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RickB commented about Alvin Theatre on Aug 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

Ballroom dance studio and banquet hall planned for the Alvin; renovations scheduled to begin by month’s end. DNAInfo story here.

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RickB commented about Studio Movie Grill at 69th Street on Jul 23, 2015 at 7:50 am

Studio Movie Grill opens today.

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RickB commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Here is a reminiscence from a member of the family that owned the theater in the 1940s and ‘50s.

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RickB commented about Park Theater on Jul 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Here is an issue of the Reading Eagle with a story on the demise of the theater on Page 1 and some of its history on Page 3. The fire that put the theater out of business came on May 19, 1978; the November 20 fire mentioned in the description just caused a little more damage to the ruins.

As for James Maurer, per the story he was operating the theater as a burlesque house in 1964, when he and two strippers were arrested in a raid. Sometime between 1974 and 1976 he bought the theater building; he is reported to have leased it to a Trenton, New Jersey company in September 1976, leading to the return of burlesque at the Park. However, Maurer must have still been involved in the operation of the theater as he was arrested in another raid in January 1977. On May 3, 1978, the city declared the theater and the adjoining Daniel Boone Hotel unfit for human habitation. Maurer appealed the ruling and both businesses stayed open, but the fire rendered the appeal moot.

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RickB commented about Old South Theatre on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:38 am

The other picture in the photo section shows the flip side, which reads “GOOD FOR ONE ADMISSION.” So it’s a token—maybe a freebie, maybe something you had to drop into a turnstile for entrance.

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RickB commented about Royal Theatre on Jun 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

Another step toward the demolition.

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RickB commented about Admiral Theatre on Jun 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Blog post with an ad from the day after the opening and a circa 2011 picture here.

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RickB commented about Collingswood Theatre on May 28, 2015 at 9:46 pm

An entrepreneur wants to open a “tattoo and gallery” business in the theater building; looks like it would be in what was once the entrance area. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Boyd Theatre on May 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

What Philly’s getting in place of the Boyd: a 27-story apartment tower. Inga Saffron of the Inquirer has absolutely nothing good to say about it.

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RickB commented about 1948 photo via the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. on May 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I’ll take a guess at what might have been playing: Loretta Young in “The Accused” with Robert Cummings, and “The Countess of Monte Cristo” (Sonja Heine’s last feature).

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RickB commented about Landis Theatre on Apr 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

Vineland Development Corporation is now operating the theater, basically renting it to promoters for shows. This philly.com story is about downtown Vineland in general, but has a few paragraphs about the Landis.

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RickB commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Apr 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Alderman has OKd a plan to convert the theater into a storage facility and turn its parking lot into a park. DNAInfo story here.

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RickB commented about Central Park Theatre on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Named by Landmarks Illinois to their 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

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RickB commented about Savoy Theatre on Apr 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Here is a photo of the theater as the Towne, after closing.

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RickB commented about Follies Theater on Mar 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Link to the Tribune’s story on the Follies fire.

On November 14, 1974, the Follies was one of four Chicago adult theaters targeted by a bomber or bombers.

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RickB commented about Prince Theater on Mar 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Followup story with more programming plans and an interior picture here.

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RickB commented about Prince Theater on Mar 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

Film Society of Philadelphia buys the theater with $8 million in funding from a foundation. The venue will continue to be available for live shows; it will reopen March 18 with The Last Jimmy, a hip-hop musical. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Lansdowne Theatre on Mar 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

Up next: some exterior work and a campaign to get a liquor license. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Metropolitan Opera House on Feb 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

The Met was damaged by two serious fires in the post-WWII years. On February 5, 1948, flames caused $165,000 in damage to the balconies. This was followed by a four-alarm fire on April 11, 1950, that rose from the base of the stage to the roof and caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. (From Billboard, April 22, 1950, p.25.)

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RickB commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Under contract for a sale to Eddie Carranza, per DNAInfo.

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RickB commented about St. James Theatre on Feb 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

The St. James is the red brick building right next to the Mayfair. Perhaps it never got its own postcard.

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RickB commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

From CBS News, a 22-picture slideshow, including some from Matt Lambros.

I’m just glad that we can still make things like this happen.

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RickB commented about Sourwine Theater on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:35 am

Sourwine and Sauerwein appear to be actual surnames, so my first guess would be that the theater was named for its owner.