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Old 08-22-2013, 02:09 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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SATX56, I really found that info about the Harlandale interesting. It was long gone when I entered the theatre business, and this gives me a real picture in my mind of what it was like. I certainly know that projection equipment. I disagree that there were no finer made than Simplex projectors, but they were pretty much the Ford or Chevy of projectors, workhorses that many theatres installed. The Peerless lamps, however WERE peerless! Those were some pretty impressive seats, too.

The Smoke Room (often called a "men's smoker"), and the cry room were in many of the finer theatres. I like the idea of the cry room even today! I remember in 1976 when we took our baby daughter to the movies with us to the Olmos Theatre to see Logan's Run", she didn't do much crying, but decided to babble. We could not shut her up! If the Olmos would have had a cry room, we could have utilized it, and not have to go home without seeing the rest of the movie!
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: the 50s and the 60s
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Check this out Mud...
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thanks for posting that series of images Mr 56.

appreciate it, especially the Hannibal page.

in the 1920s part of Fiesta was a Parade of Lights.

April 1923 Pianta participated, Butter Krust, CPSB, Alamo Iron Works, Straus Frank, Pioneer Flour, Pearl Beer, etc.

1923 tale of the parade - 3 parts
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part one..........
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qYyBLUprKF.../parade01A.jpg
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part two..........
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LJWdtvzeab.../parade02A.jpg
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part three..........
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hKvfZ5JrnO...0/parade03.jpg
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from my archives..........
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:38 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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SATX56, I really found that info about the Harlandale interesting. It was long gone when I entered the theatre business, and this gives me a real picture in my mind of what it was like. I certainly know that projection equipment. I disagree that there were no finer made than Simplex projectors, but they were pretty much the Ford or Chevy of projectors, workhorses that many theatres installed. The Peerless lamps, however WERE peerless! Those were some pretty impressive seats, too.

The Smoke Room (often called a "men's smoker"), and the cry room were in many of the finer theatres. I like the idea of the cry room even today! I remember in 1976 when we took our baby daughter to the movies with us to the Olmos Theatre to see Logan's Run", she didn't do much crying, but decided to babble. We could not shut her up! If the Olmos would have had a cry room, we could have utilized it, and not have to go home without seeing the rest of the movie!
Glad you liked it. A gal who's daddy had a TV shop on Flores lives in Rockport now. She had acquired the Brochure on E-Bay or somewhere and was nice enough to send me a CD of scans/photos. My mother told me we did attend movies there as small children. Considering all the theaters we went to I've no doubt. We lived at the time about 2 blocks away. Winn's was across the street. I just knew we drove by it most everyday of my youth. It was a derelict and a shambles inside far back as I can remember. We could enter through a side door which wasn't locked. Wish now I'd have collected a souvenir. I did drag home a dead bat I'd found inside. I have two CD's and will have to check the other for the dated page.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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thanks for posting that series of images Mr 56.

appreciate it, especially the Hannibal page.

in the 1920s part of Fiesta was a Parade of Lights.

April 1923 Pianta participated, Butter Krust, CPSB, Alamo Iron Works, Straus Frank, Pioneer Flour, Pearl Beer, etc.

1923 tale of the parade - 3 parts
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part one..........
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qYyBLUprKF.../parade01A.jpg
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part two..........
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LJWdtvzeab.../parade02A.jpg
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part three..........
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hKvfZ5JrnO...0/parade03.jpg
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from my archives..........
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Great stuff Mud! Many thanks for sharing all your photos and info treasures. Did you ever give the location in the photo in this post?

I remember some float builders here along I-35 north of it across from SP's roundhouse. Was it here in a building now removed. Or maybe the old church east a block or two . Seems like it was a long red building.

http://goo.gl/maps/hlFzi

There was another float builder maybe here...

http://goo.gl/maps/folnl

Just thought I'd ask maybe you'd know. The one on Roland I've been to for business...way back.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: the 50s and the 60s
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Great stuff Mud! Many thanks for sharing all your photos and info treasures. Did you ever give the location in the photo in this post?

I remember some float builders here along I-35 north of it across from SP's roundhouse. Was it here in a building now removed. Or maybe the old church east a block or two . Seems like it was a long red building.

http://goo.gl/maps/hlFzi

There was another float builder maybe here...

http://goo.gl/maps/folnl

Just thought I'd ask maybe you'd know. The one on Roland I've been to for business...way back.
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that location is unknown to me.

I guess there's a hint in paragraph 3 of part 1 above.

seems I do remember float building at the location in your first google link.

don't remember anything about the 2nd link.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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I remember as a kid heading out to the drive in and it's a shame it's a thing of the past pretty much, still remember going to the bandera drive in as a kid it was one of my favorites.
Any developements on the Mission Drive in/Amphitheater ,is it finished yet?
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Any developements on the Mission Drive in/Amphitheater ,is it finished yet?
I think they are reworking their plans last I heard. Here's a great shot of he old Cable Ranch House at future SWRI property..

http://digital.utsa.edu/cdm/singleit...10685/rec/9835
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: the 50s and the 60s
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off the top of my head, I do not recall ever hearing of the Marvel Theatre.

anyone have info??
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Marvel must have been at St. Mary's and E. Houston. Never heard of it ...don't think. Wasn't the I&GN Depot at Durango and S. Flores. I'll bet it was still there in the late 50's early 60's. I'll bet the McNay has a few that prudish Mr Clark wouldn't approve of.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:29 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Looking for Marvel and found this.... (another Harlandale Theater 1939 kid using cans for admission)...

L-2135-E :: San Antonio Light Photographs
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