Alameda Planning Board Votes To Keep Central Cinema

posted by gsmurph on June 21, 2005 at 1:54 pm

ALAMEDA, CA —– In a unaminous vote at its June 13 meeting, the Alameda Planning Board granted the Central Cinema a use permit, eliminating the possiblity for closure for the popular yet controversial boutique theater, to the applause of the vast majority of those attending.

There were several conditions for approval made, such as a minimum 15-minute increment between movies before 6 p.m. and a minimum 20-minute increment between movies after 6 p.m.; the cinema will also be required to offer a bike rack. The cinema’s compliance with various requirements will be reviewed in a year.

At the same meeting, the board also unanimously recommended approval of a related item: a zoning text amendment that will allow boutique theaters (theaters with audiences of 49 persons or less for live performances or for the screening of motion pictures where there is only one screen) to operate in a C-1 zoning district (neighborhood business district), and discussed a controversial plan to attatch a multiplex to the historic Alameda Theatre in hopes of revitalizing the long-closed landmark (which is not being further plexed in the project).

For a detailed story by Dmitry Kiper, read this.

Comments (2)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 22, 2005 at 11:59 am

I’m glad to hear this, but what is the logic behind a requirement for a 15 or 20 minute interval between shows?

scorpioangel71
scorpioangel71 on June 28, 2005 at 4:07 pm

the zoning for the theater is a mixed residential/business. The time before shows is to aleviate street parking, as there is no lot at Central Cinema.

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