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spectrum commented about Congress Theater on Jun 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm

According to the article here, the renovations have begun! Currently they are working on the front facade repairing the brickwork (approx. $550,000). No timetable yet for when the interior work will begin. It will be a $55,000,000 project including the entire building which was landmarked by the city in 2002.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151103/logan-square/finally-signs-of-life-at-historic-congress-theater

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spectrum commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

I’m happy to see that my comment above was wrong and that the theatre is still standing. I had not recognized the back wall of the Apollo and confused that with the Victoria when I was checking last time. According to the 2016 aerial view and the street views of the front (2015) and back (2014) the theatre is indeed still standing.

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spectrum commented about Moulin Rouge Theatre on Jun 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

According to Google Street View in 2016, the building is still there, renovated quite nicely and converted to retail.

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spectrum commented about Amherst Cinema Arts Center on Jun 4, 2016 at 3:04 am

For some time, a second cinema operated in Amherst – the auditorium in Town Hall was known as the Town Hall Cinema and operated as a cinema through 1949. A large room with fairly simple décor and an arched proscenium – seated probably 600. The auditorium was mostly gutted when it was converted into additional offices back in the mid 1950s. The beamed ceiling remained above the shell created for the offices and during a more recent renovation (I believe in the late 1990s) a third floor was put in and I believe at least some of the ceiling were incorporated into that plan. The Jones Library across the street from the Amherst Cinema also had an auditorium approx. 250 seats which I was told showed movies from time to time. In the 1960s, the stagehouse was converted into stacks, and a floor divided the auditorium horizontally creating two new rooms. A more recent renovation removed that division, restoring the original auditorium space; the barrel-arch ceiling is still there but considerably modernized.

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spectrum commented about West Springfield 15 on May 30, 2016 at 1:37 am

Direct link to the cinema official website:

http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=83845

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spectrum commented about Carolina Theatre on Apr 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Their press release from Dec. 2015 indicates restoration will start in 2016 with the opening tentatively in 2018.

http://www.fftc.org/document.doc?id=2657

The theatre itself has an official website at

http://www.fftc.org/carolina-theatre

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spectrum commented about Victory Theatre on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:58 am

According to the February 2016 article, they have now raised 22,500,000 out of the $30,000,000 needed for restoration only leaving about 7.5 million left to raise.

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spectrum commented about Steinway Theatre on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:51 am

The current google street view (July 2015) shows the same modern façade, but a new business – Fallas clothing store.

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spectrum commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:37 am

Latest from their web page is that it will reopen in Summer 2016.

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spectrum commented about Paramount Theater on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:32 am

Any update on the Paramount? I haven’t been able to find an official page. What is the URL for the facebook page?

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spectrum commented about Tiger Theatre on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:27 am

Checked the google street view on 4-21-2016. This couldn’t possibly have 1,450 seats, looks more like 400. From the street view it still looks just like the photo in the gallery; still closed, same sign on front.

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spectrum commented about Paris Cinema on Jan 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

As of early 2016, the building is still there intact.

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spectrum commented about Art Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm

It looks like the auditorium has been demolished. The building with street frontage showing above is still there in Google Street Views, but that building definitely isn’t big enough to house the auditorium – From the back it looks like it connected with something that is now demolished. There’s a parking lot there now.

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spectrum commented about Judge issues order putting Chautauqua Amphitheater demolition on hold on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:22 pm

The Chautauqua Amphitheater is located in Buffalo, NY:

I could not find a page for it inn Cinematreasures.

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spectrum commented about The Hill Community Development Corp. Plans Redevelopment of the New Granada Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm

The New Grenada is in Pittsburgh, PA it’s entry in Cinema Treasures is: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16495

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spectrum commented about Loew's Lincoln Square Theatre on Jan 27, 2016 at 3:19 am

Sounds like two theatres are being discussed here – the one that was destroyed by fire in 1931 and another being used as a CBS Studio in the 1950s.

From the various pictures it looks like the shell of the building survived and a new auditorium build behind the middle section which served as the studio.

This was definitely demolished altogether by the mid 1960s when the Lincoln Center building housing Alice Tully Hall and the Julliard School was built.

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spectrum commented about Warrens Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 3:25 am

This theatre has been a jewelry store since at least the late 1970’s – they’re maintaining the interior architecture beautifully – the auditorium is very ornate – white with lots of gold leaf. Design is similar to the State theatres in New York and St. Louis.

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spectrum commented about Tower Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 2:15 am

The facebook page I mentioned above is gone, but the Broadway Theatre Group has an official age for the theatre at www.towertheatrela.org

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spectrum commented about Tower Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 2:12 am

Currently, this theater is one of the four theatres owned by the Broadway Theatre Group, which was founded in 2007 to manage, restore, and preserve the historic theatres of Broadway. As of early 2016, they manage the Tower, Los Angeles, Palace and State Theatres, and have done significant restoration as well as infrastructure upgrades to all four theaters. The Tower, Palace and Los Angeles Theaters are rented out for events, performances and film shoots, while the State Theatre is leased to the Cathedral of Faith church.

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spectrum commented about West Springfield 15 on Jan 19, 2016 at 12:44 am

The building for original Cinemas 4-5 was a completely separate building just north of the original two buildings. They’re only separated by about 50 feet. The original two buildings (original cinemas 1-3) were connected by a glass-enclosed walkway. I just posted a photo with a map of the buildings (also showing the Palace and Riverdale drive-ins across the street) showing how they all relate to each other. I’ve also just submitted a new description for this theatre on 1/18/2016 (should be up in a couple days,) which incorporates the very helpful corrections posted above, and some info from the Box Office article, and recommended that the people providing the additional information above be credited as co-contributers to the description.

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spectrum commented about Allen Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 12:05 am

The main entry lobby extends to the right of this plan and was quite long, probably over 100 feet.

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spectrum commented about Riverdale Drive-In on Jan 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

The Riverdale Drive-in closed in the late 1970’s, and by the 1990’s, the space had been redeveloped with various small office and retail buildings. It was located immediately behind the Sack Palace 1-2 and across the street from Showcase Cinemas.

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spectrum commented about Rialto Theater on Jan 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm

Junction Skate webpage is gone. From Google view, it looks like it now houses a used appliance store.

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spectrum commented about Pleasant Street Theatre on Nov 28, 2015 at 4:46 am

The space is now (2015) a tavern, McLadden’s Irish Publick House.

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spectrum commented about Wollaston Theatre on Nov 28, 2015 at 4:39 am

From the google street view, the auditorium does not look long and thin it actually looks reasonably wide (It looks like a single level of seating), but the stage is definitely shallow.

When one enters they go through a vey long lobby before turning right into the auditorium. The auditorium actually faces against the next street over hence the long lobby.