Preservation Alert

  • July 6, 2010

    Miami’s Gusman Center threatened with closure

    MIAMI, FL – The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (Olympia Theatre, 1926) may face closure, due to budget cutbacks addressing the city’s estimated $100 million deficit.

    Miami Mayor Tom├ís Regalado proposed elimination of the city’s $478,000 contribution to the Gusman’s $1.4 million annual operating budget. The Friends of Gusman, along with county and state funding, have traditionally provided the rest.

    Regalado’s move comes despite the Gusman’s recent $8 million makeover, an uptick in the downtown population, and such popular attractions as the Miami Film Festival and a recent “Twilight” fan event.

  • June 29, 2010

    Grass roots effort begun to save the Queen Theater in Honolulu

    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

    Reclaim the Regent

    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

    Cricket Theatre added to Alabama Places in Peril

    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

    June 3 Deadline: Letters needed to save the Fairfax Theatre

    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

    Facebook group forms to help save Cinedome 70

    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

    Prospects for saving the Beach 4 looking dim

    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.

  • Save the Odeon Cinema Hartlepool

    HARTLEPOOL, CLEVELAND, ENGLAND — A facebook group has been set up to save the former Odeon Cinema in Hartlepool which is in danger of demolition.

  • May 10, 2010

    Ouimetoscope video

    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)


    YouTube Link

    Yours Sincerely,
    Christopher Foulsham

  • May 5, 2010

    Atlantic Theater in Long Beach appears doomed

    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.