Beach Theatre in danger
CAPE MAY, NJ — The Jersey Shore has lost almost all of its historic theatres over the last 20 years. Specifically ALL of Atlantic City’s historic theatres as well as Wildwood’s historic theatres have been demolished.
Now, Cape May’s historic Beach Theatre owners, the Frank Family, are applying (again) for a demolition permit for the theatre before Cape May’s Historic Preservation Commission on 12/11/06 at 7pm in City Hall. The theatre was built by the visionary William C. Hunt who built many theatres in the Jersey Shore.
Letters objecting to this demolition can be directed to: Mayor Jerry Inderwies, 643 Washington St., Cape May NJ 08204 with copies sent to: Skip Loughlin, Chair, Historic Preservation Commission, at the same address, with copies as well to me: Barbara Skinner: 30 Congress St., Cape May, NJ 08204, Tel: 609-884-3951.
I am working with a committee of people to try and save this building before it is too late. Sadly, it is not individually listed on the City’s list of contrbuting buildings to the Historic District. However, The 860 seat theatre was built over 50 years ago(in 1950) making it historic, designed by architect W.H. Lee, and decorated by David Brodsky Associates (color scheme etc..).
There are several performing arts groups, especially the country’s only equity theatre co. devoted to American Historical plays – that would like to take over the space and transform it into a new wonderful art & cultural center. We need time to develop our concept.
Any help you can provide would be very very appreciated and I thank you in advance for your help. We need legal expertise as well as supporting letters to campaign the local governmental bodies to delay this request.