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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Aug 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

The renovation is already underway – from the photos in the link above, they are already working on the walls, seats and carpet are removed, everything’s well underway. The article describes the work as a $13,000,000 renovation which is expected to take about a year to complete. The new owner is Tiptina’s owner Roland von Kurnakowski who purchased it in February 2014. When it reopens, the Orpheum will not only host the Philharmonic Symphony, but will also have other concerts, movie showings and special events. The formerly unused basement will also be renovated and put to use.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

New article about the Orpheum renovations, including a slide show of 2014 interior pictures:

http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/07/orpheum_theater_renovation.html

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spectrum commented about State Palace Theatre on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

Another detailed article about the restoration, with a lot of interior photos:

http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/08/loews_state_palace_developer_c.html

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spectrum commented about Civic Theatre on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

The above article (Forbes) has some nice interior photos both pre and post renovation. Nicely restored. It’s all white inside, but from some of the photos it appears that has been the color scheme for many years.

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spectrum commented about State Palace Theatre on Aug 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

Latest news on the State Theatre:

http://www.neworleansdowntown.com/news/detail/56742/LOEWS-STATE-PALACE-THEATRE

The Theatre has been bought by Gregor Fox who plans to renovate both the interior and exterior and return the building to commercial use – and “contribute to the arts community”

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spectrum commented about Fairmount Theatre on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

They have an official website up at: http://www.everettsquaretheatre.com/.

No recent updates though – not sure what their current status is, but the front fa├žade, new marquee and restored foyer all look great.

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spectrum commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jul 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

The San Francisco Orpheum that Gill refers to in the March 2 email, is the earlier Orheum (built 1887, 2,200 seats) which was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It is picture number 30 in that big set – left hand size at the bottom.

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spectrum commented about Times Square Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:26 am

Broadway.com reports that the 4D project has been cancelled due to financing problems.

Don’t know how much (if any) of the renovations had actually taken place.

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176117/exclusive-broadway-4d-cancels-planned-times-square-attraction-featuring-filmed-broadway-performances/

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spectrum commented about Circle Theatre on Jun 23, 2014 at 8:22 am

The link for Howard Haas’s photo of the Circle Theatre interior has been moved. Here is the link for the blog posting:

http://www.historictheatres.org/philadelphias-circle-theatres-atmospheric-auditorium-seen-again/.

Here is a link directly to the photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150225757800818&set=a.10150225757795818.339858.51659460817&type=1

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spectrum commented about Bagdad Theater on Jun 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

Their new official webpage has a couple good auditorium photos (one alternates with an exterior one at the top) – at http://www.mcmenamins.com/467-bagdad-theater-pub-history

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spectrum commented about Jefferson Theatre on Feb 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

From the current google street view, it looks like they’ve brouight the building back into use – probably as storage – at least it isn’t all bricked up anymore

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spectrum commented about Theatre 1 & Space 57 on Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Note new website addresses above.

First screen space is now called Theatre 1, (www.theatre1boston.com) and seats 208; very nicely renovated as a cinema, which is available for rental for screenings and meetings. They also have a once-a-month movie/dinner night “Reel Chefs” involving a classic movie and gourmet dinners.

Second screen space is now called “Space 57” (www.space57.com) and is available for rental as a flexible event room which can accommodate up to 900 patrons. This is also very nicely renovated, in a light hued well lit manner.

Their floor plan (http://space57.com/floorplans/) shows the layout for both screens. Interesting to see the overall layout. – it looks like you entered from the street and the two cinemas stretched off to the left and right of the lobby – the screens are 180 degrees opposed. Interesting layout. The building is associated with the Revere Hotel Boston Common which appears to be connected.

It’s great to see the entire facility is now renovated and open!

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spectrum commented about Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science on Jan 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

They must have fixed that pretty quickly. I went in 1985, the year it opened, and everything looked fine. You could tell if an IMAX movie was showing as the lowest part of the screen would be dark, but this was only about 15% of the screen area. It appeared the features (mostly documentaries) were primarily IMAX, but all films would start with a travelogue of the Boston area which was definitely OMNIMAX – it covered 99% of the screen. It’s quite an experience and I like the presentation better in OMNIMAX than in IMAX. I always wondered why OMNIMAX didn’t replace IMAX because it’s much better.

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spectrum commented about Bayview Street Cinema on Dec 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

The auditorium was located on the second floor. Plain decor, but in good condition. They offered first-run films at least through 1999. The current Google Street View shows a movie ad on their marquee. Could it have opened up again? I can’t imaging Google Street View still having a 2007 photo up.

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spectrum commented about Saenger Theatre on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

A lot of nice photos, virtual tours and videos at the Saenger’s new official website (http://www.saengernola.com/).

The unofficial website (http://www.saengeramusements.com/theatres/nawlins/saenger/newosaeng.htm) has a lot of good historical photos and architectural renderings. Also links to pages about other Saenger-owned theatres.

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spectrum commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Just put up a bunch (127!) of photos from my visit to the Fox last July. Most of these are interior shots – this is quite the place!

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spectrum commented about Exit Door - from auditorium on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Exit door from the auditorium.

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spectrum commented about Exit Vestibule - under big arch - south side on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Exit Vestibule – main lobby to the left; to the right the big arch visible on south side of the building.

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spectrum commented about Exterior - Auditorium Right Sidewall - north side of buiding on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Exterior of the right auditorium sidewall – along the north side of the building.

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spectrum commented about Exterior - Stagehouse on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

This is the stage house – on western side of building.

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spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Oct 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

The renovation is complete, and the theatre re-opened with a concert and then Gravity moved in to complete its run. I’ve put up 20+ photos in the gallery. A beautiful job! New seats, new carpeting, auditorium floor repainted, revamped lighting (the main square lights on the sidewalls are now multicolored.)

The atmospheric ceiling has been repainted midnight blue and the zodiac signs have been repainted a brilliant white (which glows faintly when the auditorium lights are out). No “stars” but maybe there will be some in a future renovation. What remains to do is restore the proscenium and sidewall Greek pediments, possibly some stage improvements and they’re pretty much done. Auditorium 2 was supposed to have been renovated too but I didn’t get to see it. I know all seats in 2 and 3 were replaced (aud 4 is all new, and the marquee was restored some time ago.)

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spectrum commented about Broadway Theater on Oct 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

From the 2013 google aeriel and street vews, the condition looks pretty dire; the roof over the auditorium and stage is shot, must be leaking a lot. The new street views do not have the sunlight this time around. From the Athens side it looks like a number of windows along the auditorium sidewall. Was the space gutted and turned into office space at one point?

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spectrum commented about Latchis Theatre on Oct 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Renovation update: The Latchis closed the main auditorium on August 1, 2013 to begin the renovations. They are virtually done and will reopen Saturday October 19, with documentarian Ken Burns presenting the latest episode of his multi-episode documentary on the Rooosevelts.

They are continuing their fundraising but have already raised all but 32,000 of the 550,000 cost of the project.

Renovations include a new Marquee, new seats, new carpeting, some mechanical and safety upgrades and other stuff.

When the auditorium re-opens there will be frequent concerts, film festivals, special appearances and other events in addition to first-run movies.

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spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

From Google Street Views the building looks like it’s being used as a warehouse. The main entrance is bricked over.

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spectrum commented about Galway Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

From Google Street View (October 2013), the building is still there, the front has been recently repainted and the four store fronts are “Leonide Hotel”, “Chrysalis”, “{vacant}” and “{Vacant}”