Preservation Alert

  • July 19, 2011

    McDonald’s Hopes to Fry the Detroit Theater


    LAKEWOOD, OH — McDonald’s is working to purchase the historic Detroit Theater, which closed on January 30, 2011, and demolish it in order to build a new fast food outlet on the site, according to Cleveland’s TV station, Fox 8. Save The Detroit Theater has just been established to fight the corporation’s plan and raise the necessary funds to purchase the theater instead.

    McDonald’s similarly tore down the Haleiwa Theater in Haleiwa, HI and residents are still mourning the loss many years later. The town is now without a single movie house.

    (Thanks to the Theatre Historical Society for sharing this story on their Readerboard and to Steven Snodgrass for the photo.)

  • Residents Not Lovin' McDonald’s Plans for Theater


  • July 1, 2011

    Community Seeks Owner To Save Theater, Not Demolish It


    CHETWYND, BC — We received the following plea from Leo Sabulsky hoping to find a new owner for the Red Rock Cinema: “Please note that the small town of Chetwynd in northeast BC has a wonderful community cinema and the family who originally started it wishes to sell. Our fears in the community are that it will be turned into an office building or destroyed. The couple who own it are in their 70’s and wish to sell desperately.”

    Sabulsky, who is the General Manager of Peace FM and CHET TV 55, has helped produce a new website and commercial for the theater. “Help us save our theatre,” Sabulsky writes, “we do not need more office space or drinking establishment.

  • June 30, 2011
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  • June 21, 2011

    Help fund Reeves Theatre restoration

    ELKIN, NC — The Reeves Theatre is in the running to be awarded funds from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read more at WFMY News and see how you can restore this palace to its grandeur.

  • June 6, 2011

    Rialto through the years

    SOUTH PASADENA, CA — A piece in the South Pasadena Patch looks at the past history and the current state of the Rialto Theatre. More than a lot of endangered theaters in the Los Angeles area, this one coming back seems like such a logical move given the passionate neighborhood and its place in the community.

  • May 2, 2011

    ‘'Oldest cinema in the country" facing demolition

    WARE, MA — The Casino Theater in Ware, which dates to 1909 and may well be the oldest purpose-built movie theater in the USA, is in danger of being demolished. Efforts have been launched to forestall the destruction and to allow more time for a possible rescuer to come forward. The theater last operated as a twin.

    There is more about the effort to rescue the Casino at

  • April 27, 2011

    Popcorn N Roses launch the “Save Our Screens” campaign

    Popcorn N Roses has launched a new program aimed at helping theaters in need in the US and around the world.

    Dubbed the “Save Our Screens” campaign, this new feature on our parent site at Popcorn N Roses will also be featured in a regular segment on our weekly podcast, Subject:CINEMA, and will probably be spun off into it’s own blog in the near future.

    The campaign was inspired by the events in the 2006 documentary Preserve Me A Seat by director Jim Fields, and in particular the campaigns to save the Indian Hills Theatre in Omaha and the Gaiety Theatre (aka Publix Theatre) in PNR’s home base of Boston. Neither campaign was a success, and it was mostly due to local politics at the time.

  • April 19, 2011

    Calling theatre angels! Historic theatre closing!

    TOLEDO, OH — An untouched original 1926 neighborhood theatre is in need of saving! For 30 years it has had X rated programming, but the building has been occupied and heated, so this is NOT a long-derelict falling apart theatre! The Westwood Theatre, 1602 Sylvania Avenue, is located in a modest older, middle-class part of the city. It is stadium-style seating about 600. The original chandeliers are there and there is some plaster damage.

    Theatre operation will cease in May, 2011. I am willing to assist as well as donate a theater pipe organ for the long empty chambers.

    for more information.