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Sadly the theater as It stands today is a mess.
I went there last month and It;s in dire need of a renovation of some kind. It was kinda dirty and the screen had a tear in it. The seats were broken and It had a weird smell. The picture on the screen seemed like they weren’t using enough lighting amps because the image was very dark.. I noticed this many times at the theater being it’s multi-plex.
I remember the Meadows in it’s single and twin screen days more so the twin. I remember seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a child and all the bond fims at the time and I all the Pink Panther films there.
I remember the art deco 60’s – 70’s wallpaper? that was white with black drawings of movie stars heads like Elizabeth Taylor and Monroe..
It was a great theater.
I used to go this theater all the time..
I remember the odd art deco chandeliers that hung down in a rows going down both sides of the auditorium that always reminded me of pasta shells.. lol
I would love to go in and see the inside.
It’s so weird how I can recall this theater In It’s operation like It was yesterday. Let’s get togther and damand a tour.
Maybe someone can get a TV documentry or something about these type theaters and get the ok to look inside?
Love to see the secrets.
Nevermind I got what you are saying!
“The Elephant Man” was rated PG
Find out what’s in the basement!!!
Weird that you say “It’s Banned” sounds like some secrets need to be uncovered. lol
Also is the top floor used as part of the church aswell or is it closed off?
If it’s haunted I may be some old time Bingo players.. lol
The only time I came view of this theater In it’s operation as it’s “The Mayfair” days Is when a friend of mine had to give another friend a lift to It.. to see some porno’s lol..
I’ve been there recently a few times to do some laundry across the street at the 24hr laundromat.
BTW people where are you finding those fun newspaper ad’s??
It’s real sad to see what became of this location, from the photo’s I’ve seen.
Why do old movie theaters seem to always wind up becoming some kind of church? lol The neighorborhood Is really a nice area but those photo’s make it look otherwise.
To EdSolero I don’t remember at all the date to when the theater closed nor remember the theater in operation since It was before I was born. I go be the memories of my parents who now passed.
I never heard about this girl.. when was It, that she suppositly killed herself? huh maybe It’s haunted hehe.
I have no idea about this girl who comm
This location was a bowling alley as I rememeber from when I was very young for a short time after the theater closed. It was a bingo hall for all through the 70’s and 80’s. The upstairs being the balcony that was seperated off and to my knowledge was never used, except for this one weird occation in the 70’s when There was a few people renting the floor for some kind of church that lasted a week, and I did get to sneak up stairs to see what It looked like and from what I saw was a theater seated balcony and a camera booth centered in the middle.
I don’t know what this place now looks like inside but I bet the balcony I saw is now gone.
Yes! The other theater mentioned here was called “The Victory” I had grow up right down the street from the location but I am not sure to when it closed down. My guess is in the 60’s. I only remember it when bottom was a bowling alley for a little time then closed and turned into a bingo hall through out the 70’s to early 90’s. The top floor was always vacant to my knowledge, but I remember seeing it once filled with theater seats in the 70’s.
Now it’s an Asian church.
As for the good old Bayside on Bell, I used to go there a lot and remember it when it was a one screen theater, which was in need of a lot of work. It always seemed very old and dirty. The screen had this non working ugly whitish color that stayed open on the side of the screen. I remember also that the lighting was very low during intermissions and a weird dusty smell.
Then in the early 80â€™s became a twin with a theater on the top and bottom then a quad a little later, which I never really liked too much.
The screens were too small.
I preferred the Lowes Bay Terrace that wasnâ€™t too far from this one off Bell.
I had loved this theater the most out of all the neighborhood movie houses, such as The Prospect which was up Main Street and the Quartet on Northern.
The Keiths bring back very haunting memories when I see It today standing like the tomb It Is.
I can remember the place as if I stepped into the lobby yesterday and kind of brings a slight tear of sadness to know It will never be alive again as it once was.
I remember seeing the 70’s horror film “Bug”, one of the Sinbad films before it became a triplex and do remember that big water fountain that stood in the lobby.
The sound which echoed through the auditorium in this theater was amazing and also another haunting memory.
When it became a triplex I always hoped that the movie I was going to see was featured in cinema 1 being the top floor that was once the balcony. That room was fantastic it had a feeling as if you were sitting in an out door stadium in some weird far off land.
I remember these two big chandeliers that hung on each side of the room’s entrance and the blue night sky above the coliseum walls.
I saw so many films here; Andy warhols “Frankenstein” in 3D, “Saturday Night Fever”, “The Omen”, “Grease”, “star Wars”, “Alien”, “Friday the 13th”, “Airplane”, all of the mel brooks films at the time and many double bills that would play …sooo many.
“Running Scared” was my last film to see at this great place.
I miss it still ever since it’s closing in ‘86 :(
I would love to be able to go inside and look around at it now to see the ghosts that linger.