Preservation Alert

  • February 28, 2007

    Unique Theater Needs Help

    SALIDA, CO — The Unique Theater in Salida, Colorado may be destroyed to make way for another restaurant in the small mountain town. Recently, the theater was offered for sale due to structural concerns. During which time, the town council was approached requesting the 100-year-old theater be made into a historical landmark. The town council voted down the request giving the developer the possibility of destroying the theater portion while still applying for historical grants for the front area.

    The current owner of the theater, John Groy, does not want the theater to be torn down, but does not have the funds to keep it going. A developer in the area is the only one offering funds and “expects” he may have to destroy the 100-foot theater section. He plans to turn the front area into a possible nightclub or restaurant, and more than likely will not continue it as a theater even if the 100 foot section is saved.

  • February 21, 2007

    Mecca Bingo closures

    Mecca have announced that they are to close nine of their bingo clubs, eight of which occupy former cinemas, in advance of the UK smoking ban which comes into effect in July.

    They own the freehold of five of the clubs and those will be offered for sale, obviously with redevelopment as a strong possability. There is no likelihood that any of the buildings will make a return to cinema use.

    The former cinemas are believed to be:-
    Fulham – Gaumont Walham Green
    Islington – Carlton
    Hull – Carlton (or possibly the Cecil)
    Liverpool – Regal, Norris Green
    Swansea – Albert Hall
    Welling – Odeon
    Wolverhampton – Odeon
    Sheffield – one of three clubs to close, most likely the former Odeon Flat Street.

    A club in Reading is also to close but this not thought to be a former cinema

    To read more, go to Investegate.

  • February 20, 2007

    Less than $5K left to save the Senator!

    BALTIMORE, MD — With just less than a day left the Senator Theatre is just under $5K short of its $109K goal. Tomorrow at 1:30PM EST, if the theater has not raised the full $109K, it will be in danger of going up for auction.

    Donate at the Senator Website and save the Senator!

  • February 19, 2007

    Less than 2 days to decide Senator’s fate

    BALTIMORE, MD — Under 2 days to go and the Senator Theatre is just $16.5K short of its $109K goal.

    Donate at the Senator Website and save the Senator!

  • Somerset Playhouse in jeopardy..

    This has been in court since 2004? You can visit the small website dedicated to the playhouse and some of the playbill covers of the many stars who performed there.

    Here’s an article from the Providence Journal regarding Walgreens wanting to buy it. Mind you they want to build across the street and we are talking less than 80 feet away from a Brooks Pharmacy.

  • Monroe Theatre demolition to be discussed

    ROCHESTER, NY — The Monroe Theatre demolition is part of zoning application. The zoning hearing is Wed. Feb 21st in Rochester, NY. This is a theatre of historical interest. Info needed by citizens.

  • February 15, 2007

    Raymond Theatre in search of help

    RAYMOND, WA — With a planned closure in the near future, residents are banding together to save the Raymond Theatre.

    About 5,000 residents in North Pacific County can expect a letter soon asking them to open their wallets to help save the Raymond Theater from closure.

    A movie house and performing arts venue, the theater is owned by the city. It has been losing $50,000 to $60,000 a year for the last few years due to declining attendance and the expense of renting movies.

    The city had planned to shut down the theater on March 31, but is allowing some wiggle room to see what develops. The letter writing campaign is being launched as a first step by community groups to keep it open.

    For more, go to the Daily World.

  • February 9, 2007

    Whiteside Theatre loss negates previous historic recognition

    CORVALLIS, OR — By a vote of 6 to 3, the Corvallis City Council voted today to support the appeal of the Whiteside Partners LLC allowing them to create a strip mall out of the historic building. Their decision which is final, overturns the Historic Resources Commission decision to protect the Whiteside Theatre under the City of Corvalils Land Development Code.

    Louise-Annette Burgess

  • February 7, 2007

    Senator Theater to be sold at a foreclosure auction on Feb. 21st

    BALTIMORE, MD — Please Help Save Her.

    The Senator Theatre is to be sold at a foreclosure auction Feb. 21, 2007. She is a wonderful, magnificent beauty that deserves to live on. Many of us have sworn off multiplexes in her favor.

    “I’m extremely concerned that I’m about to lose my theater,” said Kiefaber, 54, who also owns the two-screen Rotunda Cinematheque and whose family long ago owned dozens of movie houses in Baltimore.

    The Senator, at 5904 York Road, with its plush seats, 35-foot ceilings and elaborate murals about the history of entertainment, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The story was just posted in the Baltimore Sun newspaper on 2-6-07.

    The Senator’s owner, acknowledged yesterday that the theater owes $90,000 on a $1.2 million mortgage.

    Please visit the Senator Website for more info.

  • February 1, 2007

    Controversial Dreamland renovations prevent summer opening

    NANTUCKET, MA — To add condos and dining space, the Dreamland Theatre is embarking on an extensive renovation that might compromise historic elements of the structure.

    The historic Dreamland movie theater will have to be dismantled down to its bare timbers in order for its long-delayed renovation and expansion to move forward, architects told the Historic District Commission Tuesday night.

    If such a project is approved, there is no way the 175-year-old movie house will be open in time for the summer season, despite a condition of its Planning Board special permit that requires movies to be shown from June 15-Sept. 15 while work is underway, town officials said this week.

    “The building is going to be stripped down to its skeleton,” said Timothy Fitzroy, an associate with Brockton, Mass.-based BKA Architects, Inc., which was recently hired by Dreamland owner Haim Zahavi to take over work on the controversial project that also kept the building shuttered and dark last summer.

    For more, go to the Inquirer and Mirror.