Highland Theater may be lost
posted by Michael Zoldessy on January 23, 2007 at 4:45 am
AKRON, OH — Citizens are banding together to save the Highland Theater. They are trying to setup a nonprofit group to lead its revival and prevent its razing.
Highland Square activists want to save Akron’s Highland Theater, perhaps to turn it into a community-based center for theater, films and music.
About 25 neighborhood residents rallied Tuesday night after learning that the movie theater might be razed.
Residents said they were unsure what was going to happen to the theater: Rumors are the space might be turned into city parking or perhaps be used to rebuild nearby Portage Path Elementary School.
To read more, go to the Beacon Journal.
It is astonishing that demolition is being discussed when $500,000 was spent to renovate the theatre just a few years ago.
Sadly, it isn’t that surprising. The Leroy in Pawtucket, RI was torn down just ten years after a half-million dollar restoration. I’m sure there are countless other examples.