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M… Modesto
State Theatre, Modesto, CaliforniaPhoto by modestophography
Cool Deco theater in Modesto.
Background from Flickr:

1307 J Street
Construction Date: 1934
Architect/Designer: S. Charles Lee
Architectural Style: art deco
Original Use: theater
Brief description of the site or the structure and any major alternations from its original condition:
This art deco building has a san-serif marquee and a cantilevered overhang. The interior walls have the original murals intact. The existing seating configuration has gentle slop in the orchestra and a moderately sloped balcony. There are no major alterations from its original condition.
Historical and/or architectural importance:
This theater was built for George Mann and Morgan Walsh of San Francisco by Harry Bowen of Modesto. It opened on Christmas day, 1934, with a performance of “Flirtation Walk” featuring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell with continuous performances from 9 am on.

M… Modesto

State Theatre, Modesto, California
Photo by modestophography

Cool Deco theater in Modesto.

Background from Flickr:

1307 J Street

Construction Date: 1934

Architect/Designer: S. Charles Lee

Architectural Style: art deco

Original Use: theater

Brief description of the site or the structure and any major alternations from its original condition:

This art deco building has a san-serif marquee and a cantilevered overhang. The interior walls have the original murals intact. The existing seating configuration has gentle slop in the orchestra and a moderately sloped balcony. There are no major alterations from its original condition.

Historical and/or architectural importance:

This theater was built for George Mann and Morgan Walsh of San Francisco by Harry Bowen of Modesto. It opened on Christmas day, 1934, with a performance of “Flirtation Walk” featuring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell with continuous performances from 9 am on.

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G… Geneva

Smith’s Opera House, Geneva, New York
by Bill Badzo

Discovered this while looking for something in Geneva, Switzerland.

The interior was redone in the 30s, while the outside (shown below) is older:

From Flickr:

Smith’s Opera House, also known as the Geneva Theater, is a historic theater building located at Geneva in Ontario County, New York. It was constructed in 1894 and is a three and a half story, detached brick and stone building. It was built by one of Geneva’s most respected citizens, William Smith. It was renovated in 1931 as a movie theater by architect Victor Rigaumount in a unique combination of Art Deco and Baroque motifs. The Geneva Theatre was renamed Smith Opera House in 1983.

NRHP Reference#: 02001454

82 Seneca St.,Geneva, New York

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G… Garland
Plaza Theatre, Garland, Texasby Visit Garland, Texas
Atlanta has a Deco Plaza Theatre and apparently so does Garland.
From Flickr:

Since the 1940s, the elegant Plaza Theatre has been a landmark and focal point for Garland. Now, in its finest hour, the Plaza has been completely refurbished in the art deco style to reflect that bygone era. From the spacious domed lobby area featuring a spectacular chandelier, guests enter the 350-seat theatre equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Plaza provides the ultimate theatre-going experience enhanced with luxurious velvet seating and a motorized waterfall curtain. The Plaza Theatre provides a perfect setting for the finest in stage productions, concerts, business meetings, receptions and all other special events. for more information go to www.garlandtx.gov

G… Garland

Plaza Theatre, Garland, Texas
by Visit Garland, Texas

Atlanta has a Deco Plaza Theatre and apparently so does Garland.

From Flickr:

Since the 1940s, the elegant Plaza Theatre has been a landmark and focal point for Garland. Now, in its finest hour, the Plaza has been completely refurbished in the art deco style to reflect that bygone era. From the spacious domed lobby area featuring a spectacular chandelier, guests enter the 350-seat theatre equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Plaza provides the ultimate theatre-going experience enhanced with luxurious velvet seating and a motorized waterfall curtain. The Plaza Theatre provides a perfect setting for the finest in stage productions, concerts, business meetings, receptions and all other special events. for more information go to www.garlandtx.gov

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B… Burma
Thamada Cinema, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)Photo by John Meckley
The photographer of this has traveled the world pursuing Deco — posted his pics of China and South America and other places — so not suprising I guess that he found Deco in Burma. I really didn’t expect I would find any examples I could post!
From Flickr:

Night view of the very cool Thamada Cinema in Yangon ( Rangoon ), Myanmar ( Burma ).
ThamadaRm 5. Alanpya Pagoda Rd.. Corner of. Yaw Min Gyee St., Yaw Min Gyi WardDagon TownshipPhone No : 246962. 246963. 252118

B… Burma

Thamada Cinema, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by John Meckley

The photographer of this has traveled the world pursuing Deco — posted his pics of China and South America and other places — so not suprising I guess that he found Deco in Burma. I really didn’t expect I would find any examples I could post!

From Flickr:

Night view of the very cool Thamada Cinema in Yangon ( Rangoon ), Myanmar ( Burma ).

Thamada
Rm 5. Alanpya Pagoda Rd.. Corner of. Yaw Min Gyee St., Yaw Min Gyi Ward
Dagon Township
Phone No : 246962. 246963. 252118

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