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Looks like it’s the Druid City Music Hall now.
The present Mothers Food & Liquor Store at this address certainly looks like the same building that burned in 2015. It was gutted and refaced, sure, but the giveaway is the curved walls on either side of the front door.
This one hasn’t been demolished…yet. The street name has changed to N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the address is still 3002. It doesn’t look like a theater anymore, but the triple-stripe-with-crossbar decorations remain on the second floor, recognizable from older photos of the Aurora.
As of 2023 it’s being used as a church.
Since 2018, it’s been presenting live entertainment as the CAA Theatre.
The building still stands at 310 South 5th Street, though there’s no visible evidence of its former theatrical use. In the 2018 Google Street View, the cinema’s entrance has been turned into a barber shop.
The marquee is gone now, but strangely enough more “dancing ladies” friezes have been added to the facade since the ‘80s!
As of 2022, the outlines of the ramps are still visible on Google Earth!
The building in the photo above is actually 48 East Main.
If you check Google Street View against the postcard picture, it appears that the theater occupied the space that’s now numbered 115 E. 2nd.
Demolished in 2014. There’s now a Starbucks on the site.
“Demolished” might not be quite the right designation, as the facade and many of the interior structural elements remain.
This is the same theater that’s also listed as the State Theater.
Just for the record, in case anyone’s confused: This theater closed with the original 1976 “Sparkle” starring Irene Cara and Philip Michael Thomas (later to become bigger stars via “Fame” and “Miami Vice,” respectively). Jordin Sparks, who starred in the 2012 remake alluded to above, wasn’t even born yet. :)
Also, I just learned that before it was “Delta Cinema” it was called the Tyson Theater. I don’t have the opening date or anything, but I’ve seen in an old city directory that this was its name in 1960.
This cinema appears to be out of business. As of April 2021, a poster for the 2018 film “12 Strong” was still hanging in the frames on the facade, and the marquee advertised a local event from the previous fall.
Planning to photograph a bunch of old theaters on a road trip and doing advance research…but I’m befuddled by this entry. Not sure what theater is featured in the above photo, but it’s certainly not the theater currently standing at the address of 954 Highland Av.–which is on a corner and not an angled intersection as shown. Also, the cars in the photo are from the late ‘50s or early '60s, by which time the Ritz–according to the caption–had long been renamed the Art. I’ll spend a little more time with the old city directories and see if I can help sort this out!
The theater was really at 118 12th Av. East, and it’s still standing as of 2021. 143 is a parking lot.
Demolished in 2018.
The actual address is 348 N. Marion Av., for anyone who’s trying to look it up on Google Street View.
Even the screen’s skeleton is gone now; a new housing project has occupied the site since around 2016.
The actual address is 215 S. Cedar. Freaked out for a minute and thought it had been demolished! :D
A photo of the Preston appears in the online guide to Salem’s walking tour: http://www.salemmo.com/walkingtour/location47.asp
1937 articles in Salem’s daily paper referred to a “New Lyric Theater” being built on Fourth Street. At this time, the older Lyric Theater was still in operation. The opening of the “New Lyric” was never mentioned in those pages, but the Preston Theater opened on Fourth Street in 1941. Perhaps it was a remodeled and renamed New Lyric, or the New Lyric’s completion was for some reason postponed for several years and never actually opened under that name, instead being named after its owners.
The January 23, 1941 edition of the Salem Post & Democrat-Bulletin announced that the Preston Theater would open for business the following day; the owners were Kenneth and Olive Mae Preston. The facade’s first floor was done in black structural glass, with a sunburst motif above the marquee. Inside, the color scheme was reported to be “blue, brown, cream, and soft rust.” There were 600 seats and no balcony. Projectors were by Simplex. The opening show was “Comrade X” starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr.