Saturday, July 12, 2014

1900 beauties, ladies of our past.





Hamilton Theater,  at 146th Street, was designed by Thomas Lamb on January 23, 1913. 
Solomon Brill developed the theater. It was  was originally named the Lafayette.
there was another nearby theater also named the Lafayette  so they changed the name.
I remember the fantastic Movie Theaters in Houston, all gone now.
 RKO bought the theater, they redecorated its interior, in 1943, and modernized its lobby in 1954. The theater closed  then was a discotheque. It's store,  the interior of the theater has been left to deteriorate. 
Somebody   PLEASE Save these beautiful images of our History.  What a shame to lose these Theaters.







B. S. Moss’ Coliseum Theatre
The 3,500 seat theater was the third largest in the city and was built on the site of the  Blue Bell Tavern. The tavern had been in existence since before the Revolutionary War and George Washington spent a night there. According to Reginald Pelham Bolton, remains of the tavern were visible until the construction of the theater. The theater was taken over by RKO  (Radio Keith Orpheum) and renamed the RKO Coliseum Theater. By the  1980s, the theater was subdivided into a triplex and the ornate marquee was taken down. The theater closed and re-opened under new management as a quadplex in 1991. This reincarnation of the theater closed in 2002. In 2004, another theater opened in the space only to close in October 2011.
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B. S. Moss’ Coliseum Theater, located at 181st Street and Broadway.
Opened 1920, to rave reviews.. It was designed by Eugene DeRosa.
He designed a number of Broadway theaters.
Harold  Lloyd  performed at the theater on opening night,
Also the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, and Gertrude Berg 
Oh! to be a fly on the wall that night. 




Growing up, I remember there was an UPTOWN Theater in Houston.
The Uptown Theater in NYC  designed by George M. Pollard 
opened about 1926. It remained opened for almost forty years.
Then became a retail location. A supermarket now, it's possible that some
of the original details remain hidden above the current drop ceiling
OH!!! what a find that would be.
Do you still have beautiful old 1900 buildings
in your town? Post them we'd love to see them.
Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
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