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OCRon commented about Majestic Theatre on Aug 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm

As vchase notes, the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1913 (see photo section) confirm that the Majestic was at 129 3rd Street NE. The back of the theater was on A Avenue, which today appears to below the freeway off ramp.

The very noticeable multi-tubular Quaker Oats plant was one block away.

OCRon commented about Towne Cinemas on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

According to the Salt Lake Tribune on 9/10/50, the Coral Theatre opened on August 30, 1950. John H. Miller, 67, its owner, died 10 days later.

OCRon commented about Eureka Theatre on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Thanks Joe, we now have more information on the other two Theaters.

OCRon commented about Crystal Theatre on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

An Albuquerque Journal advertisement and the Sanborn Insurance Maps (See photo section) of 1913, 1919, 1924 and (1931-Closed) place the Crystal Theater at 219 S. 2nd Street, near the (Northwest corner of Silver and 2nd or 219 2nd Street SW today). This would be different from the 1914-15 edition of the Motion Picture Directory placing it in the 900 block, where no theater was found on the maps.

The Crystal Theatre opened on October 9, 1911, with 980 seats on the first floor and 360 in the balcony. The Journal reported on an accident at the Crystal in 1924 when lathe and plaster from the underside of the balcony overhang fell down injuring people on the ground floor. Miss Grace B. Doering, a law student and one of the injured, was sworn into the state bar while she was still in bed recuperating from her injuries. In June of 1925 Miss Doering was awarded $23,000 in damages, which would be $310,000 in 2014.

According to the Albuquerque Tribune, a parking lot opened on the site of the old Crystal Theatre in May of 1952.

OCRon commented about Century Monterey 13 on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

The 2,549-seat Monterey 13 opened on December 18, 2004.

Fehlman LaBarre designed the theatre.

OCRon commented about Rivoli Theater on Aug 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm

According to the local news, The Rivoli Theater opened on October 4, 1926 and closed on January 16, 1949.

OCRon commented about Odyssey 6 on Aug 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

As CSWalczak notes this theater closed in 2011.

OCRon commented about SIFF Cinema Uptown on Aug 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Actually, their website now lists it as ‘SIFF Cinema Uptown’

OCRon commented about Redwood Downtown 20 and XD on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Opened: July 28, 2006.

Seats: 4,200

OCRon commented about Cinema Savers 10 on Aug 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm

From San Jose Mercury News in 2004:

“Talk about a David and Goliath battle. The giant Century 20 Theatres complex in GreatMall barely edged the off-price Cinema Savers 10 in the old AMC complex, showing all flicks for less than the popcorn costs at most other venues. Lots of residents are regulars to Cinema Saver, which will fall to the wrecking ball next year when Milpitas Town Center’s renovation occurs.”

OCRon commented about Regal Cascade Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX on Aug 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Regal’s website official name for this theater is: ‘Regal Cascade Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX’

From local news: Opened: December 17, 1998,

Architect: Thompson Vaivoda & Associates, Seats: 2,900

OCRon commented about City Centre Stadium 12 on Aug 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Opened: December 4, 1998

Architects: Thompson Vaivoda & Associates.

Seats: 2,224

OCRon commented about Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 on Aug 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Designed by C2K Architecture, Inc.

OCRon commented about Arco Theatre on Aug 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

According to a local citizen’s letter in Santa Fe New Mexican, the theater, which opened in 1948, was at Hickox and Alicia across the street from St Anne’s Parish. The Arco name was derived from its Quonset-hut style. The church school used it as an auditorium to put on plays.

OCRon commented about Pueblo Drive-In on Aug 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for the ad. Yes, the Chico had just opened on April 28. It became the Starlighter in 1962 and closed in 1994. At the end of Starlighter Loop, it looks like remnants of ramps.

OCRon commented about Yucca Drive-In on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

The 3251 address, at the Wal-Mart, location is the Pueblo Drive-In (unlisted on CT). From the Albuquerque Journal on August 7, 2007: “The Santa Fe Wal-Mart stands on land that once held the Pueblo Drive-In.” The ads for the Yucca Drive-In (In photos section) place it at 3714 Cerrillos Road.

The drive-ins operated at the same time, except the Pueblo closed in 1980 and the Yucca continued on until 1994. The theaters were about a 1 ½ miles apart.

See photo section for the Yucca grand opening on July 4, 1950. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, to commemorate its final weekend of operation on October 28, 1994, the Yucca played its very first movie, “Sitting Pretty” and the newer release “Forrest Gump.” At the time of closing, Trans-Lux Southwest was the operator. Prior operators were Commonwealth Theaters and Frontier Theaters. It was located at approximately where the Lofts condominiums are today.

OCRon commented about Astec Theatre on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Actually, in all the references to the theater in the Oxnard Daily Courier, it is spelled ‘Astec.’ See sample in photo section. The Astec was only open about a year. All news to the Astec dropped out of the Courier in June of 1911, probably due to the Roosevelt Theatre, due to open in the newly constructed Levy building in September.

OCRon commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 27, 2005 at 6:51 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.