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Half-moon doors are cool, but somebody decided to throw a changeup and go octagonal here. (Nods head, thoughtfully and approvingly.)
One poster here has mentioned in passing two Chicago theaters with external trusses: the Four Star and the Michigan. No pictures showing the trusses though.
The Imperial’s old block has been redeveloped with retail. This is how the area looks now.
If you ever go to the Patterson and find yourself needing to take a bus home, it’s easy to figure out where to wait for one.
It’s unfortunate that nobody seems to have gotten a really good color nighttime picture of this theater, as the marquee has pink and green neon and is huge for a suburban house. This one is all I could find.
The original marquee wasn’t too shabby either.
The latest idea: Planet Fitness. Philly.com story here.
I can remember reading a magazine article from the ‘70s mentioning “an old 20th Century-Fox movie theater” in Johannesburg that had been converted to an indoor shooting range…possibly this one?
Google Street View from February 2014 shows a “For Lease” sign on the Scientology store at this address.
Veteran concert promoter Herb Spivak said this afternoon in an interview on WXPN radio that he is involved with the restoration and that it is nearing completion. Watch this space…
Front page lead story in the Courier-Post! The video in the online version includes an artist’s rendering of the drive-in, dated 1963.
The Second City is expanding into the theater space, using most of it for their training programs. DNAInfo Chicago story here.
Link to story not working. Original story from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette here.
Looks like the Orpheum went through an adult phase. IMDB says the movie’s from 1982.
Link not working? Try this one.
I doubt that any theater in this area actually stayed in operation as late as 1967. When I was a kid (mid ‘60s to early '70s), the buses we rode on field trips to museums or the zoo had to come through here to take us home. It was on the edge of skid row, and it was just a mass of big old creepy buildings that looked like they had been abandoned for a very long time.
Here is the New Garden on December 1, 1938, being cited for “illegal projection.” Perhaps that banner over the sidewalk was a no-no.
After a shutdown of several months for the digital changeover, theater will reopen May 26 with four nights of classics. Philly.com story here.
I love the 3 Little Pigs getting top billing over the feature!
Hidden City Philadelphia includes a picture of the Imperial in a story on redevelopment along 60th Street.
Hidden City Philadelphia has an update on restoration efforts.
Returning to Cinema Treasure status? The owner says he’s remaking the back room into a 40-seat cinema.
Name of the theater has been changed along with that of the bank sponsoring it; it’s now the Santander Performing Arts Center. Web site has moved here.
Theater will close for renovations in June, then reopen under new management. Renew Theaters, a nonprofit that runs three single screens in Pennsylvania, will be the new operator. NJ.com story here.
Former employee arrested and charged in the robbery. WPVI story here.
Revenues have dropped, so the Ritz will present a fund-raising show on April 5. Philly.com story here.