Preservation Alert

  • 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.

  • January 23, 2007

    Highland Theater may be lost

    AKRON, OH — Citizens are banding together to save the Highland Theater. They are trying to setup a nonprofit group to lead its revival and prevent its razing.

    Highland Square activists want to save Akron’s Highland Theater, perhaps to turn it into a community-based center for theater, films and music.

    About 25 neighborhood residents rallied Tuesday night after learning that the movie theater might be razed.

    Residents said they were unsure what was going to happen to the theater: Rumors are the space might be turned into city parking or perhaps be used to rebuild nearby Portage Path Elementary School.

    To read more, go to the Beacon Journal.

  • January 16, 2007

    Montreal’s Le Spectrum is to close (Alouette)

    Last call at The Spectrum
    Short article at CTV Montreal

    A Montreal entertainment landmark that has hosted superstars such as U2, The Police and Peter Gabriel is on its last legs. The Spectrum club on Ste. Catherine street will be demolished to make way for an office tower. Relocation plans fell through.

    The developer says negotiations to relocate the Spectrum to another part of the lot fell through. If the city gives the go-ahead, the Spectrum and several businesses next door will be demolished by summertime.

    For a story in French on this, go toCyber Presse.

    Also, see Drive-in’s pictures for this theatre.

  • Pearl River movie theater deal may be more complicated

    PEARL RIVER, NY — With multiple interests now involved, the fight for the future of the Pearl River Theater is heating up.

    Plans to resurrect the old Pearl River Movie Theater have become more complicated now that the building’s owner wants to turn it into commercial space.

    Edmund Lane, principal of Skyview Plaza Development Corp., had proposed building 12 condominiums at the Central Avenue building, but he was prevented from doing so because he needed a zone change for senior housing.

  • January 11, 2007

    Youngstown State Theater’s fate at town meeting

    YOUNGSTOWN, OH — After many attempts for preservation and renovation, it looks like the oldest standing theater in Youngstown, Ohio will possibly be purchased and renovated for future use. Jaime Hughes and partners of Youngstown are holding a meeting January 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the Cedar’s Lounge in downtown Youngstown to discuss the future progress and work at the State.

    Anyone interested in the State’s situation should attend this meeting to be informed of information and offer suggestions. The directors of the project hope to open the theater as a non-profit organization to hold events for local performing art productions. Anyone wanting more information should visit the Downtown Youngstown website or the State Supporters' Myspace page.

  • January 1, 2007

    Bel-Air Drive-In to be demolished for a shopping center

    CICERO, IL — Plans are in motion to build a couple big box stores on the site of the former Bel-Air Drive-In.

    Cicero trustees have approved plans for a Wal-Mart store and a Lowe’s Home Improvement store to be built near 31st Street and Cicero Avenue, at the site of a former drive-in movie theater, the Bel-Air, said a spokesman for the developer, Monroe Investment Partners of Chicago.

    Prior to the Bel-Air drive-in, the property was used as a landfill and a quarry. The 217,000-square-foot Wal-Mart and the 150,000-square-foot Lowe’s stores are expected to open at the end of 2007 or in early 2008.

    To read more on this story, go to the Sun Times.

  • December 22, 2006

    Saving The Madison Theatre in East Atlanta Village

    ATLANTA, GA — I am very close to starting a fundraising/renovation project to reopen The Madison Theatre. Currently, I am working on getting her on the National Registry and Landmark status locally. Both of these designations would allow us to raise funds and receive grants/tax incentives to get the project completed.

    Anyone who has any historical knowledge, ideas, know-how to help get this done, .

    Thanks and keep your fingers crossed.