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RickB commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 11, 2017 at 3:36 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 5:02 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 4:16 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 3:36 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 5:33 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 5:13 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 3:11 pm

March 29-April 11, 1972.

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RickB commented about Delsea Drive-In on May 3, 2017 at 3:25 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 4:36 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 3:50 am

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

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RickB commented about Music Box Theatre on Apr 2, 2017 at 4:30 am

The picture reminds me so much of the Chicago Theatre and the Loop Theater—the little semi-storefront just to the right of the huge palace. Wonder if anybody thought to play the Schwarzenegger/Devito “Twins” in one of these.

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RickB commented about Regent Theatre on Mar 28, 2017 at 3:50 am

Here is the story on the demolition. This piece says that the building was essentially gone by December 2016.

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RickB commented about Crescent Theatre on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Last day of operation as the Crescent was on or about January 24, 1971, with “Soldier Blue” on the screen.

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RickB commented about Collingswood Theatre on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Last day of operation for the theatre appears to have been June 25, 1963; the final feature was “Hud.”

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RickB commented about Forepaugh's Theater on Feb 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

A July 17. 1960 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the building’s demolition said that the theater showed movies until about 1955, then was converted to retail use.

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RickB commented about Bijou Theatre on Feb 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm

The Bijou was demolished on May 25, 1967, according to a story in the Inquirer of the following day. The same story said that the theater closed in 1947. However, an April 13, 1947 Inquirer story about a sale of the building stated that the theater would continue in operation as a movie house.

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RickB commented about Airport Drive-In on Feb 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Last listing I can find for this one is December 16, 1969, with a quadruple feature of “Fanny Hill,” “The Wild Angels.” “The Glory Stompers” and “Hell’s Angels on Wheels.” For a few days after that ads ran saying “Theatre Closed—Visit our 61st Street Drive-In.”

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RickB commented about Tampa Theatre on Dec 15, 2016 at 4:56 pm

$6 million restoration project announced; new seating will be a highlight. Tampa Bay Times story here.

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RickB commented about Davis Theater on Dec 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Reopening tomorrow (12/15) with Rogue One. Long story with plenty of pictures here.

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RickB commented about Renel Theatre on Dec 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

The last day of advertising for the Renel in the Inquirer looks like September 12, 1970, with “Cry of the Banshee” and “Kiss and Kill” as the features. A November 28, 1971 story about neighbors protesting the XXX policy calls the house simply the Adult Theater, while a Daily News story from February 8, 1972 about a robbery of the place calls it the Consenting Adult Theater. The adult operation does not appear to have advertised in either of those papers.

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RickB commented about Regal Hamilton 12 on Oct 25, 2016 at 11:55 pm

The theater’s sign on Broad Street is now covered with a wrap announcing Regal’s ownership and the recliners. Doesn’t say when they’ll open but I suspect it won’t be too long.

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RickB commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Aug 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm

This 1980 story says that Kohlberg was the operator that was evicted to effect the 1981 closing. The owners of the building had plans to convert the two lower floors to retail and build a 1600-seat theater above them; obviously that never happened.

From my memory M&R was running the Oriental when I got to Chicago in 1976.

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RickB commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 1, 2016 at 4:50 am

The Strand will be serving pizza next year…but not movies. Longtime Boardwalk pizzeria Manco & Manco is moving in. Announced in a Facebook post here.

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RickB commented about Hoyts Pennsauken 10 on May 23, 2016 at 5:05 am

Just not a prime location for a theater. The kind of area that has tons of traffic screaming through but not much stopping. The site backs up to Route 38 but has no access from 38. The competing theaters were near Cherry Hill Mall and at Moorestown Mall—established, familiar destinations for 40+ years when this opened. People would probably drive past this to get to those areas, but not vice versa. Too many strikes against it.