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Scott commented about Streator, IL - Will the show ever go on at Majestic Theater? on Jun 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

So this property could be picked up for about $30K? I wonder how much it needs in repairs?

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Scott commented about Joy Theatre on Apr 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Z-shaped lot. Sounds like a challenge for an architect.

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Scott commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm

I didn’t realize the Rialto Square Theatre relied, in part, on tax revenue. I love the place but I don’t see why the government should be funding the operation of a theatre. I know many theatres are owned and operated by municipalities, but I assumed they were largely, or completely, self-sustaining.

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Scott commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

David, I believe you’re correct about JAM being the only one at the sale. However, at the time I was thinking that their interest was really in controlling the property, rather than spearheading a renovation. I am probably wrong about that, but it is curious nothing has happened with the theatre since. I realize there are a myriad of hurdles standing in the way of re-development, none of which are JAM’s fault. The Uptown Theatre is an incredible building with a multitude of factors working against it.

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Scott commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

Hi Bobby. I suspect you’re right about JAM expecting government assistance from a combination of city, state, or federal programs. I also suspect, though I have nothing to back it up, that JAM wanted the Uptown to keep other players, such as Livent, from getting a major foothold in the Uptown neighborhood. A restored Uptown Theatre could divert some shows away from JAM’s Aragon Ballroom and Riviera Theatre, which would threaten their viability.

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Scott commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

No doubt JAM has tax deductible expenses associated with the Uptown, but it doesn’t make sense to keep a property like this just to have deductible expenses. It’s better not to have the expense in the first place. I have questioned JAM’s intentions with the Uptown since they won the bid to purchase the theatre in 2008.

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Scott commented about Paradise Theater on Apr 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

I am curious what your source is for the $5 million price tag? My understanding is that the cost was around $1.5 million, though I don’t know if that included the adjoining storefronts that were part of the project.

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Scott commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

I thought the RKO International 70 was the Palace Theatre on 6th Street?

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Scott commented about Orpheum Theater on Mar 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

What an odd auditorium. Don’t recall ever seeing boxes running along the front of a balcony. Interesting design. Too bad it didn’t survive the 1960s.

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Scott commented about Theatre Gems: Act Two: A Look at Birmingham, Alabama’s Historic Theaters on Jan 5, 2016 at 4:32 am

The Alabama Theatre was influenced by art deco designs? I’m not seeing that. And the Chicago Theatre was certainly not an example of art deco. The art deco style had not yet emerged at the time of the Chicago’s opening in 1921. And who was “May” West?

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Scott commented about Esquire Theatre on Aug 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Beware – post above by kitsravi is spam.

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Scott commented about Elwood Theatre on Aug 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Looks like a downtown full of parking lots. Lovely.

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Scott commented about Stanley Theater on Aug 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

The Pinterest photo, which is the same as the one uploaded here, is from 1924.

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Scott commented about ORPHEUM Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin, 2011. on Jul 31, 2015 at 7:21 am

Hopefully they changed the sign to “Gov Scott Walker starring in How to Prevail Over the Big Government Freedom-Hating Union-Loving Lefties.”

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Scott commented about Senate Theater on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

I remember when this theatre burned down. But can’t recall for sure if it had already closed. Seems like it was still operating when it caught fire.

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Scott commented about Ambassador Theatre on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

I wish I had ventured inside the Granada. Drove by it a number of times but never stopped to see a movie. The facade was indeed impressive.

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Scott commented about Ambassador Theatre on Jul 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Norman, I believe I attended a show at the Ambassador in the mid 1970s. My memory of it is vague, as I attended many shows back then in various theatres. However, judging by the pictures I’ve seen, I would say that the lobby and foyer areas of the theatre were standard Rapp & Rapp; nice, but not much in the way of originality. The auditorium was another matter, however. That was obviously a beautiful work of art, and the silver leaf must have been something to see. Such a shame the theatre was destroyed, but then, it’s hard to imagine that a theatre in that location would be well attended today. I guess it’s possible that it could have been a catalyst for an entertainment district down there, but I don’t think it would have worked.

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Scott commented about Ambassador Theatre on Jul 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Norman, I live in the St Louis area and agree with your point. However, I would say that the Fox Theatre is much more ornate than the Peabody. The Peabody is nice, but is more restrained in its ornamentation.

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Scott commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

Yes, these lights can change color. I don’t know how many colors can be projected, but purple is not the only option.

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Scott commented about Marbro Theatre on Mar 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm

I have uploaded a Marbro picture. Almost identical to the postcard view I uploaded previously. No doubt was taken at the same time using the same camera set up.

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Scott commented about Paradise Theater on Jan 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

I notice that the main entrance to the strip mall at the SE corner of Pulaski and Madison has the word “PARADISE” in large letters above the doors.

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Scott commented about Egyptian Theatre on Dec 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

Bobby, unfortunately I won’t be in town this weekend. I’m about 5 hours away so it’s a problem attending events there.

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Scott commented about New Regal Theatre on Oct 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

It never occurred to me before but I suppose there are a number of similarities between the Avalon (New Regal) and the Paradise. I’m sure the same could be said about the now-defunct Capitol, also on Chicago’s south side. Since the New Regal is the only remaining Eberson theatre in Chicago it would be very sad if it is torn down at some point. Hopefully they can make it work.

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Scott commented about Carolina Theatre on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

Thanks Patsy. I read the Observer article but it didn’t come across to me whether they were going to attempt to replicate the original lobby. Hopefully they will at least adhere to it in style. I didn’t realize the facade was saved. That was a good bit of foresight.

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Scott commented about Carolina Theatre on Oct 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

Since the lobby and entrance were both demolished, has the Foundation announced its plan with respect to those spaces? That is, are they going to build a lobby based on the original design, or are they going with an entirely new design?