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RickB commented about Orpheum Theatre on Feb 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm

December 12-15, 1962. That hard-to-read second feature is “Rat Race.”

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RickB commented about Oakland Square Theater on Jan 21, 2018 at 7:43 am

The theater must have gone back to screening movies as the Oakland Square after its days as the Affro-Arts (with a double f, circa 1968-69), as a February 28, 1971 story in the Tribune notes the arrest of two gang members for trying to shake down the theater manager. They allegedly wanted $75 a week not to stage demonstrations in front of the theater. The theater does not appear to have advertised in the Tribune at this time.

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RickB commented about Ridge Avenue Theatre on Jan 11, 2018 at 7:33 am

Dupont Street is in the Roxborough-Manayunk area, considerably northwest of this site. The theater in that picture is probably the Roxy Theatre.

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RickB commented about Ridge Avenue Theatre on Jan 11, 2018 at 7:31 am

Judging by the Street View, this building was demolished sometime between October 2016 and June 2017.

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RickB commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Dec 30, 2017 at 10:50 am

Daniel Talbot died yesterday (12/29/17). He was in his early 90s and had been married to Toby Talbot for 68 years. Variety obit here.

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RickB commented about Robins Theatre on Dec 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Theater has been sold to Downtown Development Group LLC; they plan to renovate and present concerts, comedy shows and movies. Tribune Chronicle story here.

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RickB commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Dec 19, 2017 at 6:10 am

Follow-up article says that the landlord needs to close the theater to do structural work on the plaza around the building. They claim that it will reopen as a cinema at some point.

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RickB commented about Uptown Theatre on Dec 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm

The future of the Uptown: as murky as ever. Crain’s Chicago Business story here.

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RickB commented about Guild Theatre on Nov 30, 2017 at 7:24 am

Last ad for the Guild in the Tribune looks like February 22, 1964, with “Lost Souls” and “Nature’s Playmates” on the screen. By April the venue was presenting live theater as the Hull House Sheridan, which appears to have lasted only through the end of that year.

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RickB commented about Chicago Theatre on Nov 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Last day of operation as a cinema was September 19, 1985 with “American Ninja” and “Teen Wolf,” both of which were also playing at suburban theaters. Plitt’s advertising for the Chicago at the end seems to have become sporadic at best—on the Saturday before the closing, their display ad notes an all-night Bruce Lee marathon at the Chicago but does not mention what might have been playing at other times. A Tribune story on the day after the finale alludes to $2.50 tickets and lots of martial arts films, so it’s likely that the theater was no longer a true first-run house.

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RickB commented about Mid `60's Demlinger Photograph. on Nov 7, 2017 at 12:23 pm

February 11-17, 1966. The features are “Hell Is For Heroes,” “Apache Uprising” and “5 Branded Women.”

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RickB commented about Traco Theatre on Oct 30, 2017 at 6:17 am

On the front of that sign it Looks like it says “Sun Ray Drugs,” which was a drugstore chain based in Philadelphia at that time. Possibly the drugstore took over the theatre space?

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RickB commented about Lansdowne Theatre on Oct 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Hidden City Philadelphia updates the Lansdowne’s status, with current pictures and one vintage photo.

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RickB commented about Oxford Theatre on Sep 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Theatre to close September 13; building sold, new owners will convert it to a commercial and residential complex. CBC story here.

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RickB commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

In memory of Adam West, here’s a shot of the premiere of the 1966 Batman movie at the Paramount.

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RickB commented about Toho La Brea Theatre on Jun 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

Pretty sure the corner panel says “KID SHOW SAT 2 PM” but the other panels are just too blurry for me, even when zoomed.

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RickB commented about Westmont Theatre on Jun 4, 2017 at 7:16 am

Philly.com story on downtown Westmont includes a picture of the theater. Planet Fitness has moved in, keeping the marquee but apparently changing the colors.

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RickB commented about Robinson Film Center on May 21, 2017 at 6:36 am

A 2008 Shreveport Times article says that at the center’s opening the two auditoriums were named the Grand Theater (135 seats) and the Celebrity Theater (49 seats).

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RickB commented about Queen Theater on May 17, 2017 at 8:33 pm

A change in operators here as Live Nation signs a 10-year lease; they’ll begin hosting concerts in July. Delaware Online story here.

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RickB commented about Venice Theatre on May 13, 2017 at 8:13 am

Mazie in 1946. Identified as “Maise, Queen of the Bowery” on this page of post-WWII New York photographs, about halfway down.

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RickB commented about Uptown Theatre on May 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm

March 29-April 11, 1972.

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RickB commented about Delsea Drive-In on May 3, 2017 at 6:25 am

Delsea Drive runs from the DELaware River to the SEAshore.

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RickB commented about Logan Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 7:36 am

Yes, the Stanley Warner theater chain was spun off from the studio by 1951. The full corporate history isn’t easy to trace, but in 1967 Stanley Warner was acquired by Glen Alden Corporation, which already owned RKO Theatres and combined the two chains as RKO-Stanley Warner. Some time later another merger created RKO Century Warner, which was acquired by Cineplex Odeon, which eventually sold its US holdings to AMC. By then I suspect that virtually all of the original Stanley Warner properties had been sold off or closed, but if The Saturday Evening Post could trace its history back to Ben Franklin’s print shop then I suppose you can say that AMC is Stanley Warner’s successor.

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RickB commented about Guild Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:50 am

Looks like this one is now occupied by The Friendship Circle, an organization for people with special needs.