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TheALAN commented about A.B.C. Theatre on Jul 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I thought after six months someone would have something to share, but I guess not?

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TheALAN commented about 333 Theatre on Jul 19, 2014 at 10:21 pm

“Boxoffice Magazine — July 11, 1953 (page 41) Philadelphia — The premises, 333 Market St., site of the former 333 Theatre, were sold by the Stanley-Warner Management Corp. to L. M. Blitz for $90,000. Blitz leased the property to Fisch’s Parking Places for 15 years . . . ”

The site of the former theater (now demolished) is now a part of 399 Market Street, a five-story office building in Old City that was built in 1977.

If anyone has a photo or photos of the 333 Theatre, it would be appreciated if they could share. And also, in what style was the the theater designed?

Although closed, and sold, in 1953, we are not sure if the theater was demolished that year. If someone could answer that, that would also be appreciated. Thanks!

TheALAN
TheALAN commented about Prince Music Theater on Jul 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

What is that block called Mike, web sence? Maybe Cinema Treasures should use it. They seem to get plenty of stupid ass comments!

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TheALAN commented about 1935 world premiere of To Catch a Thief on Jul 9, 2014 at 2:09 am

It was on August 2nd in 1955 when Cary Grant and Philadelphia’s own Grace Kelly appeared in person at the Translux Theatre for the world premiere of “To Catch A Thief” (1955 Paramount). The theater would not become Eric’s Place until 1970.

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TheALAN commented about New Penn Theater on Jul 7, 2014 at 5:07 am

Who was the architect and in what style was this theater designed? Although new housing now occupies the site, what occupied the site for the 50+ years that followed the demolition of the theater?

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TheALAN commented about Elite Theatre on Jul 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

The full address is 2714-18 W. Girard Avenue (19120). Leroy Berman Rothschild, BSA, AIA (1886-1935) of Philadelphia was the architect. The theater was renovated in 1926 with a Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1462 style “D” installed on September 28th. A one-story building (Luxx Nail Spa llo) now stands at 2714 W. Girard Ave. 2716-18 is surface parking.

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TheALAN commented about Elite Theatre on Jul 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

On the PAB site, under images, one image does exist although the quality is poor. If someone has a better photo, it would be appreciated if they would share! Also, in what style was the theater designed and in what year was the building demolished?

TheALAN
TheALAN commented about Cox Theatre on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Thank’s Einstein! — called the Perry Street Theater . . . It’s probably a safe assumption that Perry Street Theatre . . . was probably located on Perry Street. Where on Perry Street was this theater located? And why is there no map? Actually, except for the reference to March 11, 1916, the comment offers no information!

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TheALAN commented about Art Cinema on Jun 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

NO — WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE BEVERLY THEATRE! We are talking about the BLACK ROCK THEATRE — the subject of this page. These are two different theaters on two different blocks — three blocks apart. And how the hell did the HI-WAY get into this? It’s not even in Bridgeport, CT. It’s in Stratford, CT. Talk about getting confused!

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TheALAN commented about Beverly Theatre on Jun 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

The building at that address is the former Beverly Theatre. And yes, it has been heavily modified although some elements of the theater do remain. The theater opened with a double feature — “The Rope of Sand” (1949) starring Burt Lancaster & “Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear” (1949) starring Sabryn Gene’t. The theater was designed in Mid-Century Modern (mid-20th century) style. If anyone knows who the architect is for this theater, please share? Thanks!

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TheALAN commented about Daytime view with original marquee on Jun 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

Taken on January 1,4501? At least it’s after the year 2525.

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TheALAN commented about Sterling Opera House on Jun 23, 2014 at 4:59 am

The correct address for the Sterling Opera House is — 106 Elizabeth Street, Derby CT 06418.

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TheALAN commented about Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square on Jun 23, 2014 at 1:37 am

The geography lesson was interesting but the overviuew provided no details about the Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square. What was the opening date — how many seats — who was the architect — what style — size of the auditoriums — other amenities — one or two floors. Things like that. Nothing!

