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RickB commented about Logan Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

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 11:50 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 12:30 pm

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 11:50 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 22, 2017 at 3:17 am

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 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

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 12, 2017 at 2:30 am

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 12, 2017 at 2:12 am

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 3, 2017 at 12:10 am

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 16, 2016 at 12:56 am

$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 15, 2016 at 1:06 am

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 11:49 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 26, 2016 at 7:55 am

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 11:01 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 12:50 pm

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 1:05 pm

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.

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RickB commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 15, 2016 at 12:46 am

This self-guided walking tour of Hammonton includes a picture of the Rivoli on page 11 of a PDF file. The picture is small, but the PDF zooms nicely.

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RickB commented about Landis Theatre on May 11, 2016 at 11:48 am

Bay Atlantic Symphony moves its subscription series to the Landis in the fall. They’re starting with Mozart’s Requiem; let’s hope it’s not an omen. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Apr 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Upper floors of the theater building set to become a 198-room hotel, opening in September 2017. DNAInfo story here.

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RickB commented about Marbro Theatre on Mar 28, 2016 at 12:15 am

October 17, 1963 appears to have been the Marbro’s last day of operation; the features were “The Caretakers” and “Johnny Cool.”

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RickB commented about Broad Theater on Mar 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm

“The brick and stucco building at 636 N. Broad St. is one of very few examples of Spanish Mission style architecture in New Orleans. It was built in 1923 and sold the following year to plumbing, heating and ventilation contractors Sciambra & Masino, whose name is still on the building. It has served as home to a charity bingo hall, a boat shop, a plumbing supply company and the House of Champions boxing gym, among other businesses.” From a story on the development of the theater here.

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RickB commented about Town Center 10 on Mar 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Now AMC’s buying Carmike, which may mean yet another new owner here.

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RickB commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Feb 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Brief video of Broadway in late 1929, beginning with a shot of the Embassy Newsreel and proceeding up the street to the Strand. Go here <warning: autoplay audio>, click on “Sound”, find “Noise Abatement Commission” in the far right column toward the bottom and click there.

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RickB commented about Strand Theatre on Feb 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Brief video of Broadway in late 1929, beginning with a shot of the Embassy Newsreel and proceeding up the street to the Strand. Go here <warning: autoplay audio>, click on “Sound”, find “Noise Abatement Commission” in the far right column toward the bottom and click there.