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The Gem Theatre located at 2325 Corunna opened in 1937 and closed in 1953, it seated 398. There was also a Gem Theatre at 213 S. Saginaw from 1910 thru 1925. The Gem Theatre on Corunna is now the American Dance and Fitness and is housed in the former auditorium and a lawyers office is housed in the stage area.
The correct address for the Apache aka New Shenandoah should be 2227 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63104
Photo of the entrance and box office in photo section.
Thanks to all on the kind comments on my dad. Very much appreciated.
From my dad’s notes:
Isc, When the Palace Theatre opened in 1925 it was listed in the yearbook as having 480 Seats, by 1940 seating was listed at 300. I was going by the yearbooks so it may have been reseated again to bring the total the 200 you state. Another thing to keep in mind seats in the 1920’s and the 1940’s were much smaller. With the smaller seats they were able to fit more patrons in the theatres.
From my dad’s notes:
The Grand Theatre like many other theatres of the era was built as an Opera House. Meador & Wolf were the architects. The theatre boasted 6 loge boxes and had a pipe organ.
From my dad’s notes:
The Trail Theatre is more than just a small town theatre, it is a colorful part of the City. It is a combination of art deco and modern architecture and has been a St. Joseph landmark since it opened in 1951. The neon sign with the colorful art deco lines extends across the front of the theatre. It is something to see at night time.
The Trial is much smaller than most movie palaces but both it and the Missouri have the same color scheme for the front facade and feature some art deco in their designs. The Trail has a partial glass block facade with chrome and a light, milk green glass front. Glass blocks also edge the ticket booth which has neon lighting above below and behind it.
The lobby is lined with red English tile. Beyond the doors to the auditorium the Jade green velvet seats are surrounded with yards and yards of velour cloth on the walls. The stage curtain is lit by a rainbow of colors and is the same fabric as the walls. The sidewalls give a sunburst effect from the special lighting.
The Trial opened its doors with the feature “Fahter’s Little Dividend” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracey. When it opened in 1952 it was considered on of the most modern theatres in
The Trail was remodeled in 1960 and many of the special lighting effects were altered. The red sidewalk was removed as well as the quarry tile. but the beauty of the facade remained including the colorful neon.
When the Trial opened in 1952 it was owned by the Dickinson Theatres of Kansas City as they also owned the Plaza in Kansas City and also operated the Joe, King and Rialto Theatres in St. Joseph.
I added two auditorium views from when the theatre was set up for Cinerama to the photo page, they are from my dad’s collection.
Jim, you are correct that is from the Historical Society, it was in my dad’s notes. Here is a shortcut to the website you mentioned.
The Walker Theatre opened on December 25, 1927 with seating for 1500. It was considered the finest Negro theatre west of New York. For many years the Walker offered both motion pictures and vaudeville. The first group to appear at the Walker stage were Reginald Devalle and his Black Birds, with Lovy & Shorty. Mme. Walker passed away on May 25, 1919. The organist for the Walker theatre on the Barton-2M was Ms. Mary Signleton.
From the Michigan Historic Site Online. The Liberty Theater was a rectangular, two-story, flat-roof, brick commercial structure whose Sullivanesque front facade displays white terra cotta ornamentation of historical inspiration. The central portion of the facade projects forward slightly and its stepped parapet holds a central cartouche enframed by festoons above a main cornice with garland frieze that caps the second story. The second story contains five, square-head windows. Terra cotta medallions of identical design decorate the wall surfaces beside the windows and the parapet at either end of the festoon band. A lintel below the windows is supported on decorative consoles. The wall surface to either side of the facades projecting central area is treated as a panel. Each panel displays a centrally positioned ornamental cluster with cartouche and festoons, and, below, a medallion identical in design to those at second-story and parapet levels. The facades renovated street level has a Moderne treatment, including enamelled metal panels on the V-shaped marquee. The theater interior with its arched ceiling displays elaborate plaster work which is now deteriorated due to water infiltration.
