July 28, 2014
FOND DU LAC, WI — The Retlaw Theater is in danger of being torn down for a parking lot for a new building next store. The 1925 theatre has been closed for the past seven years but is still structurally sound. A Friends of the Retlaw group is fighting to stall the plans but with the city receiving state grant money for the redevelopment, it’ll be a tough one.
Read more at Fox 11.
(Thanks to Drive-In 54 for providing the photo.)
July 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Prince Music Theater has done well since reopening but not well enough to sustain the loss of its major donor. Processed-meat magnate Herb Lotman recently passed away and he almost single-handedly was leading the charge for the theatre’s survival. Now it’s unclear if the venue that’s hosted touring shows and local musical groups will be able to continue.
Read the full story at Philly.com.
(Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)
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June 12, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA — Even the mayor questioning its historic status wasn’t enough to silence the support to save the Century 21. City Council voted Tuesday to grant the domed gem status with potential national recognition on the way.
Read more in the Mercury News.
(Thanks to neeb for providing the photo.)
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.