11205 Mack Avenue,
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Firms: Building Service Bureau
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Harmony Theatre
Opened as the Harmony Theatre on December 12, 1921 in was designed by architectural firm Building Design Bureau headed by architect Ernest C. Thulin. The theatre was completely remodeled on October 31, 1941 by C. Howard Crane in Art Moderne style. It not only received a new look, but a new name, as well, the Admiral Theatre.
The theatre was shuttered by the mid-1970’s and was reopened as a church called Brown’s Chapel, but that was also eventually shuttered. The former theatre building has since been converted into office and retail space.
Cinema Treasures user ‘bizzzyb’ shares this memory:
“My mother said she can remember seeing first-run Hollywood movies there in the early to mid-1960’s, but when I started going there in the 1970’s it became the east-side’s kung-fu/blaxploitation and low-budget action and horror movie place! It was funny because I remember half the time you couldn’t hear the movie because people would yell and curse at the screen! Movies like "Shaft”, “Superfly”, “The Mack”, “Blacula”, “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” were usually shown there as well as the latest Hong Kong chop-sockeys like “5 Fingers Of Death”, “Kung-Fu-The Invisible Fist”, “Duel Of The Iron Fist”, and of course all of Bruce Lee’s movies:“Fists of Fury”, “Chinese Connection”, “Return Of The Dragon” and “Enter The Dragon”. Also, movies like “Walking Tall”, “Billy Jack”, “Death Race 2000”, “Devil’s Rain” and “Dirty Harry” played there too.
There was always a double feature and matinees were like 75 cents or something I think. A lot of people would go there in the summertime just to sit in the air conditioning!"
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