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Wow, looking at the pictures it seems this was a very well kept drive in. What a shame that it closed, especially if the land is just going to lie unused.
As long as the steel structure is intact it can be rebuilt.
The no English language movie clause was probably at the insistence of RKO. When theatres are sold it is not unusual for the seller to insert these clauses to assure that the property does not become competition for their other nearby properties.
Did the plans change or is this article just poorly written? From: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/04/15/landmarked_flushing_theater_will_now_be_condos_not_rentals.php#more
A new owner means new plans for Flushing’s landmarked RKO Keith’s Theater. Plans to redevelopment the 85-year-old site by constructing a new residential building atop it have been in the works for more than seven years, and in December, JK Equities bought the site for $30 million. The original plan called for the 350 new units to be rentals, but Crain’s reports that JK Equities will be making them condos. The new 17-story structure will rise above the historic theater, which will be incorporated into the building as the lobby. The development will have 23,000 square feet of retail as well as 385 parking spaces. During construction, a “protective shell” will be built over the 1928 structure to protect it, but permits are not yet in place, so work will not begin until next year.
This project seems unfortunately to be stalled. In an article on the New England Public Radio website dated April 12,2013,the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA)artistic director Donald Sanders says he thinks MIFA could secure funding, complete renovations, and open the theatre in three years.
That pushes the reopening to 2016.
It’s open again and hosting concerts. There is a great collection of photos of the current day theatre at their website under “Then & Now”.
I don’t know how they could claim there is no way for this theatre to operate profitably. There are houses this large in much smaller cities that operate at a profit.
What’s next for Philly, tearing down Independence Hall to build a Wal Mart?
Hope it manages to come back again. A lot of the beautiful interior is still intact.
This theatre has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Status on this theater should be changed to renovating. Here is a link to an article in the ClarionLedger: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20131230/NEWS01/312300011/McComb-crew-sets-sights-Palace-Theater?nclick_check=1
On December 24, 2013 the village of Calumet will host a Centennial Ceremony honoring those lost in the tragedy at the Italian Hall. Please see the theatre’s official website for more information.
You’re right, 699 was the original capacity for the Delaware Theatre.
It appears that the Madison will also host live entertainment when the renovations are complete.
“The space at the back of the building, part of the third phase, will be converted into an entertainment area.
The entertainment area will be used for comedy shows, concerts, lectures, and movies as well, according to Fishgold. However, there are some limitations as to what kinds of performances he will allow.”
Full article at: http://blog.timesunion.com/pinehills/makeover-at-the-madison/7714/
Was this ever a Proctor’s Theatre? There is an ad on e-Bay for a postcard advertising Proctor’s Theatre, Port Chester.
This has the same address as the former State Theatre.
Before and after pictures from the 1959 renovation.
Here is a link to an article in Box Office magazine.
It does have a listing on CT, it is listed as Eastview Theatres in Rochester.
The Jericho has added an ice cream stand called Twist. It is accessible from inside the drive in or from outside.
That’s funny, the Box Office ad says the “1,400 seat Proctor’s Theatre" yet the theatre seats over 2,000 people. The illustration is definitely the right theatre.
The Lyric Theatre opened in the town of Faust in 1913 and was managed by A.A. Cluett. it was remodeled and reopened as the Adirondack Theatre on July 16, 1940. In 1941 the town of Faust was absorbed into the village of Tupper Lake. The Adirondack operated into the 1950’s and by 1959 was closed. Perhaps they are talking about the theatre in Faust.
Joe, the link you posted is to the Rittner blog.
I see that you are temporarily closed for installation of the digital equipment. Do you have a date for the reopening?
The Madison is closing after tomorrow’s afternoon shows. The theater has been sold and will be remodeled. The number of screens is being reduced from 7 to 2 and additional retail space will be reclaimed.