December 9, 2003
TORONTO, CANADA — According to Yahoo News, yesterday’s collapse of the Uptown Theatre has left one person dead and 14 others injured. As many of you know, the accident comes during the midst of a planned demolition of the theater to make way for an apartment complex.
“The whole thing just came down like a rocket,” said witness Harry Lesik, 65. “It just came down like a ton of bricks.”
Here’s a quick roundup of the most recent reports (including television coverage from local Toronto TV stations):
• Man killed as Uptown collapses
• Building collapse claims life
• Uptown Theatre Collapses
• Toronto theatre collapses, 1 dead
• Uptown Theatre collapses (eyewitness account)
• Trapped student rescued after theater collapse
• Crane cut beams just before collapse: witness
• The history of Toronto’s Uptown Theatre
Video (via Windows Media)
• CTV News: On questions that surround the collapse
• CFTO Toronto: On earlier concerns about the demolition
• CFTO Toronto: Interviews with people who escaped the disaster
• CFTO Toronto: Details of the demolition site
Photographs (before and after the collapse)
• Aerial pics of the collapse (taken by an Uptown neighbor)
• Yahoo! News Uptown slideshow
• A few shots of the Uptown (pre-collapse)
Greg Hannah sent us these shots of the Uptown Theatre on Sunday — just a day before yesterday’s fatal building collapse. (The wall that collapsed can be seen in the second image, at right. The school is also visible at far right.)
December 8, 2003
Ed Dobbins sent in a few pictures of the soon-to-be-demolished Grand Theater in Baltimore, Maryland:
“The last picture shows some of the water damage inside. It’s very sad to see it go. The last movie I saw there when I was in high school was Return of the Jedi in Feb. 1984, no heat and a wind chill of -10 outside (and I was drinking a soda……..lol). The last movie I believe that played there was Footloose — to coincide with the video release (I found that strange).”
December 2, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD — The original plans for Baltimore’s Regional Library were to include the structure & facade of the Grand Theatre.
However two years ago, the architects & engineers inspected the theater and found that, due to extensive water damage, the supporting structure is too far gone (and costly) to be saved. I recently heard from the local merchants association that the marquee, box office, and some internal fixtures are going to be saved for some future use.
The fence around the block went up last week and the demolition is scheduled to start Dec 01 2003 :–(
October 15, 2003
October 14, 2003
On September 25 2003, just days after it was host to the Toronto International Film Fest, the Uptown closed its doors forever.
October 13, 2003
CHICAGO, IL — This isn’t news, since this project has been going on since the first of August, but here it is anyway.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has come up with an interesting plan for the long-dormant Loop (aka Telenews) Theatre on State and Randolph streets (current address is 8 E. Randolph). The building sits next to the legendary Chicago Theatre.
October 9, 2003
The word was the Grand Theatre here in Baltimore was to come down this fall, and they have been busy working to get the entire block ready for the wrecking ball. This was one of Baltimore’s surviving theatres into the 1980’s, and it’s a shame to see it go. (It shows up in several John Waters films.) One a better note, they finished up the Patterson Community Center (AKA Patterson Theatre) to the West of the Grand, complete with a new vertical marquee.