Preservation Alert

  • 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.

  • July 26, 2004

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre Ask For Assistance

    Friends of the Raymond Theatre has issued an urgent appeal that we wanted to share with all of you:

    “Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    In the weeks that have transpired since our last newsletter, we have continued to focus on our greatest need to carry this project through to fruition: fundraising.

    We are pleased to say that we have had an outpouring of support to continue our efforts to save the Raymond. However, we are still in critical need of donations.

  • July 16, 2004

    New York Times: Astor Plaza to Become Rock Venue

    NEW YORK, NY — We’re sad to report that the rumors about the closing of the Astor Plaza have finally been confirmed.

    According to a report which appeared in yesterday’s New York Times, the Astor Plaza, one of the last remaining movie theaters in the heart of Times Square, will close in just a few weeks.

    The S. L. Green Realty Corporation, who became new owners of the building that houses the Astor when they bought the remainder of Loews' lease — plan to convert the facility into a concert venue for live rock during a nine-month renovation.

    For those who never experienced the majesty of this theater, it was glorious. While its design was spartan in comparison to the nearby Ziegfeld, the Astor made up for it with its gigantic seating area (1500+ seats), which seemed to suck in anyone and everyone in Times Square who ever loved movies. Friday night premieres were always a blast. And, during the Astor’s lifetime, it played a tremendous number of great movies… King Kong, Jaws, 2001, Superman, When Harry Met Sally, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Matrix, and more. It will be missed.

    (ED. — As many of you noticed, Cinema Treasures got a very nice mention in the Times article.)

  • July 7, 2004

    Attempt to Save Tivoli From Demolition

    HAMILTON, ON — The following email was sent in by Loren Lieberman, Executive Director of Creative Arts @ the Tivoli Theatre:

    “Hi Everyone,

    I’m sure that most, if not all of you know what’s going on at the Tivoli. I’ll make it brief for those who don’t. Last Tuesday night part of the roof and wall on the third floor of the Tivoli collapsed. Since then, the city has removed the entire third and fourth floors of the building as well as the marquee.

    Some city workers say the destruction will end there, some say the whole building is coming down. Just to be clear – the auditorium is fine and the last 1/3 of the lobby (closest to the auditorium) should come out unscathed, but we stand to lose the oldest part of the Tivoli (it was built as a carriage factory built in 1875).

  • July 6, 2004

    Manchester’s Historic Odeon Faces Final Curtain

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Manchester’s historic Odeon cinema may be closing, according to a report on Manchester Online. The nearly 75-year-old theater is regarded as the oldest theater in the city center.

    The article quotes a staff member “who was close to tears” as saying, “This has come as a real bombshell. It will be a terrible loss to Manchester. I hope we all get the chance to fight to keep it open because it is as much a part of the fabric of the city as any of the great buildings we have.”

  • June 28, 2004

    Raymond Theatre In Jeopardy (Update)

    PASADENA, CA — The following email was sent to us by the Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    “Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    It has been a month since the last Raymond Theatre hearing was held and we have a lot of news for our supporters. The Pasadena City Council granted the developer the approvals they required to advance forward to final design review.

  • Herald-Dispatch Reports on Fate of Keith Albee

    HUNTINGTON, WV — The Herald-Dispatch discusses the fate of the Keith Albee as the new Pullman Square project progresses. The mixed-use real estate development will house a new megaplex which threatens the viability of the historic movie palace. For more information visit their special section housing either of these two stories:

    “Preserving Old Theaters Is A Struggle”

    “Many would mourn loss of Keith as movie house”

  • Hiway Theatre In Middle River, MD To Be Razed?

    “By the look of it, the Hiway Theatre in Middle River, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore, has been gutted and it looks like the entire block is ready to come [down]. The area has been a problem for Baltimore County and new homes have been popping up in the area. A new shopping strip was just opened next door, and it look slike the old theater, which dates back to the late 1940’s is about to be razed. I have photos if anyone is interested.”