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OCRon commented about Hilan Theatre on Sep 17, 2014 at 2:01 am

A coincidence, I happened to run across the Kingsport theaters on CT yesterday and noticed it needed an address. Many thanks to the Kingsport Public Library’s quick response to my email.

The Hilan was located at what is now 2102 E. Center, now a vacant lot (2102 Bristol Hwy in 1937 directory). The following is from Newspaper Archives— As Joe noted, it opened on April 17, 1936 by the Taylor brothers. It was destroyed by fire, December 24, 1939. The Taylor Brothers didn’t rebuild, instead they opened the Fox Theatre in the next block on August 22, 1940. See ads, stories, and Sanborn Map in photo section.

OCRon commented about Lighthouse Cinema on Sep 16, 2014 at 5:13 am

Robert Enea opened the Lighthouse Cinemas in 1987 and operated it until closing it in September of 2006.

The Monterey County Herald reported in February of 2008 that the Lighthouse Cinemas was reopening after signing a lease with North American Cinemas for a summer debut. North American Cinemas later became Santa Rosa Entertainment Group. Now, as noted, called Lighthouse 4.

OCRon commented about Alvarado Theater on Sep 14, 2014 at 3:31 am

The December 22, 1967, news article in the photo section reports on the closing of the Alvarado because it was structurally unsafe. The address given was 31115 Union City Blvd. A 1968 news story notes that the city was requesting that the drive-in start playing Spanish language films to make up for the void left by the Alvarado.

A 1927 ad noted that it was now a Robert L. Lippert Theatre.

OCRon commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Sep 13, 2014 at 3:23 am

I found some information from the city of Newport Beach. (see photo section for excerpt).

An IMAX is coming. The architect will be Blair Ballard Associates (BBA), who did the Chinese Theatre conversion.

OCRon commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Sep 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I was over here Thursday afternoon and talked to the manager. They will shortly install automated recliners with swivel trays in ALL six auditoriums. The biggest job will be in the large auditorium, which will be half stadium and half sloped, with a 50 percent reduction in seating. They have two recliners on display in the lobby.

OCRon commented about Analy Theatre on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:14 am

The photo, from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society, notes that the Analy Theatre, at 364 N. Main Street, was torn down in 1972. It is now a parking lot in front of the Safeway shopping center, about in the middle of the block.

OCRon commented about State Theater on Sep 8, 2014 at 6:56 am

In the photo section is the 1958 news story referred to by Kencmcintyre. It places the State Theater at 213 W. Central and there are numerous stories in the Tribune over the years giving the address as 213 W. Central. The Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1957 have an unnamed theatre at this location. And yes, according to other stories it was built on the site of the old Mesa and Pastime theaters.

OCRon commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 28, 2005 at 12:51 am

Let me correct myself. The old Krikorian 7 Theatre was closed, but it was never converted.
Currently it is a discount house operated by Interstate Theatres, based in Dallas, Texas.