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TheALAN commented about Proctor's Theatre on Oct 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Ref: Warren G. Harris on July 25, 2007 at 1:16 pm —– Sorry Warren, Proctor and Proctor’s are both correct! The theater was called Proctor Theater when it opened in 1926. The theater closed in the 1970’s and reopened in 1979 as Proctor’s.

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TheALAN commented about Proctor's Theatre on Oct 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

This theater opened as Proctors Theatre on December 27, 1925. It closed in the 1970’s. In 1979, the Arts Center & Theare of Schenectady (ACTS) aquired the theatre from the city. On October 4, 1979, Proctors was named to the National Register of Historic Places, (F.F. Proctor Theatre & Arcade #79003237). In 1983 the theater received new carpeting throughout and replicas of the original house curtain and 1926 marquee. Goldie, the mighty Wurlitzer organ, and a hydraulic lift for the organ and orchestra pit floor were installed. In 1984, Proctors Theatre became part of the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT). After a $30 million renovation and expansion, it reopened as Proctor’s Theatre, (aka: The Mainstage) in 2007. The renovation project won the 2008 Excellence in Historic Preservation award from the Preservation League of New York State and was named as Outstanding Theatre in 2009 by the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT). The complex now includes the 436-seat GE Theatre, (430 State Street) and the 100-seat Upstairs Theatre, (440 State Street). It’s a shining example of revival and re-use!

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TheALAN commented about Oxford Theatre on Oct 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Apparently someone is in need of geography lessons! The Oxford Theatre — now Oxford Towers Apartments — is located in Burholme, not Summerdale. In fact, Summerdale never had a theater. Five Points, Burholme’s central intersection and location of the Burholme Honor Square (World War I Memorial) is only a block from the former theater.

. . . and for those who are confused about which neighborhoods surround Burholme, here they are — Lawndale (aka: Lawncrest) is to the South; Castor Gardens is to the East; Fox Chase is to the North; and Cheltenham (Montgomery County) is to the West.

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TheALAN commented about Great Northern Theatre on Oct 5, 2014 at 7:38 am

The auditorium still exists. A sign on the side of the auditorium offers: SPACE FOR RENT — 6,000 PLUS SQ./FT. — 2 Main Entrance (Broad St. & Germantown Ave.) — For Information Call: … .

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TheALAN commented about Becker Theater on Oct 4, 2014 at 7:20 am

With 259 seats, this was the first of several theaters that the Becker Brothers would open in the East Passyunk-Pennsport neighborhoods of South Philadelphia. The Becker’s obtained their fame through the circus and carnivals.

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TheALAN commented about Venice Theatre on Oct 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

Today, the marquee is gone and plywood covers much of the facade. Most of its doors and windows have been bricked up and and its current use, except for haphazard storage, is vague at best!

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TheALAN commented about Becker Theater on Oct 2, 2014 at 5:28 am

Was this theater on S. 20th Street or Mifflin Street? No one knows? I guess not!

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TheALAN commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

A discrepancy exists on what the seating capacity was for the Strand. PAB says the theater seated 1,679 while Cinema Treasures says 1,641. This could have resulted during the 1916 alterations. If anyone has an answer, please share, and thanks!

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TheALAN commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

This Strand Theatre, on the corner of Germantown Avenue and W. Venango Street was designed by Philadelphia architect Carl P. Berger, AIA (1873-1947) and opened in 1914 — not 1917. Alterations were made to the theater in 1916 by William H. Hoffman ( ? -1925) of the Philadelphia architectural firm of Hoffman & Co. It was redecorated in 1924. The Strand Theatre was demolished in 1971 after a devasting fire. The site is now a PPA Municipal Parking Lot and a location for Enterprise CarShare.

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TheALAN commented about Pine Drive-In on Sep 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Yeh, Yeh! So much for the condiments Steve. Where are the hamburgers and hot dogs?

