Preservation Alert

  • 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.

  • November 6, 2004

    Chaplin-A-Thon To Save The Fox

    FULLERON, CA — The latest news from the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation…

    CHAPLIN-A-THON TO SAVE THE FOX

    In an effort to call attention to the precarious situation that our historic Fox Fullerton Theatre is in, Charlie Chaplin (professional impersonator and Fox supporter Ruben Girard) will attempt to break the world record for Charlie Chaplin impersonation by staying in character for 24 continuous hours at the Fox Theatre.

    Charlie will be under the Fox Fullerton marquee from 12 noon Friday afternoon until 12 noon Saturday. We hope to also have the marquee “re-lit” all night. Charlie does not speak, but he will be happy to wave & acknowledge your pledges with a tip of his hat. He will break his silence only once, at noon Saturday, for an important announcement.

  • November 5, 2004

    Yeadon Theater Facade To Be Saved!

    YEADON, PA — The Yeadon Theater facade is to be saved and used as entrance to a proposed amphitheatre and passive park behind the facade.

    The remaining part of the theater will be demolished, the back wall was previously demolished. For more details, read this report from the News of Delaware County website.

  • November 2, 2004

    Fullerton Citizens Await Vote on Fox Fullerton’s Future

    FULLERTON, CA — Jon Olivian, the new publicist at the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation, sent us this important news about the fate of the Fox Fullerton.

    ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, WHILE THE ENTIRE NATION BREATHLESSLY AWAITS OUTCOME OF THE U.S. PRESIDENCY, THE CITY OF FULLERTON, C.A. AWAITS OWN ’D DAY' ON THE FUTURE OF ITS ENDANGERED FOX THEATRE

    FULLERTON, CALIF. (October 31, 2004) — At a recent public march and rally to save the endangered Fox Fullerton Theatre, a television newscaster made the observation about next Tuesday, November 2, 2004 when the entire nation will be awaiting the dramatic outcome of the U.S. presidency, while the City of Fullerton, California wrestles with its own D-Day-like decision of whether or not to save or demolish its cherished 1925 Fox Theatre.

  • October 27, 2004

    Will San Franciscans Vote For Proposition L?

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Next Tuesday, when voters go to the polls in San Francisco, they’ll be voting on Proposition L.

    The hotly-contested proposition would dedicate fifteen percent of hotel tax surcharge revenue to help preserve classic movie theaters. (More info can be found here and here.)

    Shall 15% of the existing hotel tax surcharge be set aside to acquire, preserve and maintain neighborhood and single-screen movie theaters and promote the local film-making industry?

    Any Bay Area input on this proposition here?

  • 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.