Preservation Alert

  • November 1, 2007

    Tinseltown Westchase in Houston to be replaced by an office building

    HOUSTON, TX — This story came from the Houston Business Journal(paid sub reqr’d). These theaters are designed with Art Deco fins, which have always reminded me of the Pan Pacific Theatre in Los Angeles, near where I grew up. I will miss these theaters.

  • October 30, 2007


    LOS ANGELES, CA — The following was sent in by Cinema Sightlines:

    “The National Theatre in Westwood is one of the 3 last big-screen, large capacity individual movie theatres still standing in greater Los Angeles. This theatre is a rare example of late 60s-early 70s modern architecture, with some historical significance regarding the motion picture events that have taken place there. Known for superior picture and sound presentation, The National Theatre has been a favorite movie showplace in Los Angeles for over 37 years.

    The property owner, Simms Development corp, has definite plans to demolish this irreplaceable theatre, to build condominiums and probably some commercial space.

    A group called Friends of the National Theatre is applying to the LA Cultural Heritage Commission to grant the building Historical-Cultural Monument status, which could delay demolition while the case is fully reviewed.

    The National application is the final item on the agenda of a meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 1 at 10am in Room 101 of City Hall.

  • October 12, 2007

    Unstable facade on historic Ohio Theatre!

    TOLEDO, OH — After architectural evaluation, the front sidewalk is now fenced off in front of the Ohio Theatre. A reinforcement bar was installed a year ago and the facade is now deemed unsafe.

    The theatre was built in 1921 and serves as a performing arts center and home to the Toledo Area Theatre Organ Society. Federal and State help is sought for restoration of this landmark. A major effort is underway to save this theatre.

  • September 26, 2007

    Petition To Save NYC’s Playpen Theater, Oldest Vaudeville House

    I would appreciate it if you can sign an online petition to save what is more than likely NYC’s oldest vaudeville Theater, the Playpen on 8th Avenue between 43rd & 44th Streets, which was known as the Ideal Theatre in 1916. The clock is ticking, and the Committee To Save The Playpen Theater amongst other preservationists, need all the help we can get to spare this intact Beaux Art gem. Demolition permits are pending, and we’re trying to convince developer Daniel Tishman to donate it to a non-profit. Please sign the online petition, post a brief comment, & forward the following to as many contacts as possible. Your assistance is invaluable!

    Playpen Petition

    For more information: Save the Playpen

  • 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.