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richardg commented about Robins Theatre on Jul 4, 2022 at 11:11 pm

I’ll be attending a concert there in August of 2022. I’ll update any information I find out about the renovations and programming

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richardg commented about Grand Theatre on May 16, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Glad to see you’re still commenting on Cinema Treasures. You, like me love to visit these theatres in person and our passion shows in the comments we make.

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richardg commented about Dipson Theater on Feb 20, 2022 at 11:52 am

I was lucky enough to see this theatre right when it changed to a place of worship. It still looked very much like a theatre inside and its art moderne interior design was spotless. There was an abundance of flowers throughout so I’m thinking it might have been their first service. Dipson was a powerhouse movie chain in its day but today operates only a few theatres. Shame it’s gone

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richardg commented about Warner Theatre on Feb 20, 2022 at 11:18 am

During the 1970’s and 80’s the Warner had some rock and roll revival concerts. I attended several of them. Once that temporary signage is removed patrons will again be able to appreciate the curb appeal of this magnificent movie palace.

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richardg commented about Main Street Theater on Dec 15, 2021 at 10:07 pm

Yes, as mentioned above, this was part of the Manos chain. Unfortunately, the theatre was closed when I passed by so I can’t much information. Three years ago it was only open Friday through Sunday

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richardg commented about Robins Theatre on Dec 15, 2021 at 9:59 pm

This theatre was for sale approximately 3 years ago. Interested parties should phone 330 565 0255. You’ll need very deep pockets though. Restoration would be in the millions. The balcony is still intact but the nain floor has been leveled. Leveled in the sense that wooden framing was erected over the sloping floor to make it level. This was done during the 1970’s when the Ohio Bureau of Employment had offices in the theatres space. Later the space was used for storage but has been vacant for years. All the store fronts are vacant except for a lawyers office which owns the building. He is a relative of the original owners. Although this was a small theatre chain, Robins had no difficulty in booking 1st run films. They were, as mentioned above, cousins of the Warners. My information source didn’t know the seating capacity but judging from the exterior portion of the theatre it’s probably well over 1500. Someone in the Niles municipal offices told me the theatres roof has leaked for years and has been condemned by the city of Niles.

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richardg commented about Avalon Cinema on Aug 1, 2021 at 1:01 pm

It does as the photo indicates have a great marquee. Unfortunately, my arrival time in Platteville didn’t coincide with the theatres open times. I can’t provide much information except that it’s still operating

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richardg commented about Fenway Theater on Aug 1, 2021 at 12:44 pm

The Fenway Theatre was located in what is now know as the Fenway Hotel which was remodeled and a comfortable place to stay. The theatre closed in 1970 and became a disco named “Tino’s” The disco closed in the mid 80’s and the former theatre was vacant for awhile. The space then became a restaurant. This lasted a number of years and the space became vacant again. In 2018 the theatre space became a place of worship know as The Family in Faith Church. The full commercial kitchen from the restaurant and the bar from either the disco or restaurant remain. The floor was leveled probably during the disco era and the theater’s interior completely altered. The only clue that this was once a theatre is the sloping entrance to what was the theatre’s auditorium

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richardg commented about Grantland Theatre on Aug 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm

I visited this theatre in June of 2021. It was Cinema Appreciation Week so the Garland was showing a double feature consisting of A Quiet Place 1 & 2. The entire audience for this double feature consisted of four adults and two children. The Municipal Offices and Police Dept are an extension of the theatre building. Seating on the main floor has been upgraded with high back seats and cup holders. The balcony retains seats which look like are from the 1950’s or 60’s. If my count is accurate, balcony seating is 137. Main floor seating is about the same because of added leg room created by removing (my best guess) every third row of seating. The newer seats are also a little wider. This is a lovely building and theatre. Ornate but not overly so make for a wonderful movie experience. This is a theatre most of us would love to own. Yes, it has opera boxes.

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richardg commented about Dodge Theatre on Aug 1, 2021 at 11:47 am

I visited the Dodge Theatre in June of 2021 and was informed by the owner that the theatre is for sale. It’s a small theatre seating approximately 150 people. There is no balcony. A steel spiral stair case leads to the projection booth. When covid was at its worst the theatre was closed but made some revenue by selling popcorn to the towns residents. The towns people were supposedly very supportive of this effort. The theatre has a nice marquee with neon and milk glass. It is, as mentioned above, still part of the State Theatre Chain.

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richardg commented about Town Hall Theater on Apr 15, 2021 at 8:49 pm

I visited this theatre in the late 1970’s. One of the things that impressed me most was the attendance. Despite hundreds theatres closing form the 50’s through the 70’s, the Town Hall was nearly full on the night I attended. I asked a theatre worker to explain this phenomenon. She said “Lots of wealthy farmers in the area.”

