June 6, 2014
ROANOKE RAPIDS, SC — Shuttered for years, the Peoples Theater is under court order to be torn down or brought up to code. The owner has not made a public comment but past efforts to renovate it have failed. While the theatre presents no danger at the moment, it’s been decaying for years.
Read more in the Daily Herald.
May 12, 2014
JERSEY CITY, NJ — The jury is still out on what lies in the future for the Loew’s Jersey. Lovingly operated for years by the Friends of the Loew’s, the city is now looking to bring a for-profit concert promoter in to revitalize the venue. But which is the best path for the theatre long term?
Read more in the Star-Ledger.
(Thanks to kiwiplant for providing the photo.)
April 7, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The 12 year battle for the Boyd is lost so the preservationists entered into a settlement agreement for what they could save before all but the facade is demolished.
Certainly a sad end for this story but the Friends of the Boyd should be applauded for all their years of dedication to saving this treasure. At least a small portion will be preserved for future generations.
March 26, 2014
VASSAR, MI — The owner of the Vassar Theatre, Tim O'Brien, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on March 19 at age 52. His funeral was held on March 24 at the theatre.
March 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — With the news of the demolition of the Boyd Theatre the other week, Friends of Boyd has responded at Plan Philly. If you’ve been following the story, you’ll want to read about how the Friends' proposal actually was viable and a more organic solution for the city. Unfortunately, as earlier reported, interior demolition is underway.
February 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — With a Historical Commission meeting to decide the future of the Boyd Theatre looming on Thursday, an anonymous donor has stepped in offering to purchase the theatre for $4.5 Million. This technically should block Live Nation’s sale to another buyer based on the argument of it not being financially viable but the commission will make the final call.
We have plenty of news coverage to bring you up to speed on this exciting development:
(1956-57 photo courtesy of Friends of the Boyd, Inc.)
February 20, 2014
February 10, 2014
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA — The gorgeous Warner Huntington Park, sister theatre to the Warner Grand and Warner Beverly Hills, is in danger. A new owner is in place whose intentions are unclear. The theatre has been dormant since the 1980’s.
A Friends of the Warner has been established on Facebook. Check it out for more news and some great vintage photos.
(Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)
February 4, 2014
ARLINGTON, WA — Today could be the final screening at the Olympic Theatre due to their inability to continue without a digital projector. Norma Pappas has owned it and ran it seven days days a week since 1977 but their efforts to secure a future for it have not panned out.
Read more about how this one lady has given her life to this theatre in the Arlington Times.
(Thanks to Lost Memory for providing the photo.)
January 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A crucial moment is upon us where the fate of the beloved Boyd Theatre could be decided. The owner is going in front of the Philadelphia Historical Commission Tuesday to receive approval on demolishing the interior historic elements of the 1928 theatre. The plan is to build a new location for the luxury chain, iPic. An appeal could always follow and delay the project, but this Tuesday will certainly be telling in seeing the city’s support on this matter.
Read more at Philly.com.
(Thanks to Porcelain Doll for providing the photo.)