June 18, 2004
WACO, TEXAS — The glass covered front and the inverted roof of the twin screen Lake Air Cinema that sat behind the Lake Air Mall, became the latest victim of mega-multiplexes.
After a brief asbestos removal, demolition began on June 1, 2004, and wrapped up sometime last week. I am happy to say that all 768 red theater seats, and the 2 projectors were purchased and will be used for another future theatre project in Waco.
Myself, I managed to salvage a trailer from a film which has still yet to be determined, and a fixture from the box office that cashiers use to talk through the window — I don’t know what they are called.
June 1, 2004
BRIDGETON, NJ — The 1950 Laurel Theatre, located in downtown Bridgeton, was given a nod by the city’s Historic Commission last week as two local non-profit groups were given 30 days to find money or present a VERY compelling argument against demolition.
The theater was built in 1950, having been erected in only 14 months upon the ashes of its magnificent predecessor, the Criterion. There has been a theater or entertainment house on this property for over 150 years.
The city argues that it is an eyesore and a public hazard. The roof has extensive damage and water has been leaking into the building for about two decades. The interior is a mess. Full removal of all interior fixtures, down to the brick walls, is most likely necessary.
April 23, 2004
SALFORD, ENGLAND — Andy Dixon has passed along a few more photos from the destruction of the Ambassador Super Cinema. ()
April 20, 2004
SALFORD, ENGLAND — As seen in the photos below, yesterday saw the complete demolition of Salford’s Ambassador Super Cinema. After all the efforts of action groups and supporters, the cinema has finally been laid to rest.
Flats will now be built on the site and the new owners will probably never know the heartache that locals felt when the theater was finally pulled down.
April 6, 2004
SALFORD, UK — It’s official (from the demolition crew anyway): the Ambassador Super Cinema is to be demolished.
The sad end to a wonderful era of cinema on Langworthy Road in Salford. I have pictures of yesterdays work and will be going today to see how they are doing today at lunchtime.
April 5, 2004
BINGHAMTON, NY — The Art Theatre burned down on February 9, 2004 due to a fire sparked by a faulty 75 watt lightbulb.
The theater went up quickly since its 1924 roof was covered with oil-based paints. The Art’s owner, Richard Krus, who bought the former “adult” theatre in 1987 and turned it into the county’s only venue to see art films, wants to rebuild the theater using the walls that remained.
However, the city has said remains of the structure are unsafe and has ordered it demolished by the end of April. Krus, who lacked insurance on the theater, has become so frustrated with the city’s lack of support that he’s decided to look elsewhere for a location for his theater.
Photos of the fire are available at the City of Binghamton Professional Fire Fighters website.
March 26, 2004
March 9, 2004
SCARBOROUGH, ENGLAND — Ian Grundy, our intrepid UK Cinema Treasures volunteer, writes in with this update about the Royal Opera House. ()
“The demolition of the Royal Opera House, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire continues. Used mainly as a cinema from 1976 to 1996 when it closed and was willfully neglected, it is proving quite a strong construction to dismantle. As one member of the demolition team put it: ‘The roof was f***ed, but basically the building is very sound.’
March 2, 2004
HUMBERSIDE, ENGLAND — Demolition of the former Regal/Cannon which should have been completed by now has been delayed because of bad weather.
Much of the interior has now been gutted — the photograph above was taken last December and shows the scaffolding in Screen 1 used to remove asbestos from the ceiling. Demolition of the rest of the theater commenced on Monday and the structure should be finally laid to rest within days.
March 1, 2004
WACO, TX — I recently went to the Waco city hall and did an open records request concerning the 25th Street Theatre. Apparently, the building was red tagged on October 10, 2003 and is now slated for demolition, although no definite date was provided, so maybe there is still time to save it.
I viewed pictures taken by a Waco building inspector and the place is a disaster. Amazingly enough, though, the mural of the Chariots on the theater’s south wall is still intact, but badly water damaged.