The Liberty Theater has historical significance as Benton Harbors largest movie palace and as the site of movie patronage for over fifty years. Completed in February 1922, the Liberty was constructed by the Blair McElroy and Kenneth Fitzpatrick theater syndicate. A little less than seven years later, the Liberty Theater, now owned by the Walter Scott Butterfield theater chain, hosted the first sound film viewed in Benton Harbor. After over half a century of patronage, and with the opening of multi-screen theaters, the Liberty Theater closed in 1975. The city purchased the building in 1989. While the theater remains vacant, the city of Benton Harbor hopes historic designation will lead to financial assistance from the public and the private sector to restore and to rehabilitate the former movie palace.
Unfortunately there was no restoration achieved as the roof collapsed and the building was demolished.
Constructed in 1921 and opened as the Prospect Theatre, later bacme the Avalon. When the Avalon closed it was used as a church for a long period of time.
The Uptown Theatre opened May 29, 1926. The architectural firm was Rubush and Hunter. Original seating capacity was 985. The Uptown had a Wurlitzer Hope-Jones organ when it opened. The theatre was built by the Circle Theatre Company which also had the Circle and Indiana downtown
The first Lyric was built on this site in 1906. It was located on the Northeast corner of the lot. It was just a room with folding chairs nailed in rows. Seating capacity for the first Lyric was around 200.
Construction of the second Lyric started in April, 1912, it was erected by Central Amusement Co. at a cost of $75,000.
The new building was of fireproof materials throughout and total seating capacity of 1400. The exterior was of concrete, brick and steel. The exterior finish was artistic brick with white terra cotta trim. The main entrance was located in the center of the building with a spacious lobby. The lobby was finished in marble and illuminated by large massive cluster lighting.
The building was designed by Herbert L. Bass Company, Halstead & Moore were the building contractors.
The elaborate furnishing in the auditoriuim was done by the German artist William Kock in 1912 and also the remodels that were done in 1927 and 1935.
The new Lyric opened on Monday evening October 14, 1912. The theatre then went through a remodel that started on April 20, 1919. A new lobby was built to the south of the theatre. It was a major remodel with only three walls left stanging. When the theatre reopened the new stage faced south whereby the old one faced west. It had its grand reopening on September 1, 1919.
In 1926 the Lyric went through another remodel at a cost of $185,000.00. The work included construction of a new four story building, a new main entrance, lobby and executive offices for Central Amusement Co. The pitch in the auditorium was changed and 300 more seats were added. At this time a new ventilated system and cooling plant was installed. A new projection booth and new master switchboard were installed also. The entire inside of the theatre was redecorated, with the lobby being done in Ivory and Gold. The lobby aand auditorium were wainscoted with Italian marble and the lobby was lined with French mirrors and six French crystal chandeliers.
With this remodel came the largest changeable marquee in the state which was 10 foot high 50 foot long and 16 foot deep. It could hold up to 440 letters.
On March 20, 1927 a new Marr-Colton pipe organ was dedicated with the organ being the largest in the state, the 4 manual organ cost $30,000.00
The theatre closed again on May 24, 1956 for the summer for a remodel and clean up and reopened on August 29, 1956 and it boasted as the finest theatre in Indiana. The opening film was “Oklahoma” which played for six months. The theatre had been equipped with two norelco 70-35 MM projectors.
The Lyric was also the first theatre in Indianapolis to be equipped with the Todd-AO sound and projection system. The new screen that was installed measured 50 foot by 25 foot on the curve. The feature “Sound of Music” held the record for the longest run for a motion picture at the Lyric. It opened on March 31, 1965 and ran through January 17, 1967.
Some Lyric notables: Frank Sinatra made his debut with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on the Lyric stage on February 2, 1940. The first time Elvis Presley played Indianapolis was December 14, 1955 at the Lyric.
