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Joe Vogel commented about Ezella Theatre on Nov 30, 2021 at 6:52 pm

The Ezella Theatre was listed in the 1911 Cleveland City Directory. The Cleveland Landmarks Commission confirms Matzinger & Grosel as the architects of the extensive rebuilding of the Ezella done in 1941-42.

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Joe Vogel commented about Parma Theatre on Nov 30, 2021 at 6:27 pm

The Cleveland Landmarks Commission attributes the design of the Parma Theatre to architect Paul Matzinger of Matzinger & Grosel.

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Joe Vogel commented about Grand Theatre on Nov 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

A house called the Grand Theatre is listed at East Palestine in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. The Grand Theatre, East Palestine Theatre, and Midway Drive-In shared a courtesy ad in the local high school’s 1954 yearbook.

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Joe Vogel commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm

The photo Nessa found (clickable link) definitely show the same building in the photos at the web site I linked to earlier, but the movie poster in front of the theater features Florence Vidor, a star of the silent era. The cars in the photo also date from the 1920s, so it’s clear the Rialto was in operation earlier than we’d thought.

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Joe Vogel commented about American Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 7:27 am

Other photos of the America Theatre show a Mission or Spanish Colonial Revival style parapet reminiscent of the Alamo at San Antonio. Movie posters dating from the mid-1920s are on display in these photos. The building certainly dates from that period at the latest, and possibly from the later 1910s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Liberty Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 7:01 am

The November 26, 1938 issue of Boxoffice had news about the Liberty Theatre:

“Hamrick’s Liberty Theatre closing for a complete renovation from December 8 to 22 with B. Marcus Priteca of Seattle as consulting architect. Electrical Research products installing the new marquee.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Ace Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 6:46 am

Wometco’s recent acquisition of the Ace Theatre at Coconut Grove was noted in the November 19, 1938 issue of Boxoffice.

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Joe Vogel commented about Princess Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:43 am

The Princess was remodeled in 1938, according to this item from the November 19 issue of Boxoffice:

“Lawrenceburg, Tenn. — The remodeled Princess Theatre reopened the night of November 16. The building has been completely modernized and redecorated, with new sound installed. Louis Ruhlander is manager.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Martha Washington Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:35 am

An item in the November 19, 1938 issue of Boxoffice noted renovation projects at several Detroit area neighborhood houses, all planned by the architectural firm of Wright & Rogvoy. This house was one of them: “Max Mantueffel’s Martha Washington will have a new front.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Star Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:29 am

According to an item in Boxoffice of November 19, 1938, “Edward S. Pasco’s White Star is undergoing a lobby change….” The project was one of several then being carried out at Detroit area neighborhood houses with plans by the firm of Wright & Rogvoy.

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Joe Vogel commented about Fenkell Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:22 am

“Wisper & Wetsman’s Fenkell will boast a new front,” said an item in Boxoffice of November 19, 1938. The Fenkell was one of several neighborhood houses in Detroit then being updated with plans by the firm of Wright & Rogvoy.

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Joe Vogel commented about Arcade Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:17 am

“Wade Allen’s Arcade is having its face lifted,” noted the November 19, 1938 issue of Boxoffice. It was one of several Detroit neighborhood theater renovations then being carried out by the architectural firm of Wright & Rogvoy.

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Joe Vogel commented about Stratford Theatre on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:11 am

The November 19, 1938 issue of Boxoffice had news about the remodeling project at the Stratford Theatre: “Detroit— The Stratford Theatre here will complete an extensive remodeling program in about ten days. Wright & Rogvoy, Detroit, are the architects.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Pagode Theatre on Nov 22, 2021 at 9:21 pm

According to this item from Boxoffice of November 12, 1938, a Toronto house called the Liberty Theatre was then being remodeled to be reopened as the La Salle Theatre:

“Toronto — Under the direction of Kaplan and Sprachman, Toronto architects, the Liberty Theatre, which is being renamed the La Salle, is being remodeled. It will seat 700 persons.

“The reconstruction work, costing $30,000, includes in addition to general modernizing, new seats, indirect Neon lighting, a new air-conditioning system, and new Mirrophonic sound and projection equipment being installed by Dominion Sound Equipments, Ltd.”

