Comments from Khnemu

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Khnemu commented about Cozy Theater on Nov 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm

The Cozy closed in 1928, reopened again in 1941, and was closed by 1949.

Khnemu commented about Dickenson Theatre on Nov 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm

The 1951 Film Daily Yearbook shows a seating capacity of 731 at the Junction Theater.

Khnemu commented about Dickenson Theatre on Nov 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm

From Moving Picture World dated July 14, 1917:

New 1,400-Seat Junction City Theater.

JUNCTION CITY, KAN. — A company of Salina men will build a theater at Junction City, Kan., to cost $30,000. The seating capacity will be about 1,400. The building will be of brick and reinforced concrete. This will no doubt prove a good business venture as Fort Riley, the government training camp, is only a short distance away, and Junction City is an outlet for pleasure and business for the soldiers in training.

Khnemu commented about Star Theater on Nov 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

An interesting article about the Star Theater from Boxoffice April 26, 1947:


SIOUX RAPIDS, IOWA — Workmen tearing down the old Star Theatre Bldg. here last week found in the ceiling the following message signed by Bert Roberts, J. Roberts, and E.O. Jennings, who gave their residence as Panora, Iowa. “Finished this ceiling wall and wood work during the month of December, 1913. Expect we will be old and gray headed by the time you find this.”

Also, an illustrated article from Showmen’s Trade Review dated February 1, 1947 about the newly built Sioux Theater, mentions the Star.

“Don and Edna Gran have a new theatre and a new seven room apartment to go with it. For twelve years Mr. and Mrs. Gran operated the old Star Theatre in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, population 1,000. Their principal objection to it was the raised auditorium, which patrons had to reach by way of two staircases. The war over, Don and Edna bought a 75 year-old hotel of wooden construction, tore it down, and saved the old, amply seasoned wood as part of their building material, and put up a luxurious new 400-seater with no stairs for patrons, but with a fine new apartment upstairs for themselves. They are now rebuilding the old Star Theatre as a store and three-apartments.”

Khnemu commented about Avalon Regal Theater on Nov 19, 2017 at 8:52 pm

The Avalon Regal hasn’t reopened as of yet, doesn’t look like it will be anytime soon after reading this article from the Chicago Tribune:

Khnemu commented about AMC Norridge 6 on Nov 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The AMC website lists this as the AMC Norridge 6.

Khnemu commented about Orland Square Cinemas on Nov 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

A movie theater is coming back to the Orland Square mall. The upper level of the Sears department store in the mall will be converted into a ten screen AMC theater, according to this story in the Chicago Tribune:

Khnemu commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

From the Exhibitors Herald of September 23, 1922:

Caro, Mich. — The Strand, Caro’s new vaudeville and motion picture house, has been opened by Manager James Chapman.”

Khnemu commented about Rochaus on Oct 20, 2017 at 3:59 am

Set to reopen next week as RocHaus, a live music venue.

Khnemu commented about Carol Theater on Oct 18, 2017 at 1:42 am

From The Film Daily April 25, 1941:

“The Manos Amusement Co., Toronto, O., will build a $65,000 theater building on the north side of Broad St., near Center St., Newton Falls, O. Seating capacity with be 800. Building, of brick and tile, will be two stories.”

Khnemu commented about Liberty 1 & 2 Theatres on Oct 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

From yesterday’s Daily Herald:

Khnemu commented about Japanese Cinema on Oct 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Movies are regularly screened during the summer months at Grant Park, Millennium Park, and many other parks across Chicago, but are not being shown in movie theaters. Should those parks also be added to Cinema Treasures because movies are sometimes shown there? This venue was a school, not a movie theater, that hosted a program of Japanese cinema for a few years, but doesn’t make it a “cinema treasure”.

Khnemu commented about Merle Reskin Theatre on Oct 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

From Movies In The Age Of Innocence, 3rd Edition (2014), by Edward Wagenknecht:

“As late as 1919 there was film called ‘The Birth Of A Race, The Story Of A Great Peace, In Two Parts’. This played the patrician Blackstone Theater in Chicago at a two-dollar top.”

After much searching both the Chicago Tribune and other sources, this is all I can find to reference films being screened at the Blackstone. There may have been others, but the Blackstone was for all intents and purposes always a live theater, and should not be listed on Cinema Treasures in my opinion.

Khnemu commented about Arcada Theater on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

From today’s Daily Herald:

Khnemu commented about Highland Park Theatre on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:58 am

You can own a piece of the Highland Park Theater:

Khnemu commented about Bishop Theatre on Sep 16, 2017 at 10:50 pm

The Bishop was open prior to 1914 as it is listed in an ad for Mutual Film in the Chicago Tribune dated December 7, 1913 showing theaters screening Mutual pictures.

The theater may have closed before the mid-1930s, per this blurb from Motion Picture News dated October 12, 1929:

“The Bishop, 1840 Ogden Avenue, has closed for an indefinite period.”

Khnemu commented about Granville Theatre on Sep 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

The last Chicago Tribune film listing for the Granville is July 30, 1915. It is listed for rent in the Chicago Tribune classifieds in June 1916, and by February 1923 a brief Chicago Tribune article mentions a real estate office at the address. From at least the 50s into the 90s, the building housed Mann Draperies and Interiors.

Khnemu commented about Stevens Theatre on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:56 pm

The theater must have opened by 1912, according to this article from the December 21, 1912 Moving Picure World the theater had just come under new ownership:

“F.O.Nielson, proprietor of the Parkway Theater, has purchased the Stevens Theater, at Evanston Avenue and Irving Park Boulevard. He took possession on Dec. 2. The Stevens will be closed for about three weeks and in that time will be remodeled and redecorated. Stevens seats 300 people.”

Khnemu commented about AMC Navy Pier IMAX on Sep 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm

The AMC Navy Pier IMAX reopens today with Stephen King’s “It”.

Khnemu commented about Brookline Theatre on Aug 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm

In the Chicago Tribune movie theater guide, the theater is listed between 1917 and 1922 as the New Brookline. The latest listing is from September of 1922. In 1924-25 the address is listed under places of worship. By 1926, the building is listed as “for rent” in the Tribune classifieds.

Khnemu commented about Europa Theater on Aug 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm

The Janet is listed in the October 16, 1909 Moving Picture World under “Chicago’s Family Theaters” listing various acts performing there that week including The Malcolms “travesty entertainers”, The Muehlners “eccentric comedy sketch artists” and Rose Johnson “singing and talking pianologue”.

Khnemu commented about Bijou Theater on Aug 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

The former Bijou is now the new location of Judy Maxwell Home ( termed an “urban general store” and owned by actress Joan Cusack.

Khnemu commented about American Theatre on Aug 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Photo added in photo section of this theater from a 1967 Chicago Tribune article about the Union Park neighborhood as the Teatro las Americas.

Khnemu commented about Roxy Theater on Aug 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm

The theater was already operating as the Grotto by June 1913 according to a small article in Variety of that month:

“Grotto theatre, Bay City, Mich., has discontinued vaudeville for the present and will continue through the summer with pictures.”

Also, from Exhibitors Herald of Feb. 26, 1921:

“Bay City, Mich. — Fire has destroyed the interior of the Grotto theater. Loss was estimated at $10,000”.

Khnemu commented about Music Box Theatre on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:05 am

The Music Box will be getting a new more energy efficient marquee (the vertical sign isn’t being touched) which will be completed by Thanksgiving. The theater owners say the public won’t really notice any difference in the appearance.