Comments from JohnFaust

Showing 13 comments

JohnFaust commented about Stanley Center for the Arts on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:58 am


Wait ‘til you see the chandelier inside, and the beautiful new stagehouse and loading dock.

Mr G Waterman, from the posts above, come and take a look!
The loading dock is a thing of beauty.

JohnFaust commented about Stanley Center for the Arts on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:40 am


As part of the restoration of the facade and marquee, the original green paint color of the marquee was restored (similar to the color in the postcard at the top of this page).

In doing the work on the marquee— on the front, the WB circle was also found and put back on the front of the marquee .. the Stanley was a Warner Bros. theatre from about 9/14/08 ‘til it became a Stanley Warner Theatre later on.

JohnFaust commented about Stanley Center for the Arts on Sep 29, 2008 at 6:12 am

It’s now September 29, 2008 and we just celebrated the Stanley’s 80th Anniversary.

The Stanley just underwent a $20.5M expansion … including restoration of the facade and marquee, all new stage house and support wing, and additional public space with elevator.

View the Stanley website for construction photos and calendars for coming events:

JohnFaust commented about Pantages Theater on Aug 2, 2007 at 1:27 pm

Mr. Besse is absolutely correct. Thank heavens for all the theatre owners in so many US cities that “modernized” these theatres in the 50s and 60s so they could be fully restored — and truly upgraded — for our current appreciation and use. Think of the Cutler Majestic (Emerson College) in Boston, for example!

JohnFaust commented about Stanley Center for the Arts on Aug 22, 2006 at 9:17 am

The Stanley Theatre has a new website:

complete with info, pictures, and event lists!

check it out.

John Faust, Stanley Theatre Manager, Utica NY.

JohnFaust commented about Theaters with lobby waterfalls ????? on Jul 8, 2006 at 7:18 am

Fridley Theatres and Dubinsky in the 50s – 60s – 70’s had rock waterfall features in many of their theatres, including the Camelot in Nevada, Iowa; the Capri
(flagship theatre) in Des Moines, and also I think the theatres in Lake City Iowa and maybe Storm Lake.

JohnFaust commented about Thomas W. Lamb on Feb 13, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Don’t forget to visit the Stanley Theatre in Utica NY
(the sister to the Ohio in Columbis) and Proctor’s in Schenectady. Don’t forget the Mark Hellinger (now Times Square Church) in NYC!

JohnFaust commented about Any other 'Urban Outfitters' theaters? on Jan 5, 2006 at 8:34 am

The lobby of the Plaza Theatre at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City is now a Restoration Hardware (!). Some of the original layout and some of the decorative plasterwork is still evident (though all painted pristine white).
And it appears that the original stagehouse is now a gym …

JohnFaust commented about Stanley Center for the Arts on Dec 29, 2005 at 5:09 am

This is John Faust, current manager of the Stanley (here since 1980).

Yes, indeed the loading door is the same; HOWEVER, since 1980
we’ve done over $5.5M in restoration and improvement projects
and have really cleaned the theatre up.

AND, the good news is that we are embarking on a $17M project to
rebuild the stagehouse and support areas completely so there will be a two bay load in at stage level (NO STEPS OR ELEVATORS) and sufficient dressing rooms and spaces for catering, props, electrics etc. Most importantly, we are also tripling the size of the stage (to 50' deep, and 110' from side wall to side wall as well as raising the grid to 80').

We plan to start construction summer of 06 and complete it by November ‘07.

Also, we are proud of our local stagehands … Local #1 of the ITEA (Independent Theatrical Employees of America) who have been able to bring in any show through our current lousy door.

We are looking forward to an era of great new shows in our beautiful theatre!

John Faust, Stanley Manager

JohnFaust commented about DuPage Theatre Demolition Alert on Jun 12, 2005 at 3:13 am

Send all letters of support to
Ms. Deborah Dynako
Communications Director
Friends of the DuPage Theatre
125 S. Craig Place
Lombard, Illinois 60148

Phone: 312.286.4170

She will ensure all gets to the right places!

JohnFaust commented about Pantages Theater on Jun 4, 2005 at 1:22 pm

Here are some wonderful shots of the newly restored Pantages.
View link
Does anyone have any pix of this theatre when it was the MANN
and where Sound of Music ran for years?

It’s hard to believe it’s the same space

JohnFaust commented about Talent Factory on Mar 13, 2005 at 2:42 pm

This is so sad.

I managed the Camelot from January 1974 through 1978. It was
beautifully renovated / refurbished by Bob Fridley in 1969
(Before that it was indeed the Circle Theatre).

When I was there, the facade was a dark forest green. The interior
featured an atmospheric sky, lots of twinkling lights and the perimeter of the ceiling was edged by blue neon giving an effective night sky effect.

While I was there, the Camelot did have a first run of “Towering Inferno” that did outgross the nearby theaters in Ames for 4 weeks. (Unheard of for this discount house). But overall, the
theatre did only okay to poor business (with the exception of
Disney films).

It is too bad about this theatre … but it is the fate of so many single screen theaters — especially in small markets.

Nice photo by TC above!

JohnFaust commented about Stanley Center for the Arts on Mar 9, 2005 at 1:24 pm

The Stanley is reverting back to its original name of
“The Stanley Theatre”. It is owned and operated by the Central New York Community Arts Council, Inc. and is featured on their web site:

Every Tuesday in August the Stanley features a classic movie series.
For information, check the website or call the Stanley at 315 / 724 – 4000.