Demolitions

  • July 23, 2016

    Medina, OH – Medina’s first movie theater gets its final close-up

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    From Cleveland.com: There won’t be a happy Hollywood ending for the home of Medina’s first movie theater.

    The former Medina Theater at 139 W. Liberty St. has a date with the wrecking ball, as the city prepares to demolish the Masonic Temple that houses the twin screen auditoriums, concession stand and iconic long ramp up from where the marquee once spelled out the classic films of the 1930s through the 1990s.

    Generations of Medina families swarmed the city’s theater during its glory days in the middle of the last century, sharing popcorn and penny candy as they gathered with friends and neighbors on date night Fridays and matinee Saturdays.

    The long-neglected theater – which closed in 2000, then twice attempted a comeback as a concert club before a community theater group gave up the ghost in 2014 – has clearly seen better days.

    Like its surrounding building, it is dotted with asbestos and mold. The walls are pockmarked with holes and the edges of the floors are crumbling.

    Movie posters no longer grace the long hallway leading up to the concession stand, which looks diminished without the popcorn and soda machines and the brightly colored candy wrappers.

    The original sturdy, velveteen-covered theater seats still stand in stately rows, pointed toward the ripped screen in the main auditorium. The second auditorium has been stripped of furnishings, leaving an empty stage in the shadows at the front of the room.

  • June 28, 2016

    Baltimore, MD – Baltimore City considering plans to tear down the back of the Mayfair Theatre

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    From Virtual Heritage: In mid June, Baltimore City posted a emergency condemnation and demolition notice on the front of the Mayfair Theater at 506 North Howard Street. The city, which owns the ornately-detailed 1903 building, is considering a plan to tear down the back portion of the theater where the auditorium was located and retain the front facade and front house. In 1998, the auditorium roof collapsed into the basement and the back portion of the building has remained unsecured and exposed to the elements for nearly two decades since. In contrast, the Mayfair’s front house is about thirty-five feet deep and city engineers have concluded that its roof is tight and it is structurally solid.

  • June 7, 2016

    Quincy, MA – One last look inside Quincy’s historic Wollaston Theatre

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    From The Patriot Ledger: City natives have been dropping by the Wollaston Theatre this past week to get one last glimpse of a building that still evokes memories of dollar movie nights, first dates and simpler times.

  • May 17, 2016

    Hillsboro, OH – Colony Theater Likely to be Demolished

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    From the Times Gazette: Unlike its leaky roof, the Colony Theatre’s fate seems sealed.

    The historic theater’s future as a mere memory seemed almost certain Wednesday after construction experts, city officials and a representative of the historical society toured the dilapidated facility.

    Hillsboro Safety and Service Director Todd Wilkin led visitors through the North High Street building, with everyone dodging water that was pouring from the ceiling even though skies were clear outside.

    The Times-Gazette toured the building in December 2014 when Mayor Drew Hastings led visitors through the facility, and the damage, disrepair and noticeable moldy atmosphere that was evident then was even more accentuated on Wednesday.

  • January 26, 2016

    Judge issues order putting Chautauqua Amphitheater demolition on hold

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    A State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday blocking Chautauqua Institution from taking actions leading to the demolition of the 1893 Amphitheater.

    The Chautauqua Institution board voted in December to accept bids to knock down the Amphitheater and build a modern replica in its place.

    “This gives us some small hope that one of America’s national treasures, and a Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, might be saved and improved for future generations,” said Brian Berg, president of the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.

  • August 31, 2015

    Board vote paves way for Chautauqua Amphitheater demolition

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    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

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    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

    Missoula movie theater meets the wrecking ball

    MISSOULA, MT — The 30+ year-old Village 6 came down last week after closing late last year. The plan is to use the space for further retail in the South Crossing development.

    Check out a video and more at KPAX.

  • May 13, 2014

    Scottsdale Six demolished

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    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

    Summit Place (former Pontiac Mall) Cinemas demolished

    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.

    Further details are in the Oakland Press and there is a video tour of the abandoned cinema on YouTube.