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.
February 27, 2004
FLUSHING, NY — Boymelgreen Developers, who bought the RKO Keith’s in 2002 from developer Tommy Huang, will demolish the theater and build a 19-story mixed-use tower on the site called RKO Plaza.
January 27, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to the valiant efforts of Cinema Treasures user Ed Dobbins, we have another batch of photos from the Grand Theatre demolition site.
January 24, 2004
The group plans to document the destruction of the Grand, record memories of the theater from individual patrons, and generally mourn the theater’s loss. The Senator Theatre is also providing fresh popcorn for all in attendance.
January 22, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to Ed Dobbins, we’ve got some photos from the demolition of the Grand Theatre, which began on Monday.
Animation of the Grand’s demolition
January 12, 2004
CHARLESTON, SC — The Arcade Theater was in the Art Moderne style by prolific Charleston architect Augustus Constantine who personally supervised a renovation to the building in 1957 when the pergola and yellow brick were added.
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.)