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MovieMgr commented about Bexley Theater on Jun 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Hi Mark, No, when I took over we had two projection booths and one projectionist. I’m not sure when the mirror configuration ended but it was due to sulfur in the well water used for evaporative cooling, it disorted the mirrors and thus the image projected. Of couse I knew Lou Sher and Bob Little well. I wonder if you knew any of the capital students who worked for me. I’m at

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MovieMgr commented about Kiva Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I started my career working at the Valley Art, along with the Kiva and Portofinos in Scottsdale. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

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MovieMgr commented about Valley Art Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:43 am

I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I started my career working at the Valley Art, along with the Kiva and Portofinos in Scottsdale. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

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MovieMgr commented about Cinema Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:35 am

Updated and edited on June 26, 2011 I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

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MovieMgr commented about Bexley Theater on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:33 am

Updated and edited on June 26, 2011 I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

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MovieMgr commented about Art Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:32 am

Updated and edited on June 26, 2011 I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

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MovieMgr commented about Loft Cinema on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:26 am

Updated and edited on June 26, 2011 I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

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MovieMgr commented about Teatro del Lago on Apr 30, 2006 at 8:44 am

I grew up in Winnetka, 1950-1958 and spent many wonderful Saturday afternoons not only at the Theatro but at the Glencoe and at the Community House in Winnetka. Little did I know that I would spend about ten years of my life managing movie theatres (see my comment under Rockhill in Kansas City). The 50’s, we were young and life was good, and so were the films. Wonderful memories.

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MovieMgr commented about Cinema Theatre on Apr 25, 2006 at 9:36 am

I was the mgr. here from 11/67 to late 1968. Ed Muckerman was my replacement.

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MovieMgr commented about Loft Cinema on Apr 25, 2006 at 9:14 am

I was the manager of of the original Loft Theatre at 6th & Fremont between 1964 and 1966. I also lived above the theatre.

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MovieMgr commented about Rockhill Theatre on Apr 25, 2006 at 7:41 am

I was the last Mgr. of the Rockhill Theatre. I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1972. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the Loft Theatre, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in KC, the Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio.
I moved to KC in January of 1967 to replace the Rockhill’s current manager. Shortly after Russell Patterson and the Kansas City Lyric Opera completed their ‘67 season, the manager I replaced went into Bill’s Bar (part of the Rockhill Theatre Building) made his way to the men’s room where he forced open a small door and made entry to the back stage area of the theatre. He set the curtains on fire and the Kansas City Fire Dept. spent 12 hours fighting the blaze. The ex-manager, after being fired from the Rockhill, went to Kansas City, KS, worked for another chain and eventually set fire to that theatre. He was convicted of arson and served time in Kansas. I do not know if he was ever prosecuted for the Rockhill fire. My wife and I spent last weekend (4/21-24/2006 in KC and I was saddened to see how run down that area of Troost between 46 and 47th has become. Feel free to contact me if you nhave any questions. I suggest you look up the Bexley Theatre in Ohio for some interesting reading and photo.
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