This drive-in was 2 ½ miles east of Branson on HWY 160 No way near HWY 76 or HWY 1 The live Shepheard of the Hills is located on HWY 76 and it is not a drive-in. It is an open air theatre. `
The Majestic Theatre opened in April 1906 seating 1500. It was built for legitimate live performances. Converted to movies in 1921. The theatre was remodeled in 1936 with the third balcony being closed off and the ceiling lowered and seating listed at over 1300. The Majestic closed in 1952. In 1958 they started gutting the theatre and it was completely demolished in 1959. It remained a vacant lot until 1974 when it was made into a parking lot.
I found this history on the organs in the Mars/Long Center for the Performing Arts. it is from the Indiana Theatre Organ Society.
The story of the Mars Theatre, now the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and its history with the theatre organ is really the story of four pipe organs. When the theatre opened in 1921, it could be said that it was less than the proud owner of a 3/10 Smith-Geneva pipe organ that lasted in the theatre just three years. In 1924, a 3/10 Wurlitzer was installed, and remained in the theatre until the early 1960s. It was purchased by the former national president of ATOS, Al Mason, and installed in his Michigan home. Following his death, this instrument was purchased by and installed in the Palace Theatre in Marion, Ohio.
When operation of the Long Center was taken over by the city of Lafayette, longtime resident Carroll Copeland and local sportscaster Ken Double began the task of fund-raising to acquire an instrument to install in the theatre. In February of 1982, a hodge-podge of pipework that ended up a 3-14 organ was premiered to back-to-back opening night sell-out concerts. That organ was never fully completed, and as difficulties with its playability continued, it was determined that a replacement would be necessary.
A major fund-raising effort, combined with profits from a most successful organ series, provided the monies for a new pipe organ. In 1989, a sparkling new three-manual console (originally from the United Artists theatre in Detroit) was wired into the 14 ranks that played. In the winter of 1991-92, the Crome Organ Company, assisted by Carlton Smith, completed an installation of 21 ranks of mostly Wurlitzer pipe work, providing the state of Indiana its largest in-theatre pipe organ
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – 12:47 pm
The Goldstine Foundation has donated $2 million to the Embassy Theatre to help fund renovation of unused portions of the building, the theater announced Wednesday.
The donations will be put toward a $10 million campaign now under way to renovate four floors of the attached former Indiana Hotel and other undeveloped areas of the building, which was constructed in 1928, a news release said.
Plans call for creation of a two-story-high ballroom and rooftop garden, studio and reheNews-Sentinel staff reports
arsal space, classrooms, a history center, and improved public access and concessions areas, the news release said.
The Embassy Theatre, a nonprofit organization, began fundraising for the capital fund drive last summer after receiving the Goldstine Foundation gift, the news release said.
The drive has raised nearly $3.7 million so far and hopes to raise at least $6 million by Dec. 31. If fundraising continues at the current pace, renovation could begin in June 2014.
The Embassy’s board and staff have spent several years studying the best uses for the building, the news release said. That effort was sparked by the 2009 project that renovated the third floor to make it a public corridor between the Courtyard by Marriott hotel’s sky bridge and the Grand Wayne Convention Center sky bridge.
“Due to our busy schedule and limited rental spaces, we currently turn away many public and private events,“ said Marla Peters, Embassy board of directors president, in the news release. "This plan allows us to stick to our successful business model and gives us more spaces for the community.”
The Goldstine Foundation was established by the late Robert Goldstine, who helped lead community efforts in the early 1970s to save the Embassy Theatre building from demolition, the news release said.
The effort raised $250,000, which was used to buy the building and create the current nonprofit organization to operate it, the news release said.
Goldstine served as Embassy board president for the first 20 years and also enjoyed playing the theater’s historic Grande Page Theater Pipe Organ, the news release said.
The Goldstine Foundation has continued to support the theater annually with grants for maintenance and restoration work, the news release said.
rivest, what is the source of that information?
Joe, the bottom photo comes up on a Microsoft image search.
