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OCRon commented about Nevada Theater on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:16 pm

From the Douglas County Historical Society:

The Nevada Theater was located on the west side of Main Street, Gardnerville, just north of the current day J T Bar & Grill. We have two postcard setup images, which include the theater, which is minimally visible due to the theater sign being readable with a magnifying glass.

This would give the Nevada Theatre’s address as approximately 1430 Main Street, between J T Bar and Grill and Yager’s Garage. Sanborn Map and news clip in photo section. It was called the Rex Theatre in 1923.

OCRon commented about Cinemark Movie Bistro on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:12 pm

Reopens June 23 as Cinemark Movie Bistro

Business Wire

OCRon commented about UA Twin A & B on Jun 20, 2016 at 12:52 am

The UA Twin opened December 20, 1974 with Disney’s Island at the Top of the World.

OCRon commented about Ramona Theatre on Jun 20, 2016 at 12:39 am

The Sanborn Maps of 1926-43 place the Ramona Theatre at approximately 1402 N. Main Street. At the time, according to the Maps, Cypress Street ended at Main Street. See Map in photos section

OCRon commented about Lan-Tex Theater on Jun 20, 2016 at 12:30 am

The Lantex opened May 19, 1927. News clip in photo section.

OCRon commented about Fine Arts Theater on Jun 19, 2016 at 1:42 am

Designed by W. Scott Dunne, the Texas Theatre/Fine Arts opened August 28, 1935. Ad and news clip in photos

OCRon commented about Campus Theatre on Jun 19, 2016 at 1:05 am

As previously commented, opened October 4, 1949. Included is news clip of history of Pettgrew and Worley, designer of the Campus Theatre and 50 theaters for Interstate.

OCRon commented about Studio Drive-In on Jun 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Timeline for the Studio Drive-In Theatre from the Los Angeles Times:
August 26, 1948. First listed in Independent Theatres Guide.
April 17, 1952. Now listed under Pacific Drive-In Theatres.
1993 Closed.
September 21, 1998. Demolition begins.

Excerpt from Los Angeles Times on September 22, 1998:
“Pummeled by two growling construction vehicles, the towering Studio Drive-In movie screen, long unused, swayed once before pitching forward and crashing to earth Monday, a defunct Culver City landmark demolished to make room for homes, a park and a school.”
“The nine-acre drive-in, formerly operated by Pacific Theaters, has been empty since 1993, except for a ticket booth, concession stand and the movie screen, said Margaret Liu of the city’s redevelopment agency.”

OCRon commented about Mann Westwood 4 on Jun 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Dual Grand opening ad from December 25, 1975, now in photo section. Mann Old Towne Torrance opened on the same day.

OCRon commented about Movie Tavern Township 5 on Jun 17, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Seating is listed as 1,100

OCRon commented about El Camino 8 on Jun 17, 2016 at 1:29 am

Designed by RWA Environmental Group. (news clip in photos) As Ken commented, opened June 13, 1980

OCRon commented about Rio Theatre on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:21 am

The Rio Theatre was designed by Pettigrew and Worley. News clip in photos.

OCRon commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:15 am

Pearson, Wuesthoff & Skinner were the architects. Story and rendering in photo section

OCRon commented about Roxy Stadium 11 on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:11 am

Opened by UA Theatres on May 19, 1995 with 3,000 seats.
Closed October 1999.
Reopened by Santa Rosa Entertainment Group (as previously commented on) August 12, 2005.

From Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1995: Construction of the 11-screen United Artists cineplex in Camarillo’s Mission Oaks area is nearing completion, and company officials say they will meet their scheduled May 19 opening date.
The 3,000-seat, $5.5-million complex near the corner of Adolfo Road and Camino Ruiz will feature wall-to-wall screens, digital sound equipment and state-of-the-art projection equipment, according to Doug Alexander, vice president of construction for the company.
Other amenities will include wider seats with cup holders and large snack and beverage bars. The largest of the theaters will seat about 500 people, the smallest about 200.

From Ventura County Star, July 14, 2005:

It took months to clean up damage done to Camarillo’s old United Artists theater. Crews had to replace smashed windows, clean out garbage and remove paintball splatters from walls. The 11-screen theater on Verdugo Way had sat vacant for more than five years before North American Cinemas started to refurbish it, and it was a magnet for break-ins and graffiti. “It was a mess,” said Daniel F. Tocchini, president of the Santa Rosa-based company, which has a 20-year lease on the property. A family-owned business, North American Cinemas operates 112 screens inCalifornia and Nevada.. After $3 million of work, Roxy Stadium 11 at Mission Oaks has hired its first 65 employees and will open Aug. 12, said Corey Tocchini, vice president of the company and Daniel Tocchini’s son. Inside the theater, stadium-style platforms have been put in, the concession stand has been revamped and high-tech electronics sit in boxes ready to be installed.

OCRon commented about Carmike 7 on Jun 12, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Theater closed June 9

OCRon commented about Fox Ventura Theatre on Jun 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm

Designed by Pearson & Wuesthoff. News clip in photo section

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 Santikos Casa Blanca on Jun 11, 2016 at 2:15 am

John Santikos

OCRon commented about Pershing Theater on Jun 10, 2016 at 11:41 pm

The Pershing Theatre opened March 28, 1940. Ad in photo section

OCRon commented about Gulf Theater on Jun 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm

The Gulf Theatre opened April 29, 1949 Designed by Pettigrew & Worley Ads in photo section

OCRon commented about Suns Cinema on Jun 10, 2016 at 3:08 am

It’s the building with the red awning

OCRon commented about AMC Santa Monica 7 on Jun 9, 2016 at 11:09 pm

The AMC Santa Monica 7 was designed by Solberg + Lowe Architects. News clip in photo section.

OCRon commented about AMC Hawthorne Plaza 6 on Jun 9, 2016 at 11:05 pm

The Hawthorne AMC Theatre was designed by Charles Kober Associates. News Clip in photo section.

OCRon commented about Sikeston Cinema and Grill on Jun 9, 2016 at 4:30 am

Google Maps have yet to show Cinema Drive. The cross streets are Hennings Drive and Lawrence Street, which should show vacant land near JC Penny and Walmart

OCRon commented about Mann Huntington Oaks 6 on Jun 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Another Millard Archuleta Associates project. (until February 1978 named Burke, Nicolais Archuleta). Opening ad from December 16, 1983 and news clips in photo section.