Battle To Save The Sameric Continues
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has granted $2,500 to the Committee to Save the Sameric for retention of real estate and tax experts to advise on ways the theater’s owner, the Goldenberg Group, which retains its demolition permit despite talk of turning the movie palace into a dinner theater, could donate the property for tax credits.
Committee founder Howard Haas has also taken steps to incorporate Friends of the Boyd, Inc. as a nonprofit organization. A meeting is expected in September with the committee, the theater owner, and Mayor Street, with the eventual goal of saving the Art Deco movie palace.
Haas recently filed an appeal of the Board of Licenses and Inspections Review decision to issue a permit to demolish the theater. “A status conference has been set for Thursday, October 3, 2002 at 9:30 AM in Courtroom 426 City Hall.”
(Thanks to Howard Haas for the update and for his tireless fight to save this jewel.)