November 11. 2013 8:55PM
$2M federal loan
Jaffrey’s Park Theatre secures funds to build regional arts center
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
Park Theatre in Jaffrey will become a regional arts center.
JAFFREY — The reconstruction of the Park Theatre on Main Street into a regional arts center is on track to start next summer after the Board of Trustees secured a $2 million federal loan.
“The Park Theatre project is set to take an important step,” Board Chairwoman Caroline Hollister said in a statement last week. “Thanks to support from the community, the campaign to raise $100,000 for a $200,000 tax credit match from New Hampshire’s Community Development Finance Authority was successful. Having the USDA-RD loan approved means that it is time to demolish the existing structure and prepare the site for reconstruction. The tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority, matched by the generosity of the community, make that possible.”
The effort to reopen the old movie house as a regional arts center hit a snag earlier this year when the board learned that a renovation of the building would not be possible. The cost of the project went up because a demolition and then reconstruction was necessary, said project media director Mia Moravis on Friday.
“The loan made it so they could take the important step of razing the building and getting the old structure out of the way and securing the integrity of the grounds … so the new construction can take place,” Moravis said.
Demolition is planned to take place shortly after the Thanksgiving Day holiday, she said.
The board hopes the reconstruction will begin this summer.
It has been eight years since the grassroots effort began to restore the old Art Deco movie house that opened in 1922 and closed in 1976.
Dec. 5 annual meeting
Trustees plan to unveil a broader time table and plans for reconstruction at the theater’s annual meeting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Jaffrey Woman’s Club. The annual meeting is free to the public and includes live music, entertainment and refreshments, in addition to a project report to the community.
Fundraising for the project is ongoing, Moravis said, adding the federal loan speaks volumes to the importance of the project.
“I think the project itself has a lot of integrity. I know a lot of the people in the community can’t wait,” Moravis said.
The article from the Southeast Missourian
Safety concerns prompted repairs to Esquire Theater
Thursday, November 7, 2013
By Amity Shedd ~ Southeast Missourian
Repair work is performed Oct. 16 on the marquee of the Esquire Theater, 824 Broadway, in Cape Girardeau. The theater operated from 1947 to 1984.
(Fred Lynch) [Order this photo]
The Esquire Theater has undergone repairs over the last few weeks — the most visible work anyone has seen on the aging building since renovation plans for the theater fell through last year.
David Suntrup on Wednesday said his home repair and restoration business is under contract with the building’s owner, Phil Brinson, to repair the front of the building at 824 Broadway and its facade to eliminate hazards the building poses to pedestrians and to make the building “more acceptable to the eye.”
Brinson approached Suntrup a few months ago about the project, which Suntrup said he hopes to finish by the middle of next week.
Phone calls to Brinson were not returned as of Wednesday evening.
Cape Girardeau city inspections division director Tim Morgan said the repair work is being done for safety reasons and to “cover up an eyesore.” There is no renovation or interior work being done, he said.
The deterioration of the theater’s marquee had worsened in the last two years to where pieces of it were falling off or loose in the wind, Morgan said. Every time strong winds caused a piece to fall from the building, a call had to be made to Brinson to take care of it and secure other loose pieces. It recently got to the point where the city had to tell Brinson to cover and secure that part of the building, or other action would be taken, he said.
“It just had to be dealt with,” Morgan said.
Anyone within Cape Girardeau may make a property maintenance-complaint, according the city of Cape Girardeau website. Some situations that may fall under the development code ordinance regarding property maintenance include properties in a state of dilapidation, deterioration or decay, the website says.
The Esquire Theater operated from 1947 to 1984 and has remained vacant since. The theater is on the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission’s 2013 Endangered Buildings List and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 among those properties with “unique” architectural properties.
In 2012, John Buckner boasted plans of a $2.7 million renovation project to save the building and turn it into a 500-seat art house theater. It later was revealed Buckner never bought the building from Brinson, and plans for the property fizzled.
Suntrup said Brinson plans to sell the theater.
