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Picture Palaces

This group is dedicated to the great, and not so great, picture palaces that showed all the movies and their stars that we all love. It is a place to share stories of past experiences of going to the movies.

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Behold, Brooklyn's Magnificently Restored Kings Theatre

Started by Dave Miller. Last reply by Kenneth Walker Jun 15, 2016. 2 Replies

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11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters

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A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE OLD M-G-M BACK LOTS

Started by Dave Miller. Last reply by Philip C Binstead Dec 11, 2015. 1 Reply

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The Egyptian Theatre

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Comment by Dave Miller on August 15, 2015 at 12:26pm

Here's a great collection of old pictures from the Michigan Theatre in Detroit. "The Michigan Theater was built for the Kunsky circuit in 1926 by Chicago-based firm Rapp & Rapp, in their traditional French Renaissance style, and sat over 4,000 in its cavernous auditorium.

It cost over $5 million and was extravagantly elegant. The Michigan’s four-story lobby was decorated with a set of huge chandeliers, towering columns painted to resemble multi-colored marble, and oil-paintings and sculpture from Europe. Its grand staircase swept up-wards to a mezzanine level complete with a sitting area with antique furniture and another staircase led to the balcony levels.

The auditorium featured a large orchestra pit, and a $50,000 Wurlitzer organ. Its stage was large enough to accommodate the most elaborate stage shows of the day.

The theater’s owners at the time decided to convert the magnificent palace into a three level parking garage. While portions of the lobby, upper balcony and the projection booth are somewhat intact, the auditorium was stripped down to its shell except for the ceiling and parts of the upper proscenium arch, which still hang on the garage’s upper floor looking like ancient Roman ruins.

You can still see the holes in the plasterwork where the chandeliers once hung, and there are still areas where the plasterwork remains gilded despite the grime and neglect of decades.

The theater can be seen in the movie “8 Mile” in the background as they rap before they enter the Chin Tiki, and is also featured in “Lose Yourself”, by Eminem as a stage backdrop." Cinema Treasures.


http://www.historicdetroit.org/…/michigan-theatre-old-phot…/

Comment by Dave Miller on July 24, 2015 at 9:33am

20 Of The Most Breathtaking Cinemas From Around The World
These cinemas redefine how you watch a movie. No more sticky seats and battles for the arm rest.

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Comment by Philip C Binstead on July 15, 2015 at 6:06pm

Wilmington's Vaudeville Theatre looks great, I'd really like to see a better pic of the murals, from what I can see they look to be gorgeous deco designs.

Comment by Dave Miller on July 15, 2015 at 5:01pm

Wilmington's 1926 Vaudeville Theater Could Be Restored as an Entertainment Hub

San Pedro's [California] fabulous and historic Warner Grand Theatre has undergone significant renovations and updates, screens movies, and hosts special events, but not too far away, the similarly handsome Granada Theatre in Wilmington has not had the same good fortune. Yet. A group called Wilmington Granada Friends has recently mobilized to try and raise money to revitalize the neglected but not totally trashed structure, and turn it into an "epicenter of arts, entertainment and community-based services," the Daily Breeze says.

Read more at LA Curbed

Comment by Dave Miller on June 23, 2015 at 12:57pm

Here's a great Richmond Bizsense about the Altria's extensive renovations:

'After two and a half years of renovations, the Altria Theater, formerly known as the Landmark and the Mosque, reopened on Sunday.
Only a few finishing touches remain before the $63 million renovation project is complete, said Jay Smith, a partner with public affairs firm Capital Results speaking on behalf of the theater.
“We tried to keep the character of a 1920s theater, including its Moroccan theme, but also then include the amenities that people have come to expect of a 20th-century theater,” Smith said.
http://www.richmondbizsense.com/…/altria-lifts-curtain-on-…/

Comment by Philip C Binstead on June 11, 2015 at 10:01pm

"Playing The Palace" is a very interesting article to read, although I'd read much about "The Roxy" and it's demise and about Rothafel himself this article fills in the details about his early career before The Roxy, facts I didn't know so a welcome cinematic history lesson.

Comment by Dave Miller on June 11, 2015 at 6:06pm

“PLAYING THE PALACE”: A HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURE PALACES

Today’s motion picture exhibitors treat the movie going public to the most technologically advanced presentation in the history of the medium. We take a look back to see why this has always been so.

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Comment by Dave Miller on May 28, 2015 at 9:07am

New group main picture.

Comment by Philip C Binstead on May 26, 2015 at 5:47pm

Great video thanks Dave thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

Comment by Dave Miller on May 26, 2015 at 4:55pm

A Brief History of a Hollywood Landmark -- The Vista Theatre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=19&v=BTkVwEs0Zxo

 

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