This web page confirms the 1938 remodeling and renaming, but says that the architect for the project was Harry Dobson. It also notes that the Liberty Theatre opened in 1928, and the house last operated as the Pagoda Theatre in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

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Joe Vogel commented about Parkway Theater on Nov 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

The Parkway Theatre underwent another remodeling in 1938, as noted in the November 12 issue of Boxoffice:

“McKees Rocks, Pa. — Parkway Theatre is undergoing extensive remodeling and will be closed until Christmas, Al Glazer, proprietor, stated this week. A glass front and a new marquee are being installed. The auditorium also is being decorated. Sam Barbalat is the architect on the remodeling.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Mission Theatre on Nov 22, 2021 at 7:54 pm

The October 29, 1938 Boxoffice article about the opening of the new Dickinson Theatre at Mission, Kansas on October 20 listed among the attendees at the event the theater’s architect, Louis Siebers. Siebers also designed Dickinson’s Carlton Theatre at Manhattan, Kansas the same year.

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Joe Vogel commented about Avon Theatre Film Center on Nov 22, 2021 at 7:33 pm

When announced in Boxoffice of October 15, 1938, this house was to have been called the Park Theatre:

“Stamford, Conn. — F. E. Weiss of the Stamford Theatre has awarded the contract for a new theatre. The new house will be known as the Park and will be built on a site on Bedford St. opposite Forest St. Plans by Architect Hosenhauser [sic] of New York City call for a building of colonial design with stadium effect and will have a seating capacity of 750.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Avalon Theater on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm

The Avalon Theatre was at the southwest corner of Main Street and Locust Street, on the south side of the town square. Sadly, it has been demolished.

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Joe Vogel commented about Avalon Theater on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:55 pm

The October 15, 1938 issue of Boxoffice features a two page article about the new Avalon Theatre in Clarksville.

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Joe Vogel commented about Daw Theatre on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm

This October 8, 1939 Boxoffice item suggests rather extensive alterations (early October to late December) for the Daw Theatre:

“Work has started on the new theatre in Tappahannock to be operated by the Daw Corp. Edward F. Sinnott of Richmond is architect. The 550-seat house, expected to be ready for Christmas week, will be managed by R. B. Wallace.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Strand Theatre on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:35 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice of October 1, 1938: “Bennett and Straight, theatrical architects of Dearborn, Mich., are taking bids for the remodeling of the Strand Theatre for William A. Cassidy circuit at Alma, Mich. New marquee, front, and lobby, as well as other alterations, are planned.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Breda Theatre on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:27 pm

The July 18, 1953 issue of Motion Picture Herald had this item in the “Des Moines” column: “Julius Wareburg has closed his Irwin theatre at Irwin ‘because of lack of patronage.’… The same reason was given by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Neumayer who are closing the Breda at Breda.”

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Joe Vogel commented about Markesan Theatre on Nov 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

The October 8, 1938 issue of Boxoffice said that the Markesan Theatre had opened on October 1st.

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Joe Vogel commented about Warfield Theatre on Nov 20, 2021 at 2:48 am

Film Daily of March 27, 1936 said that the Warfield Theatre in Detroit was being razed, and that owner Moe Teitel planned to built a new theater of 1,500 seats, to open about August 1. I don’t know if the rebuilding resulted in a theater as large as planned, but the vintage photo on this page at Water Winter Wonderland shows the entrance with four sets of double doors, which would be overkill for a house with only 376 seats, so the rebuilt theater must have been quite a bit larger, even if FDY never changed the capacity in its listing.

The Film Daily item also noted that by the time the Warfield was rebuilt it served an African American audience. One commenter at WWW says that she saw William Castle’s 1959 movie “The Tingler” at the Warfield, double billed with ‘The Mummy", released the same year. A nephew of Morris Teitel also left a comment, saying that the house was demolished to make way for Interstate 75. Construction on that highway within Detroit began in 1959, and was completed in December, 1960, so the horror double bill was probably one of the last shows at the Warfield. Judging from the maps, its entire neighborhood was wiped out for the interchange with the Edsel Ford Freeway.

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Joe Vogel commented about Elkins Theatre on Nov 20, 2021 at 12:15 am

Last known as the Elkins Theatre, and in operation at least as late as 1967, the Hippodrome was located a few doors north of the Manos Theatre. The site is now under the footprint of the modern Davis Trust Company Building, and its address was probably somewhere between 211 and 221 Davis. The Hippodrome opened in 1916, and was renamed Elkins Theatre about 1957, when it was operated by the Monessen Entertainment Company.