlington) in the Lawrence Shopping Center. As indicated in other comments, it is a gym today. I saw Tora Tora Tora and Bridge at Remagen here among many others. It had drapes on the side walls typical of the Eric chain. I wonder how often those got cleaned…

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hondo commented about Hights Theater on Feb 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm

I saw Carrie here in 1976. It had a snazzy marquee as I recall.

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hondo commented about Spur Theatre on Jan 2, 2021 at 9:52 am

The Spur is clearly gone as seen on GMaps. It was located between the Conquest Ammo store (368 N Main) and Addison’s (Mauk Bldg) on the west side of Main Street. It was seen in Murphy’s Romance. James Garner’s “old time pharmacy” is the current ammo store. I believe the address for the Spur should be 364 North Main. Incidentally, Murphy’s Romance is a very good film.

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hondo commented about 25th Street Cinema 4 on Dec 18, 2020 at 6:09 pm

The building is intact but it has been gutted for a fitness center as indicated above. $1 movies and cheap popcorn with ample parking in the 25th Street Shopping Center.

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hondo commented about National Theatre on Aug 19, 2020 at 12:36 am

I believe my Dad saw Billy Eckstine and Connie Boswell perform here in early 1945 during his basic training at Fort Knox.

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hondo commented about Gay Theatre on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:25 am

Sentimental and beautiful recollections, JohnBanner above. I feel that way about my neck of the woods in NJ. It’s wonderful that we can recall all those names from yesteryear – and they were so important at the time of our lives. People were more respectful with each other back then. They were golden times but we did not know it.

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hondo commented about Nippon Gekijo Theatre on Jun 1, 2020 at 8:33 pm

My Dad went to the movies here during the occupation of Japan in 1945 and 1946. It had been damaged in the bombings but somehow remained relatively intact. He worked in the Dai-Ichi Insurance Company Building which served as General Mac Arthur’s headquarters GHQ.

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hondo commented about Palace Theater on May 27, 2020 at 10:09 am

Using Google maps, the address should be 215 East Commerce Street. The facade of the building is clearly the former Palace. It looks like the building has been converted into offices for a law firm. The 207 address is looks like it may have a theater too; however, today it is a church. A satellite view from above clearly reveals auditorium style roofs.

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hondo commented about Benn Theatre on May 7, 2020 at 12:55 am

My parents and I went to SW Philly to see Charles Bronson in Hard Times in 1975. The Benn featured a double feature that evening: 11 Harrowhouse and, of course, Hard Times. The Benn had a long lobby in which you walked diagonally left before entering the auditorium which runs parallel to Woodland Avenue. Later, as we were walking out with the crowd, my Dad said to me that this is Bronson’s best film. As it turned out, he was correct. Coburn, Martin and Bronson were terrific in that film set in New Orleans . The opening at the old sugar plant is so moving. The Benn was a bit tarnished but still beautiful. It was and RKO Stanley Warner house for a while. The nearby Benson Theater was a Radio Shack at that time.

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hondo commented about Cinema Plaza on May 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm

Was it the Taylor Chevrolet dealership before the theater?

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hondo commented about Cinema Plaza on May 6, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Do you remember the SURROUNDSOUND sign over the entrance?

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hondo commented about RKO International 70 on Apr 30, 2020 at 11:30 am

At one point, the Capitol had a capacity of more than 2000. It was next to Kresge’s side entrance on South Broad Street.

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hondo commented about RKO Broad Theatre on Apr 30, 2020 at 11:26 am

For years on the north-facing part of the building, one could see the faded RKO BROAD ad painted onto the bricks. This was the city’s third largest movie house in seating capacity. The Lincoln and Capitol (seating capacity changed after several renovations) in downtown were larger. This theater had a small balcony which has been remodeled into offices.

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hondo commented about Princess Theatre on Apr 30, 2020 at 11:17 am

The Rialto was located by the Trenton Battle Monument and Pennington Avenue (Route 31). It was a theater that required the projectionist to climb up a ladder to into the booth. Safety last? Anyway, both the Princess (North Clinton Avenue) and Rialto locations are vacant today (2020).

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hondo commented about Olden Theatre on Apr 30, 2020 at 11:12 am

In the early 1970s, they tried running old films such as 1930s Warner Brothers musicals. We were in the lobby of the theater one evening when a fight broke out and one unhappy person threw the large floor ashtray against the wall mirrors and shattered it. You knew things were going downhill at that point. As I was a young boy at the time. I think that was the last time we saw a movie there although we continued to eat pizza at Maruca’s Pizza next door. The neighborhood was changing.