Preservation Alert

  • February 4, 2005

    Coronet Theatre Will Close On Feb 10th

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Earlier this week, the staff of the Coronet was told that the theater would be closing its'doors forever on Feb 10, 2005. The Coronet, which opened in 1949, has been operated by United Artists since some time in the late 1980’s or early 90’s.

    According to the San Francisco Examiner, in 2000, the owners of the building sold it to The Goldman Institute On Aging, who plan to tear it down and construct a senior citizens center on the site. The 1,200-seat Coronet is one of the last single-screen 70mm movie houses (with good sound and projectionst) to actually to run 70mm prints on a regular basis. There are one or two other single screen SF movie houses with 70mm capibility- -but they haven’t run 70mm in years.

    JimC/San Francisco

  • January 28, 2005

    SF’s Harding Theater Endangered!

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Condo developers have obtained permits to demolish San Francisco’s historic Harding Theater.

    Neighborhood merchants are lobbying to save the theater and adapt it for reuse. They will meet with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at City Hall, Room 244, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street between Grove and McAllister Streets), San Francisco, 3:30 pm. (415) 568-3306.

    For more info, check out this website.

  • January 6, 2005

    Cinema 1, 2, 3 Also Set To Close

    NEW YORK, NY — Following on the heels of the announcement of the Beekman’s closure, New York Post Film Critic Lou Lumenick reports that the Cinema 1, 2, 3 will be gutted this spring and converted into retail space.

    Meanwhile, the theater’s owners have already placed a stucco facade over its signature blue tiles “apparently” to prevent the building from being placed on the landmark list — something akin to the “work” done on the Sutton Theater before its closure.

  • January 5, 2005

    Confirmed — Beekman Theatre To Close In June

    NEW YORK, NY — Clearview Cinemas has confirmed that the owner of the Beekman Theatre, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, plans to end the exhibitor’s lease at the end of June 2005.

    For an impassioned commentary on the plight of the Beekman and historic movie houses around New York City, please read New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick’s commentary in today’s New York Post.

    The Beekman is not only a landmark movie house, but a symbol of the city. It must be saved.

  • January 3, 2005

    Reprieve for Boston’s Gaiety Theatre?

    BOSTON, MA — The latest e-mail missive from Lee Eiseman of Friends of the Gaiety Theatre:

    “As of New Year’s Eve I can report that The Gaiety has had another reprieve!

    In a brief submitted to Judge Francis Spina of The Massachusetts Supreme Court, the lawyer for The Glass Slipper (a strip club next to the Gaiety also threatened with demolition) argued that demolition of the theatre would deprive his client of the right to several substantial arguments in cases still open in Massachusetts Land Court.

    Judge Spina asked Kensington Development for assurances that they would refrain from demolition until after Judge Spina decides the case which will be heard on Friday, January 7, 9:30 am at 1 Beacon Street 3rd floor. Kensington has assented to this request. The public and press may attend.

  • December 29, 2004

    Beekman Theatre To Close?

    NEW YORK, NY — We received the following email from “CineMan”: “Clearview Cinemas has received notice from their landlord that their lease at the Beekman Theatre will terminate in June 2005. The entire block is scheduled to be redeveloped. This will be a huge loss in Manhattan movie-going.”

  • December 23, 2004

    Judge Refuses To Block Demolition Of Gaiety Theatre

    BOSTON, MA — A Massachusetts Land Court judge yesterday rejected a request by the Glass Slipper strip club to stop a developer from tearing down the defunct and dilapidated Gaiety Theatre nearby.

    The theater’s owner, Kensington Investment Co., said it will “shortly proceed with demolition of long-vacant buildings” it owns at 659-665 Washington St. near Chinatown. It declined to give a more specific timetable.

    It was unclear last night whether the Glass Slipper would appeal the judge’s decision.

  • December 16, 2004

    URGENT: Boston’s Gaiety Theatre In Critical Danger

    BOSTON, MA — Depending on the outcome of some litigation today, Boston’s historic Gaiety Theatre could face demolition as early as tomorrow.

    Read these links from the Boston Phoenix for the latest info!

    The Gaiety outrage
    Is Friday demolition day?

  • December 13, 2004

    CTA Fights To Save Theater

    ELTHAM, ENGLAND — According to a report from the News Shopper, the Cinema Theatre Association (CTA), a British-based theater preservation group, is battling developers who are planning to redevelop the former Eltham Coronet.

    The group’s primary complaint with the redevelopment effort centers around the developers plans to split the theater’s existing auditorium into three levels, and replace the balcony with retail or dining space.

    For more details, read the full report.

  • November 15, 2004

    Future Looks Hopeful for Kansas City’s Empire Theater

    KANSAS CITY, MO — The Empire Theater has survived another round in an ongoing battle between developers, who control the property, and those interested in saving the historic theater. Only this time, it appears that the battle may be nearing its end.

    Preservationists experienced a sigh of relief on Nov. 11. The Kansas City Star reported that a plan to construct a new headquarters for Kansas City Power & Light on the theater’s site had been rejected by city leaders. Developers sought the entire Empire Theater block to erect a new office tower for the utility company, which rents space just two blocks away.