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marcusexp commented about The Sleeping Giant of Hollywood on Feb 5, 2007 at 11:14 am


Thanks for the info. I’d like to add that Consolidated Amusement hired Hawaii’s best architect to design the Waikiki Theater prior to World War II. The Waikiki Theater was featured in historic calendars and publications by the state of Hawaii. Consolidated remained an independent Hawaiian business until recently. While the signage still reads Consolidated, the real Consolidated Amusement Corp that built beautiful landmark theaters, continued to support live organ music while others built warehouse like multiplexs, and was a class act, that Consolidated just doesn’t exist anymore. The minutes from the various community meetings indicate that Pacific Theaters had full intentions to close and demolish the Waikiki Theater before the purchase even occured.
The land value of the Waikiki Theater was one of the main reasons
for Pacific to buy out Consolidated Amusements. Buying theater properties and redeveloping them is a big part of Pacific Theaters business plan, and a large percentage of their profit. Robertson Properties is owned by Pacific Theaters. The minutes of these meetings are public record.
Like Waikiki Beach, Hollywood Boulevard is becoming revitalized.
The Warner Hollywood theater should be restored and open for business. I don’t want to see a FOOTLOCKER HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTORE take the place of the Warner Hollywood theater. Based on Pacific’s track record and the fact that they have a wholly owned inhouse
redevelopment company to handle the disposal of unprofitable theaters, I sure hope the situation is being watched carefully by
theater and historic preservation groups in the area. I’d hate to
find the Warner Hollywood gone on my next visit to LA.

marcusexp commented about The Sleeping Giant of Hollywood on Feb 4, 2007 at 9:24 pm

I don’t trust Pacific Theaters. They have a real estate division
called Robertson Properties that acquires older theaters for
their redevelopment value. Go to the Waikiki Theatre page to
see some of their fine work. The Tropical Art Deco Waikiki
Theater was demolished for a FOOTLOCKER SUPERSTORE!

It is my understanding that Pacific has close ties with Disney.
Disney is rumored to have some ownership interest in Pacific.
If that is true, how could a company like Disney that supports
historic movie theater preservation allow Pacific Theatres to
redevelop historic theaters hiding behind the alias of Robertson

marcusexp commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on Jun 9, 2006 at 7:58 pm

I made a mistake. The number I listed is NOT toll free. I apologize. I will however provide my toll free number to serious

marcusexp commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on Jun 9, 2006 at 7:56 pm

Your advice is indeed sound in most cases. Fact is Mrs. Warner,
Sr. was elderly, but she never had grand children. Her estate is
a matter of public record at the Anne Arundel County register of wills. Her phone number 410-849-8054 has never changed and remains connected after her death. Her vintage car was a Silver Cloud II,
not a Mercedes. Say what you want about me, but respect the memory of my late mother. The poster collection is there. If I am unable to sell it for $900.00, O.K. This fall, I will have it inventoried/appraised. It might be worth more, it might be worth less, it might not be worth anything. Her vintage car and her poster
collection are indeed still stored in her garage in Annapolis.
If you do not believe me, make an appointment to see for yourself.
My number is toll free 1-540-433-0875.

marcusexp commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on Jun 1, 2006 at 7:39 am


I’d love to get rid of them! They have been stored in a climate controlled garage for years. I’d rather have the space emptied so I have more room for my classic cars and auto memorabilia. Mom was into movie posters; I have no appreciation whatsoever. I love grand old movie palaces, not 1960-1980’s movie posters. You can e-mail me
at and I’ll send you some information.

marcusexp commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on May 31, 2006 at 7:07 am

Warren, thanks for the sage advice. I am very willing to part with the posters at less than their value. I was the executor of my mother’s estate and frankly the movie posters are a lose end. She had a significant estate; it has taken two years to sell her
real estate holdings and settle her estate. Frankly I am worn out,
and would gladly part with the poster collection at a most reasonable price.


marcusexp commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on May 31, 2006 at 2:15 am

My late mother kept box after box of theater movie posters.
It would be great for them to find a home where they would
be appreciated. I know some posters have some value.
There are just so many and I do not have the time. I would be happy to get rid of them all at a very reasonable price.

Annapolis, Maryland

marcusexp commented about Beekman Theatre on Dec 30, 2005 at 4:38 pm

GREAT JOB documenting Sloan Kettering’s demolition of the Beekman!
Sloan Kettering should have listened to the community and found a way to build their cancer center and preserve this great theatre.
Your photos need to be posted on the first page of Cinema Treasures.
Thanks for being there with your camera.

marcusexp commented about In search of Art Deco space in NYC... on Oct 12, 2005 at 7:52 pm

While I do not know your exact needs, Hilton has a good record for
working with non-profit groups. I guess it couldn’t hurt to ask if they could offer something at their Waldorf=Astoria location. It sure is an art deco treasure with many such rooms as you describe.
Their number is “Eldorado 5” 3000. 0r 212-355-3000 if you prefer.

marcusexp commented about URGENT -- Waikiki Theatre Demolition on May 16, 2005 at 8:30 am

Last time I was on the island of Oahu, the Varsity was still open.
It is also a vintage C. W. Dickey designed movie theatre. I know however that the University of Hawaii has expansion plans that included demolition of this little gem. (The Waikiki was C. W. Dickey’s theatre masterpiece; the Varsity is not as large.)
To the best of my knowledge, Waikiki does not have any existing
restored or unrestored old theatres. (The Waikiki 1 and 2 are closed and will be used for retail. They are next door to the recently demolished Waikiki Theatre.)

I think Waikiki Beach is part of the City of Honolulu. Some wise folks in Honolulu saved the beautiful Hawaii Theatre from demolition.
I don’t think it is set up for movies. I think it specializes in live performances. Check out its listing here on Cinema Treasures.
Thanks for remembering the great Waikiki Theatre!

marcusexp commented about Looking for One Night in a Historic NY Theatre on Apr 29, 2005 at 1:16 pm

Sure hope it DOES NOT happen, but the Beekman is scheduled to close in May. A nearby hospital has plans to demolish the building soon thereafter (see the listing in Cinema Treasures for details) It is a beautiful theatre in NYC that would have a current occupancy permit, electricity, utilites, etc. GOOD LUCK on your project!

marcusexp commented about Waikiki 3 on Apr 27, 2005 at 3:41 pm

To answer your question, Bklyn Cinemas, a FOOT LOCKER and a PIZZA PARLOR !!! I used to like Foot Locker and California Pizza Kitchen;
you can be sure I will never buy another shoe at any Foot Locker nor
and any more pizzas at any California Pizza Kitchen location!

Speaking about Brooklyn, I assume you are from New York. Any possibility that the great BEEKMAN THEATRE in New York will be saved? It is still open and in perfect shape; however, I understand the wrecking ball is scheduled this year. Like the Waikiki, it is listed in the Library of Congress photos.

marcusexp commented about Waikiki 3 on Apr 19, 2005 at 10:40 am

Hard to believe architect C.W. Dickey’s theatre masterpiece is now
just a pile of rubble.