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TheALAN commented about Bijou Theatre on Jun 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

For over seven years these skeptics have been monopolizing these pages. Now that the Bijou Theatre has reopened, (July 7, 2011), there hasn’t been a peep from this bunch! Wonder what theater restoration project they’ll target next. Maybe there’s still some room left here for the rest of us to share some photos or other information about the original Bijou Theatre cir. 1909.

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TheALAN commented about Merritt Theater on Jun 21, 2014 at 1:23 am

“Located on Main Street, Bridgeport, at the intersection with Fern Street, …” is incorrect. (That would be the 3600 block). The Merritt Theater was located on Main Street, Bridgeport, at the intersection with Renzy Avenue (between Renzy Avenue and Goldenrod Avenue). The Merritt Theater was next to a single home at 3701-03 Main Street (at Renzy Ave.) that is still standing. A CVS/pharmacy now stands (in a strip center) where the theater once stood. (Please note: For anyone that needs to brush up on their geometry, summer classes are available at their local high school).

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TheALAN commented about Loew's Poli Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 5:26 am

In September of 2010, Joe Vogel referred to an interesting item in the November 8, 1913 issue of the trade journal The Moving Picture World. After 3yrs.8mos., I thought someone would have an answer. I guess not?

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TheALAN commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Jun 14, 2014 at 4:00 am

Now an update. The marquees for both theaters had deteriorated to the point that wooden blocks were constructed to keep them up. For safety concerns, both marquees have since been removed. The vertical signs that rose above the marquees are long gone! Fire escapes have also been removed. At street level, movie themed murals were painted and now cover the façade. Concrete barricades surround the façade at the curb. A sign reads: Poli, Majestic Theaters & Hotel — Part of the Downtown Arts and Entertainment Revitalization Project. Another, older sign reads: STORES AVAILABLE.

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TheALAN commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

I agree. This theater doesn’t look all that bad! Very salvageable.

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TheALAN commented about Logan Theatre on Jun 10, 2014 at 2:53 am

Getting tired of these naysayers! Guys like raymondgordonsears and rastakurt offer nothing positive. Looking at the roofline, I see several surveillance cameras have been installed. Another large dumpster is in the parking lot. And the curtains from the Copa Room at the Sands in Atlantic City were purchased for the theater. And a new roof is in place.

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TheALAN commented about Auditorium Theatre on Jun 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

A block from Franklin Square, this theater was also known as Lubin’s Auditorium. Built in 1909, it was expanded in 1915 to include 219-221 N. 8th Street. The theater closed in 1967 and was demolished that year to make way for the Metropolitan Hospital. (The hospital has since been converted into the Metro Club, a 129 unit condominium development).

How many did the Auditorium seat when it closed? Also, who were the architects (1909 & 1915) and in what style was the theater designed? If anyone has the answers, thanks!

TheALAN
TheALAN commented about Southern Theatre on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Yes Tinseltoes, the Southern Theatre is still standing! Since July 2012, the month before your comment, the theater has been home to the Kevin O'Brien Studio, a textile design center. The upper portion of the façade remains as it was when it was a theater. At street level, a modern front now covers the old theater façade. You can visit it above. Enjoy!

TheALAN
TheALAN commented about Dixie Theater on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

More maps? BORING!! As for the PAB site, we already know it’s the Dixie Theater or we wouldn’t be here. Who was the architect —– in what style was it designed —– who was the operator —– when did it close? Things like that genius.

TheALAN
TheALAN commented about Pastime Theater on Jun 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Stop by this variety store. Maybe they’ll have some information about this theater. Except for the location and the organ, no one here has any!

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TheALAN commented about Breeze Theater on Jun 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

The Breeze Theatre did open in 1911 but architect Charles F. Schaef (1887-1972) only appears as the architect for a makeover in 1922. There seems to be no information on the original 1911 architect.

Oh yeh, it’s still demolished!

TheALAN
TheALAN commented about Liberty Theatre on Jun 3, 2014 at 2:54 am

Sorry Dave, you’re a little confused! It’s EAST Columbia Avenue (today renamed EAST Cecil B. Moore Avenue).