The New York Times ArticleREMEMBERING THE MOVIE MATRON
THEY wore white nurse-style uniforms and white prison-matron shoes, brandished bright flashlights and struck terror in the heart of every New York City preteen-age moviegoer. They were the movie theater matrons who reigned in the dark from the early 1930’s to the early 50’s.
Their purpose was to keep the youngsters under control and to protect them and the adults in the audience from each other. This they did by insisting that the youngsters sit in a designated children’s section, which was most likely to be undesirable seats on the side aisles in the back rows.
You were young, but desired to sit down front in the center section? You waited until the matron left her post and then zoomed to the seat of your choice. It would only be a matter of minutes before her flashlight was beaming in your eyes, followed by the command to ‘'get back with the other kiddies!’'
Those wayward kiddies who had deposited a younger sibling in the children’s section before taking off for another section also got the flashlight treatment. ‘'Is that your brother?’‘ the matron would demand loudly of some tyke, dragging the child down the aisle, and beaming her light in the seated scoundrel’s eyes. ’‘Take your sister and get back with the other kiddies!’‘
We had our revenge, though. Candy. When the poor woman’s back was turned we would pelt her. Jujyfruits were the most popular ammunition. Good and Plenty, Dots and Raisinets were other favorites. Chuckles were employed, too, but only the green ones, which nobody much liked. Cannonball-sized Milk Duds looked as if they would hurt the most and were saved for really daring retaliations (a particularly loud ’‘Shut up, you kids!’‘ for instance).
We had favorite names for them, too. Tom Mahoney, an actor who grew up in the Bronx, remembers that during the war years of the 40’s a particular matron at Loews Paradise was dubbed ‘'The Nazi.’‘ Another moviegoer recalls ’‘The Witch’‘ at the RKO Kenmore in Brooklyn.
Ted Arnow, vice president of advertising of Loews theaters, said that the matrons were there by decree of a New York City law. Today? ‘'We have strong ushers,’‘ Mr. Arnow said.
I look back fondly on the evenings when a flashlight would blaze in my eyes. ‘'Is this your son?’‘ I would hear her asking one of my parents, who stood beside her nodding in the affirmative.
‘'You’ve been here all day, kiddie,’‘ the matron would say to me. ’‘Time to go home.’‘ Once, on the way out, she whispered in my ear. ’‘Please. No more Milk Duds,’‘ she said.
Newspaper ad spotted by Dr. Richard Ager of Denville, N.J.: PARAMOUNT B'WAY & 61ST ST. THEATER CLOSED TODAY ‘'SHE’S HAVING A BABY’‘ T'MRW. Dear Diary:
I have a plaque in my kitchen in Utica, N.Y., that says, ‘'A Well-Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life.’‘ Anyone visiting my house (four kids within five years and a huge Samoyed) could attest to its lived-in look. My husband often said things were out of control.
Although things have changed somewhat (the kids are grown and the dog died), my style persists and was, in fact, recently rewarded. My husband is now singing a different tune.
We are, you see, in the midst of painting, papering, redoing floors, etc. While taking up a piece of linoleum, I noticed, tucked away where the linoleum met the carpet, what appeared to be a piece of glass. Ten years ago my uninsured engagement diamond had been lost. Could it be? Not quite believing, I took it to a jeweler. His verdict: ‘'A perfect stone, over a carat and worth $6,000.’‘ (Twenty-four years ago, my husband paid $750 and thought it was three-quarters of a carat).
I keep thinking: What if I had been big on vacuuming? TERRY COHEN
In checking the site that Warren listed they have the theatres mixed up. They have the Bourbon photo on the Richmond, KY page and the Madison Theatre on the Paris, KY. page.
According to the yearbooks the Bourbon Theatre goes back to 1930. Is is listed every year during the 1930’s. No Madison Theatre shows up at all in the yearbooks. Prior to 1930 the two theatres listed for Paris, KY are the Alamo and the Grand. No Madison during the 1920’s. Maybe the Madison Theatre is mislabeled.