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From the archives: Movie palaces of Lynchburg's past

From the archives: Movie palaces of Lynchburg's past

Movie theaters and summer often go hand-in-hand. During the summer months, some of the biggest movies are released into cool theaters that offer refuge from the rising heat.

We recently dipped into our archives of Lynchburg movie theaters past â€" from The Warner, which sat on Main Street before it was torn down, to The Plaza Theatre to Cinemark Movies 10 in Candlers Station.

We wish our archives included more photos of downtown Lynchburg theaters in their heyday; most show the once grand buildings in various states of deterioration or during their demolitions. If you have any photos of those historic theaters you’d like to share, send them to news@newsadvance.com, and we can include them in our online gallery.

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July 27, 1965 - Theater under way - Building takes shape for new 1,000-seat capacity movie theater and adjoining restaurant presently under construction at new $1.5 million Boonsboro Shopping Center. The theater will be operated by Broumas Theatres, a Silver Spring, Md. theater chain. Lynchburg center developer J. B. Forehand & Co., Inc. is doing the work. New addition to center is expected to be completed in September.

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April 28, 1965 - New Shopping Center Theater - This drawing by Lynchburg architect Nyal L. Cline shows his conception of the new Boonsboro Theater to be built in the new Boonsboro Shopping Center. The theater, which will seat 1,000 persons, will be operated by Broumas Theatres, with headquarters in Silver Springs, Md.

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April 10, 1986 - A view of Boonsboro Cinemas, then divided into two smaller theaters.

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Sep 21, 1962 - Site of proposed theater - On this corner at Judith and Wadswort h streets at the edge of Pittman Plaza, Dr. R.L. Pittman proposes to build an 800-seat motion picture theater. The new J.C. Penny Co. store will be built at the right, next to the G.C. Murphy Co. store. The theater will occupy the site where the two houses are located and will face Pittman Plaza.

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Oct. 25, 1962 - This is an architect's drawing of the Plaza motion-picture theate r proposed for the Pittman Plaza shopping center. Prepared by Charles H. Wheatley and Associates of Charlotte, N.C. for the Stewart and Everett Theaters, Inc. chain that will operate the Plaza theater, it is a preliminary sketch and may be subject to some changes. It will be located at Judith and Wadsworth streets, with the front (shown above) facing the Plaza court. It will have a frontage of 152 feet on Judith Street, and 76 feet on the Plaza. It will have 764 seats in three sections, and there will be no balcony. Preliminary plans were submitted to the City Building Inspector today for consideration.

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June 12, 1963 - Theater Framework Rises - Construction work is progressing on schedule for the $136,000 theater building at Pittman Plaza. The 764-seat indoor theater is being built by C.L. Lewis & Co., Lynchburg construction firm. The theater will be operated by the Charlotte, N.C. chain of Stewart & Everett Theaters Inc., and is slated to open later this summer.

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Sep. 8, 1965 - Machine Age -A short circuit in a popcorn machine filled the Plaza Theater with smoke yesterday and forced a temporary halt in the program. The feature playing? "Willie McBean and His Magic Machine."

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Nov. 3, 1979 - When it gets dark, some people head for the movies. Midnight offerings are made to attract younger audiences.

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Don Godsey, projectionist, threads machine at Plaza Theater.

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July 11, 1986 - Buying movie tickets from Crissy Weigenberger at The Plaza are Jaye Eggleston, wife Cathy and son Matt.

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Aug. 16, 1980 - Drive-in movie enthusiasts watch a horror film at the Fort Entertainment Center.

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Aug. 24, 1980 - The projection room that was once Paramount Theater's nerve-center is now in ruins.

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August 24, 1980 - The stage and organ pit of The Paramount show signs of deterioration.

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August 24, 1980 - Long after the Paramount's last screening, this poster beckoned to passers-by.

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Tile decoration from the interior of the Paramount Theater.

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Aug. 24, 1980 - A painting that was part of the elaborate decorations inside the Paramount.

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August 24, 1980 - The exterior of the Paramount on Main Street in downtown Lynchburg. The Paramount was across the street from the Academy of Music, where the parking deck for the Holiday Inn stands today.

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Aug. 24, 1980 - The lobby of the Paramount Theater.

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April 16, 1983 - Former employees of the Paramount Theater gathered for a reunion in front of the Main St. building.

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July 27, 1983 - Paramount Theater is being demolished to make way for new parking deck downtown.

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Mat 2, 1981 - The Warner Theater and adjoining buildings downtown are expected to be the site of new federal building.

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Oct. 16, 1982 - Painting uncovered - Workers te aring down the Warnerr Theater on Main Street for the new federal building removed a false ceiling and found an old painted mural above the stage this week. Exactly when the mural was painted in unclear. The building housed the Trenton Theater, before it was remolded into the Warner in 1950, and the shell of the old building was that of the Lynchburg Opera House, built in the late 1800s.

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Oct. 16, 1982 - The building which housed the Warner Theater was originally built in 1879, and housed the Lynchburg Opera. This painting, above the stage, likely dates from that time. At some time during the building's history the painting was covered over, and remained forgotten until the building was torn down in October of 1982. The Federal Courts building was built on the site.

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Oct. 13, 1982 - Don Stanley adjusts wrecking ball used to demolish the old Warner Theater. The Main Street structure is falling to make room for a new federal building.

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Oct. 13, 1982 - Work has just started to tear down the Warner Theater on Main Street to make way for a new federal building.

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Oct. 21, 1982 - A wrecking ball administers final blows to old Warner Theater at corner of 11th and Main streets. A new three-story federal building, expected to be completed a year from now, will be built on the site.

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Jan. 23, 1988 - The entrance to the Fort Entertainment Center.

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January 23, 1988 - William Mayo prepares the concession stand at Fort Entertainment for the evening rush.

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Jan.23, 1988 - Bill Mayo watches the reels at Fort Entertainment as he makes sure all four movies run smoothly during the evening show.

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Dec. 14, 1990 - Movies 10's largest theater.

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December 14, 1990 - Cinemark ticket seller Ernestine Walkere, exchanges dollars for admission passes.

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Dec. 14, 1990 - Cinemark's Movies 10, Lynchburg's newest theater, offers movie-goers neon, bright wh ite lights and video games in its lobby. The ten-plex is to be followed next spring by an eight-plex, to be built by Plaza Theatre.

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Dec. 14, 1990 - Wayne Creasey starts one of the 10 projectors which he runs at The Movies 10 theater. One person can operate all 10 at the same time.

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April 12, 1991 - In the evening Movies 10 beckons the entertainment-minded with a neon glow and the promise of visual escape.

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