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Roger Katz
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I was wondering, does anyone know what the oldest cinema in the country that is still operating as a movie theatre is? We have two in Connecticut that opened in 1919: Bantam Cinema is in the Bantam section of Litchfield and the Art Cinema (originally the Rialto) is Hartford's last porn palace. I would imagine there have to be some out there that are older than that and still used a movie theatres, though.

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Adam Martin
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Do you just want buildings that are being used as cinemas, or buildings that were built to show movies, or any kind of theatre building that now shows movies?

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Roger Katz
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I mean, a building that showed movies a long time ago and still shows movies today. One that has operated as a cinema for the longest time. I'm NOT talking about one like the Thomaston Opera House which was built as a live theatre in 1884, became the Paramount Theatre and showed movies in the 1930's, and then reverted exclusively back to live theatre. I'm also not talking about one like Real Art Ways in Hartford which is in a 100 year old factory building, but did not build a cinema inside the building until 1996, or any which opened as a cinema way back when but stopped showing movies long ago. I'm interested in finding out what cinema today has been around as a cinema for the longest time.

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Dan Wright
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http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/filmnotes/moviepalace.html

Thomas Tally's Electric Theater in Los Angeles in 1902 was the first theater in the United States dedicated solely to the exhibition of motion pictures

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Chris Markiewicz
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The oldest theatre I know of in Hawaii that was built as a movie theatre and is still showing movies is the Palace in Hilo, built in 1925.
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Oops. After checking, I found that the Hawaii Theatre in downtown Honolulu was built by Consolidated Amusements in 1922. Now reorganized and restored as the Hawaii Theatre Center, it is a multi-use facility, but is still capable of film showings. However, the Palace in Hilo is the oldest cinema still showing films on a regular basis.

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Dan Wright
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The Elks in MiddleTown Penn. Has been showing movies since 1911 view their website here
http://www.middletownborough.com/Parks/elks.asp

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Bill Gabel
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In Los Angeles, The Cameo Theatre was the oldest when it closed.
The Cameo Theatre opened on Oct. 10th 1910 as the Cluny's Broadway Theatre. It was later renamed the Cameo. It operated continuously until it closed on Dec. 3rd 1991. Over the years
it was operated by many chains. During the early 30's it was part of the Fox West Coast chain. During the 80's it was part
of the Pacific Theatre chain and when it closed it was a Metropolitan Theatre. During the 70's,80's,90's it was a grind
house. It showed 4 features and opened at 9am till 5am. So on
the day they changed features and you were lucky. You could
see 8 features for the price of $1.25. Today the Cameo sits on
Broadway in downtown Los Angeles along with neighboring movie
palaces. All the theatre along Broadway no longer show movies, except for that rare screening. (The Last Remaining Seat series every year) The lobby area is used for retail and the auditorium as storage.

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Paul Linfesty
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I just rewatched the Huell Howser tour of the Broadway movie palaces. Ive always wanted to take the tour the conservancy offers every month.

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Bill Gabel
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Paul

The Conservancy tour is a nice little tour of Broadway. It was better when all the theatres were open. The best part was the stop over at the Orpheum Theatre to see and hear the mighty
Wurlitzer being played. That Wurlitzer at the Orpheum is the
last original install of a Wurlitzer in Los Angeles. Since the Orpheum has been restored, they use it for a lot of recent film location shoots. ("A Mighty Wind", "Goldmember") We used the Orpheum for the movies "The Doors" and "What's Love Got to Do With It" and the State. I think they still take you into the UA Downtown and the State and maybe the Los Angeles. The UA Downtown was the only 70MM house located in the Downtown area of Los Angeles. It been 40 years since the largest house downtown
was torn down, The Paramount Theatre at 6th and Hill Street.
It seated 3600 people. If you do take the tour and you are sitting in front of the Arcade Theatre. Turn around and look in
a south west direction at the second or third building near the top you will see the only painted sign left saying The Paramount
@ 6th and Hill.

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Paul Linfesty
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quote:
The UA Downtown was the only 70MM house located in the Downtown area of Los Angeles.
And they only showed one 70mm feature, Oklahoma! in Todd-AO (day and date roadshow with the Egyptian Hollywood).

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Bill Gabel
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Paul

The Egyptian Theatres run was from 11/17/1955 to 11/4/1956, for
total of 51 weeks. The UA Downtown Theatre started it's run
12/24/1955 till 12/18/1956 for a total of 51 weeks. The UA was
Todd-AO theatre #3.

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Scott D. Neff
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I'm offended that that link to the All-Electric theatre didn't mention us.

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Adam Martin
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It's the University of San Diego. They couldn't even manage to set up their server properly!

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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Servers suck! As do computers in general! Now where's my abacus? [Confused]

And why doesn't Roger have a picture here, Adam, you lazy whore!

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Roger Katz
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I don't have a picture because I want to get a good shot of me. My one on Film-Tech is god-awful cuz I just held the camera in front of my face and snapped one.

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