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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Historical Theaters

This is a thread for movie palaces, broadway theaters, music halls, ballrooms, concert venues, opera houses, and stage auditoriums past or present...

Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois:



Uptown Theater (abandoned but was purchased by Jam Productions for renovation), Chicago, Illinois:

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Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois:



Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York:


Tower Theater, Los Angeles, California:



Los Angeles Theatre, Los Angeles, California:


Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California:



Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, California:
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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Schauspielhaus (Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt), 1818-1821
by famous Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel

The old theatre at the same place had burnt down in 1817.
The new building at that top location (between the two domes) was extremely prestigious and many architects applied for its construction.
Schinkel succeeded by reducing costs and following the king's requirements carefully.
He used the walls of the precedent building and turned the auditorium by 90 degrees.
A second small auditorium was added by Schinkel.
With its majestic character Schinkel's Schauspielhaus became an example with enormous influence on many theatres from the 19th century all over the world.
After heavy damage in WWII the large auditorium was not reconstructed in its original style. Instead the design of the smaller auditorium was adopted in large scale.
Today the building is used as a concert hall.


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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #3
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Muntschouwburg/La Monnaie-Opera House in Brussels:

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The Munt played a prominent role in the formation of the Kingdom of Belgium. Daniel Auber's opera La Muette de Portici was scheduled in August 1830 after it had been banned from the stage by King William II, fearing its inciting content. At a performance of this opera on the evening of 25 August 1830, a riot broke out which became the signal for the Belgian Revolution and which led to Belgian independence. The Damesme building continued to serve for more than two decades as Belgium's principal theatre and opera house until it burnt to the ground on January 21, 1855 leaving only the outside walls and portico.
After the fire of January 1855, the theatre was reconstructed after the designs of Joseph Poelaert within a period of fourteen months.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #4
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More (from http://www.robertbergerphotography.com/):

Million Dollar Theater, Los Angeles, California:
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Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, California:




Rialto Theatre, Los Angeles, California:


Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, California:


State Theatre, Los Angeles, California:


Warner Grand Theatre, Los Angeles, California:
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #5
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A real treat, thank you
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:55 PM   #6
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More in Los Angeles & Chicago:

The Mayan, Los Angeles, California:


Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois:


Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, Illinois:


Bank of America Theatre, Chicago, Illinois:

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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:22 AM   #7
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Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

- Constructed : 1973 -

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Princess Theatre
Melbourne, Australia

- Constructed : 1857 -

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Old January 21st, 2010, 01:34 AM   #8
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Toronto

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

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Winter Garden and Elgin Theatre (one of the few stacked theatres left remaining)

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Roy Thomson Hall

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Royal Conservatory of Music

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Royal Alexandra

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Just a few from the cultural institutions of Toronto.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:02 AM   #9
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PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, MEXICO CITY


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Cities with the best historic Theatre Palaces or Modern Cultural Centers.

Which cities have restored theatre palaces? If no restored historic palaces, for cities that tore most of theirs down, then modern theatres or cultural venues that are in the center city. Which part of the country has better preservation?

San Antonio has mostly historic cultural venues, really no need for the new ultra modern stuff, it has several beautiful venues. The Majestic, Empire, Aztec, Alameda, Lilia Crockrell, Scotish Rite, and the Municipal Auditorium are the biggest. The city also has historic Amphitheatres, the Arneson and Sunken Gardens.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:46 PM   #11
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Just posted this in the Art Deco topic as well

Tuschinski theater, Amsterdam




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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:47 PM   #12
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Palau de la Música Catalana, in Barcelona (Spain). Modernist building made in 1905-1908.





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Old January 21st, 2010, 02:08 PM   #13
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New York:

Paradise Theatre, Bronx:



Apollo Theater, Harlem, Manhattan:


Carnegie Hall, Manhattan:


Los Angeles:

El Capitan Theatre:



El Rey Theatre:



Shrine Auditorium:

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Pantages Theatre:



Hollywood Palladium:
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Old January 21st, 2010, 02:21 PM   #14
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More theaters in Chicago:

Morse Theatre:


Music Box Theatre:


Congress Theater:
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Old January 21st, 2010, 05:14 PM   #15
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Located at 6 North Laurel Street, to the west of downtown Richmond, Virginia, the Mosque was built in 1926 by the Shriners as their Acca Temple Shrine and contained the most elaborate and the largest theater ever built in Richmond with approximately 4,600 seats and the largest proscenium arch stage on the East Coast. It was designed in 1925 by Marcellus Wright, Sr. in association with Charles M. Robinson and Charles Custer Robinson. Though it opened in October of 1927 it was officially dedicated on January 9, 1928 and completed at a cost of $1.65 million.
Twin minarets and a tall arch mark the entrance while corners have small domes. Glazed terra cotta ornament is used throughout. 75,000 square feet of gold leaf went into the dome alone, and another 35,000 square feet of aluminum leaf was used.
The Auditorium decorations include Saracenic decorations and five paintings bordering the proscenium arch of the stage. Ornamental tile used in the interior was imported from Spain, Italy and Tunis, along with lush carpets, silken curtains and paintings. Besides the auditorium the building contains 24,300 square feet of office space, an 18,000 square foot ballroom and a 20 by 70 foot swimming pool. Some of America’s greatest entertainers have appeared on its stage.


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Loews Carpenter Theater. Richmond VA





Now its known as Richmond CenterStage:



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Robinson Theater, Richmond VA

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Byrd Theater, Richmond VA





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Still in use today after being built over 2,000 years ago. Where theatre, as we know it, was invented!!!


Herrod Atticus Theatre, Acropolis, Athens Greece:












Epidavros Theatre, Pelloponisos, Greece:

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San Antonio has several beautiful venues. The Majestic, Empire, Aztec, Alameda, Lilia Crockrell, Scotish Rite, and the Municipal Auditorium are the biggest. The city also has historic Amphitheatres, the Arneson and Sunken Gardens.
The Majestic is a beautiful theater. Do you have any interior pics or pics of the other venues?
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