Preservation Alert

  • 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.

  • August 25, 2004

    Urgent! Elm Theater’s Days Are Numbered

    WEST HARTFORD, CT — The effort continues to save the Elm Theater from being turned into a Walgreens Drug Store. Elmwood Renaissance, the local organization behind the effort to preserve the theater as an arts venue, is in need of donations to cover the costs of publicity and legal expenses. Please consider sending a donation, no matter how small, to:

    Elmwood Renaissance
    P.O. Box 330276
    West Hartford, CT 06133-0276

  • August 9, 2004

    Arthur Pryor Bandshell Pavilion Threatened with Demolition

    ASBURY PARK, NJ — The world reknowned trombonist, Arthur Pryor, played and conducted his orchestra for 25 glorious summers in a boardwalk pavilion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in Asbury Park. In the late ‘60s, a pavilion with a bandshell roof was erected in Pryor’s memory.

    Since then, Asbury Park has hit on bad economic times and sold all of its oceanside structures to a development rights holder who plans to demolish the section of the pavilion housing the bandshell, to replace it with office space.

  • August 6, 2004

    Battle Continues to Save The Elm Theater

    WEST HARTFORD, CT — A group dedicated to saving the 1947 Elm Theater is racing against time to gain public and private support for their efforts to buy the theater back from a developer hoping to turn the shuttered movie house into a drug store.

  • August 5, 2004

    Rialto Theater Endangered?

    PASADENA, CA — The Rialto Theater in South Pasadena California is in danger now to some degree. It has been listed in the “Framework for Downtown Development” in the City of South Pasadena. Its future use may change.

    On page 11 #7 of their special report from the Community Redevelopment Commission (CRC) Feb 18 2004, they state:

    “The Rialto Theater is a key building in terms of its historic design and function and its potential to be an anchor and catalyst for future activity. The building is thought by some to be an opportunity for a public facility, incorporating the theater and using it as community space. Some feel that the CRA will need to reestablish eminent domain in order to facilitate the more appropriate reuse of certain properties. In any case, the exterior and the marquee should be renovated and refurbished. Others feel strongly that it should be completely refurbished and remain a theater, whether one screen or reconfigured to several small screens. Customers desire a better sound system, more comfortable seats, and more diverse and more extensive programming”

  • August 2, 2004

    REMINDER: Raymond Theatre Donations

    PASADENA, CA — Today is the deadline for those who wish to make a donation to help the Raymond Theatre. Donations are due at 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT). If you’d like to help the Raymond, please visit the Raymond website for details.

  • July 30, 2004

    Raymond Theatre Update — Donations Still Needed

    PASADENA, CA — The following email was sent in by Gina Zamparelli, President, Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    “Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    Our final day for donations is July 30th. We have made great strides over the past week, but we still have $1,405 more to raise. Therefore we will continue to take donations till 5pm on Monday, August 2.

    If all you can donate is $5 or $10, every dollar WILL make a difference. If you can donate $15, $25, $50, $100 or more, it would help us make great strides towards meeting our fundraising goals before Monday!

    Early next week we will let everyone know if we have raised enough money to continue our efforts to legally protect the Raymond Theatre.