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There is no Page for this theater under Waltham MA in CT. Perhaps JBoschen can add it some time.
The Tabor Opera House in Leadville was one of the famous theater of the Old West. Horace Tabor and his wife Baby Doe Tabor were the subjects of an opera in the 1970-era, “Baby Doe”. (I’m going on memory here).
There is one roadshow theater listed for Leadville in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide: the Weston Opera House, 900 seats, run by A. S. Weston. Was that a new name for the Tabor Opera House? Unfortunately, there are no street addresses in the Guide. The Weston Opera House was one flight up from the street, had gas illumination; the proscenium opening was 20 feet wide X 16 feet high, and the stage was 35 feet deep.
The MGM Theatre Report for the Middleboro Theatre in Middleborough, dated 1941, states under Competing Theatres “None”. So this implies that the Key was closed when the report was written.
The Canton Citizen newspaper of Feb 18,2014 has an article in its “True Tales” series called “The Last Picture Show” by George T. Comeau. It’s about the Oriental Theatre. He says that it opened in 1918 as the Orpheum Theatre/ 600 seats; name later changed to Strand. It was closed and in unkempt condition when it was taken over by Fred McLennan. He says that the organ which Fred McL. installed was originally in the Community Theatre in Dedham. It had been sold to a church in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia from whence it was purchased and shipped back to the States.
Someone Who Was There tells me that the name of the State’s architect on the surviving blueprints is Funk & Wilcox, the firm which designed the Strand Theatre in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester.
The LPF Studio Cinema at 296A Cabot Street in Beverly is still listed every week in the “Movie Guide” in the Boston Sunday Herald. It was listed there last Sunday, Feb 9th with the notation “Call theater for showtimes”.I take it that this is obsolete information which has been carried for over a year, if the cinema is closed!
susanbevere- The entrance and sign for Florence’s Sweet Shop can be seen in a black & white photo taken in April 1941 of the Burr Theatre for the MGM Theatre Report project. It’s in the archive of the Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst IL. historictheatres.org. They can make a copy for you, but it’s expensive! It’s MGM Theatre Report Card # 182. If you can’t find a less expensive photo anywhere else, you can go to their website and send them a message. I have an old Xerox copy of the report, but the photo copied very poorly.
The Spring 2014 issue of “Classic Trains” Magazine has an aerial photo which was apparently made in the summer of 1953 (page54-55) showing the Rook Yard and engine terminal of the Pittsburgh & West Virginia RR. Various points of interest are labeled on the photo and one of them is the Greentree Drive-In which clearly shows near the bottom of the photo. The rear of the screen faced the intersection of Noblestown Road and Mansfield Rd. The entrance appears to be there also. The screen was directly across from the railroad locomotive roundhouse (demolished today). Rook Yard is still in active use and is said to be located 4 miles southwest of downtown Pittsburgh.
A few days ago I was driving compass-East on the Interstate (ex- Rt 128)in Braintree and looked over to my right at just the right moment and saw the huge Drive-in screen still standing, looking slightly ratty.
philoso2- There is a Page here in Cinema Treasures for the Roxie, ex-Shawmut Theatre at 364 Blue Hill Ave; plus a Page for the Puritan Theatre which was on Washington St. just north of the intersection with Mass. Ave. (near Northampton MBTA el station). You can post your memories of these theaters on their Pages.
The photo which DonMcKinnon has posted is very definitely the same theater as pictured on the MGM Theatre Report (photo taken in April 1941). That photo is a tighter shot mostly showing the entrance, but it is the same building, with the same marquee.
This notice is overdue – it should remain posted for awhile. Fortunately, there are not that many antagonistic comments and some visitors to the site may never encounter any. I know that a week or so ago there was a nasty exchange which had to be deleted because of guys acting like 12-year-olds.
In the CardCow photo of the front of the theater which Joe Vogel has found, the appearance of all of the signage is the same as when the theater opened, except that the huge oval “M&C” sign has replaced the huge oval “KEITH’S” sign. Joe is correct: in these old days, it was not uncommon for a performer to later become a theater operator.
When it opened the theater had a vertical sign out front which spelled out “Hathaway’s”. There was no marquee or even a rain canopy over the sidewalk. Over the entrance there was a flat lighted sign which said “Hathaway’s” and above that a huge flat lighted sign which said “Keith’s”. The latter was much larger than the other signs which indicates the importance and prestige of being able to say that they presented Keith vaudeville.
