Preservation Alert

  • March 5, 2007

    Fight for the Alameda

    ALAMEDA, CA — With a possible megaplex in the works that would ultimately ruin the theater, Tonia De Paiva is leading a charge to save the Alameda Theatre.

    Tonia De Paiva strolls by the Alameda Theater — a cyclone fence surrounding its front, a cement mixer guarding its entrance, the sounds of collapse coming from deep inside — and it breaks her heart.

    Her beloved Alameda Theater, with its classic art deco interior, is being converted into one of
    those fancy-schmancy megaplexes with eight screens and an adjoining garage. All her
    precious memories are being bulldozed.

    It makes no sense to De Paiva, who’s trying to save her historic theater — built in 1932, closed in 1979 — from ending up the way of so many other movie palaces, knocked out by Blockbuster and Netflix.

    For the full story, go to the Mercury-Register.

  • March 2, 2007

    Save the Boyd!

    As you know, Friends of the Boyd are very concerned because Live Nation has put the Boyd up for sale. We don’t want Center City’s last movie palace to be sold to another real estate developer who might seek to demolish it!

    We’ve mentioned previously that Live Nation is also considering turning the Boyd into a House of Blues. Friends of the Boyd were happy with the restoration plans drawn up to restore the Boyd into a venue for Touring Broadway musicals, and that Live Nation was happy to accommodate our film series. However, if the theater becomes a House of Blues, Live Nation has not specified whether the Boyd’s original, historic Art Deco features would be fully restored, and if a film series would be accommodated. Friends of the Boyd have continued to offer to fundraise for the restoration.

    PLEASE TELEPHONE City Hall at 215-686-1776 and ask to be connected to Mayor Street’s office.

    The Mayor’s fax is 215-686-2180 if you would like to write a letter.

  • 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