Preservation Alert

  • October 16, 2015

    The State of Theatres in Boston – From the Boston Globe


    The Colonial Theatre would be transformed into a dining hall and performance space under Emerson College’s plan. Shirley Lang writes, “As I sat in Emerson College’s Colonial Theatre on Sunday, it was hard for me to enjoy the hysterically funny musical “The Book of Mormon” without wondering whether this is the end of the Colonial as we know it.

    But it wasn’t just that. I got ticked thinking about what’s happening to the acclaimed Huntington Theatre Company, possibly put out on the street by Boston University’s decision to sell the drama group’s longtime home. Or that Citibank, in exiting the Massachusetts market, will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of the performing arts. Meanwhile, the Boston Lyric Opera announced last week that it will leave the Citi Shubert Theatre in search of a more affordable venue.

  • September 23, 2015

    The Theatre on Your Street: The Historic Huntridge Theatre in Las Vegas Will Not Get Renovation


    The Historic Huntridge Theatre is Las Vegas will not get the renovation hoped for by Michael Cornthwaite, Joey Vanas and inspired Vegas residents. It was an ambitious idea that brought the community together. But a plan to buy and renovate the historic Huntridge Theater appears dead. Two years ago, Michael Cornthwaite and Joey Vanas ignited the imaginations of Las Vegas residents when they announced plans to renovate the 71-year-old Huntridge Theater on Charleston Boulevard at Maryland Parkway.

  • October 30, 2014

    Agawam cinema to reopen

    AGAWAM, MA — The Agawam Family Cinemas is set to reopen after six months of darkness due to the efforts of new Kimberly Wheeler. She still needs $10K more to revitalize the theatre and install new projection.

    Read more at WWLP and go to their Kickstarter page for more info on their campaign.

  • October 6, 2014

    Roselle Park friends team up to revitalize theatre


    ROSELLE PARK, NJ — A lack of experience and necessary funds aren’t holding back Joe Shirley and Jared Pietz from following their dream of reopening the Park Theater. They’ve been hosting fundraisers and trying to get the neighborhood behind their campaign so they can reopen the theatre for film and live entertainment.

    Read more about how these two buddies in their early 20’s are leading the charge at

    (Thanks to joker for providing the photo.)

  • October 1, 2014

    Beloved Marin cinema could be torn down for housing


    CORTE MADERA, CA — The 1969 shopping center cinema, the Century Cinema has been listed for sale and a developer is supposedly in the process of purchasing it to demolish it. The single-screen gem represents a style rarely seen in existing theaters and is a favorite of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, holding many important test screenings over the years.

    Read the full story in the Marin News.

    (Thanks to Kevin Tredway for providing the photo.)

  • August 18, 2014

    Time running out for the Hampton Arts

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY — The Hampton Arts only has till the end of the month to reach its Kickstarter goal for a digital projector. The 1927 summer theatre needs to raise $125K to save its two screens.

    Read more in Newsday.

  • August 11, 2014

    Last Denver-area drive-in


    COMMERCE CITY, CO — The 88 Drive-In is in danger and it’s not because of a digital projector for a change. The popular drive-in has been inciting traffic jams and they can’t afford the changes the city wants them to make to rectify the situation.

    Read more about the tricky situation in CBS Local.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • August 1, 2014

    Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes


    SEATTLE, WA — The days could be numbered for the Admiral Theater. It still hasn’t converted to digital wants to make other upgrades as well with a bill of $600K. It could close by the end of the year if a resolution isn’t reached.

    Read more in KOMO News.

    (Thanks to William for providing the photo.)

  • July 28, 2014

    Fight to save the Retlaw


    FOND DU LAC, WI — The Retlaw Theater is in danger of being torn down for a parking lot for a new building next store. The 1925 theatre has been closed for the past seven years but is still structurally sound. A Friends of the Retlaw group is fighting to stall the plans but with the city receiving state grant money for the redevelopment, it’ll be a tough one.

    Read more at Fox 11.

    (Thanks to Drive-In 54 for providing the photo.)

  • July 14, 2014

    Curtains for the Prince Music Theater?


    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Prince Music Theater has done well since reopening but not well enough to sustain the loss of its major donor. Processed-meat magnate Herb Lotman recently passed away and he almost single-handedly was leading the charge for the theatre’s survival. Now it’s unclear if the venue that’s hosted touring shows and local musical groups will be able to continue.

    Read the full story at

    (Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)