There are 2 theaters listed for Albany in the 1897-98 edition of the Juilus Cahn Official Theatrical Guide: the Leland Opera House, and “Harmanu’s Bleecker Hall”. The listing says that the hall had 2,985 seats; ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to $1.50. It was managed by Woodward & Voyer. It had electric illumination; the proscenium opening was 48' 8" wide X 41' 6" high; the stage was 50 feet deep. The auditorium was on the ground floor and there were 8 players in the house orchestra. The 1897 population of Albany was 100,000 plus 40,000 additional in suburban areas.
Sometime recently the Vernon Theatre made it into the on-line Worcester business directory which would seem to indicate that there must be something going on there in terms of re-use.
When it opened ticket prices ranged from 10 cents to 75 cents. There was one balcony, with a row of 4 boxes along each side wall, plus orchestra boxes directly below them. There were 13 rows of seats in the balcony, the last 5 rows being wood benches. It was very common in 19th Century American theaters to have backless hard wood benches in the top balcony.
The folks interested in re-using this theater space estimated that it had about 200 seats. There is a possibility that there was a small balcony up in front of the projection booth. The booth is empty but intact. On one wall is an electrical switchboard and the labels are still affixed above the switches: “Stage”, “Piano”, etc.
The Vernon was one of 4 small cinemas in the area. The others were the Columbia, Bijou and Gem. I have heard of the Gem and the Bijou, but not the Vernon and the Columbia. Supposedly, the opening of the Rialto on Millbury Street spelled doom for these 4 houses. I believe that the people running the Bijou went over to the Rialto.
There was a 2-page article about Hathaway’s Theatre in Brockton in Marquee Magazine, 4th Quarter 1978. The article was written by Harry L. Lichtenbaum. While visiting Cape Cod, he went to a local flea market and found there a 6-panel promotional folder published by the theater when it was new. There was one exterior photo, and 4 interior. The author then did some research thru the Brockton Enterprise newspaper. From the photos, I estimate that the theater had about 770 seats, so, although very attractive inside, it was not very large.
The “Previous names” above list “Academy of Music”, although that previous name is not mentioned on the theater website. There is an Academy of Music listed for Sumter in the 1892-93 Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. Abe Ryttenberg was Mgr., seating listed as 800. The proscenium opening was 28 feet wide X 22 feet high, and the stage was 42 feet deep. The house had electric illumination, and it was located up on the second floor. The 1892 population of Sumter was 7,000.
Beside the Wollaston Theatre and school auditoriums, the only other theater in Quincy now is the Masonic Auditorium, located on Hancock St. in Quincy Center and very near the Quincy Center MBTA station. It was ruined by a massive fire today, 9-30-2013.
My posting of Sept 14, 2009 displays faulty memory. I said that the post theater at Ft Devens in the 1950s-60s period was located to one’s left if you stood with your back to the main gate. Wrong. Up to the left was a bachelor officers quarters and beyond it a PX – Post Exchange store. The theater was off to the right, not the left; I believe that it faced the Parade Ground green area. There is a nice color postcard of that theater posted (incorrectly) to the CT Page for the US Army Fort Devens Hodges Theatre (CT 41578). CT Page 41655 US Army Ft Devens Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Theatre is the one in the color postcard.
I don’t know what happened to the Liberty Theatre, but there were a number of warehouses at Fort Devens when I was there. They were large, old wood-frame buildings painted white or pale yellow, and the Liberty could have been converted into one of them.
Ridgewoodken- See the posting above of April 21,2011. The larger auditorium, the Linn Theatre – the one mostly often used for movies, seats 225.
I am surprised to hear that your comments have been disappearing from the site. Several years back, they had a problem wherein all comments on a theater’s Page would suddenly disappear. That happened a number of times, reasons unknown. But I haven’t seen that happen in awhile now. It most often happened on Pages that only had a few comments.
chuck1231 – It’s lonely out here! I wish that more people would find the CT website so we would see more comments here, and for other theaters, too.
As the Bijou, this theater is listed under Binghamton in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. A. Fennyvessy was Mgr. 800 seats, theater was on first floor. Had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium opening was 25 feet wide X 17.5 feet high, the stage was 23 feet deep. Another theater in Binghamton was the Stone Opera House. The 1897 population of Binghamton was 45,000.