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OCRon commented about Chatham 14 Theaters on Jul 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

The Chatham 14 is dual branded. Studio Movie Grill has owned it since January 2014. It is listed on two websites.

Here is the SMG website

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OCRon commented about Cinelux Capitola Cafe & Lounge on Jul 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

On July 20, 2016, the number of screens was expanded from three to eight.

Renamed Cinelux Capitola Café & Lounge

Santa Cruz Sentinel

OCRon commented about Lyric Theatre on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Designed by W. Scott Dunne, the remodeled Lyric opened December 5, 1934. A republished photograph in the Daily News of the old Lyric opening on June 14, 1913 is in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Church Street Cinemas on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Designed by the foremost John McNamara. News clip in photo section.

Mr. McNamara remembered in the New York Times on May 9, 1988:

John J. McNamara, an architect who designed and renovated some of the best-known theaters in New York City, died April 26 in Raleigh, N.C., his home in recent years. He was 90 years old.

Mr. McNamara practiced under his own name in New York for 35 years after more than a decade in the office of Thomas W. Lamb, one of the nation’s most respected and prolific theater architects.

Mr. McNamara designed the Coronet Theater, an addition to the Baronet, at Third Avenue and 59th Street; the 34th Street East Theater, near Second Avenue, from what had been a power substation, and the 23d Street West Theater, near Eighth Avenue.

He designed the marquee of the Winter Garden Theater, at Broadway and 50th Street in Manhattan.

An early project, in 1951, was the alteration of the Little Carnegie Theater, 146 West 57th Street, which was torn down six years ago.

Two Times Square movie palaces came to his drawing board for renovation in 1959: the 4,417-seat Capitol, at Broadway and 51st Street, and the Loew’s State, at Broadway and 45th Street. The Capitol was redesigned to accommodate live shows. Both are now gone, although the Loew’s State was only recently demolished.

Mr. McNamara remodeled the Palace Theater, at Broadway and 47th Street, in 1965. That renowned vaudeville house had been a movie theater for many years until its purchase by the Nederlander family, which converted it into a legitimate Broadway theater. The stage was rehabilitated and widened, dressing rooms were modernized and seats were added. The interior is now an official landmark. ‘Soft, Understated Route’

In 1973, Mr. McNamara redesigned the R.K.O. Colonial Theater, at Broadway and 62d Street, into the Harkness Theater, the first in the city devoted exclusively to dance. It closed in 1976 and has been replaced by an apartment tower, One Harkness Plaza.

Five years later, he supervised renovation of the New Apollo Theater, 234 West 43d Street. Paul Goldberger said in The New York Times that the ‘'venerable’‘ Mr. McNamara ’‘chose to take a soft, understated route with the Apollo – he wisely decided not to add too much of his own, but to let the old building speak for itself.’‘ The theater is now called the Academy.

OCRon commented about Nevada Theater on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:13 pm

The Nevada Theatre’s address was 1430 Main Street, between J T Bar and Grill and Yager’s Garage.

OCRon commented about Louisiana Boulevard 1, 2, 3 on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Designed by William Riseman & Associates and Wendell Varsa. 1,397 seats, News clip in photo section.

OCRon commented about Airport Drive-In on Jul 24, 2016 at 11:07 pm

The Airport Drive-In was designed by Jack Corgan.

OCRon commented about AMC Citywalk Stadium 19 on Jul 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

The theater opened July 1, 1987. Opening ads and story in photo section

OCRon commented about UA Twin Clifton Heights on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Designed by **William Riseman Associates” with 1,108 seats. The Theater closed for good in August 1997.

OCRon commented about Ritz Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:59 pm

The reopening of the new, remodeled Ritz designed by W. Scott Dunne was August 5, 1937. News Clip and ad in photos

OCRon commented about Hillsdale Cinema on Jul 18, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Designed by William Riseman, the Hillsdale Theatre opened December 23, 1966 Excerpt of story in photos

OCRon commented about Sherman Theatre on Jul 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm

The Sherman Theatre opened April 26, 1949. Grand Opening ad in photos.

OCRon commented about Cinema 8 on Jul 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm

Opening ad by Krikorian Theatres on August 4, 1989, is now in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Rialto Theatre on Jul 17, 2016 at 11:13 pm

The Rialto Theatre at 621 Water Street was designed by K.R. Ramson and opened February 11, 1938. Closed in 1966. News clip and Sanborn Map added to photo section

OCRon commented about Pacific Sherman Oaks 5 on Jul 16, 2016 at 10:50 pm

From Los Angeles Times, December 20,1995:

“General Cinema’s Sherman Oaks Cinema at Van Buys Boulevard south of Milbank Street reopened Friday (December 15) marketing director Bob Artz said. The two-screen sister complex on the north side of Milbank gives the Sherman Oaks location a total of seven screens. “It’s a really nice location,” Artz said. “It’s nice for the community; it’s nice for us Four of the five new theaters are "200-seaters plus some change,” Artz said, and they have so-called stadium balconies—balconies with enough of an angle so that everyone can see.”