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TheALAN commented about Dunbar Theatre, Philadelphia PA in 1920 - Broad and Lombard Streets on Sep 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Charmaine — Why is the Dunbar Theatre posted on the Lincoln Theatre site? There is a Dunbar Theatre site!

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TheALAN commented about Drumpy Theater on Sep 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

The Drumpy Theater should be listed as demolished. Except for Temple’s Carnell Hall on the N.E. Corner of Broad & Montgomery, this entire corner has been redeveloped.

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TheALAN commented about Drumpy Theater on Sep 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

Does anyone know what corner it was on at least? Any other info? Anything at all? I guess not!

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TheALAN commented about Sam's Place One and Two on Sep 27, 2014 at 6:18 am

In 1953, Harry Sley, president of the Sley System, a parking lot operator, aquired the Aldine Theatre with plans to convert it into a parking garage. After neighborhood opposition, plans were changed and well known theater architect William Harold Lee, AIA (1884-1974) was hired to remodel the theater. It reopened as the Viking Theatre in 1954. (The Viking closed in 1963 and remained shuttered until 1967 when it reopened as the Cinema 19).

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TheALAN commented about AMC Palace on Sep 25, 2014 at 5:50 am

The street level of the theater was Above the center window and above BOYDS, the facade still proclaims 1812-1814 CHESTNUT ST. ARCADE.

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TheALAN commented about Castor Theatre on Sep 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

The Castor Theatre opened in 1936 and was designed in the Streamline Moderne/Art Deco Style by Thalheimer & Weitz, (Clarence Stern Thalheimer, AIA (1898-1984) & David Daniel Weitz, BS, AIA (1895-1976)), an architectural and engineering firm in Philadelphia. Thalheimer & Weitz also designed the Devon Theatre (c.1946) in Mayfair and Suburban Station (c.1930) in Center City. The theater was constructed by the Golder Construction Co. and included two adjoining retail stores, one on each side. The theater closed in 1989. Today, the marquee remains and reads: CASTOR 99c & UP GROCERY STORE. The adjoining stores (6629 & 6633 Castor Ave.) are now part of the grocery store.

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TheALAN commented about Castor Theatre on Sep 24, 2014 at 1:40 am

The Benner Theatre (6054-56 Castor Ave.) had 600 seats vs. Castor’s 446.

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TheALAN commented about Cedar Theatre on Sep 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

The theater was demolished and the site is now home to a K Donut/Cedar Laundromat. Cinema Treasures lists it as closed in the overview. That should be changed to demolished.

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TheALAN commented about Cedar Theatre on Sep 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm

… I would say — around 1960 — mostly — can’t say for sure — I think — wasn’t open very long — little theatre — not far from — think it was on the other side — would say somewhere like… A lot of vague information! I think it would be nice if information was verified before it is posted!

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TheALAN commented about Cinemagic 3 at Penn on Sep 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Sorry Howard, but PAB comments that the GCC Walnut Mall 1-2-3 had a seating capacity of 400 each.

Does anyone know who the architect of this theaer was and in what style it was designed? Also, was the opening year 1975? If anyone can answer, please share. Thanks!

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TheALAN commented about UA Riverview Plaza Stadium 17 on Sep 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

In what style was this theater designed? Where is the marquee?

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TheALAN commented about Bainbridge Theatre on Sep 13, 2014 at 5:25 am

Who was the Mosholu Theatre’s architect and in what style was the theater designed? Also, when was the name changed to the Bainbridge Theatre and when did it close? Thanks!

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TheALAN commented about Right wall towards proscenium (original) on Sep 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

This photo was taken on January 1, 4501? Wow, I must have missed a few years!

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TheALAN commented about Park Theatre on Sep 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Another abundance of information. Doesn’t anyone have information for the Park Theatre? Pathetic!

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TheALAN commented about Barclay Square II on Sep 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Movieguy for a full 16-year history of the movies that were shown at the Barclay Square Twin! Now we’re all set for Jeopardy if the opportunity ever presents itself.