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Joe Vogel…if you look in the photo section, there is a black and white photo of the Bing Crosby Picture “Road to Rio”—if you look very closely above it, it spells out P U E N T E !!!
Guys….between the site not accepting photos for a few years, AND me not getting around to it, it has been a while. Finally….I dug this out and here it is for your enjoyment.
This was taken when I had to go back to Denver on business in 2004. I went inside the salon and the ladies were really nice to me. Most of the salon is in the area where the lobby and the snack bar was.
If you Google Map 1500W Littleton Blvd, you will see this show up…look for the “Adventures in Dance” location, a little to the right of the red “A” denoting the address. This is the end of the building where the Woodlawn was.
Other interesting tidbits…the “Savers” building, right North of the Woodlawn, used to be, I believe, a Safeway…it has that odd domed architecture that was popular for a few years. Across Littleton Blvd you can see one of the last “A-frame” International House of Pancakes buildings. Sadly, it is closed at the time the Google images were taken…it was open I believe when I was there in 2004. I used to eat there with my mom when she took me shopping, we are talking 1966 and 1967. I still remember her eating the “diet plate”, hamburger patty, cottage cheese and Ry-Krisp. Funny, 45 years later we call that a proper weight loss diet, and they “got it” back then. I loved going to that place.
Hope you guys enjoy the picture and memories!
Valkaries…I have a photo of this, let me try to dig it out. I took it when I made the first post—OMG—6 years can it be??? But CT was not accepting pics at that time. Now that it is back up, I will dig up that picture! Hold on!
I am thinking of going over there maybe this weekend and seeing what the deal is.
I went down to the Chino Theater site and took some pictures of it today, September 15th 2007. I put them up on my own site for the enjoyment of others. Here it is:
I saw the first “Rocky” there. I will never, ever forget leaving that theater after the movie late on a winter Chicago evening. We got into our car after a movie and it was the coldest I have EVER been in my life, by far. Leaving the auditorium, crunching through snow to our aqua colored Buick with the matching aqua interior that vinyl SO cold! What we did for movies back then.
What great memories of that theater.
I too saw 2001 at that theater, twice. It made me totally fall in love with movies (well, back then, not now.) We lived in southwest Denver so going to the Cooper was not an every day thing, but we would always then go over to some place like Furr’s Cafeteria or all the way down to Top of the Rockies to cap off a matinee.
I think I saw Krakatoa East of Java (sp?) there, although sometimes I get confused between films I saw there and another theater that is gone, which I think was called the 21st Century.
To answer Ken’s question, it is a few miles east of the 71. It is much closer to the 60, if you were to get off 60 at Central and go South it is a few blocks down, you can’t miss it.
A 10 lane bowling alley is pretty small!
We live in an amazing area. Only a few miles North of the Chino is the Pomona Fox. You may remember that this theater was very glamorous and used by Fox to preview movies to get reactions from non-city non-Hollywood audiences, as it was still relatively closeby.
A few comments.
I live 3 miles from this former theater. It is NOT in Riverside. It is in downtown Chino, near Riverside DRIVE. Perhaps this is what was meant!
The vertical signpost, if you will, is still there and spells out CHINO in letters that are in good shape. The facade is no longer indented as shown in the picture—which must have been gorgeous. It is now flat.