Demolitions

  • November 10, 2008

    Multiplex transformed into gym

    NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA — The four-screen Norwin Hills Cinema is being transformed into Galaxy Fitness with an anticipated January opening.

    Cinema 1 will become a studio with 60 pieces of cardio equipment while the walls between the other theaters will be torn down to accommodate a fitness center for kids.

    The sloped flooring is being leveled with Styrofoam and then topped with concrete. Levelling the floor is the most difficult aspect of the renovation.

  • November 7, 2008

    Shady Oak Theater being demolished

    CLAYTON, MO — The 75-year-old single screen “Shady Oak” theater is currently being torn down to make way for a parking lot.

    The town is saving its 4-by-6 foot sign that stood on a post outside the theater to possibly incorporate into a future project.

    Closed since 2000, the Shady Oak fell victim to newer multiplexes nearby as well as a lack of downtown parking.

  • October 8, 2008

    Roosevelt torn down

    KENOSHA, WI —
    The Roosevelt Theatre: December 25, 1927 – October 6, 2008.
    Its career as a showplace ended in mid-March, 1985.
    Demolition began Monday morning. RIP

  • October 3, 2008

    Fox Theater deteriorates further

    LARAMIE, WY — The old Fox Theater has deteriorated to the point that city officials have blocked off the sidewalk and parking spaces in front of it and are planning to demolish it.

    The theater has a hole in its roof which is in danger of collapsing. The building is also contaminated with asbestos and pigeon droppings creating a health hazard.

  • September 22, 2008

    Old Martin Theater demolished

    DOTHAN, AL — The beautiful Martin Theater on Main Street was torn down in late August of 2008 to make way for more downtown parking. How sad.

    When I was a child I saw “The Sound of Music” there and also many, many Disney movies. Wonderful memories! Another cinema treasure lost forever!

  • August 7, 2008

    Last curtain for Bomes

    EAST PROVIDENCE, RI — With not enough support to save and restore it, the Bomes Theatre finally came down this week.

    The Bomes Theatre across from City Hall started coming down last week, when part of the structure fell to the street.

    Beginning this morning, it will come down in earnest.

    A demolition team will begin razing the old movie theater, which was built in the 1930s and had been a city landmark.

    Read the full story in the Providence Journal.

  • July 10, 2008

    NYC Demolition Review support

    NEW YORK, NY — Many cities have adopted Demolition Review amendments to their local zoning codes to prevent destroying historic, but undesignated historic treasures. NYC is way behind the curve on this one. But on June 9, 2008, the 93rd Street Beautification Association submitted a proposed Demolition Review amendment to the NYC Council.

    The Demolition Review amendment is currently under consideration by members of the NYC Council. Please help move this amendment into law by showing your support for protecting our city’s historic treasures ! Thanks !!!

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  • May 5, 2008

    Columbia Music Hall demolition

    PORTSMOUTH, OH — Following an arson fire in Nov 2007, the nearly 100 year old Columbia Music Hall will be demolished. Despite a valiant effort by the owners, the city powers that be erected obstacles to the effort

    As a last resort, the Scott Family offered the remaining structure to an arts organization so that it would be able to qualify for grants.

    At last report, the front facade will also be brought down despite the relatively undamaged portions of the lobby and balcony.

    When the Columbia Music Hall reopened in 2007 following years of renovations and private investment, the family friendly performance facility had averaged 500-700 people on Friday and Saturday nights. Alcoholic beverages were not sold.

    Scott said that something smaller may be built on the site, but until then has stated he will exercise first amendment rights and put a grave marker on the space.

    For additional details and pictures, go to the Huntington News.

  • March 28, 2008

    Polk Theatre razed

    QUEENS, NY — With the Polk Theater gone, plans for the plot’s future are up in the air.

    A vintage movie theater dating back to the Great Depression has been torn down in Jackson Heights and the plans for a new mixed-used building to fill the vacant lot are in limbo.

    The Polk Theatre, located at the corner of 93rd Street and 37th Avenue, had become an adult theater before closing in 2006.

    The building was demolished sometime in February. Property owner Henry Zheng now hopes to construct a six-story, mixed-use building on the site, but his plans have been challenged by the city.

    Read more in the Times-Ledger.

  • March 26, 2008

    Varsity Theater demolished


    HONOLULU, HI — The historic Varsity Theatre was demolished today, nine months after closing as a movie house. Attempts to preserve the building failed because it apparently was structurally unsound. The Varsity opened in 1939.

    I posted a photo of the demolition on my website.

    FROM Lowell Angel: Demolition began yesterday of Honolulu’s last operating freestanding movie theatre, the 1939 Varsity, which closed last June after 68 years.

    Located a short distance from the University of Hawaii campus, it opened on September 8, 1939 with the film “Stagecoach,” with John Wayne and directed by John Ford. It was a second-run house throughout most of its life but in recent years was the local art house.