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JoeBlatz commented about Flagship Cinemas Movies 10 at East Point Center on May 12, 2023 at 3:30 am

This theater is currently known as Flagship Cinemas.

JoeBlatz commented about Showells Theatre on May 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm

That photo shows the entrance to the Sporting Center Arcade on the Boardwalk which was owned by Showell. The theater was around the corner at 10 N. Division St. It was demolished some time in the 1980’s.

JoeBlatz commented about Grand Theatre on Oct 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

Chris 1982, 3rd Street was the original name of Conkling Street.

JoeBlatz commented about Utahna Theatre on Sep 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm

The building still stands at 549 Main St. It is almost directly across from the Pastime Theater. It is now used as a decoration supply store.

JoeBlatz commented about Monte Theatre on Sep 28, 2017 at 4:52 am

In the Feb 1, 1913 issue of the Moving Picture World. They mention that a J. C. Marshall of Eldora is the new owner of the Princess Theater in Montezuma, Iowa. Also, on a site called the Organ Forum, there is an article that mentions the Princess Theater. Using Google Street View, I located a possible theater building. Theatre.5853802,-92.5229073,3a,75y,13.39h,95.92t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5qwZkLpKuNBz6NuCqCwQVw!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

JoeBlatz commented about Victor Theatre on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:43 am

A 2014 Google Street View shows it being used as a church.

JoeBlatz commented about Grand Theatre on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Hello, I was the manager/operator(projectionist) the evening of the last day of the Grand Theater. After the last showing ended. I played Guy Lombardo’s recording of “Auld Lang Syne” as the exit music. All of us employees were told to keep the closing of the theater a secret. But, because I was a relief man. I contacted Jacques Kelly of the Sun newspaper and told him about it. In the meantime, we were told the closing date had been pushed back a week! His column came out and the district manager called us together and asked “Who called the newspaper.” I fessed up and surprisingly, he told me that Mr Durkee liked the news article about us closing. He also said that the theater would stay open an additional week. However, business remained very poor and we only had about 25 people at the last show. On that last night we had people from Channel 13, WJZ TV, filming the events.

I’ll have further to tell about this “GRAND” Old Lady of Baltimore’s cinema world at another time.