Preservation Alert

  • October 19, 2004

    Don’t Miss Tonight’s Fox Fullerton Meeting!

    FULLERTON, CA — The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation is planning is having an emergency meeting tonight at 7pm. The meeting will be held at Fullerton City Hall, where the City Redevelopment Agency will be meeting to address the Fox Theatre’s future.

    For more information, read the foundation’s email alert:

    FOX COUNTDOWN: 14 Days left to Save the Fox!

    IMPORTANT FOX MEETING – TOMORROW, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7 pm – New Location

    Our regular Community Update/Volunteer Meeting scheduled for October 19 will be changed somewhat due to a City Redevelopment Agency meeting addressing the Fox Theatre scheduled on the same day.

  • Boston Mayor Favors Destroying Gayety Theatre

    BOSTON, MA — Boston’s mayor is actively supporting a plan to tear down one of the city’s most significant historic theatres and cultural landmarks to replace it with a luxury apartment building.

    The Gayety (alternately spelled Gaiety) has been shuttered for years and last operated under the name of the E.M. Loew’s Publix.

    Read the full story on the Boston Phoenix website.

  • October 14, 2004

    Strand Theatre At Risk of Demolition

    TAMPA, FL — Tampa’s historic Strand Theatre is at risk of demolition along with the surrounding buildings in its block. The Strand ceased operations as a movie theatre in the late 1940s and was incorporated into the adjacent buildings that served as the Maas Brothers Department Store in downtown Tampa.

    Maas Brothers closed in 1991 and the whole complex hasn’t been maintained or used since that time, resulting in a rapid deterioration in the buildings. A real estate group, 610 Franklin Inc, purchased most of the block in 1998 but has done nothing since that time.

  • October 12, 2004

    Hinsdale Theatre To Be Converted Into Retail, Office Space

    HINSDALE, IL — The struggle to save the historic Hinsdale Theatre in the western Chicago suburb of the same name has ended, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The Hinsdale Theatre Foundation, having been unsuccessful in its hard-fought attempt to restore and reopen the theater, has now disbanded and Kim Stephens, who was on the Foundation’s board of directors, said its remaining donated assets will be distributed among several groups in the area that focus on the arts.

  • October 11, 2004

    Beverly Theater Not Going Down Without A Fight

    BEVERYLY HILLS, CA — The Los Angeles Conservancy, along with several local preservationists, small business owners, and others are fighting plans to demolish the Beverly Theater, according to this Los Angele Times article,).

    Opened in 1925, in recent years the remodeled Beverly Theater housed an Israeli bank. It is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a 214-room luxury hotel if the effort to save it fails.

  • September 28, 2004

    Loew’s Jersey Update – Lease Has Not Yet Been Signed

    JERSEY CITY, NJ — The following message was sent by Friends of the Loew’s:

    “This was not the message we hoped and expected to send out in preparation for the Loew’s [Jersey] 75th Anniversary.

    Last June, Jersey City’s Acting Mayor, L. Harvey Smith told FOL he would sign the long-awaited lease of the Loew’s to us. A press conference was held at the Loew’s in mid June during which Mayor Smith was expected to do just that, but instead he unexpectedly announced he could not sign the lease because of “legal technicalities”. He promised, however, that those technicalities would be cleared up by his Law Department in two weeks and the lease would be signed then.

  • September 20, 2004

    Preservation Group Lists Five Chicago Movie Houses On Endanged List

    CHICAGO, IL — The Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois’s annual Watch List includes five Chicago movie theaters on its list of Chicago-area endangered buildings: the Uptown, the New Regal (Avalon), the Gateway, the Patio, and the Central Park.

    The list, which first appeared two years ago, complements the Council’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. Other non-theater buildings on the Chicago-area list in danger of demolition include buildings in Evanston formerly part of Northwestern University, the River Forest Women’s Club (designed by a former associate of Frank Lloyd Wright), and an estate in Highland Park designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and Jens Jensen on the National Register of Historic Places.

    For more information, read this Chicago Tribune article .

  • September 7, 2004

    URGENT! The Trylon Theater Still Needs Your Help!

    REGO PARK, NY — The wonderful Art Deco Trylon Theater in Queens is endangered. We have asked the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to calendar and designate this structure, but so far no action has been taken.

    Please help us by emailing the chair of the Landmarks Commission Robert Tierney and voicing your support. His email address is .org.

  • August 30, 2004

    Palace Theater to be Demolished

    GARY, IN — According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, Lalosa Burns, spokesperson for the City of Gary, is reporting that City of Gary will be taking bids to demolish the Palace Theater sometime this year.

    As local preservationist Erica Davis put it: “It would be a very good venue for a performing arts center or theater. It would take a lot of work. Unfortunately, the city of Gary has the sad tendency to demolish rather than restore.”

    In my own opinion, judging from the fact that most of Gary is heavily gang and drug infested, and decaying at the same rate as the unfortunate Palace Theater, I hold little hope of anything being done to save this theater.

  • August 27, 2004

    Over 1,200 Signatures Collected For Eltrym Theatre

    BAKER CITY, OR — A state building code that requires sprinklers in all three auditoria of the Eltrym Theatre may force its closure, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times. In response to the impending order, over 1,200 signatures have been collected to save it.

    Opened in 1940, the Art Deco Eltrym is now a 3-screen movie house and the only movie theater in Baker County. It was restored in 1997.