Preservation Alert

  • March 8, 2016

    Foreclosure Sale of Old Ocean Avenue Movie House Shocks Neighbors


    J.K. Dineen reports in The San Francisco Chronicle: “Nearly four decades after it was converted from a grand movie palace into a Pentecostal church, drama has returned to the El Rey Theater on Ocean Avenue.

    Only this time the action isn’t on the silver screen but over the building itself.

    In December, the El Rey changed hands for the first time since 1977, selling in a trustee sale on the steps of City Hall for $1.06 million. The seller was the Stanford Federal Credit Union, which had foreclosed on the property after the church, now called A Place to Meet Jesus, defaulted on a loan. The buyer was a joint venture between Ricci Ventures and Greenpoint Land Co., both Marin investment groups.

    For residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of Ingleside Terraces, Mount Davidson Manor and Balboa Terrace — many of whom have long hoped the building would someday return to use as a community center or theater — the reaction has been a mix of disappointment and hope.

  • November 30, 2015

    Theatre Gems: Here is wonderful news from our friends at CJS Architects!


    Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) is pleased to announce Dirk Schneider, AIA, Partner at CJS Architects, as the recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service for his remarkable commitment to the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.

  • October 16, 2015

    The State of Theatres in Boston – From the Boston Globe


    The Colonial Theatre would be transformed into a dining hall and performance space under Emerson College’s plan. Shirley Lang writes, “As I sat in Emerson College’s Colonial Theatre on Sunday, it was hard for me to enjoy the hysterically funny musical “The Book of Mormon” without wondering whether this is the end of the Colonial as we know it.

    But it wasn’t just that. I got ticked thinking about what’s happening to the acclaimed Huntington Theatre Company, possibly put out on the street by Boston University’s decision to sell the drama group’s longtime home. Or that Citibank, in exiting the Massachusetts market, will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of the performing arts. Meanwhile, the Boston Lyric Opera announced last week that it will leave the Citi Shubert Theatre in search of a more affordable venue.

  • September 23, 2015

    The Theatre on Your Street: The Historic Huntridge Theatre in Las Vegas Will Not Get Renovation


    The Historic Huntridge Theatre is Las Vegas will not get the renovation hoped for by Michael Cornthwaite, Joey Vanas and inspired Vegas residents. It was an ambitious idea that brought the community together. But a plan to buy and renovate the historic Huntridge Theater appears dead. Two years ago, Michael Cornthwaite and Joey Vanas ignited the imaginations of Las Vegas residents when they announced plans to renovate the 71-year-old Huntridge Theater on Charleston Boulevard at Maryland Parkway.

  • October 30, 2014

    Agawam cinema to reopen

    AGAWAM, MA — The Agawam Family Cinemas is set to reopen after six months of darkness due to the efforts of new Kimberly Wheeler. She still needs $10K more to revitalize the theatre and install new projection.

    Read more at WWLP and go to their Kickstarter page for more info on their campaign.

  • October 6, 2014

    Roselle Park friends team up to revitalize theatre


    ROSELLE PARK, NJ — A lack of experience and necessary funds aren’t holding back Joe Shirley and Jared Pietz from following their dream of reopening the Park Theater. They’ve been hosting fundraisers and trying to get the neighborhood behind their campaign so they can reopen the theatre for film and live entertainment.

    Read more about how these two buddies in their early 20’s are leading the charge at

    (Thanks to joker for providing the photo.)

  • October 1, 2014

    Beloved Marin cinema could be torn down for housing


    CORTE MADERA, CA — The 1969 shopping center cinema, the Century Cinema has been listed for sale and a developer is supposedly in the process of purchasing it to demolish it. The single-screen gem represents a style rarely seen in existing theaters and is a favorite of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, holding many important test screenings over the years.

    Read the full story in the Marin News.

    (Thanks to Kevin Tredway for providing the photo.)

  • August 18, 2014

    Time running out for the Hampton Arts

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY — The Hampton Arts only has till the end of the month to reach its Kickstarter goal for a digital projector. The 1927 summer theatre needs to raise $125K to save its two screens.

    Read more in Newsday.

  • August 11, 2014

    Last Denver-area drive-in


    COMMERCE CITY, CO — The 88 Drive-In is in danger and it’s not because of a digital projector for a change. The popular drive-in has been inciting traffic jams and they can’t afford the changes the city wants them to make to rectify the situation.

    Read more about the tricky situation in CBS Local.

    (Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

  • August 1, 2014

    Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes


    SEATTLE, WA — The days could be numbered for the Admiral Theater. It still hasn’t converted to digital wants to make other upgrades as well with a bill of $600K. It could close by the end of the year if a resolution isn’t reached.

    Read more in KOMO News.

    (Thanks to William for providing the photo.)