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The Cameo’s light bulb lit sign has been replicated and is mounted on top of the building. This project was a joint effort by Jorge Boone, the building’s owner, and the Orlando City Council. See photos section on this page.
You’ve done a fabulous job, Michael. Thank you for creating CINEMA TREASURES. I check it almost everyday. It is a true web treasure!
Thanks for posting this. The Roxy must be a virtually forgotten theatre. Excellent picture!
The Garden Theatre has been a huge success story. Since opening six years ago, several hundred thousand people have been through its doors. It is currently featuring HAIRSPRAY, a live performance, that is so good that it shouldn’t be missed.
The Cameo’s building has undergone an extensive renovation and is now occupied by “SNAP,” a photo gallery.
Please see the photos section for photos of the interior at grand opening, and a c.1930s picture of the Grand its ushers.
Please see the photo section for newly surfaced photos of the Cameo and a special advertising section welcoming the new theatre. The Cameo opened on November 27, 1940, with the film ROAD TO SINGAPORE. Today, the new owner of the Cameo building wants to restore the façade to a close re-creation of what used to be.
This is the Gem Theatre dressed up as the “Hartis Theatre” for the filming in 2002 of Jim Henson Productions' KERMIT’S SWAMP YEARS.
Check out the new photo I just submitted showing a movie projected on the screen.
Nancy T: I also played in the FSU Bands 1957-1961. What was your name at that time? I’m Irv Lipscomb.
You go, girl!
I agree with Patsy. What a disgusting use of a fine old theatre.
Yes, Ken, I visited your family several times when you lived behind the drive-in. It was probably a location not conducive to making friends when you were a kid. Right?
Great news! Good luck. I love to see old closed theatres reopened. When it’s convenient, come check out the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, which reopened over three years ago.
I spent many hours at the Miracle as a moonlighting projectionist. Good times. I got plenty of exercise walking between the two booths and keeping five schedules going. I hate to see her fade away.
The Princess has been partially restored and is now host to community theatre productions. The productions are presented by Creative Sanford, Inc. “Touch and Go,” a history of Sanford, will be presented again during October and November, 2011. Call 407-314-6750 for more information.
Probably a sports bar.
The Rialto Theatre building still stands. The building in the picture is it, but there is nothing left of the theatre furnishings. I have a picture of the Rialto in a local history book. I will try to post it to this site.
The Astor is listed on Cinema Treasures as the Grand, Matthew. The Astor name replaced the Grand late in its history. I posted a newspaper clipping showing the Astor on the Grand’s site.
Interesting comment on the organ. A theatre organist friend of mine, Walter Kimble, began his career as a very young man playing the organ at the Magnolia Theatre in Titusville. Also, per the 1944 FILM DAILY YEARBOOK OF MOTION PICTURES, Titusville had two movie theatres—the Alamo and the Magnolia, both with 400 seats. The Alamo is listed as closed.
The heading for this theatre should also state “Also known as the Magnolia Theatre.”
This one was really news to me. I knew there was a Van Croix Theatre in Melbourne, but not Titusville. Undoubtedly built and owned by the same family. To my knowledge the Magnolia was Titusville’s only theatre. Is the old Van Croix building still standing.
When I visited the Clermont Historical Association at least a year ago, the person in charge told me the theatre was at the site of the newspaper’s offices.
I believe the local newspaper now occupies the site of the Lake Theatre in Clermont.
Picture of film being projected on the Garden Theatre’s screen, October 2, 2010 View link