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OCRon commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Apr 28, 2017 at 2:13 am

The Exchange 8 opened June 14, 1991. See the ad in photo section

OCRon commented about United Artists Theatre on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Ad for the Grand Opening of the Hippodrome March 1, 1919, is now in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Fairfax 6 Theatres on Apr 24, 2017 at 12:17 am

The Grand Opening ad for the Fairfax Theatre June 30, 1950, is now with the photos.

OCRon commented about Stanton Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 12:12 am

Opened September 28, 1965, by Associated Independent Theatres with 850 seats, Opening ad and news clip are in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo on Apr 21, 2017 at 5:25 am

Updated Information on the April 13 closing..

More information

OCRon commented about Century Plaza Cinemas on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

Opened April 5, 1972, with Cabaret. Ad and news clip in photo section.

OCRon commented about Tiger Theater on Apr 19, 2017 at 11:09 pm

The Tiger Theatre opened October 14, 1937

As previously commented on, the 1954 fire was September 15

OCRon commented about 66 Drive-In on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:58 am

The 66 Drive-In opened September 22, 1949.

OCRon commented about Alameda Theatre on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:55 am

An ad for the Gala Opening of the Alameda Theatre August 16, 1932 is now in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Regency East Hills Mall 10 on Apr 17, 2017 at 11:31 pm

According to their Facebook page, the last day of operation was February 19, 2017.

Finally, a long time coming, a revitalization

OCRon commented about Hemet Theatre on Apr 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm

The following information was taken from the Riverside-Press Telegram.

William Martin opened the Hemet Theatre Thanksgiving Day 1921. His brother James Martin served as architect and contractor.
Due to competition from Metropolitan and Krikorian Theatres, it became a $1 discount house in 1994 and was initially closed October 26, 1995, by Mr. Martin’s granddaughter, Julie Burgard.

And continuing with Information from the Hemet Theatre website:

In 2000, the Martin family sold the property to two die-hard movie fans, David Bernal and Emerson Bixby.

The business was forced to close in January 2010 when a fire destroyed the adjacent storefronts. Water damage from the firefight had leaked into the auditorium, leaving a musty smell that lingered for a year.

In 2013, the Historic Hemet Theatre Foundation negotiated a 5-year lease/option to purchase the theatre. The Foundation has restored the facility to full operation and has begun raising funds for the purchase and restoration of this historic treasure.

Current seating in 2017: 397.

OCRon commented about Saline Theatre on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm

This photograph from the Saline Area Historical Society and the Sanborn Maps of 1927 place the Saline Theatre at 121 East Michigan Avenue. Now demolished and replaced by Merchant Square.

Film Daily Year Book 1926-29 lists a Liberty Theatre in Saline with 250 seats and FDYB 1940 lists a Saline Theatre with 250 seats (257 in 1951).

The Saline Post notes the Liberty Theatre opened in January 1919. The Saline Theatre opened in 1938 and closed May 31, 1952.

OCRon commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 12, 2017 at 3:50 am

The Roxy can be listed AKA Royal Theatre, Delphus Theatre.

On June 10, 1934, the Joplin Globe reported Mr. and Mrs. Williams were remodeling the old Royal Theatre, situated next door to their Delphus Theatre. They planned to move the old Delphus into the Royal Theatre site.

The Williams opened the new 535-seat Delphus Theatre August 8, 1934, and the Globe reported ’the new theater is one door west of the old Delphus, now abandoned’.

According to the Joplin Globe, the Williams came to Carthage in 1906 and opened the old Delphus Theatre (about 1908). The Delphus was sold in 1949 and renamed the Roxy. The theater’s namesake, Delphus Williams passed away in 1955 and Israel Putman Williams in 1962.

Two news clips explaining the move are in the photo section, also a photo of the fire that destroyed the Roxy, November 3, 1972..

OCRon commented about Lamar Theatre on Apr 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

Thanks Jeff, This news Clip from the LaMarque Times, November 1958 places the Lamar at 611 Oak. Google Maps show it on south Oak and the address on the sign of the Greater House of Love Church is 611.

OCRon commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 11, 2017 at 11:01 pm

An announcement for the Crane Theatre opening July 19, 1922 is now in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Liberty Theater on Apr 10, 2017 at 11:14 pm

According to this local history site (In photos) the address was 25133 Van Dyke, next-door to G.F. Gibbs Lumber.

OCRon commented about Fox Adams Theatre on Apr 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

The Grand Opening August 4, 1926, announcement and ad from the Los Angeles Times is now in the photo section.

OCRon commented about MJR Movies 16 on Apr 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Reopened April 7, 2017. Seating reduced to 1,300.

MJR Cinemas

OCRon commented about Solari Theatre on Apr 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm

From the Los Angeles Times archives:

An LA Times columnist comments on the opening of the Hitching Post Theatre November 23, 1946: (In photo section)

October 21, 1975: Beverly Canon closed.
January 5, 1977: Opens as Solari Theatre.
March 28, 2004: Closed for good.
2005: Demolished.

News clips and April 18, 2004, photos are now in the photo section

OCRon commented about California Theatre on Apr 6, 2017 at 10:22 am

Demolition near

OCRon commented about Orange Theatre on Apr 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

I think the Redmond Theatre in the photo section is from First Daughter.

Now in the photo section: The Orange Theatre as the Regent Theatre in the Tom Hanks– directed 1996 film That Thing You Do.

I was at the Orange Plaza (usually incorrectly called the Orange Circle) the day after Thanksgiving 1995 when Mr. Hanks was directing, with a crowd of hundreds watching. The cameras were set up in the middle of the street and aimed toward the Wells Fargo Bank. It was the ‘leaping-over-the-parking-meters-scene’ with stunt people doing the action, and cushions to break their fall. After the scene was over, everyone broke out clapping and Tom Hanks faced the crowd, smiled and gave a very gracious bow.

Equipment support trailers were scattered all over downtown. The dressing room trailers were in a parking lot at Almond and Glassell, where a friend had a brief conversation with Liv Tyler.

I may be wrong but I remember a week before a call went out for people to act as extras in a concert sequence to meet at the Orange County Fairgrounds. One website say It was filmed at the Fairplex in Pomona so I would have to do more research.

OCRon commented about Music Hall Theatre on Apr 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm

The Elite Theatre opened April 24, 1937. It became a Laemmle Theatre in 1974. Ad and news clip is in the photo section.

OCRon commented about Bijou Art Cinemas on Apr 2, 2017 at 12:46 am

Bijou Arts Cinema opened October 17, 1980.

OCRon commented about Heilig Theatre on Apr 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm

The Address was 676 Willamette Street. The 600 block is now a pedestrian walkway for Hult Center for the Performing Arts and the Hilton Hotel.

Opened as Eugene Theatre November 17, 1903 and became Heilig Theatre October 16, 1922. While being operated by Western Amusementsit closed June 3, 1973. (AKA Eugene Opera House on early Sanborn Maps). Ads and a photo news clip have been added to the photo section.

OCRon commented about Rosecrans Drive-In on Apr 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

We can add July 1, 1954 as the opening date.