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Joe Vogel commented about Elk Theatre on Jun 19, 2024 at 10:45 pm

The Elk Grove Historical Society says the Boulevard Theatre opened on February 4, 1955. It was at the northeast corner of Elk Grove Boulevard (then called Main Street) and Williamson Drive, but the building was set back from both streets to provide a parking area. It operated as a movie theater until 1965, when the building was sold to the local congregation of the Assembly of God and was converted for use as their church. In 1977 the building suffered two fires, the second of which leveled the structure. The modern retail building that replaced it appears to be somewhat larger than the theater was, and has the address 8805 Elk Grove Blvd.

The Boulevard was actually the second movie theater operated in Elk Grove by the Amundsons. From 1949 to 1954 they ran a house called the Cow Palace Theatre, a 500-seat operation which was in a large, rather rustic structure that also served as a cattle auction house by day. It was said that the scent from stalls for cattle which occupied part of the building lent a unique air of authenticity to western movies.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cozy Theater on Jun 19, 2024 at 1:12 am

The Cozy Theatre is first listed in the 1932 FDY, with 700 seats.

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Joe Vogel commented about Exira Theatre on Jun 19, 2024 at 12:08 am

The Film Board of Trade report in Film Daily of January 13, 1929 listed the Palace Theatre at Exira as a new house, but this was probably its reopening as a sound house under new owners, which probably took place in late 1928.

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Joe Vogel commented about Roben Theatre on Jun 19, 2024 at 12:02 am

The Film Board of Trade report in Film Daily of January 13, 1929 listed the Roben Theatre at Ashton as a new house. It had probably opened in late 1928.

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Joe Vogel commented about Ritz Cinema on Jun 18, 2024 at 11:55 pm

The recent opening of the Palace Theatre at Rensselaer, Indiana, was briefly noted in the January 13, 1929 issue of Film Daily.

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Joe Vogel commented about Howell Theatre on Jun 18, 2024 at 11:14 pm

The Howell Theatre appears to have been operated under lease by the Schulte Theatre Circuit from the time of its opening, as the announcement of the recent opening of the house in Film Daily of January 5, 1929 noted “Schulte Amuse. Co.” as operators.

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Joe Vogel commented about (New) Hudson Theatre - Kodachrome image taken by Albert S. "Al" Johnson in March 1949. on Jun 18, 2024 at 9:44 pm

Vern Morgan was the manager of the Hudson Theatre, according to a brief article in Boxoffice on June 10, 1950. The house was owned by the William Schulte circuit of Detroit. The old Hudson Theatre had been listed as a Schulte house in the 1938 FDY.

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Joe Vogel commented about Hudson Theatre (New) on Jun 18, 2024 at 9:30 pm

I haven’t found a full timeline for the new Hudson Theatre, but an article in Boxoffice of June 10, 1950 said that the house had been destroyed by a fire on May 30. Manager Vern Morgan estimated the loss at about $150,000. He and his wife were forced to evacuate the apartment above the theater when they were awakened by smoke in the early morning hours. A dry cleaning establishment in the same building was also lost. The theater, owned by the William Schulte circuit of Detroit, had only been open for a bit over a year.

Water Winter Wonderland has this page which unfortunately conflates the old and new Hudson Theatres, and doesn’t have any information from after the 1950 fire, so I don’t know if the building was restored as a theater or perhaps rebuilt at that time as the bowling alley, or rebuilt for some other use.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capri Theater on Jun 18, 2024 at 8:12 pm

There is a typo in the architect and firm fields. The name should be Charles H. Wheatley, not Charles R. Wheatley.

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Joe Vogel commented about Plaza Theater on Jun 18, 2024 at 8:03 pm

According to the Lynchburg News and Advance of October 25, 1962, the proposed movie theater in the Pittman Plaza Shopping Center would be leased to the Stewart & Everett chain, and had been designed by the architectural firm of Charles H. Wheatley & Associates.

The 764-seat single-screener opened in late 1963.

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Joe Vogel commented about UA Sherwood 1 & 2 on Jun 15, 2024 at 8:12 am

The March 16, 1970 issue of Boxoffice said that United Artists' Sherwood 1 and 2 project, then under construction, had been designed by Dallas architect William H. Hidell. Each of the true twin auditoriums would seat 350. The project occupied part of the site of the Jet Drive-In which had been destroyed by fire in 1968.

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Joe Vogel commented about Cape I & II on Jun 15, 2024 at 7:59 am

Boxoffice of March 16, 1970 said that the new cinema being built at Cape Coral had been designed by the Miami architectural firm of Bouterse, Borelli & Albasia.

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Joe Vogel commented about United Artists Four on Jun 15, 2024 at 7:47 am

The UA 4 was designed by Dallas architect William Henry Hidell, who also designed a UA multiplex at Hurst, Texas, and the Cinema Plaza at Del Rio, Texas, and probably some others, though I haven’t yet been able to track them down.

