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JAlex commented about Northland Cinema on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:20 am

Closing date was July 29, 1999.

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JAlex commented about Colony Theatre on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

The photograph was taken in December 2009.

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JAlex commented about Keller Plaza 8 on Jul 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

The Wehrenberg carpet was ripped out over one year ago in the lobby and corridors. It remains as the runner in the auditoria. Perhaps they didn’t realize what a replacement would cost.

A couple of cost-saving moves are of note as well. Tickets are often sold at the concession stand rather than have someone in the boxoffice. Also, a couple of weeks ago they discontinued their ads in the local newspaper.

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JAlex commented about Apache Theatre on Jul 10, 2016 at 8:43 am

The name change from New Shenandoah to Apache was a manoeuvre to become first in the alphabetical neighborhood theatre listings in the newspaper.

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JAlex commented about Colony Theatre on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

The Waverly Theatre opened in May 1921. With a change of ownership in 1934 the theatre was renamed the 40th Street. The structure suffered a fire in 1945, was closed, and was replaced in 1948 with a new structure, and name, as the Colony Theatre. Theatre started showing X-rated films in 1974 which continued until closure in 1992.

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JAlex commented about JC Cinema on Jul 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

A series of photos available with the Enquirer story.

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JAlex commented about El Rey Theatre on Jun 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

Theatre, as a movie house, certainly lasted past 1975. I saw films there in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

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JAlex commented about New Merry Widow Theatre on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

Ameren Corporation (the local electric company) intends to renovate this building as offices. Ameren headquarters across 18th street from this structure.

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JAlex commented about Hudson Theatre on Jun 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

Correct name of the theatre was the HUDSON. It appeared as early as 1911 in the City Directory. The address was 1100 Park.

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JAlex commented about New Grand Central Theatre on Jun 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

“The Jazz Singer” opened Christmas Day, 1927 and had a 10-week run.

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JAlex commented about Eagle Theater on Jun 2, 2016 at 10:31 am

Let’s also mention Pontiac is one of the stops of Amtrak’s trains between St. Louis and Chicago.

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JAlex commented about Lincoln Theatre 1941 on May 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

Old-timers still call Scott “Scott Field.”

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JAlex commented about AMC Crestwood Plaza 10 on May 25, 2016 at 7:24 am

The entire mall is currently being demolished.

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JAlex commented about Town Square 12 Cine' on May 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm

It may have “all the amenities,” but it sure has an off-putting exterior.

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JAlex commented about Randolph Theatre on May 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

When the Oriental Theatre opened next door in May 1926 a problem arose. Variety reported: “The Randolph street entrance of the Randolph Theatre, directly adjoining the Oriental entrance, is causing quite a bit of confusion. Absent-minded customers go to the Randolph, then howl for a money refund, claiming that they mistook it for the Oriental. Because of this the Universal house was forced to place a sign over the box office reading: ‘This is the Randolph Theatre.’”

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JAlex commented about Cleveland, OH - Historic Ohio Theatre lobby re-created 52 years after fire destroyed 1921 original on May 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

I thought Mr. Lamb had died in 1942.

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JAlex commented about Tower Theatre on May 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

The address of the Airdome was 4236 N. Grand, a block and a half south of the hardtop.

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JAlex commented about Galleria 6 Cinemas on Apr 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Yes. AMC’s last night of operation was 9/3/2001 (Labor Day). Moseley operation began 12/7/2001.

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JAlex commented about New Criterion Theatre on Mar 18, 2016 at 8:40 am

Structure is demolished.

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JAlex commented about 5 Star Luxury Seating Auditorium on Mar 5, 2016 at 9:22 am

Not very often we get to see a contemporary construction shot. Thanks!

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JAlex commented about Missouri Theatre on Mar 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

Week of Feb. 3, 1923 to be exact.

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JAlex commented about St. John's Cinema on Feb 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

“…stagehands began picketing the theatre as there was no work for them.” Description has it a bit warped. Stagehands began picketing the theatre as the owner refused to submit to union demands to hire them as there was no work for them. Certainly casts a different light on the situation.

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JAlex commented about Cinema 4 Center on Feb 28, 2016 at 8:45 am

The ad notes it was the first FOUR-theatre complex. The first multi-plex in the market had opened in 1964.

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JAlex commented about June 1st, 1951 grand opening ad on Feb 26, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Saturday, June 2, 1951 was opening night.

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JAlex commented about Skyline Drive-In on Feb 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

That Google map is not helping a bit. Where the Metrolink stop is was, some 50-60 years ago, where Natural Bridge Road ran.