Preservation Alert

  • May 7, 2004

    Loew’s to Become a Foot Locker?

    MONTREAL, CANADA — I passed by the Loew’s (Club Med World) and a contractor’s sign is on the front of theatre reads that Foot Locker will move in. The “space for lease” sign still remains, therefore I think this theater will split up soon.

  • April 23, 2004

    Trylon Theater Endangered!

    QUEENS, NY — We need your help! The art moderne Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Blvd, is greatly endangered.

    A community group is poised to renovate the theater for their use. Without New York City landmark protection for the exterior of this rare surviving gem, there is no certainty that the entrance pavilion will be preserved.

  • April 19, 2004

    Saving the Raymond — Is Tonight the Last Chance?

    PASADENA, CA — The Friends of the Raymond reports that the Pasadena City Council will meet tonight to review the design concept for the Raymond Theatre site. According to Gina Zamparelli, this could be the last chance to save the Raymond!

    Dear Friends of the Raymond Theatre:

    The project has been moving so fast, we regret we have not had time to send out a newsletter on the last hearing.  

    And now, we have just learned that Councilman Chris Holden is calling the up the latest motion made by the Design Review Commission on April 12. This means that at THIS MONDAY’S Council Meeting, the council could OVERRIDE the Design Commission’s motion, and allow the developer to move ahead with his project.


  • April 12, 2004

    The Castle Cinema Slated To Close?

    PROVIDENCE, RI — The following email was sent in by Gregg Anderson and is courtesy of the Castle Cinema Cafe:

    “After 80 years in operation, The Castle Cinema, one of the last remaining independently owned and operated movie houses left in Rhode Island, is in jeopardy of closing its doors forever.

    Starting next week, The Castle will reduce operating hours to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. This is a further reduction from a schedule that already has it closed on Mondays. Final performances and closing of the theater will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2004.

  • Raymond Theatre Hearing TONIGHT!

    PASADENA, CA — The following email was sent in by Gina Zamparelli:

    “We need your support at the Raymond Theatre Conceptual Design Review Hearing TONIGHT, Monday, April 12, 2004.

    The owners of the historic Raymond Theatre (formerly Perkin’s Palace) located in Pasadena, California have filed for Design Review of their proposed project. They will be requesting the City of Pasadena Design Commission give approval to gut the Historic Raymond Theatre and convert it to an apartment, retail, shopping complex.

  • April 5, 2004

    More Cloudy News for Huntington’s Keith Albee

    HUNTINGTON, WV — During a town meeting, several townspeople expressed their concerns that the federally funded Pullman Square development with its 16 screen movie theatre would have an adverse impact on the 1928 Thomas Lamb Keith-Albee theater, according to a report in the Herald Dispatch.

    The Transit Authority which will receive rent money from the new theatre seemed glib. Vicki Shaffer, President of the Transit Authority, admitted the Keith had not been properly considered under federal historic preservation laws. “The devil is in the details,” she admitted. Keith lovers should be working the emails and phone lines to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. The Herald Dispatch finally ran a story about the Keith’s “cloudy” future.

  • March 29, 2004

    Sacramento’s Tower Theatre at Risk?

    SACRAMENTO, CA — The City of Sacramento is giving a corporation millions of dollars to construct a multiplex in downtown, which may force the Tower Theatre, Crest Theatre, and other Sacramento theaters out of business.

    You can find a lengthy cover story about the multiplex project in the current issue of the SN&R (Sacramento News & Reviews) paper, which is distributed throughout the Sacramento area free of charge. The story is also available on the SN&R website.

  • March 24, 2004

    Garden Theater in Charleston in Danger

    CHARLESTON, SC — The Garden Theater, located at 371 King Street, is in immediate danger of being lost.

    Designed by architect, C.K. Howell, the Garden opened in 1918. Silent films gave way to sound in 1929 when the Garden began a policy of showing only films made in the Vitaphone process.

  • March 23, 2004

    Help Save the Bengies!

    BALTIMORE, MD — Gregg Anderson alerted us to the fact that Baltimore’s Bengies Drive-In Theatre has an important zoning hearing on Thursday. If you live near the Baltimore area, please consider attending the meeting to show your support for the theater!

    From the Bengies newsletter:

    “Dear Great Patrons of the Bengies Drive-In Theatre,

    In order to save the Bengies Drive-In Theatre, I must act upon my agreement to purchase the property it sits upon. I must take the zoning of the property and change it from residential to commercial, so that I can set other things into place to generate enough income to support the mortgage.

    I have put this request in to Baltimore county, Maryland, and the first of 2 PUBLIC hearings is set for this coming THURSDAY, March 25. It is a public hearing that will be HELD AT 7PM at PARKVILLE HIGH School. [THERE WILL BE A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING LATER THIS SUMMER] Both hearings are VERY important to our cause.

  • March 11, 2004

    Danforth Music Hall Now Closed?

    TORONTO, CANADA — Yet another historic cinema in Toronto is closed. The Danforth Music Hall, which started life as Allen’s Danforth Theatre in 1920, has been closed since the third week of February.

    Since 1998 the Music Hall has been a member of the Festival Cinemas chain, showing second run films mostly with the occasional concert or play thrown into the schedule. It is the last operational theatre built the Allen’s chain. All its sister theatres have been either demolished or converted into other uses.