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spectrum commented about Astor Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Theatre is long gone - but the neighborhood looks like it has recovered quite a bit since the 1960s.

spectrum commented about Ambassador Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:46 pm

The building is still standing. The front part looks vacant, but auditorium in back is in dire shape - the 2021 Google aerial photo shows large holes in the ceiling.

spectrum commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:35 pm

Looks like it was demolished long ago. Site is now a Family Dollar store - this is a fairly run-down section of the city.

spectrum commented about Park National Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

The building still stands in the 2019 Google Street View. VERY narrow building! Looks like it had been renovated not too long ago, but apparently vacant at this time. Front facade still intact, building looks in good shape. Probably seated no more than 300. Unclear of the interior has been gutted or not. Door on the side was probably at the back of the auditorium so it could still be intact inside.

spectrum commented about Carolina Theatre on Oct 20, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Link to their Spring 2021 newsletter:

Highlights: Construction continuing, primarily on electrical, HVAC, etc. and continued excavation of the basement into the crawlspace. The roof will be removed and replaced over the summer of 2021 (So it’s probably done by now).

spectrum commented about Times Square Theatre on Jun 6, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Interesting photos in this 2018 Wall Street Jorunal article:

It looks like one of the previous attempts to renovate the theatre was already partly underway when the attempt was abandoned - the plasterwork had already received a white primer coat and some restoration was completed even back then. The new plans will change a lot of this of course.

The theater’s Wikipedia article has a May 2021 photo stating the theater was ubnder construction at the time, and it certainly looks like something is definitely going on inside the building. Hopefully it will finally reopen before long.

spectrum commented about Auburn Schine Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 9:22 am

Looks like restoration efforts are under way again! Here’s a 2019 article about the new owner/developer and his plans for restoration of the theatre:

So far they have already replaced the roof, done asbestos abatement and repaired the masonry on the sides and back of the building, and received several million dollars in grant funding for repairs which will next be replacement of the marquee, installation of a new vertical sign and repair of the front facade.

The auditorium walls are stripped to the bare bricks, so they would need to be completely replicated. But it’s good to see that at least some work has been done and already at least $6,000,000 has been received and partially spent on repairs.

Some more recent articles: 2017 Article about the Schine:

The corrected link to the Cayuga County Arts Council website is:

spectrum commented about Peoples' Theatre on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:44 am

The first floor is currently a brewpub. The entire building had been gutted at some point and the upper floors are either offices or apartments.

spectrum commented about Symphony Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:40 am

It looks like the auditorium part of the building has been demolished from the current Google Street View. Only the front (lobby portion) is still standing, housing the restaurant.

Their website is at

The original decor is all gone, but the new decor is very nice.

spectrum commented about Strand Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:25 am

The Riviera Theatre is just to the right (north) of the Strand. Both closed now, and not in good shape. Hopefully they both might be restored at some point.

spectrum commented about Court Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:24 am

Still there in 2021. The site of the adjacent Lyric Theatre is no longer a parking lot; there is a new commercial building there.

spectrum commented about Forum Theatre on Mar 26, 2021 at 7:56 am

New official link at:

From here you can also link to their facebook page and a virtual tour.

spectrum commented about Strand Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 7:05 am

According to the Google Street View, the Strand appears to have been demolished. No buildings along the street that resemble a theatre.

spectrum commented about Majestic Theatre on Mar 20, 2021 at 6:27 am

Looks like the Majestic is open, according to their Facebook Page.

spectrum commented about Lorex Theater on Mar 20, 2021 at 6:24 am

the current (2019) Google street view shows the theatre still msitting there closed.

spectrum commented about 3M Palace Theater on Mar 20, 2021 at 6:23 am

Checked Google Maps. The current (2019) photo shows that it is still open, showing movies.

spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 16, 2021 at 8:05 am

The upcoming restoration calls for the theatre to close some time in 2022 for an 18-month renovation and restoration.

spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 16, 2021 at 8:02 am

Great news February 23, 2021 on the redevelopment of the Jersey Theatre!

Looks like FOL got the best of both worlds with this one - a viable full renovation and FOL will still play a major role in programming.

Full Announcement at Friends of the Loew’s Facebook page:

Feature article at Jersey City Times:

Brief summary:

““There was good news about the Loew’s yesterday – and it’s even BETTER than some folks may realize. As news outlets reported, yesterday the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency conditionally designated the company that owns the Devils and manages the Prudential Center as the commercial operator of the Loew’s. And as part of the plan, more that $70 million dollars will be found to fully restore the Theatre, bring it into full code compliance, and completely upgrade its production capabilities. But not all the news stories about this made clear one more important part of the plan: Friends of the Loew’s isn’t going anywhere. We will continue doing much of what we do now, still very much part of the Loew’s. In fact, we’ll be the non-profit arm of the Theatre’s expanded operation. And our most important role is to make sure that as many people as possible continue to have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the Loew’s – even if they can’t afford, or don’t want tickets to expensive pop concerts.” ”

spectrum commented about Reseda Theatre on Mar 16, 2021 at 7:22 am

Corrected link to the 2017 article about possible renovation

spectrum commented about Majestic Theatre on Mar 16, 2021 at 7:20 am

Corrected link to the official website:

spectrum commented about Uptown Theatre on Jan 4, 2021 at 7:53 pm

Some more links to recent articles about the Uptown Theatre restoration!

Chicago Tribune:

Blockclub Chicago article from January 2020:

Blockclubchicago article from April 2019: - lots of recent interior pictures here:

Also, the company handling the restoration is:

Uptown Theatre Foundation, Inc 207 W Goethe St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Haven’t found a webpage for them yet.)

spectrum commented about Metropolitan Opera House on Dec 21, 2020 at 4:31 pm

The renovated theatre looks beautiful!

Good photo of the auditorium from stage at the official website (scroll down for the photo):

Some nice photos in very late stages of renovation at

Their official website:

spectrum commented about Carolina Theatre on Nov 9, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Another update - their Fall 2020 newsletter. Construction continues, on many fronts including lobby tower, stagehouse infrastructure and more.

spectrum commented about Victory Theatre on Nov 9, 2020 at 3:47 pm

More updates!

MIFA newsletter, February 2020:

Purchase of 134 Chestnut Street in December 2019, adjacent to stage house - to be used for support space:

spectrum commented about Uptown Theatre on Aug 2, 2020 at 6:56 pm

Link to January 2020 article with some updates!

The Uptown was scheduled to enter the final phase of renovation sometime in 2020, with renovations completed and reopening scheduled for 2022.

It was not clear exactly how much renovation has been completed so far, but at least some has.

The project has taken awhile because of delays in securing full funding. A capital campaign had raised $10,000,000 and there were two grants bringing the total to about twelve million.

Good to see that renovation has made considerable progress and that an opening date has been set!