Preservation Alert

  • 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.

  • 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.