Preservation Alert

  • 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 Assist™ 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.

  • April 1, 2013

    Go Digital or Go Dark for the Rio

    MONTE RIO, CA — The Rio Theater is in danger of closing if it cannot raise $60,000 by May 7 to purchase a digital projector. They’ve launched a Kickstarter Campaign where you can receive special gifts for pledges of different levels. Help save this small-town by donating now.

  • March 15, 2013

    Skyline in danger of closing

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    CANON CITY, CO — The cinema future of Canon City is looking grim with both of its theaters in need of digital projection. Both the Creekside Cinemas and the single-screen Skyline are hoping to raise the necessary funds, possibly through a Kickstarter campaign.

    Read more in the Denver Business Journal.

    (Thanks to Chuck1231 for providing the photo.)

  • February 28, 2013

    Group out to revive town movie theater

    LEONARDTOWN, MD — Friends of the Leonardtown Theater has been established to save the New Theatre. They hope to get the state to make the area an arts and entertainment district so they can receive incentives for investing in bringing back the theatre. They intend to show a mix of independent, foreign and classic films there.

    Read more in Southern Maryland News.

  • February 25, 2013

    Lights dimming on Sunnyside movie theater’s run

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    SUNNYSIDE, NY — The Center Cinemas has a new owner and there are already rumors of a demolition. Its lease runs through the end of 2014 but Queens' theaters have been closing rapidly.

    Read more in the Observer.

    (Thanks to Ed Solero for providing the photo.)

  • January 9, 2013

    Higginsville’s campaign to save movie theater comes up short

    HIGGINSVILLE, MO — Even winning a Reader’s Digest grant isn’t enough to keep the beloved Davis Theatre open. Its owners are putting it up for sale for $320,000 after a slow year and no funds to purchase a digital projector.

    Read more in the Kansas City Star.

  • December 6, 2012

    Trio floats plan to reopen MET Cinema

    OAKHURST, CA — Despite closing last month, there’s a loyal fanbase trying to save the MET Cinema. Three childhood friends have created a website and a membership program so the theatre can reopen and become a local entertainment center.

    Read the full story in the Sierra Star.

  • October 1, 2012

    Loew’s Victoria in Harlem to be demolished

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    NEW YORK, NY — The plans mentioned this summer to demolish the Loew’s Victoria have been moving forward. They claim however that the lobby will still be preserved in the new development.

    (Thanks to William for providing the photo.)

  • August 15, 2012

    Old Theatres highlights most endangered

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    The next edition of Britain’s OLD THEATRES magazine (Patron Ken Dodd OBE) will include details and photographs of the country’s halls of entertainment that are under threat. Now in its fourth year, OT has become recognized as a unique publication which champions the need to preserve the country’s historic halls of entertainment so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

    Published three times a year by theatre enthusiasts, including retired authors and journalists, it gets great reviews wherever it goes. The magazine features ‘lost’ theatres, old theatres which have been restored, stories of artists' experiences in them, together with extra information which is not normally seen in other theatre publications.