June 29, 2010
HONOLULU, HI — A growing and determined group of local preservationists have banded together to help save the 1936 Queen Theater. The deteriorating theater has been closed for decades, ending its movie exhibition days as an adult theater. The group is working first to get the theater designated as a landmark, and convince the owner that the building can be made viable once again.
Lately, a few concerned citizens have organized themselves around this shared sentiment. Together they’re the nonprofit Friends of Queen Theater. Whether it’s a screening of a Godard film, a staging of Waiting for Godot, or a performance by a Go-Gos cover band, its members want to see the structure as an operating theater again.
“Our mission is to restore the Queen Theater for community use into a working, multi-use venue,” says Nancy Wilcox, a McKinley High School photography teacher and founding member. “Films, live performances, concerts—-it could do practically anything and contain modern technology that’ll have no affect on its historical nature.”
The full story is in the Honolulu Weekly.
June 25, 2010
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA — On Friday 18th June 2010 an application was submitted to the EPA/DERM for heritage listing of the original 1920s Elizabeth Street facade of the Regent Theatre Brisbane (aka Hoyts Entertainment Centre; Qld Heritage Register Place ID#600140).
Due to pending demolition of this valuable, visible and indisputably iconic piece of Brisbane’s heritage, emergency listing is required preceding permanent protection.
I find it appalling that the heritage value of this original and outstanding portion of the original theatre has not been formally recognized to date, despite careful description of it within the building description on the Queensland Heritage Register, and the National Trust’s adamant acknowledgment of the entire building’s historical value that resulted in as much preservation as possible in the late 1970s.
June 3, 2010
COLLINSVILLE, AL — The Cricket Theatre is one of 11 listings in the 2010 Places in Peril list sponsored by the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Alabama Historical Commission. This 1946 theatre was the center of entertainment in Collinsville prior to its closing in 1964. The Collinsville Historical Association has recently acquired the but a partially collapsed roof is challenging their efforts to restore the theatre.
May 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is asking for help to raise awareness for the Fairfax Theatre and its importance in the community before an upcoming vote that will greatly influence its future:
On June 3, 2010, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will be holding a hearing to determine the future of The Fairfax Theater. Now is the time to voice your concern and support for the Fairfax Theater.
Since 1930, the Fairfax Theater has been an integral part of the Fairfax district. The theater has served as a cinema, a legitimate playhouse, and an important locale for various religious and civic events. In the 80 years of operation, many residents of the community saw their first movie here and for others, even their first date and quite a few others, their first job.
May 24, 2010
RIVERDALE, UT — Over 2,400 people have joined a Facebook group established to help save the Cinedome 70, a twin-domed theater closed since 2001 and threatened with demolition for a car dealership. It is similar in design to domed theaters built in Sacramento and around the San Francisco Bay area that are rapidly disappearing.
“It would be much better served in the community as a place for art and culture, rather than just another car lot.”
Glines said Riverdale already has an abundance of car dealerships, but what it is lacking is uniqueness.
“I think putting a dealership here would be directly going against the wishes of the people,” he said.
Read the full story in the Standard-Examiner.
May 19, 2010
CAPE MAY, NJ — The ongoing effort to save the Beach 4 may have reached a point where further efforts may be futile. The not-for-profit foundation that ran the theater up until 2009 under a lease from Frank Investments is broke, and the city is demanding repayment of a loan that may leave individual contributors liable.
Foundation president Steve Jackson said this week that if the city demands payment, it would bankrupt the Beach Theatre Foundation, ending any chance of saving the theater, and put the 35 Cape May residents who signed off on the loan on the hook for thousands of dollars each.
“I cannot see how that is in the best interest of the city,” Jackson said, adding later, “If they demand it right now, it does no one any good. We don’t have the money to pay it back. It just puts the foundation out of business, and destroys any chance of that building being saved.”
Read the whole story in the Shore News Today.
May 10, 2010
Dear Cinema Treasures Readers,
Please take a moment to watch the short film I have put together regarding the Ouimetoscope in Montreal (which includes information found on and credited to Cinema Treasures)
HELP SAVE THE OLDEST CINEMA IN THE WORLD!!!
May 5, 2010
LONG BEACH, CA — Time may be running out for the Boller Brothers-designed 1942 Atlantic Theater in Long Beach. The city’s Redevelopment Agency Board will consider the building’s fate soon, and the staff recommendation is that the building be razed except for the building’s distinctive tower; other elements might be saved for use in later construction.
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board will consider the fate of the 1940s building on 5870-5874 Atlantic Ave. that some residents have said stands in the way of a long-awaited North Village Center. The 6.3-acre project along Atlantic Avenue between 56th and 59th streets will feature housing, retail, a community center and library.
The building’s dilapidated condition made it vulnerable to earthquakes, according to a staff report released Thursday.
Read more in the Press-Telegram.
April 26, 2010
ROSENDALE, NY — Here’s a wonderful story about how a nonprofit organization is raising funds to preserve a 296-seat single-screen movie theater “that was once a vaudeville parlor, casino and gathering hall in a tiny rural cement town”.
One of the best barometers of whether a small town has a pulse is the old downtown movie house. If it has been knocked down, boarded up or turned into a porno place, the omens are not good. If it is hanging in there, that’s promising. If it’s been refurbished or somehow morphed into a beloved institution, chances are the town is just fine. The Rosendale Theater is definitely behind Door No. 3.
Like the semi-shabby downtown, the 296-seat theater with the plain-brick facade, ancient candy machines and honor-system popcorn isn’t much to look at. It opened as a movie theater in 1949 (first film, the Western “Blood on the Moon” with Robert Mitchum), and the Cacchio family has owned it ever since. They’ve changed with the times, so that it’s now essentially an art house showing indie films, often with a progressive bent, plus local music or theater.
Read more in the New York Times.
More about the Rosendale Theatre Collective here.