Old Theaters That Are Still in Use


Here is a list of cities with pre-World War II downtown movie theaters that are still in use as performing arts centers:

Alabama: Birmingham (Alabama Theatre), Mobile (Saenger Theatre), Montgomery (Davis Theatre)

Arizona: Phoenix (Orpheum Theatre), Tucson (Fox Theatre)

California: Bakersfield (Fox Theater), Fresno (Warnors Theatre), Los Angeles (Million Dollar Theater, Los Angeles Theatre, Orpheum Theatre), Oakland (Paramount Theatre, Fox Theater), San Diego (Fox Theatre, Balboa Theatre), San Francisco (Orpheum Theatre, Golden Gate Theatre), San Jose (California Theatre), Stockton (Fox Theatre)

Colorado: Denver (Paramount Theatre)

Delaware: Wilmington (Grand Opera House)

District of Columbia: Washington (Warner Theatre)

Florida: Jacksonville (Florida Theatre), Miami (Olympia Theater), Tampa (Tampa Theatre)

Georgia: Atlanta (Fox Theatre, near downtown), Columbus (Springer Opera House)

Hawaii: Honolulu (Hawaii Theatre)

Idaho: Boise (Egyptian Theatre)

Illinois: Chicago (Chicago Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Palace Theatre), Rockford (Coronado Theatre)

Indiana: Evansville (Victory Theatre), Fort Wayne (Embassy Theatre), Indianapolis (Indiana Theatre, Hilbert Circle Theatre)

Iowa: Cedar Rapids (Paramount Theatre, closed since 2008 flood, and Iowa Theatre), Davenport (Adler Theatre)

Kansas: Wichita (Orpheum Theatre)

Kentucky: Lexington (Kentucky Theatre), Louisville (Palace Theatre)

Louisiana: New Orleans (Saenger Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, both closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005), Shreveport (Strand Theatre)

Maryland: Baltimore (Hippodrome)

Massachusetts: Boston (Wang Theatre, Colonial Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Opera House), Springfield (Paramount), Worcester (Hanover Theatre, Palladium Theatre)

Michigan: Detroit (Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House, Fillmore Theatre), Grand Rapids (Civic Theatre)

Minnesota: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre, State Theatre, Pantages Theatre), St. Paul (Fitzgerald Theatre)

Missouri: Kansas City (Midland Theatre), St. Louis (Roberts Orpheum Theater, Fox Theatre, near downtown), Springfield (Gillioz Theatre)

Montana: Billings (Fox Theatre)

Nebraska: Lincoln (Rococo Theatre), Omaha (Orpheum Theater, Paramount Theater)

New Hampshire: Manchester (Palace Theatre)


 





Warnors Theater, Fresno
(Photo by Bobak Ha' Eri)

New Jersey: Jersey City (Loew's Jersey Theatre), Newark (Newark Symphony Hall)

New Mexico: Albuquerque (El Rey Theater, Kimo Theatre)

New York: Albany (Palace Theatre), Buffalo (Shea's Theatre), New York City (Radio City Music Hall, New Amsterdam Theatre) Rochester (Eastman Theatre), Syracuse (Landmark Theatre)

North Carolina: Durham (Carolina Theatre), Greensboro (Carolina Theatre), Winston-Salem (Carolina Theatre)

North Dakota: Fargo (Fargo Theatre)

Ohio: Akron (Akron Civic Theatre), Cleveland (Allen Theatre, Ohio Theatre, State Theatre, Palace Theatre), Columbus (Palace Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Southern Theatre), Dayton (Victoria Theatre), Youngstown (Warner Theatre)

Oregon: Portland (Paramount Theatre)

Pennsylvania: Erie (Warner Theater), Philadelphia (Trocadero Theatre), Pittsburgh (Heinz Hall, Benedum Center)

Rhode Island: Providence (Loew's State Theatre )

South Dakota: Sioux Falls (Orpheum Theater)

Tennessee: Chattanooga (Tivoli Theatre), Knoxville (Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre), Memphis (Orpheum Theatre)

Texas: Austin (Paramount Theatre, State Theatre, Ritz Theatre), Dallas (Majestic Theatre), El Paso (Plaza Theatre), San Antonio (Majestic Theatre, Empire Theatre, Aztec Theatre)

Utah: Salt Lake City (Capitol Theatre)

Vermont: Burlington (Flynn Theatre)

Virginia: Norfolk (Loew's State Theater, Wells Theatre), Richmond (Byrd Theatre)

Washington: Seattle (5th Avenue Theatre, Paramount Theatre), Spokane (Fox Theater, State Theater), Tacoma (Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater)

Wisconsin: Madison (Orpheum Theatre, Capitol Theater) , Milwaukee (Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater)