November 15, 2004
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
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, 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, 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
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Next Tuesday, when voters go to the polls in San Francisco, they’ll be voting on Proposition L.
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
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, 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
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
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
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.