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    Cyburbian Planit's avatar
    Mar 2005
    In a 480 square foot ex baseball nacho stand

    Abandoned theatres

    Here's a pretty cool picture gallery of abandoned theatres - 75 in all - from across the country (even our "favorite" town in #19). There are several I'd love to get into and scronge around in for a day or two.

    The old movie theatre in our towen was converted into an office building. 2 offices occupy the front of 1st floor and upstairs there is another large office. The original seating area & stage houses a specialty hardware store, has a couple different levels based on the sloped floor and is accessed from the rear. In our case, you really can't tell it used to be a movie theatre. The false facade was put up and the front accesses were totally reworked.

    Do you have an abandoned or reused theatre in your town/city? Whats the status? Can you post a picture? What say you?
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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Hang on Sloopy...land
    In my hometown there is an abandoned theater downtown that is two theaters right on the square. It has been in need of some TLC for years, but only recently has it shut its doors and been put up for sale.

    The theater is the building with a mural painted by the artist Anka Perima (sp?).
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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    The former Viking Theater in downtown Appleton was converted into an 'edgy' nightclub back in the late 1980s, it still in business as such. Another former theater building on the city's north side (a twin-plex built in the 1970s) is now a banquet facility. Both properties are stuck with 'no-compete' deed clauses by their former owner, the same company (may not be used to show 'first-run' movies).

    The former Viking Theater (it had a classic marquis awning when it was a movie theater, and I still remember the original Star Wars playing there in first release for six months):

    The former twin-plex on the north side:


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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    The Michigan was a grand downtown movie house that was attached to a large building. It was turned into a parking garage. You can see it in several movies including 8 Mile, the Island, and the television series Detroit 187.

    Mostly they use it for a place where people get beat up or shot. I guess it gives it some sort of gritty coolness.

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    Nov 2010
    There are three old cinemas near where I live: two are banquet halls and one is a fitness club.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    I have seen a handful of the ones in their collection, and have a few of my own. The theater in Victor, Colorado is now a vintage clothing store, but the original gas light projector is still there.
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