• October 5, 2010

    Showcase Cinemas in Louisville to be razed

    LOUISVILLE, KY — Following the announcement that the closed Showcase Cinemas in Toledo, OH will soon be demolished, National Theaters has confirmed that the Showcase Louisville closed since 2004, will also be torn down soon. As was the case with the Toledo Showcase, the theater opened in 1964 with one of its auditoriums equipped for 70mm Cinerama.

    Steve Horton, vice president of operations, said the 20-acre property will be more marketable without a giant, deteriorating building that has in recent years become a target for vandals and loitering.

    The company has wrapped a security fence around the property and begun the first phases of demolition. Horton said the building will be knocked down completely by year’s end.

    The story is in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

  • September 29, 2010

    Long-closed Olympic Theater razed by fire

    FORKS, WA — Closed and boarded up for over two decades, the Olympic Theater burned to the ground in an early morning fire on September 22. Investigators are currently saying that the fire was of suspicious origin.

    There is more information and pictures in this blog entry and also here.

  • September 28, 2010

    Baronet Theatre torn down in Asbury Park

    ASBURY PARK, NJ — After almost 100 years, the Baronet Theatre was unfortunately razed last week.

    Giberson said the roof of the Baronet caved in to the interior of the theatre, probably sometime during the winter.

    “With the conditions found there, there was no saving it at this point,‘’ Giberson said.

    Read the full story at

  • September 23, 2010

    CityPlace project approval spells doom for St. Francis Theatre

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Board of Supervisors has approved a developer’s plan for a new retail development on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets which would result in the demolition of the St. Francis Theatre which opened in 1910 as the Empress. An attempt to at least preserve the facade failed.

    Some opponents also wanted a historic theater facade renovated rather than torn down with two other buildings to make way for affordable electronics, sporting goods and other stores.

    Transit and bicycle advocates said they didn’t want to stop the project but to ensure adequate safeguards for cyclists and pedestrians and limit parking to the 70 spaces allowed under the downtown plan.

    The full story is at SFGate.

  • September 21, 2010

    Demolition of Showcase Cinemas in Toledo is imminent

    TOLEDO, OH — Workers have erected fencing around the Showcase Cinemas in preparation for the theater’s destruction. The theater closed in 2005. Plans to build hotels on the site have been dropped and the property will up for sale when the theater building is razed. It was once a 70mm Cinerama house.

    The former theater at 3500 Secor Rd. closed in 2005. Last Spring, several regional hotel owners expressed interest in building on the West Toledo site. Under a site plan, the current structure, built in 1964, was to be demolished to make way for a pair of hotels and a retail strip on the property. That plan was withdrawn months later.

    There is more at

  • July 16, 2010

    Capitol Theatre in Woodstock ordered demolished

    WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO, CANADA —The city has ordered the demolition of the Capitol Theatre after a portion of its roof recently collapsed. The theater opened in 1908 as the Woodstock Opera House and became the Capitol when Famous Players bought the building in 1927. It closed in 1999.

    The full story is in the Oxford Review.

  • June 30, 2010

    Latest interior photos of Odeon (Paramount)

    NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND — Current owners of the building have allowed the Newcastle and Northumberland Society to tour the interior of the former Odeon Cinema, which closed in 2002, photos taken show many of its original features and fittings have been removed since closure. The cinema and neighboring buildings are earmarked for demolition.

    Urban Exploration website, 28 days later has been given permission to show the photos.

  • June 15, 2010

    Super Cinemas in Davenport to be demolished

    DAVENPORT, IA — Built in 1990 by National Amusements, the Super Cinemas building is about to be demolished. Prior to closing, it had operated as bargain cinema.

    Crews are beginning to dismantle and salvage items from the vacant movie theater in preparation for demolition later this week, said Dan Palmer, the chief executive officer of Tri-City Electric Co., the building’s owner.

    Palmer said Monday that by demolishing the 35,000-square-foot building, the developers will be left with a more attractive piece of frontage property to market. Tri-City Electric’s new headquarters sits adjacent and behind the theater property.

    There is more in the Quad-City Times.

  • June 1, 2010

    Movie theaters destroyed in rioting in Thailand

    BANGKOK, THAILAND — The widespread rioting and burning in Bangkok has claimed at least three theaters in the country’s capital. The ruined include include the classic single screen Siam Theater, the fifteen-screen SF World Cinemas megaplex, and the fourteen-screen theater owned by Major Cineplex in the wrecked Siam Paragon complex which included an IMAX auditorium.

    The SF World and Major multiplexes, shut for the last six weeks while protesters blockaded the streets around them, were host to the Bangkok International Film Festival in recent years. Organizers of the event had already planned on using different venues.

    Hardcore anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters dissatisfied with their leaders' surrender resorted to looting and torching the shopping malls, seen as symbols of a growing consumerist culture that has turned its back on Thailand’s rural poor.

    There is more in the Hollywood Reporter.

  • May 28, 2010

    Ford-Wyoming Drive-In shrinking

    DEARBORN, MI — The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In is down to 5 screens. Theaters 6-9 are being torn down as I type this. The snack bar has been cleaned out and the screens will be torn down before the end of May. The screens were offered for free around the drive-in circuit but no one wanted them.