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trailerjoh commented about Uptown Marble Theater on Nov 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Don’s photo is how the theater looks now after restoration. It opened, as far as I know, as the UPTOWN. Don’t know when it was renamed “The Marble” but it was operated by Gene and Susan Spitzer until it closed circa 2003. The facing on the Marble was removed as seen in my photos, that’s how it looked before restoration.

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trailerjoh commented about Melba Theatre on Oct 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm

The building was torn down and the lot cleared this summer. It’s all gone including the building across the street from it.

photos of the building by the local paper before destruction in the 2nd week of Aug 2014.

http://www.caller.com/news/building-our-future/melba-theatre

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trailerjoh commented about Kay Theater on Jun 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

As of 9Jun2014, the theater has 2 a/c units and 2 new exits on each of the north and south sides of the building with a sidewalk linking them back to the front of the theater. Also, in 2013 a Texas Historical Marker was set in front of the building. It sure looks nice now. Current photos added under the “photos” tab above. Also it looks like neon was added to the face of the building around the sides and top of the face.

John

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trailerjoh commented about Circle Drive-In on May 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Here is a set of photos I took of the drive in. Not sure of the year but I think it was approx 1981 or 1982. Was surprised to see (on google maps) that the tower is still standing. https://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/sets/72157644544234163/

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trailerjoh commented about Fox Theater on Jan 26, 2014 at 9:57 am

To Scott, yes, they kept part of the building. Not sure how much because of the added features. See this link. http://www.slackerwood.com/node/3877

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trailerjoh commented about Edna Theatre on Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Still seems to be up in the air. The guy that owns it now has plans but many other irons in the fire. Might be more of a live event center in the future. But, who knows?

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trailerjoh commented about Arbor 8 Cinema on Jan 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm

The street address is for the shopping center but the theater actually faces at 10151 Old Jollyville Rd. according to the map.

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trailerjoh commented about Arbor 8 Cinema on Jan 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Originally the General Cinema Corp. Great Hills 8 which closed in the fall of 2000. It opened in July of 1989.

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trailerjoh commented about Joy Drive-In on Jan 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Above location photo in this neighborhood is north of the area where the theater was. This is the entrance to the drive in. You can see the old marquee in the distance. https://www.google.com/maps?ll=31.092445,-97.925922&spn=0.00369,0.003449&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=31.092445,-97.925922&panoid=LqWpqbteSj6CnfJO9nu2Uw&cbp=12,121.7,,0,7.84

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trailerjoh commented about Joy Drive-In on Jan 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Looks like the tower and concession/booth/house is still there as seen on Google. (Jan 7 ‘14) https://www.google.com/maps?ll=31.090613,-97.921633&spn=0.001845,0.001725&t=h&z=19

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trailerjoh commented about Joy's Cinema City 6 on Jan 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm

As I recall, there were 3 theaters in a row on the right side of the building as you faced it in front. There was a central larger screen and 2 on the left side of the building. The building was pretty odd looking. It looked as if there were 4 inside theaters and then 2 more added later.

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trailerjoh commented about Joy's Cinema City 6 on Jan 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

My friend and I visited the complex back in May of 1999. The back door of the drive in booth was open and we looked around. Vandals had pretty much destroyed what they could up stairs and downstairs in the main lobby/theater area. It was sickening to see this. So much so I didn’t even think of taking photos inside. As you can almost see, the Drive in screens had been disused for so long that pine trees had grown up in the lot and vines were growing across the screens. The projectors in part of the booth where there was room were turned over. Very sad end to a useful theater no doubt.

I’ve posted a few outside photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/sets/72157639536196865/

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trailerjoh commented about Bantex Theatre on Dec 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm

This is the first picture I’ve seen of this theater. I wonder if it burned? The lot is empty except for the foundation of the theater through the mid 80’s.

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trailerjoh commented about Canyon Theatre on Dec 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

The above photo was taken circa Aug 1999. Wish I could have seen the inside.

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trailerjoh commented about State Theater on Oct 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm

To Pawnshop, it is both a movie theater and live theater now. We have a roll down screen and can do digital presentations there now. The blade out front has been restored and turned back on in the first week of Oct. 2013. New neon tubes, wiring and cleaned up and polished face of the blade.

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trailerjoh commented about Southwood Theatre on Oct 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Pulled some booth shifts here in the early to mid 70’s. It was a great booth. Almost as good as the Americana. Trans-Texas was good to work for and had some good friends there.

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trailerjoh commented about Burnet Drive-In on Oct 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

ndeed, it is BURNET with one “T”. Here is a better copy of my photo submitted by Mr. Cohen. See this link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/4566152431/in/set-72157613251270508

Photo was taken in the early 70’s before closure. I showed some films there as a relief operator in the early 70'. Nice drive in. There are other photos of the theater on either side of the above link.

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trailerjoh commented about Varsity Theater on Sep 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

To rdk, it may have played older films towards the end and also showed repertory films but, up until the mid 70’s, they did show first run. The first film I projected there was new to Austin. STRAW DOGS then THE LAST PICTURE SHOW the next day. Showed and saw a lot of first run films there.

John

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trailerjoh commented about Howard Theatre on Jul 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

The Howard in Taylor went digital both upstairs and down. This happened the weekend following the day I took the pix on June 19, 2003. Here’s a few photos of the booths and equipment and of the auditoriums.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/sets/72157634566237518/

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trailerjoh commented about Edna Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

That is true. The guy that has it now said they were operational after all these years. When I was there, they turned over very smoothly. Would have loved to have seen the place in it’s prime.

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trailerjoh commented about Edna Theatre on Feb 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I have a few interior shots taken a few years ago.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/sets/72157618157582490/

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trailerjoh commented about Varsity Theater on Feb 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Found some negatives I took in the 80’s of the mural while it was sorta new. The photo at the top of this page was the mural while Tower Records was in the building. The fire escape was taken down and a window was cut into the south corner of the building. There are 4 detail photos at my link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/8435724203/in/photostream/

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trailerjoh commented about Lynn Theatre on Jan 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Great! Good news for the community.

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trailerjoh commented about Queen Theater on Jun 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

To sepiatone, if you get to Austin this summer before Aug.17, the Austin History Center has an excellent display set up with photos and artifacts from the earliest Austin movie theaters through the 1970’s . http://www.austinlibrary.com/ahc/

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trailerjoh commented about Acme Theatre on Oct 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Here’s a photo I took of the Wayne when I was stationed at SJAFB 69-70. http://www.cinematour.com/picview.php?db=us&id=65075