August 31, 2015
The historic Chautauqua Amphitheater outlasted two world wars, the Great Depression and the Great Recession.
But the National Historic Landmark – the nation’s highest preservation designation – may have met its match at Saturday’s vote by Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees.
August 18, 2015
The Chautauqua Amphitheatre, One of the Nation’s Most Significant Historic Theatres and a National Historic Landmark, is Threatened With Demolition
The Chautauqua Institution’s plan to rehabilitate ‘The Amp’ calls for the demolition of every defining element of the Amphitheatre’s character and architectural significance. Theatre Historical Society of America joins with other national organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in urging the Chautauqua Institution’s board of directors to reconsider the demolition plan and instead vote for rehabilitation of the historic structure when they meet on 29 August.
September 15, 2014
May 13, 2014
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — After three dark years, the Scottsdale Six is really gone for good. It was demolished last week with future plans for some type of commercial development. It was open for over 30 years.
Read the full story in the Phoenix Business Journal.
(Thanks to Scott Neff for providing the photo.)
April 11, 2014
WATERFORD, MI — The long abandoned three-screen Summit Place Cinemas was demolished under orders from Waterford Township as it has been determined to be unsafe. Built by General Cinemas as the Pontiac Mall twin cinema, one of its auditoriums was carved making the theater a triple. It was sold to National Amusements in 1983. Renamed the Summit Place Cinemas after the Pontiac Mall was renamed Summit Place, it sat vacant for more than 20 years before it was ordered demolished.
March 19, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — It didn’t take long for iPic to start working on the interior of the Boyd Theatre following the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s decision last week to grant them a demolition permit. Friends of the Boyd still hopes to appeal the decision but that hearing isn’t until April 1.
Read more at Philly.com.
March 11, 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The closing of Studio 28 six years ago, sent shockwaves through the area since it had been so popular at one time and one of the largest theaters in the country. Now it must be torn down as it’s condemned. They’re unclear what will become of the site but it should be more marketable empty.
Read more at MLive.
January 17, 2014
January 15, 2014
December 23, 2013
FLINT, MI — The skyline of Flint, Michigan was changed on Sunday morning, December 22 when Flint’s tallest building, Genesee Towers, was imploded. Abandoned and deteriorated, its demolition was long in coming. With that building gone, the Capitol Theatre, just a block away, got more exposure. An urban plaza will take the place of Genesee Towers. In preparation for the implosion, the front facade of the Capitol Theatre was wrapped in Visqueen for its protection.
(Thanks to Gary Flinn for the photo and story.)