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RickB commented about Senate Theatre on Nov 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

From February 20, 1977, a brief article on the Senate’s demolition, treating it as an example of the many theaters torn down in the city’s neighborhoods. There’s a picture, but it’s from microfilm and so not very good. The movie listings on the page are better.

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RickB commented about Howard Theater on Nov 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The Howard disappears from the Tribune’s listings around Thanksgiving of 1975, with the last features that I found being a four-walled Sunn Classic double bill of The Outer Space Connection and Toklat. From the advertising style it looks like this was a Brotman & Sherman house in its later years, although the ads for the last couple weeks are generic listings separated from the Brotman & Sherman group.

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RickB commented about Royal Theatre on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Bill introduced in City Council for a zoning change that would facilitate the facadectomy. Story at PlanPhilly.

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RickB commented about Howard Theater on Nov 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

A little more poking around on the archives site reveals on the FAQ page that it will only be free while it is in beta status, so visit while you can.

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RickB commented about Howard Theater on Nov 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

From the Chicago Tribune of April 27, 1978, a story on the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to renovate the theater building.

If you didn’t know that the Tribune had its archives online like that, neither did I until a few days ago. Who knows what treasures lie within?

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RickB commented about Chestnut Station Theaters on Nov 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

Site to be redeveloped with row houses. DNAInfo story here. The story doesn’t mention the theater, but the picture matches the street view.

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RickB commented about Dorset Theatre on Nov 3, 2014 at 7:24 am

Something is way off here…house numbers on Race Street in Cambridge don’t appear to go below 400 and the proper ZIP Code is 21613. As posted, this site maps to the town of Vienna.

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RickB commented about Prince Music Theater on Oct 29, 2014 at 3:31 am

Operating organization terminates lease and intends to dissolve; theater’s future uncertain again. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Jodar, you may not be seeing the same things I’m seeing, but I think that the work of one particular once-prolific poster is gone from the site. I won’t speculate as to why.

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RickB commented about Della Theatre on Oct 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Half-moon doors are cool, but somebody decided to throw a changeup and go octagonal here. (Nods head, thoughtfully and approvingly.)

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RickB commented about Agate Theatre on Sep 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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.

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RickB commented about Imperial Theatre on Sep 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

The Imperial’s old block has been redeveloped with retail. This is how the area looks now.

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RickB commented about Patterson Performing Arts Center on Sep 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

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.

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RickB commented about Westmont Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 4:08 am

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.

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RickB commented about Westmont Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:34 am

The latest idea: Planet Fitness. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about 20th Century Theatre on Aug 21, 2014 at 3:25 am

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?

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RickB commented about Holly Cinema on Aug 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Google Street View from February 2014 shows a “For Lease” sign on the Scientology store at this address.

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RickB commented about Lansdowne Theatre on Aug 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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…

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RickB commented about White Horse Pike Drive-In on Jul 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

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.

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RickB commented about Piper's Alley Theatre on Jul 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

The Second City is expanding into the theater space, using most of it for their training programs. DNAInfo Chicago story here.

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RickB commented about Theater director uses innovation to draw audiences on Jul 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

Link to story not working. Original story from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette here.

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RickB commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Looks like the Orpheum went through an adult phase. IMDB says the movie’s from 1982.

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RickB commented about New Century reaches 100 on Jun 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Link not working? Try this one.

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RickB commented about Bijou Theatre on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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.

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RickB commented about New Garden Theatre on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Here is the New Garden on December 1, 1938, being cited for “illegal projection.” Perhaps that banner over the sidewalk was a no-no.