Preservation Alert

  • September 26, 2007

    Wayne Theatre to be torn down if money not raised

    WAYNE, MI — The 1927 Wayne Theatre located at 35164 Michigan Avenue, needs your help.

    The theater is in danger of demolition by the city of Wayne. For the past few years, volunteers have been removing old walls put up from a music store, and holding concerts on the front lawn in an attempt to raise money to restore the venue. Unfortunately, attendance was very low at the concerts and the city has stated that if the non-profit that owns the theater does not fix the bricking of the theater and have a funding plan in place, they will tear down the theater.

    $30,000 is needed to buy more time to get the rest of the money raised, and $60,000 will fund research into grants to restore the theater.

    As a volunteer at the theater, I encourage you and your friends to help donate to a worthy cause. Help to restore this beautiful theater into a showplace for the entire community of Southeastern Michigan. If every member on the site donated $5, we could make this goal happen and save the theater. More information on our theater is located at this web site as well as donation information. Donations can be made by paypal, mail(check, money order).

  • September 17, 2007

    Urgent appeal & proposal to save NYC’s oldest extant vaudeville theatre

    Committee To Save the Playpen Theater
    For Immediate Release (Preservationists, please pitch in and share your thoughts on our proposal and any ideas. We’re seeking a savior!)


    Michael Perlman,
    NYC Preservationist & theater enthusiast
    (917) 446-7775

    Orlando Lopes
    Theater Historical Society of America, NYC Dir.
    (631) 225-7071

    Oldest Extant Vaudeville Theater Slated For Demolition:
    Preservationists' Plea & Proposal

    NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 11, 2007) Citywide preservationists and theater historians are calling on developer Daniel Tishman of Tishman Realty & Construction, to halt the planned demolition of NYC’s Playpen Theater (693 8th Ave between 43rd & 44th St), an early 20th century architecturally & culturally significant theater. Demolition is expected as early as Thurs, Sept 13th, and a high-rise hotel or condo is proposed for the site.

  • September 14, 2007

    Market Harborough England bids to save cinema

    Locals from the town of Market Harborough in England are attempting to save their local ABC Market Harborough cinema built in 1939. The cinema has been used a supermarket in recent years but has been empty for the past 2 years.

    The campaign was started by 2 local girls both aged 11 who just wanted the town to have a cinema once more. The campaign went online at the Harborough Site where a petition was set up. Within 8 days 3,000 people signed up from the town and from all over the world.

    If you’d like to save this old building see the site for update and sign up on line to help!

  • September 12, 2007

    Loan Request for Beach Theatre approved!

    CAPE MAY, NJ — Activists have fought to save from demolition New Jersey’s Beach Theatre. It was built in 1950 in a Neocolonial revival style.

    At a special meeting on Friday, September 7, 2007, the town of Cape May presented a $100,000 check to the Beach Theatre Foundation, as a loan to keep the theater open while fundraising continues!

    Read more at NBC 40.

  • September 5, 2007

    No Cinderella story

    DENVER, CO — The city is close to approving a plan to take down the Cinderella Drive-In for apartments.

    If the plans are approved, there will be only one drive-in movie theater left in the metro area.

    According to 9NEWS' partners at The Denver Post, the Sheridan planning and zoning commission has approved the final site plan for an 11-acre apartment complex where the Cinderella Twin Drive-In is currently located.

    The Sheridan City Council is expected to give final approval to the plan next month.

    Read more at 9News.

  • September 4, 2007

    Residents fight for Whiteside

    CORVALLIS, OR — With a decision expected soon, residents are banding together to prevent a retail complex going up on the site of the Whiteside Theatre.

    A group of Corvallis residents is asking the state to put a stop to plans to turn a historic downtown movie theater into a retail complex.

    The Whiteside Theater is listed on the city’s register of historic places. It dates to the 1920s.

    A group of investors from Portland have an option to buy the building. They are planning to put shops on the ground floor, and a restaurant upstairs.

    Read more at KTVZ.

  • September 3, 2007

    Threat to Kilburn Gaumont State……Kilburn, London, England

    KILBURN, LONDON, ENGLAND — The Kilburn State building has, it is believed, just possibly been sold (28 August 2007) by RankMecca PLC to a Bahrain based investment vehicle whose first intentions were rumoured to be a housing development. Despite repeated requests, RankMecca’s head of property, one Tony Robinson, has declined to provide any details of who has bought the building and organ.

    The building and Wurlitzer organ has grade II* listed status from English Heritage, has a planning designation for entertainment and that is being reconfirmed in the new Local Development Framework which makes precisely no mention of housing on this site. There is just about zero chance of Brent Council agreeing to any change in planning designation and I would imagine the same response from English Heritage. The question has to be asked what the intentions are of the new owners and when they will identify themselves?

    There is a question mark over the organ, notwithstanding the listed status applying to the organ as well. The Chief Engineer employed by RankMecca has been made redundant and there are no longer any technical staff at the State to keep it on a care and maintenance basis. Unless there is regular maintenance to the leather bellows of the pipes, these will start to dry and will then crack, rendering them useless.

  • August 21, 2007

    Palace in need

    HUDDERSFIELD, UK — Help us save the Palace Theatre. A great big Art Deco gem messed about with over the years, but still one of the last purpose built variety theates to be built outside London. Look at the page write to the local council and make a noise!

  • August 14, 2007

    Hastings 8 in danger

    PASADENA, CA — I just visited the Pacific Hastings 8 theatre on 8/11/07, and found out from the employees working there that this theatre will be closing on 8/31/07 and demolished.

    Contributed by Brenda Brubaker

  • July 4, 2007

    Roosevelt update

    KENOSHA, WI — The City has ordered a raze-or-repair order for the Roosevelt Theatre. I don’t think the building is that bad, as I was in it in the Spring. The proscenium arch is gone but the rest of the interior structure looks presentable. The building has two usable store fronts and large upstairs apartment. For more, call me at (262) 652-3034.