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Joe Vogel commented about Evansville Civic Theatre on Jun 15, 2024 at 7:29 am

The March 16, 1970 issue of Boxoffice said that the Columbia Theatre, last of Evansville’s old neighborhood houses, had been bought by Theatre A Corp., and was being remodeled and would reopen near the end of March as the 650-seat Cinema West. Theatre A planned to follow a family-friendly policy at the house, offering children’s matinees and occasional live performances. Evansville’s penultimate neighborhood house, the Franklin Theatre, had recently been turned into an adult movie theater.

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Joe Vogel commented about Parkway Theatre on Jun 15, 2024 at 7:15 am

A March 16, 1970 Boxoffice article about the Parkway Theatre said that it would have 736 seats. They were of the rocking chair type, upholstered in deep blue with black accents.

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Joe Vogel commented about Tupelo Community Theatre on Jun 12, 2024 at 12:23 am

The August 26, 1916 Moving Picture World mentions the Comus Theatre in Tupelo. The Comus was listed in the 1912-1913 Cahn guide with 900 seats plus 12 boxes. It was also listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. The July 6, 1922 issue of Manufacturers Record reported a $100,000 loss from a fire at the Comus Theatre, Tupelo. The house had been under lease to the Hatcher Amusement Company.

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Joe Vogel commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 11, 2024 at 9:06 pm

The Family Dollar is at 604 N. Main St., which is about 12 blocks north of the former theater’s location. Search Google Maps for 604 Main and it defaults to 604 N. If you search it for 604 S. it goes to an entirely different neighborhood. That must have been the source of the confusion.

I’ve been looking at the Google Street View of this building, and see behind it, and between its wings, an area now filled with large trees. On the Historic Aerials web site it is clear that there was once a building in that area, though the images are very blurry. But the remaining space that would have been available for a theater in the surviving part of the hotel building itself does not look large enough to have ever housed an 800-seat theater, so my suspicion is that the auditorium, or at least part of it, was in that space where the trees are now, and was demolished sometime between 1982 (the date of the last available aerial in which a building appears in that area) and 1994, though I’ve been unable to find confirmation of this surmise from any online source.

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Joe Vogel commented about Theatre on Jun 11, 2024 at 6:28 pm

Since we don’t have a later map, I was thinking there could have been alterations to the building at some point after 1917. Partial reconstruction was not rare for successful early theaters.

The Grand Theatre is mentioned in the November 10, 1917 issue of The Moving Picture Weekly, and there is a family web site claiming that a Mr. William S. Gabel built the Grand in 1913, and it opened in 1914. The Gabel family owned the building until 1929, when it was sold to Dickinson Theatres. But if there are no other theaters in Beloit (aside from the Opera House, which we know to be older) on the 1917 Sanborn, this must be the Grand, however poor the sight lines must have been.

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Joe Vogel commented about Dream Theatre on Jun 8, 2024 at 3:55 pm

In November, 1941, Dream Theatre operator Morris V. Beisner had several capsule movie reviews published by Motion Picture Herald.

Film Daily’s issue of January 7, 1947 had this item: “Glasco, Kas.—A son named Robert Rex has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Morris V. Beisner. He is the operator of the Dream Theater here and the Delpheum in Delphus, Kas.”

The August 20, 1949 issue of Boxoffice noted the sale of the Dream Theatre at Glasco, Kansas to Ed McCellan by H. W. Baldwin.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mills Edisonia Theatre on Jun 8, 2024 at 1:59 pm

The Mills Edisonia Theatre was listed at the above address in a guidebook published in 1904.

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Joe Vogel commented about Theatre on Jun 7, 2024 at 7:54 pm

The November 8, 1916 Moving Picture World mentions a house called the Grant Theatre in Beloit, run by an E. T. Burgan. By 1926, the only theater listed at Beloit in the FDY was a 700-seat house called the Grand, still listed in 1929. Grant/Grand makes me stroke my chin whiskers. Hmmm.

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Joe Vogel commented about Beloit Theatre on Jun 7, 2024 at 7:49 pm

The Beloit Theatre was mentioned in the April 5, 1965 issue of em>Boxoffice.

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Joe Vogel commented about Mainstreet Theatre on Jun 7, 2024 at 7:44 pm

Boxoffice of July 8, 1950 had a brief item noting that the Werts Brothers were celebrating the 22nd anniversary of their Mainstreet Theatre in Beloit. George and Bert Werts had opened the house on June 28, 1928. In 1950, an air conditioning system and new projection equipment were being installed, and the theater was being repainted.

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Joe Vogel commented about Electric Theatre on Jun 7, 2024 at 6:10 pm

The Electric was the only theater listed at Beloit in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

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Joe Vogel commented about Opera House on Jun 7, 2024 at 6:08 pm

A 1904 Polk directory lists the 500-seat Cooper’s Opera House at Beloit. Cooper’s Opera House was listed in the 1889 Jeffrey Guide with 600 seats. Also listed with 600 seats on the 1894 Donaldson guide. There is a drawing of the house dated 1887 on page four of this PDF.