Preservation Alert

  • May 30, 2008

    Ridgewood Theatre in danger

    RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS, NY — Michael Perlman, Dir. of Queens Preservation Council is seeking a historically-sensitive (arts-related) tenant for the endangered historic Ridgewood Theatre (55-27 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY). It closed in March 2008 after nearly 92 years, and was the longest continuously operating theater citywide & potentially throughout the US. It was modeled after Times Square’s long-demolished Mark Strand Theatre, the 1st movie palace in the world.

    It is of the utmost importance to reopen, lease, adaptively & creatively reuse, and preserve a gem by the foremost Thomas Lamb, so it can contribute to the appeal of an up & coming neighborhood. Please become a Friend of the Ridgewood Theatre, and help spread the word to as many contacts as possible by forwarding our new website:

    http://www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre

  • May 28, 2008

    Take A Minute To Help Save The Boyd Theatre

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following was sent in by Friends of the Boyd:

    Bids to buy Philadelphia’s historic Boyd Theatre are due Wednesday May 28, 2008. Some bids will be to preserve the theater, but some bids will be for the purpose of destroying downtown Philadelphia’s last movie palace! Once bids are in, Live Nation could quickly choose a new owner so we need YOUR HELP.

    In listing the Boyd Theatre on its national endangered list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has provided easy steps for the public to advocate the survival of the Art Deco movie palace. Friends of the Boyd are asking every one of your members and supporters to please immediately visit “What you can do” and SEND THE EMAILS encouraging Live Nation to select an offer that will preserve the Boyd and reopen it as a public venue, and also write Mayor Nutter and Governor Rendell.

    And, please circulate this request to your own email lists!

  • May 27, 2008

    Fight for Grand Ecran Place d'Italie

    PARIS, FRANCE —

    Hello,

    I enjoy Cinema Treasures enormously. I am glad I am not the only one obsessed with huge movie theaters. I will be going back to Paris this summer.

    I lived in Paris for seven years and one of my favorite movie theatres was the Grand Ecran Place d'Italie, not a classic palace but a modern marvel. Great cinema. Imagine my surprise when I discover that they want to close it down. Lucky for us, there is a big move to stop the raze. They have a website that contains many pics. You might be interested.

    Thanks,

    A.P.

  • May 22, 2008

    Reminder: Rally In Support of Boyd Theatre Today!

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — A rally is scheduled for today at 11:30 AM in front of the Boyd Theatre, located at 1908 Chestnut. Everyone is urged to attend and show their support. According to Friends of the Boyd:

    • Adrian Fine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will speak on why the National Trust included the Boyd Theatre on this important list.
    • John Gallery of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia will speak on why the Alliance included the Boyd Theatre in their 2008 Endangered Property List.
    • State Representative Babette Josephs, will speak on why the community deserves a reopened Boyd Theatre.
    • Howard B. Haas, President of the Friends of the Boyd will speak, summarizing what needs to be done to ensure that the Boyd Theatre is restored and reopened instead of being demolished or altered.

    Most important will be your joining our rally!

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  • May 21, 2008

    Park Theater to be demolished

    LINCOLN PARK, MI — Sunday’s News Herald newspaper revealed that the Park Theater was donated to non-profit organization Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. Plans are for the historic theater to be replaced with a mixed use development.

    The Park Theater, c. 1925, was designed by C. Howard Crane. The Fort Street facade was changed to a Streamline Moderne facade in 1936. It is believed that the architect of that design was Charles Agree.

    More info on the recent news can be obtained at the News Herald.

  • May 20, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: Boyd Named One of America’s Most Endangered / Rally This Thursday, May 22 @ 11:30am

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed the Boyd Theatre as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The Trust has just released their annual list of the nation’s most endangered building and added the Boyd to the list. In their estimation:

    Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa. — Philadelphia’s last surviving downtown movie palace—a masterpiece of Art Deco design—faces an uncertain future as it sits vacant and remains vulnerable to demolition, awaiting a preservation-minded buyer to return the vintage venue to its original grandeur.

    This is only the second Philadelphia site to be added to the list (the other was Independence National Historical Park). Howard B. Haas, President of the Friends of the Boyd stated, “The National Trust listing verifies what Friends of the Boyd have said all along – the Boyd Theatre must be saved, restored, and reopened for entertainment.”

    A rally is scheduled for this Thursday, May 22 beginning at 11:30 AM in front of the theater, located at 1908 Chestnut. All Cinema Treasures users are urged to attend and show their support for this irreplaceable theater. According to Friends of the Boyd:

    • Adrian Fine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will speak on why the National Trust included the Boyd Theatre on this important list.
    • John Gallery of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia will speak on why the Alliance included the Boyd Theatre in their 2008 Endangered Property List.
    • State Representative Babette Josephs, will speak on why the community deserves a reopened Boyd Theatre.
    • Howard B. Haas, President of the Friends of the Boyd will speak, summarizing what needs to be done to ensure that the Boyd Theatre is restored and reopened instead of being demolished or altered.

    Most important will be your joining our rally!

    Thanks to Howard Haas for the information.[pre][/pre]

  • May 9, 2008

    Green Lane, Derby UK, Hippodrome Theatre petition

    DERBY, ENGLAND — A petition has been raised to try to save this fineold grade 2 listed theatre from demolition by its owner.

    If you would like to add your name to the growing list of signatories, please visit the link below.

    http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/derbyhippodrome/

    Lets hope we can raise awareness of the plight of this building before it is too late.

  • April 15, 2008

    NuWilshire currently an eyesore in Santa Monica

    SANTA MONICA, CA — One of the oldest theatres in Santa Monica, the NuWilshire has been closed since November 2007. As of now, nothing has changed, and it still is just a great theatre, with the soul gone.

    It is hard to believe that this time last year, the theatre was filled with happy moviegoers, ready to see a good independent film. However now, it is just a block of nothing. When looking at it, all I see is a reminder of what once was…and is now just a vacant building covered in graffiti and trashed, with a gate across the entrance so as not to allow homeless to sleep under the marquee.

    A few months ago, after hearing about how the front of the theatre became a city landmark, I have yet to see anything touched on it. I will keep you posted on any new information I have on the status of this great place!

  • March 7, 2008

    Historic Vegas theatre in danger

    LAS VEGAS, NV — After being placed on the State Register of Historic Places and even receiving government money for renovations, the owner of the Huntridge is looking to tear it down.

    The rub is that the Huntridge is listed on both state and national registers of historic buildings. Eli Mizrachi bought the Huntridge in 2002 under a contract that required the building to be preserved until 2017. The state has paid $1.6 million in recent years to help with renovations and maintenance.

    Mizrachi, reportedly eager to build a high-rise office building on the spot, is offering to give the state its money back in exchange for being allowed to tear down the building — a Las Vegas icon that was designed by S. Charles Lee, one of the 20th century’s most notable designers of motion picture theaters.

    The full story is in the Las Vegas Sun.

  • February 28, 2008

    State Cinema, Grays – New Preservation Website

    GRAYS, ESSEX, ENGLAND — A new website has been set up, to help drum up support for the rescue of the State Cinema in Grays. This site contains a massive amount of pictures of this cinema, which is one of very few art deco cinemas single-screen cinemas left in the UK.

    State Cinema Preservation