April 7, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The 12 year battle for the Boyd is lost so the preservationists entered into a settlement agreement for what they could save before all but the facade is demolished.
Certainly a sad end for this story but the Friends of the Boyd should be applauded for all their years of dedication to saving this treasure. At least a small portion will be preserved for future generations.
March 26, 2014
VASSAR, MI — The owner of the Vassar Theatre, Tim O'Brien, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on March 19 at age 52. His funeral was held on March 24 at the theatre.
March 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — With the news of the demolition of the Boyd Theatre the other week, Friends of Boyd has responded at Plan Philly. If you’ve been following the story, you’ll want to read about how the Friends' proposal actually was viable and a more organic solution for the city. Unfortunately, as earlier reported, interior demolition is underway.
February 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — With a Historical Commission meeting to decide the future of the Boyd Theatre looming on Thursday, an anonymous donor has stepped in offering to purchase the theatre for $4.5 Million. This technically should block Live Nation’s sale to another buyer based on the argument of it not being financially viable but the commission will make the final call.
We have plenty of news coverage to bring you up to speed on this exciting development:
(1956-57 photo courtesy of Friends of the Boyd, Inc.)
February 20, 2014
February 10, 2014
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA — The gorgeous Warner Huntington Park, sister theatre to the Warner Grand and Warner Beverly Hills, is in danger. A new owner is in place whose intentions are unclear. The theatre has been dormant since the 1980’s.
A Friends of the Warner has been established on Facebook. Check it out for more news and some great vintage photos.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
February 4, 2014
ARLINGTON, WA — Today could be the final screening at the Olympic Theatre due to their inability to continue without a digital projector. Norma Pappas has owned it and ran it seven days days a week since 1977 but their efforts to secure a future for it have not panned out.
Read more about how this one lady has given her life to this theatre in the Arlington Times.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)
January 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A crucial moment is upon us where the fate of the beloved Boyd Theatre could be decided. The owner is going in front of the Philadelphia Historical Commission Tuesday to receive approval on demolishing the interior historic elements of the 1928 theatre. The plan is to build a new location for the luxury chain, iPic. An appeal could always follow and delay the project, but this Tuesday will certainly be telling in seeing the city’s support on this matter.
Read more at Philly.com.
(Thanks to Porcelain Doll for providing the photo.)
January 21, 2014
TIPTON, IA — The Hardacre Theatre may have closed in August but the locals haven’t given up yet. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association wants to purchase the theatre from it current owners but they need to raise almost $100K by the end of the month. And that doesn’t even include purchasing new equipment.
Read more about how they got to this point and their vibrant film festival in the Press Citizen.
(Thanks to Hosehead_Jones for providing the photo.)
January 17, 2014
NEW CASTLE, PA — With less than two weeks left to reach its goal of $23,128, the Warner Film Center (soon to be renamed The Historic Warner Cascade Theatre) is reaching out to everyone to contribute to their re-ceation/restoration project of the Warner Brothers first ever nickelodeon. The 5-cent theatre was located on S. Mill Street in New Castle, PA, a then thriving industrial city near the brothers' home in nearby Youngstown, Ohio.