Trylon Theatre Denied Landmark Status
FOREST HILLS, NY — The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided that the 66 year-old Trylon Theatre does not meet its designation criteria, according to this story in today’s New York Daily News.
In a letter to City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Chairman Robert Tierney said, “[The Trylon] will not be recommended to the full commission for further consideration as an individual landmark”. Since last summer, the former movie house has been in the process of being converted into the Education Center for Russian Jewry, serving the area’s Bukharian Jewish populace.
Michael Perlman, founder of the Committee to Save the Trylon Theatre, maintains that as one of the few remaining structures built in homage to the World’s Fair of 1939-40, the theater does have architectural and cultural significance. Perlman said of the commission, “They don’t give a damn about the opinions of the people who inhabit their communities. They are the ones who know their communities best.”
Katz said in an interview with the Daily News that she felt the theater had been modified too much from its original design, with the interior and marquee remodeled in 1984 and 1994. “I never thought that this was a building suitable for landmarking”. Katz said.
Perlman, meanwhile, insists he isn’t giving up: “This is only the beginning of the battle, my committe pledges to continue fighting for landmarking the Trylon.”