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RickB commented about Nortown Theater on Jan 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Ultimately, the occupant of the Nortown site will be…a Wendy’s.

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RickB commented about Syndicated Theater on Jan 19, 2016 at 3:21 am

Theater only offers “quiet food” in the auditorium: items that don’t crunch loudly or require silverware. Brooklyn Paper story here.

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RickB commented about El Capitan Theatre on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Vaudeville dancers at the El Capitan, 1932.

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RickB commented about Crest Theatre on Jan 1, 2016 at 4:45 am

Jammer, in Philadelphia United Artists releases, including the Bond films, always seemed to show up at the Sameric theaters. Perhaps the chain that owned this theater had a similarly tight relationship with UA.

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RickB commented about Tivoli Theatre on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Last day of operation: September 19, 1963. Last features were “The Great Escape” and “Never Let Go.”

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RickB commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on Dec 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

New official web site.

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RickB commented about Globe Theatre on Dec 14, 2015 at 3:44 am

There is no current building. If you’re going by the map on this page, it’s completely wrong; this theater was much farther uptown and would have been torn down for the construction of the Showboat, if not before. Since St. Charles Place no longer exists, Google probably just put a marker at some random spot on the Boardwalk.

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RickB commented about Patio Theatre on Oct 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm

Sale expected to close soon, not to Carranza but to some unidentified party. Another DNAInfo story here.

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RickB commented about Terminal Theatre on Oct 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

For some reason that link goes to the page just before the targeted page. Scroll down, folks, I’m not messing with it any more.

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RickB commented about Terminal Theatre on Oct 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Another try for a link to the nice view of the front.

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RickB commented about Randolph Theatre on Oct 5, 2015 at 4:56 am

For some reason it was very hard to select that URL without getting more characters than I wanted, or fewer. Anyway, here’s a clickable link.

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RickB commented about Hyde Park Theatre on Oct 5, 2015 at 4:45 am

“Hyde Pk.”? They couldn’t afford an A and an R? Now, Williamsburg, that you can use an abbreviation for…

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RickB commented about Lititz Theatre on Sep 4, 2015 at 5:07 am

“I think you’re gonna need a bigger truck.”

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RickB commented about Normal Theatre on Sep 4, 2015 at 5:03 am

What is the 36 Broadway/Devon trolley car doing at 119th Street on the South Side? Just taking its regular route that began at 119th & Morgan and ran about 25 miles, mostly on State Street and Broadway until it ended at Devon. This through-routing appears to have lasted from 1937 to 1955, when buses replaced streetcars on the State Street segment. So if you didn’t like the attraction at the Normal, you could go see what was playing at the Granada…

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RickB commented about Alvin Theatre on Aug 6, 2015 at 6:34 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 4:50 am

Studio Movie Grill opens today.

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RickB commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 16, 2015 at 2:39 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 5:00 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 4:38 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 4:25 am

Another step toward the demolition.

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RickB commented about Admiral Theatre on Jun 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

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