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Mike Law
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 - posted June 05, 2004 11:23 AM      Profile for Mike Law   Email Mike Law         Edit/Delete Post 
Okay gang, it's time for a new topic...I'm not talking about HUGE theatres like Loews Kings, so let's try to keep it under 2,500 seats.

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Jeff Arellano
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Abandoned as boarded up and rotting?

Not the ones being used as churches or retail, right?

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Jim Rankin
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Possibly the former VENETIAN in Milwaukee at originally 1430, but probably only the balcony seating remains. Closed and boarded up for almost ten years now, since the city doesn't want to pay for the brown fields costs of clean-up and demolition, but one day some portion of the exterior will collapse into the street and they will take action. It is in a 'decayed' part of town, so everyone pretends not to notice. Stoped showing movies in 1954; last used as a liquor store in the lobby. Was an atmospheric by Peacock & Frank.

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Mike Law
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Jeff, abandoned as in dark.

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Eric Hooper
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Lorenzo Theatre, San Lorenzo, CA

Closed since 1982. Just sitting there...

http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=11490

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Roger Katz
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The largest abandoned ones in Connecticut are the Majestic and Palace theatres in Bridgeport, but I think these are the kinds of Loews palaces that you are not talking about.

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William Hooper
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quote:
...I'm not talking about HUGE theatres like Loews Kings, so let's try to keep it under 2,500 seats.

That's not fair; it excludes the Chicago Uptown almost twice.

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Mike Law
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Aw come on Hoops... aren't there any shuttered old gems in
Ala-bam that you know of?

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Mark Sachleben
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There is an abandoned palace in Saginaw, Michigan known as the Temple. Unfortunately it does not meet your requirements because it seats around 2800. It has been empty for about four years now, and at last report, the roof has begun to leak because the heat/AC has been shut off.

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Jim Rankin
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According to the Cinema Treasures site, the TEMPLE in Saginaw has been restored and is open. Wonder what the real story is. See: http://cinematreasures.org/theater/1692/

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Adam Martin
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The Temple in Saginaw is indeed open. The number is (989) 754-7469.

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William Hooper
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Probably the most interesting large closed theatre in Alabama is the Montgomery Theatre. Martin McCaffery has a picture of it on his page:
http://martinmc.home.mindspring.com/Altheatres/mont.html

It may be that the theatre was built before 1860 as mentioned on that page: I seem to remember a mention of Sol Smith playing there before Ludlow & Smith went into business together. The cast iron drip caps over the windows look like some typical of a Mississippi ironworks which closed down during the Civil War & never re-opened, 1860 is cutting it close. There's also a mention on that page of s a local story that the song "Dixie" was first performed there, which is wrong -- the words to "Dixie" are written on the wall there somewhere, most likely so somebody could learn them, not because they were composed there or something. "Dixie", "Stars Fell on Alabama", "Georgia On My Mind", & "Way Down Upon The Swanee River" were written by songwriters mostly associated with the professional songwriters of Tin Pan Alley in New York City, & first performed up there.

There are a number of closed single screens in New Orleans, the first which comes to mind is the Joy on Canal Street. It's listed as the Joy 5 here, but as far as I know it was always a single & last a triple with 2 in the balcony & the main screen still a single on the floor.

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Mike Law
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Hoops, what in the world is a drip cap???

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Adam Martin
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A drip cap is a (usually metal) sill over an exterior doorway that sticks out about an inch and keeps water from seeping in from the top by directing the water away from the door.

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Jim Rankin
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Drip Caps are not just simple metal ridges, but in period architecture they were heavily ornamented and then sometimes called "hoods" which appeared over windows as well as doors. These were often of carved stone and were especially popular in Tudor and Gothic themes. A very elaborate form was called the "Accolade" and was in an ogee shape often with crockets and mouldings, and sometimes ran down the sides of the opening as well. You will see them in some movie palaces, and there is even an Art Moderne version over both the inner and outer doors in the 1938 VARSITY here in Milwaukee (I forgot to mention them in my description for CinemaTreasures.org, and they don't allow corrections/additons, unfortunately).

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