Preservation Alert

  • December 2, 2005

    National Theater to be sold?

    RICHMOND, VA — The Historic Richmond Foundation is currently considering plans to sell the National Theater. Contracts are currently being considered with restrictions as to reuse of this historic structure. One potential reuse includes the addition of a 120 room hotel above the current structure.

    The National Theatre in downtown Richmond has several potential buyers, including a group looking to purchase it and hold it for the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation.

    The Historic Richmond Foundation, which owns the theater at 700 E. Broad St., has sent copies of a draft contract to several suitors and is looking for responses by Wednesday, said John Owen Gwathmey, the group’s president.

    The National is listed for sale at $1.55 million, but the contract has a space for a price to be added, Gwathmey said. It also includes significant restrictions on how the historic theater could be altered.

    Times Dispatch:
    Groups Step Up to Acquire The National

  • November 29, 2005

    Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL – PETITION

    Dear Friends,

    I have just read and signed the online petition: “Save the Historic Uptown Theatre in Chicago,” which is hosted on the web by a free online petition service, at:

    I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing it yourself.

    The petition was started by Ted and Joanne, two Uptown residents who are among the best and most active Friends of the Uptown volunteers at this time.


    Jeff Greene
    EverGreene Painting Studios, Inc.

  • November 17, 2005

    Pasadena Star News: ‘Panel OKs Raymond Condos’

    PASADENA, CA — After a tireless effort to save the majestic Raymond Theatre by the Friends of the Raymond Theatre, the Pasadena Star News is reporting, “The city’s Design Commission has given Gene Buchanan the green light to convert the historic Raymond Theatre into condominiums and office space, dealing a heavy blow to those who want to see the 1921 theater restored.”

    Although the panel voted to approve Buchanan’s plan 5-3, an appeal can still be filed.

  • November 14, 2005

    Edinburgh Cameo Under Threat

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — A planning application has been lodged with Edinburgh City Council to radically alter the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh. Under the plans the current bar area would be converted to a small 31-seater screen, and the current 250-seat Screen 1 – the original, largely unaltered and never subdivided 1914 original auditorium – is to be converted to a large bar and restaurant.

    You can see a full history of the building – and lots of photos of the stunning interior here.

    Despite that this is quite clearly a change of use from a cinema with bar attached to primarily a bar with a cinema attached, the applicants appear to be hoping to get it through under their existing licenses. Unfortunately the cinema itself is not listed; however the surrounding buildings are C(s)-listed. We are writing to Historic Scotland to ask them to consider spot-listing the cinema itself.

  • September 26, 2005

    Save The Trylon Theater Petition

    QUEENS, NY — Please click on the following link to sign a petition to save the Trylon Theater:

    Save The 1939 Trylon Theater!!!

    The petition:

    To: Robert Tierney (Chair, NY Landmarks Preservation Commission) & Melinda Katz (Councilwoman, District 29)

    The signers of this petition agree that the 1939 Art Deco/Moderne Trylon Theater (98-81 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY) is one of the last standing structures which has a strong cultural, historical, & architectural significance to the 1939 World’s Fair, with its “Trylon & Perisphere” monuments. On behalf of residents and historical societies, it is of utmost importance to halt further demolition, restore what was lost during the conversion, preserve this icon, and officially landmark this truly rare gem of a theater!!!

  • September 23, 2005

    Urgent Note from the Committee To Save The Trylon!

    FOREST HILLS, NY — URGENT note from the Committee To Save The Trylon Theater (98-81 Qns Blvd, Forest Hills, NY):

    To save Trylon from further demolition, please write letters/e-mails to Councilwoman Melinda Katz ASAP. In addition, please spread the word by informing as many people as you can to do so: (I think writing e-mails would be more spontaneous, but of course it’s your preference)

    Councilwoman Melinda Katz
    FOREST HILLS, N.Y. 11375-6735
    (718) 544-8800

  • September 22, 2005

    Hunterdon Theater To Be Razed?

    FLEMINTON, NJ — The former Hunterdon Theater building in Flemington might be razed according to a Hunterdon County Democrat article. On October 5, Walgreen’s will propose a new building on the site before the town’s planning commission. The Hunterdon closed September 16, 1993 and was renovated into Coat World. The building has been vacant for several years. Potentially, the Church Street landmark could be restored to its former use.

  • August 23, 2005

    Beverly Theater Demolition Begins Today

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA — According to the Friends of the Boyd Weekly Update: “Demolition is starting today on the famed Beverly Theater in Beverly Hills. Opened in 1925 with Indo-Chinese design, the movie palace’s conversion to a retail store in the 1970’s retained its ornate landmark exterior & ornate interior. Preservationists objected unsuccessfully to the loss of this Los Angeles landmark.”

    Cinema Treasures users weigh in as well on the theater’s page on this site.

  • August 21, 2005

    Raymond Theatre Hearing Monday Night

    The following email was sent by the Friends of the Raymond Theatre:



    Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    We were just notified that 50% Design Review of the Raymond Theatre project will be conducted this Monday, August 22, 2005. We need speakers and supporters to attend this important hearing.

    If you are going to speak at the hearing or attend, please call or e-mail us immediately to let us know.

    If anyone would like talking points for the hearing, preferably we need to know before


    DATE: Monday, August 22, 2005
    START TIME: 6:30 pm
    PLACE: Pasadena Conference Center Building
    (next to Pasadena Civic Auditorium)
    300 East Green Street, Room 211, Pasadena


    To see the City Staff Report, see Design Review for 8/22/05. Property location 121-129 North Raymond Avenue.

    Please e-mail your comments to the Design Commission at:
    (Include your name and address and request your letter be placed in the legal record for the Raymond Theatre)

    If the public wants the Raymond Theatre to be preserved, it is imperative to have your support at this hearing. We can’t save the Raymond Theatre if the public is not there to show support. A few hours of your time, WILL make a difference. We hope to see you there.

    For more information:
    Friends of the Raymond Theatre
    Office: (818) 541-9522 – Fax: (818) 541-9523

  • August 15, 2005

    Citywide Effort To Halt Demolition of The Trylon Theater

    REGO PARK, NY — Since its closure in late 1999, community groups, historic preservationists, and the local media have tried to clarify the fate of the iconic Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Boulevard.

    Sadly, the property is now undergoing profound alteration for its new use as a social services facility for the Bukharian community. At this writing, the entrance pavilion has been walled off, facade features have been destroyed, and the interior is being gutted. Original painted murals, decorative tilework depicting the Trylon and Perisphere (the 1939 New York World’s Fair symbols), and marquee elements have all been destroyed and no salvage is being conducted.

    Appeals to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and NYC Councilwoman Melinda Katz to halt the destruction and achieve a preservation-minded adaptive reuse plan for the defunct theater have been unsuccessful thus far. The Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) and the Historic Districts Council (HDC) have spearheaded the effort to intervene — even at this late stage — to protect the outstanding and unique Art Deco property.

    The Trylon Theater, designed by Joseph Unger, reflects the cultural impact of the 1939 World’s Fair and its theme of “The World of Tomorrow,” in decorative tiles, murals, and overall aesthetics. The streamlined Art Deco property is a rare surviving neighborhood movie theater due to the loss of hundreds of such buildings in New York and meets criteria to become a designated and protected Historic Landmark.

    **To lend your support: Please contact (Journalist/Preservationist) & send carbon copies to (Art Deco Society of NY) & (Historic Districts Council) & .


    Call Councilwoman Melinda Katz (718-544-8800) who was the only member who opposed landmark designation & is responsible for this act of destruction. Also e-mail her at