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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Oct 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Frankly, they need to turn this back into a film theater. With the increasing number of locals moving downtown, I think there would be an audience. Catering to the tourists just won’t work. There is already an IMAX downtown, although I think that this theater is equipped to show large films.

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Ripshin commented about Frances Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm

There was a theater at the NE corner of Main & Market – it was leveled at some point prior to 1974, when my family moved to Dyersburg. There is a one-story building there now, obviously not matching the surrounding structures.

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Ripshin commented about Frances Theatre on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

To correct a person today, the rating system began in 1968. There were technically no “R-rated” films in the 50s.

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Sep 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

New lessor will attempt to turn it into a House of Blues-style venue.

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Ripshin commented about Suniland Triple on Feb 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I have no memory of this theater when I was a kid. I just Google mapped it, and see a strip center. I wonder if the shell is part of any of the buildings?

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Ripshin commented about Gables Triple on Feb 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Well, seeing that one of the opening films was “Jenny” with Marlo Thomas, I looked it up, and watched it on YouTube. Not terribly significant, but very much of its time period. It was produced by ABC, and “That Girl” was on the network at the time. Not a coincidence, I’m sure.

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Ripshin commented about Gables Triple on Feb 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

OK, I was off by several blocks. I would have sworn that Sears was next door, but I’m obviously wrong.

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Ripshin commented about New Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

OK, please explain. How long has this place actually been around? I’m sure that I saw films there in the early 80s.

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Ripshin commented about Absinthe House Cinematheque on Feb 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Where is it in the above photograph?

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Ripshin commented about Gables Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Yes, I went to those three, often, during that time. However, I was a pretty observant kid, and I’m just surprised that I never noticed the building back then. I think that the old S&H Green Stamps store was just up the block, and we frequented that spot often. In the 80s, I lived a few blocks away, and it was definitely gone. I did watch them tear down the Coral – very sad.

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Ripshin commented about Gables Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

OK, the postcard above, was photographed at Ponce & Minorca, looking south. It’s easy to check via Google Streetview. So, yes, the theater was gone by the time I returned to Miami in 1982. Diagonally across the street, is the Hotel St. Michel (don’t know what it was back in the 30s), where I shot a student film in the early 80s. I would have remembered the old Gables sitting there. Occupying the spot now, is Wachovia – formerly whatever. I guess that the building was constructed right after they tore down the theater in 1981? Strange thing is, that as a kid in Miami from ‘67 – '74, I never attended a movie there.

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Ripshin commented about Paramount Theater on Sep 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

IMDb says January 1979, was the release date.

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Sep 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

No, the theater will never be demolished. San Antonio has a strict preservation mentality (for the most part). It’s only a matter of time until it’s sold, and put to use. As mentioned in my previous posts, I agree that the past few attempts at programming have been idiotic. It is currently owned by Drury Inns – a most unfortunate situation.

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Aug 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Didn’t realize that they’d already converted the balcony to twin theaters that soon! Of course, it’s back to a single (empty) theater now – the restoration, however, removed a large percentage of the orchestra seats…

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Ripshin commented about Riviera Theatre on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

OK, a portion of the original theater is now the Area Stage Company – Google for the web site. What confuses me, is what part of the original theater do they actually occupy? On the Google Street Map, it is clear that there are now windows on the top section of the old auditorium. Perhaps they lowered the ceiling, and created offices at the top? The Area Stage web site shows a large auditorium, but it seats only 275, but with a large “stage.” I’m guessing that it might be the old balcony, but extended. When I attended films there in the mid-80s, as a UM student – they had separated the balcony into two (?) other theaters. Does anybody know?

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Mar 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I walked by The Aztec last week, and they still had the musical country show poster in the window, but there was no sign of life. Everyone in the tourist industry knew that the special effects/IMAX-ish set-up wouldn’t work after restoration, and neither would the country show that followed. A Mexican musical show, minus gimmicks, MIGHT work for a while. Or, a venue for comedians…….The Majestic Theater books a lot of big-name comedians, but it seats more people, as The Aztec lost half (?) of its seating during the restoration. I was surprised to read that it originally had 3,000 seats – seems a lot smaller than The Majestic, even back then.

Actually, “gimmicks” sometimes work with the type of tourist who comes to SA – just not what anybody has tried. Ripley’s has enough of that stuff downtown, anyway. It would take Disney or Universal to pull it off successfully….

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Ripshin commented about Capri Theatre on Mar 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

East TN was a “petrie dish” for urban renewal in the 70s. Just about EVERY small town was destroyed by the “experiment” – massive loss of significant architecture. Very sad.

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Ripshin commented about Gables Triple on Oct 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I guess catching people is fun.

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Ripshin commented about Coral Theatre on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm

WOW, Ed, we’ve had some of the same experiences. Saw “Bedknobs” there, as well. 49 here.

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Ripshin commented about Sunny Isles Twin on Aug 18, 2011 at 3:35 am

“Chitty” was in 1968 – it didn’t open the theater. Ads say “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.”

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on May 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

This site lists the Aztec as “showing movies”. It must not be a regular occurrence, as their web site makes no reference to films, of any type. The silent “Phantom” film showing, indicated in the photo above, must have been a one-shot deal. I think that the only way that the Aztec can actually make money, is to exhibit special films on a regular basis, and NOT “silent” pictures. San Antonio allowed Ripley’s to take over Alamo Plaza with a variety of questionable “venues”, and the last thing that the adjacent River Walk needs, is another gimmicky showcase. The nearby restored Majestic and Empire Theaters, are controlled by a single entity, and supported by the non-profit Las Casas Foundation. They host travelling shows, and various entertainment groups. The restored Aztec has never found “the proper footing,” and was initially promoted by the nearby flagship Drury Hotel property on the River Walk – for a while, anyway.

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Jan 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Actually, it was not completely restored to its former glory – in the theater section, quite a few liberties were taken, to shoe-horn in that ridiculous special-effects theater concept, and then the pseudo-Opryland thing that followed.

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Sep 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

OK, that was odd. Anyway, as I started to finish with, the Powers That Be in the city government recently hired some expensive company to tell them to RAISE the already high parking fees for city garages. SA isn’t LA or NYC – locals are NOT going to sponsor downtown venues and restaurants, if they are forced to pay ridiculous fees. These fees hurt venues like The Aztec (in addition to the ill-advised shows themselves).

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Ripshin commented about Aztec Theatre on Sep 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

I’m “thrilled” to have to type this again. Other sites do have the capability of maintaining a typed post, even if the poster has been unknowingly signed off. Fix that. ANYWAY, this new show is not selling well, on a consistent basis. Its months are numbered, and I’ll be curious to see what the inevitable third utilization of this restored theater will be. In SA, it is always a mistake to base the concept of a venue on the tourist trade – they come here for the Alamo and River Walk, period. The locals do not care about this show. Like the Majestic, Empire, and soon Alameda, reveal, restored theaters work best when catering to the local community. Un UnUn UUUnUnUnfortunaUnfortunately, some

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Ripshin commented about Sunny Isles Twin on Jul 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

In Austin, the Americana (1965) was pretty awesome – now a library. But the interior is gone. Nicely converted, though.