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A different Google Books author, Bonnie Wilson, sites 1926 as the year in which the theater opened. She also mentions that ushers would spray patrons with mosquito repellent as they entered the theater. Nice. The former theater became a retail store after it closed sometime in the 1940s.
Photo of the Hotel uploaded.
Facade looks far richer than when it was first built.
The former theater is to the left of the three story building. Photo from the Ocala High School Class of 1957 – Old Ocala photos.
Cuddle pods with blankets and pillow? What no erotic massage? Whatever happened to the days when you took a seat and watched a movie?
In 2014 a plan was announced to convert Seibert into a tourist destination as a 1920s era town. Included among the proposed attractions was to be Tut’s Egyptian Theatre. Whether this would be a reincarnation of the Star was not indicated. Shares were being offered online.
Opened in 1984 as a four screen theater. Closed from January 2005 until April 1st of that year for modernization including stadium seating. Building expanded in 2007 to add three auditoriums. Has been operated within the Byrd family the entire time.
A proposal for the Montauk Playhouse Community Center has been submitted to the hamlet’s Citizens Advisory Committee. A cost of up to $8.5 has been projected, $2.5 of which has already been raised.
The center would be the historic Playhouse, itself, built in 1929 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Half the structure has already been renovated.
The design calls for an aquatic center with two pools, a cultural center including a second floor performance space and meeting rooms downstairs and a two-story lobby that would provide space for exhibits and art shows.
If completed the annual operating cost is estimated at $800,000
According to the Mineola Historical Society the years of operation were from 1931-1952.
Uploaded a photo of the Opera House, circa 1930, from the Dixfield Historical Society found on the Maine Memory Network site. Original Oddfellows dated back to 1891.
Images of this theater also appear in the You Tube video “Downtown Batavia As It Once Was”.
I found snippets alluding to the installation of an organ in 1912, a fire in 1954 and live performances in the early 1960s. Unfortunately the full links were not available for me to elaborate further.
The Batavia Mall in which this theater is located came about as a massive urban renewal project in which a large portion of Main Street was demolished including the Dipson Batavia.
Uploaded three photos. Two show the demolition approaching the Dipson. The third is a painting of how the area looked in the day.
The Winer & Sons site indicates one of their organs was installed in the Akron Theater in 1923. Same venue. Winer site was wrong?
At the time the theater was completed there was a Winer & Sons organ installed.
See a lot of references to a Link organ above, but according to the Winer & Sons site one of their organs was installed in 1926.
A Winer and Sons organ was installed when the theater was built.
Uploaded a contextual photo of the Mancuso.
This whole emphasis on outrageous seating boggles the mind. Give me a clean environment, a good movie and reasonable prices. Do I really need a recliner to watch an hour and a half movie? Don’t even have one at home to watch TV.
It’s indicated this was once the Laffmovie. Is that correct? I remember the Laffmovie as being on 42nd Street where the Empire 25 now is.
Uploaded a picture of the Capitol from Forgotten NY
As part of my requirements for a college class I had to spend several hours of the week at a community center in South Jamaica in the early 60s. I was surprised to see the Plaza since I was always a movie theater nut. That must have been just after the theater closed.
John I uploaded a picture of the Imperial from “Old NYC Photos”
Back in the late 1800s there was a Walnut Street Theatre (no specific address). Wonder if this was a replacement.