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crownx commented about Bellows Falls Opera House on Mar 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Any news on this theater

crownx commented about Chatham Orpheum Theatre on Jul 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm

ken mc

Nice photos….I was manager and projectionist for many years.(More that I like to remember.)

crownx commented about Hyannis Theater on Jul 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I also resided there during the early 50’s when I was manager of the Center and later on when I was projectionist at the Hyannis. I remember George when he came and replaced Paul Dion (Motorcycle Man)at the Center.
The Ice cream parlor when much earlier than this.

crownx commented about Hyannis Theater on Jun 28, 2009 at 5:17 am

The second floor used to be an ice cream parlor. The entrance was on the side. Later is was used as a domitory for Interstate’s summer employees.

crownx commented about Buzzards Bay Theater on Jun 3, 2009 at 4:15 am

Anoither cinema falls…. June3rd edition Cape Cod Times.
The owner has a hearing on June 9th with the towns Historical Commission for a permit to demolish.

crownx commented about Dreamland Theatre on Mar 27, 2009 at 6:16 am

By Alicia Hull
March 27, 2009
The historic Dreamland, Nantucket’s movie theater for nearly a hundred years, was a fraction of its former self Wednesday afternoon, as bulldozers ripped off the back half of the building, exposing the area where moviegoers once sat and projectionists worked. The move was the first major step towards building a new theatre complex on the site.

The Dreamland Foundation met last Monday with more than 60 subcontractors interested in the demolition of the historic South Water Street movie house.

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“Some of the subcontractors told me it was the first time in their recollection that a project of this size was passed down to subcontractors,” said Patty Roggeveen, executive director of the foundation.

“It’s something we feel really good about. Individual contracting companies here might not have enough people to work at an accelerated speed, so we’re encouraging people to work together. It’s a very unique way of doing this. The board has always considered this a community space and that is community owned in a way.”

Once portions of the building are removed, the exposed core of the building â€" the most historic â€" will be carefully taken apart board by board and beam by beam. The pieces will then be trucked off and stored, so that sections of the structure can be preserved and used in the new building. The goal is to have the building completed by August of 2010, but the schedule is largely dependent on fundraising over the next few months.

  • Read the rest of this story at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
crownx commented about Garden Cinemas on Oct 24, 2008 at 5:14 am

The two local men that have run the Garden Cinemas since 2000 have bought the buildinng that houses the Main street landmark. – a change that was greeted Thursday with enthusiasm by officials involved in rejuvenating downtown.
George Gohl and William Gobeille sealed the deal with the former owner Ronald Goldstein. The building hoses the seven cinemas, a tailor shop, a nail salon, a former framery, a baseball card place and Brad’s Place.
The cinemas have already renovated thetare 2, 6 and 7 amd will renovate 1 & 3 in January and 4 and 5 in March and April.

From Greefield Recorder October 24, 2008

crownx commented about Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre on Oct 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Lost Memory..No It doesn’t look like it to me

crownx commented about Vergennes Theatre on Sep 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Perated by Interstate Theater, Boston in the 50’s

crownx commented about Revere Theatre on Aug 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I remember the manager, Joe Bean, in the fifties when operated by Interstate theaters.

crownx commented about Empress Theatre on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I remember this theater. It was just north of the railroad tracks almost across from the So. Norwalk station. This was in the 50’s.I was working at the Norwalk DI and attended a kiddie show at the Empress.

crownx on May 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Roger A. I knew him well. Nice guy.I enjoyed his company. We used toeat meals together quite often. We lived at the Hyannis Theater.

crownx commented about Hyannis Drive-In on Apr 6, 2008 at 8:03 am


They used to put the preacher on the roof of the projection room building. All the cars would face the center off the theater. The preacher would use a mike fed to the speakers (in the old days)
Music was also fed thru the system.They had soloists also. I don’t remember if the concession was open.The church was there all the time the theater was in existance. It was the First Federated Church of Hyannis I think.

crownx commented about Dennis Port Cinema on Apr 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I remember attending the opening night. Mr. Charles ‘Bud’ Bassett was the manager.

crownx on Nov 24, 2007 at 11:25 am

Roger A.

The Melody Tent was and still is near the west end rotary in Hyannis.
The Cinema 28 used to be on Rt 28 in West Yarmouth. It was a new theater build on the site of the former Music Box. It was a theater in the round also but only lasted a couple of years. Played mostly nighlt club acts.The Cinema 28 occupied the building for a short time before the new theater was built. They played “Dr. Zhivargo” for one full summer. They also had a water problem as the theater flooded during a rain storm.

crownx commented about Hyannis Theater on Nov 24, 2007 at 11:15 am

Roger A.

I was projectionist at the Hyannis when Liz Taylor & Mike Todd attended. I am not aware of the hundred dollar bill. Only that they sat in the balcony.

crownx commented about The last night at the Park 11, Orlando's oldest movie theater on Oct 23, 2007 at 9:10 am

You are correct, the Park 11 is in Winter Park, Florida.

crownx commented about Bayview Street Cinema on Aug 19, 2007 at 5:25 pm

The Bayview Street Cinema is closing on August 23, 2007. It has been open since 1975. The theater’s future has yet to be determined.

crownx commented about Cinerama Theatre on Jun 10, 2007 at 5:36 am

I remember the HOPE around 1955 or 56 when it was operated by Lockwood and Gorden, Boston, Mass. and the manager was Herman Boas.

crownx commented about Wellfleet Theatre on Apr 9, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Operated in the Fifties by a man named Atwood.Summer venue only.

crownx commented about Elizabeth Theatre on Apr 8, 2007 at 6:17 am


After being run by M & P the Elizabeth (Year round) and the Falmouth ( Summer only) were operated by Interstate Theaters, Boston.

crownx commented about Port Cinema on Mar 20, 2007 at 7:43 am

In the 50’s 60’s and 70’s until it closed the MODERN – PORT CINEMA was operated by Interstate Theaters Corp., Boston.

crownx commented about Hyannis Theater on Feb 6, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Ron & Gerald- I was Manager and projectionist at the Hyannis and Center during the 50’s. The Hyannis was the larger of the two and 960 on main floor and 90 in balcony seems about right. The Hyannis operated only in the summer and was located in the west end of town surrounded with shop, bars restaurants etc. but everything was closed during the winter. I remember seeing Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor attend a showing of the “Sun Also Rises” .
The Center was at the other end of town and is listed in Cinema Treasures. It was open all year. A smaller theater than the Hyannis, I would guess around 600 on Main Floor with about90 in Balcony.

crownx on Feb 5, 2007 at 5:08 am

There indeed was a Melody Tent venue in Hyannis..Strictly a summer Live music theater.During the times you are referring to they usually booked Broadway touring musicals for a week or two with at least one well-known star. Still open during the summer season as far as I know. Now with the broadway musicals replaced by one night bands, comediens, Song stylists.It was in the west end Hyannis. They did not show films however.
I worked for Interstate Theaters, during the years you mentioned who operated the Hyannis and Center theaters and I believe the picture GIGI was shown at one of these.

crownx commented about Athens Theatre on Feb 5, 2007 at 4:39 am

Deltona and Orange City are OK. Also Debary where I live. Most of the damage was south of Deland in area of Sonny’s BBQ, Sheriffs’s Office substation. and in the area of Huntoon Landing..15A runs North /South west of Deland got damage also.