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OCRon commented about Orion Cinema on Sep 30, 2014 at 3:46 am

Designed by TK Architects with 268 seats.

OCRon commented about Garden Theatre on Sep 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

The skating rink mentioned was near 3rd & Lootens Streets on the Sanborn Maps of 1907 (see photo section). That is approximately 914 3rd Street today. The city of San Rafael calls it the 3rd & Lootens Parking Garage. Woodland Pet Foods & Treats is on the corner at 902.

OCRon commented about AMC Tustin 14 at the District on Sep 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

This theater now has a MacGuffins Bar & Lounge.

To educate the millennials and non-classic movie buffs, AMC has this information on their website. MacGuffin: ”A term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in 1939; a plot device that motivates the characters and advances the story, like the ring in LORD OF THE RINGS or the Ark of the Covenant in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.”

OCRon commented about Huebner Oaks Stadium 14 & RPX on Sep 29, 2014 at 6:21 am

Architects for the REG renovation: TK Architects; 2,613 seats;

OCRon commented about Edwards West Oaks Mall Stadium 14 & RPX on Sep 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

Designed by TK Architects with 2,996 seats.

OCRon commented about Epic Theatres of West Volusia on Sep 27, 2014 at 4:48 am

Designed by TK Architects with 2,400 seats


OCRon commented about Ritz Theatre on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

The Colonial Theatre was open at this location from 1913-1922 and then, according to Wright Realtors, was dark for 15 years. The Lodi Sentinel reported on August 12, 1913, “Packed houses greeted the opening of the new Colonial Theatre on Main Street between California and Sutter Street. The Playhouse is cool and spacious, there being 1,000 seats on the ground floor, with no balcony.”

The Placerville Mountain Democrat reported in November of 1936 that a new theater would be constructed on the site of the old Colonial Theatre.

From the Sanborn Maps, it’s hard to tell how much of the Colonial remained but both buildings had 12-inch walls and the evident changes are: The Colonial auditorium had covered skylights of which some remain over the lobby area on the Ritz. The roof over the Ritz auditorium was steel truss on steel posts against the wall. The entrance was moved to one side. The stage was removed and a fan room added. (See photo section for before and after footprints.

OCRon commented about T & D Theatre on Sep 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

KarlVonDollen cites the dimensions of the building. For those interested, I have downloaded a footprint of the theater. Like so many theatres, it had a small front with a long concourse and lobby, and the auditorium set in back of the property. The longest concourse I ever remember walking (about a quarter of a block long) was at the Utah Theatre in Salt Lake City.

OCRon commented about Summerfield Cinemas on Sep 20, 2014 at 6:11 am

Thanks to the previous commentators,

This theatre is now called Summerfield Cinemas, operated by Santa Rosa Entertainment Group (SREG). It reopened in November of 2010 in the former Rialto Cinemas. From the SREG/Summerfield website: “The Summerfield Cinema’s location went through many incarnations. It was a skating rink until it was purchased and remodeled into the Park Cinema Theatres. When the Park Cinema closed, it became a church. Eventually Dan Tocchini, Jr. purchased and remodeled it into the five screen movie house, the Lakeside Cinemas, which he owned and operated from 1989 to 1999.”

To fill in the gaps from 2000 to 2010, (or Summerfield Cinemas, the missing years), the SREG website doesn’t mention that in those years, it was independently operated by another party as the Rialto Cinemas.) For further information, see back issues of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

OCRon commented about Iris Theatre on Sep 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm

The May 1943 closing of the Iris may have been because it received a reputation too much to overcome. In March of 1943, a 47-year-old man was sentenced to six months in county jail for making advances to children at the theater. The Hutchinson News covered this story.

OCRon commented about Gaiety Theatre on Sep 18, 2014 at 3:47 am

According to the Sanborn Maps and the Kingsport Times, the address today would be 119 Broad Street, second building from the alley.

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 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 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.