“The fifth venue has no balcony and seats 170. This theater will house art house films or commercial movies that are late in their run. But, Artz said, “The smaller theater isn’t earmarked for any one type of film.” It will also be used for morning trade screenings. On the seven screens, viewers should expect a mix of family, action, drama, avant-garde and comedy offerings. In addition to standard concession fare, the theater expects to carry Starbucks coffee within two weeks. “We want this to feel like the community’s cinema,” Artz said. And the most important amenity? “We have cup-holder armrests too,” Artz noted. “Let us not forget the cup-holder armrests.” “

OCRon commented about GCC Sherman Oaks 1 & 2 on Jul 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Opening ad from June 16, 1976, now in photo section

OCRon commented about Arcadia Theater on Jul 16, 2016 at 10:44 pm

After seven months of construction and with a modern post-war design by Jack Corgan, the remodeled Arcadia reopened November 18, 1948. It closed for movies in 1988 (News clip in photos.)

OCRon commented about Lorain-Fulton Theatre on Jul 12, 2016 at 10:07 am

I’m enjoying a reread of Joe Eszterhas’ book Hollywood Animal. Joe, who grew up in Cleveland, mentions the Lorain-Fulton Theatre numerous times. That said, Hollywood Animal is probably the best insider look at Hollywood ever, especially during the 70s and 80s.

OCRon commented about Palm Desert 10 on Jul 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Closed as Cinémas Palme d’Or June 30. Now operated by Tristone Cinemas and renamed Palm Desert 10 with official opening July 4.

The Press Enterprise reports free movies on Sunday, July 3.

OCRon commented about UA Westwood 4 on Jul 2, 2016 at 11:37 pm

The UA Westwood opened July 26, 1972.

The conversion to UA Coronet reopened December 16, 1983.

Both Grand Opening ads are in the photo section.

OCRon commented about JC Cinema on Jul 2, 2016 at 5:25 am

Reopened by Moore Theatres on June 17 as JC Cinema

Battle Creek Enquirer

OCRon commented about Alfresco Drive-In on Jun 12, 2016 at 7:52 am

Corrected comment.
Founder I.H Harris found the Alfresco name from a Holiday magazine story.

In the 1950s the house sitting behind the Alfresco had one of the first and largest home theater screens in Idaho. It belonged to Irvin Harris, son of patriarch I.H. Harris, and had wired in sound and a large picture window for his family.

The last I heard the Century Cinemas was still owned by a third generation Robert. I am glad that the tradition is still being carried on

I worked at the Burley Theatre but filled in here one night as a projectionist. This was indeed a passion pit. Many more memories.

In 1980 Irv Harris and his wife Shirley recorded separate oral histories for the Idaho State Historical Society. Irv related a story about being Navy platoon mates with William Clay Ford, grandson of Henry Ford.
One day Irv’s father, I.H., came and said “that buddy of yours is in the newsreel.” When Irv finally saw the newsreel it was covering William Ford’s marriage to the Firestone girl (Martha Parke Firestone). Irv noted, “personally it was really something to me.”

Irv’s oral history is filled with many more insights to Harris-Voeller Theatres, dating from its founding in Evanston Wyoming in 1921.

Other movie theater oral histories available from the Idaho State Historical Society are:

Paul Demordaunt- Nuart Theatre, Blackfoot.
Bruce Gordon- Star Theatre, Weiser and Boise theaters.
Karen Cornwell- Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In.
Al “Port” Wagner – Blue Fox Theatre, Grangeville.
Richard Morris- Iris Theatre, American Falls; Sunset and Starlite Dive-Ins Pocatello/Chubbuck; Starlite Cinemas, Chubbuck.

OCRon commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 3, 2016 at 1:33 am

Thanks for bringing back memories of the Plaza. I can remember seeing The Stewardesses 3D here only because it was such an unusual movie for what was then called South Coast Plaza II or #2. I researched it and found that The Stewardesses 3D opened on September 15, 1971, and the ads are now in the photo section.

Thanks to CTCrouch for the photos.

OCRon commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 27, 2005 at 4:51 pm

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.