Preservation Alert

  • August 28, 2013

    South Pasadena weighs plans for decaying Rialto Theatre

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    SOUTH PASADENA, CA — Everyone seems to be on the same page about revitalizing the Rialto Theatre except maybe the owner. As the years of decay add up, the chamber of commerce is working tirelessly to line up all the options while the family trust that owns it and its former operator stay quiet.

    Read more in the Pasadena Star News.

    (Thanks to Scott Feldmann for providing the photo.)

  • August 13, 2013

    Honda gets involved with saving drive-ins

    Large automaker Honda has put their money where their mouth is with their summer initiative, Project Drive-In. They’re launching a nationwide campaign to make people aware of the difficulties of converting to digital. In a month, by popular vote, they’ll be giving away five digital projectors to theaters in need.

    With so many stories coming in about theaters closing because of digital, it’s refreshing to hear about a corporation getting involved.

    Read more in Auto News or go to the official website.

  • July 17, 2013

    Preservationists working to preserve San Jose’s Century dome movie theaters

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    SAN JOSE, CA — Locals are joining forces to save the Century 21 as its lease is up and its future is in doubt. The first domed in the Century circuit, the almost 50-year old cinema has gotten attention with “Save the Dome” T-shirts and a preservation group working to incorporate it into any future developments on the site.

    Read more in Mercury News.

    (Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)

  • July 11, 2013

    Barron could close this summer

    PRATT, KS — The clock is ticking for the Barron Theatre as the owners look to sell the property. They simply can’t cover the costs of operating it anymore and a digital conversion would just make things worse for them financially. If it closes, residents would have to drive to Kingman or Larned for a flick.

    Go to KSN for more on the story along with a video.

  • July 9, 2013

    Digital Conversion Dooming Barron Theatre?

    Kansas TV stations KSN and KAKE are reporting that the 83-year-old Barron Theatre in Pratt may close, starving the city of its only remaining theater and forcing residents to drive 100 miles – yes, 100 miles – to other theaters in Wichita or Hutchinson. While ticket sales are brisk, the owners don’t want to invest in digital projection and see this as a good time to sell the Barron or close the theater. Maybe they should try Kickstarter …

  • June 11, 2013

    Boosted Campaign for Digital Projection- Theatre Royal Christchurch

    CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — Movie lovers across New Zealand are invited to help embed the art of cinema in the artistic hub of resurgent Christchurch. The substantial post-quake rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal provides the perfect opportunity to bring back a sense of occasion to movie going and celebrate the art and artists of the giant screen in Christchurch.

    All that’s missing is the projectors, the screen and the audio system. We’re looking for your assistance in getting them there! The Christchurch City Council is backing the project with a $70,000 grant towards the estimated $280,000 costs, provided that the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) find the balance of the money before July 5.

    Read more at Boosted.

  • May 14, 2013

    Movie Houses of Worship spotlights theaters in need

    Christopher Campbell’s Movie Houses of Worship spotlighted numerous cinemas in need of financial assistance to keep going. The Bijou in Eugene, the Eaton in Charlotte, the Kuhn in Lebanon, the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, the Rio in Monte Rio and the Towne in Watertown make the list.

  • April 24, 2013

    Iconic Istanbul theatre facing demolition

    ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The oldest theatre in town, the 1924 Emek Sinemasi is in danger of being torn down completely by a developer. The site has been a source of history for the country as a headquarters for revolts and protests of the years. Now the protests are about the fate of the theatre as plans are in motion to tear it down and build an entertainment complex.

    Read more in the Guardian.

  • April 17, 2013

    Help restore the Bohm Theatre

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    ALBION, MI — Albion Community Foundation has been selected to support one of the 200 causes selected as finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assistâ„¢ program! Our submission, along with the other finalists, are live on Facebook and anyone who gets the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can log on and vote for our cause. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will be announced on April 29 and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits to implement the solution.

    The Bohm Theatre Restoration project will help us restore the interior of the theatre so that we can again have movies and stage performances in downtown Albion. In order to make the theatre safe we will upgrade all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. In order to better meet the needs of the community we will remove the balcony multiplex, bringing the theatre back to its single screen grand appearance, stabilize the stage area for live performance use, add main floor bathrooms, upgrade existing bathrooms, install digital projection equipment and repair water damaged ceilings, walls and floors.

  • April 3, 2013

    Castro Theatre’s endangered “Mighty Wurlitzer”

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA —Please visit http://www.sfcoda.org, the website of our newly formed 510©(3) organization dedicated to saving the Castro Wurlitzer.

    Links on the site point to two recent news articles (one in the San Francisco Chronicle), as well as additional information about the project vision, created by the board of the Castro Organ Devotees Association (CODA). Visitors to the site can make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our e-mail newsletter.

    Thanks!!!

    Bill Coale, Secretary Castro Organ Devotees Association (CODA)

    (Thanks to Tinseltoes.