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richardg commented about Rowland Theatre on Apr 15, 2021 at 8:25 pm

I revisited the Rowland 2 years ago and the balcony was still open to patrons. This time I got a behind the scenes tour by a young woman who managed the theatre. The second floor of the building originally contained several offices and the third floor was a ballroom. Other than the theatre the whole building is vacant. The third floor would make an excellent fitness center or yoga studio. The second floor is ideally suited for single use offices. Unfortunately, there is only one entrance/exit so todays zoning prohibits it usage. It’s very likely this great space will remain unused

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richardg commented about Paramount Center for the Arts on Apr 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm

I first saw this theatre in the late ‘70’s and was told by the owner that it was the second to last Paramount built. The theatre does not have a true balcony but does have raised seating in the rear rows. I don’t remember if the raised seating had always existed or if it was created during the 80’s renovations. I do remember though that the theatre was in reasonably good shape when I saw it in the 70’s. The staff at the Paramount is friendly and gave me a tour of the theatre when I visited 2 years ago.

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richardg commented about Cameo Theatre on Apr 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

The Cameo is now open as a concert venue. When I saw it almost two years ago,it was still being worked on but the owner told me they had already done a couple of band performances. There are no immediate plans to show movies

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richardg commented about Park Theater on Apr 6, 2021 at 7:26 pm

I passed by the theatre shortly after it was sold to the current owner. A small sign inside said will re-open as a multi venue site including movies. I again though about buying this theatre for a second time but the owner at that time asking price was to high. Although the theatre was used for car storage he had not leveled the floor and had retained all the seats.

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richardg commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 6, 2021 at 5:54 pm

Hi Muviebuf, I’m not sure I’m reading your comment correctly. Is the organ operating or was ir rmoved.

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richardg commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 6, 2021 at 5:46 pm

I had the pleasure of attending the Roxy on two different occasions. This is the type of theatre most of us would love to own. Its beautiful marquee, lovely auditorium and gregarious owner create a movie going experience from a by-gone era. The Friday night I attended there were about 150 patrons in attendance. When patrons left, they thanked the owner and why not– they got to see a good movie, a cartoon, and movie short all for a reasonable price. Refreshments are also priced reasonably. Sorry to hear about the organ. When I was there the owner was undecided about whether to restore it or not.

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richardg commented about H & S Theatre on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

It was built in 1926, and today’s admission price is just $4.00. It was closed when I passed through town so can’t add any interesting interior descriptions. Judging from lobby posters it looks as if its a strictly P.G. house. Too bad, the towns folk will miss most of the better films.

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richardg commented about Needles Theatre on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

The Needles Theatre housed a Masonic Temple in the front upper portion of the building while the theatre occupied the lower portion. Since the temple portion didn’t use the full length of the building, the theatre occupied the full height in a large portion of the building. I was informed many years ago the screen was moved forward (perhaps do to the installation of a new and larger screen?)
so that many seating rows and the original stage are actually behind the screen. Sadly, I was informed that nothing much is going at the Needles and that it is again for sale. A fire many years ago forced its closure and it never re-opened

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richardg commented about Texas Theater on Sep 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

The Texas is now open only Friday through Sunday. Admission is $5.00 and real butter tops the popcorn. The Sunday night I attended
there were about 20 moviegoers. The Texas does not have a balcony.

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richardg commented about Coleman Theatre on Sep 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

My timing was exact enough to enable me to have a guided tour of the Coleman Theatre. The newly cushioned seats (covered in the original fabric) are about 2 inches wider than the originals. Additional leg room was also created between rows so today the
main floor seats just over 600. The balcony seating is not yet complete and I forgot to ask about the estimated seating capacity.
This is one of nicest restoration of a theatre in the thousand seat range that I’ve seen. The citizens of Miami should be both praised and applauded for the effort and expense they’ve endured. This is one theatre to definitely see so add it to your bucket list today.

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richardg commented about Route 66 Movie Theatre on Sep 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm

The Route 66 theatre marquee doesn’t have the a normal milk glass background. Since it was daylight when I saw the theatre, I wasn’t able to determine if the background is opaque or not. The marquee does list the current movies with normal lettering but whether this is visible at night is questionable.

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richardg commented about Marvel Theatre on Sep 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

The Marvel Theatre is alive and well. The $6.00 admission including popcorn and a drink is hard to beat.

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richardg commented about Ada Theatre on Apr 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

The Ada is, I believe, for sale. The listing is through Century 21,
sorry, I didn’t jot down the number.

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richardg commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I returned to the Palace on April 3, 2010 and saw the movie, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief. I can only add, “This is how movies should be shown” I bought a good size drink and popcorn for a grand total of $3.00. The lobby of the Harding Hotel (now a Senior’s home and directly across the street from the thatre) is also a must see.