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Richardkalata commented about Hi Lander Theatre on Sep 7, 2011 at 7:22 am

The Hilander was the project of local business men… Albert Tate, Johnny Winsick and Joseph Glorisso. It was a state of the art theater, for its time, with a smoke room on the left side of the projection room and a cry room on the right,each with approximately 12 seats.The theater comfortable. A year or so after opening 4 track magnetic sound, with surround was added to enhance cinemascope presentations….but was not used very often because of extra rental cost and availability of magnetic prints. The theater was long and somewhat narrow which made it impossible to twin or quad so it stands empty.It was the only area theater that had a curtain.

Richardkalata commented about Regent Theatre on Aug 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

The fire in 1949 ultimately helped the Penn Theater. Not only did they lose a competitor (REGENT) They gained badly needed parking space, directly across the street.This parking lot remained for the rest of “Penn Theater’s Days”

Richardkalata commented about Crescent Theater on Aug 29, 2011 at 9:26 am

The Crescent Theater was locally owned. For a short period of time, prior to closing for good, the theater was run by Norm Freeborn and Johnny Brogan, union projectionists from the State Theater.In addition, they ran the State Theater when long time owner Morris Markley called it quits.

Richardkalata commented about Lakeside on Aug 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

This is the only way a movie should be projected

Richardkalata commented about Penn Theatre on Oct 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

I was releif projectionist at almost every new castle theater, including the penn from 1956 on (hilander,state,victor,supercastle drive in) my father was chief projectioist at the penn theater for almost 40 years retiring when it closed.I saw or ran almost every movie that played there. I don’t remember the tiffney chandelers but do remember the giant statue of william penn setting on top of rhe marque. The cinemascope screen was large but not wall to wall as exit doors to the left & right limited size. the giant panoramic screen was not so giant for the same reason.Penn, unlike the hilander, had 3 track stereo magnetic sound but never added surround speakers.the hilander has full stereo. leo mickey was an outstanding manager. The penn had one of the largest and most comfortable projection roome i ever saw. tooooo bad it had to be torn down. it could be a fine 4-plex today and a spark plug for downtown.