Preservation Alert

  • July 13, 2012

    Volunteers raise funds to save historic Wheaton Grand Theater


    WHEATON, IL — A group of volunteers has launched a crowd funding campaign through IndieGoGo to purchase and restore Wheaton Grand Theater, with the intention of reopening it as a performing arts center. IndieGoGo is a crowdsourcing platform that helps projects come to life. However, projects must meet their predetermined funding goal before any money changes hands.

    The volunteer group intends to bring an audience of more than 8,500 people a month to the new Wheaton Grand. It aims to focus mainly on music while incorporating a variety of performing arts, including dance recitals and magic shows.

  • July 11, 2012

    Loyal patrons help launch fund drive to relocate,expand, and upgrade Kalamazoo area theater

    KALAMAZOO, MI — A “Save Our Cinema” campaign is growing to find a new home for the Gull Road Cinema 5. Locals recently found out that a new Menards will be built in place of the existing strip mall where the theatre is located.

    Read more in MLive.

  • June 27, 2012

    Movies to return to the Rivoli

    SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, owners of the historic 1923 Rivoli Theater on Main Street in South Fallsburg, has announced that first-run movies will return to the theater beginning on Friday, June 29th!

    “We’re thrilled to augment our exciting schedule of live plays and musicals with a movie program”, said workshop Board Member Jackie Perito. “We’re going to run movies all summer at times when we do not have a live event going on at the theater”.

  • June 14, 2012

    Portage fate to be determined


    CHICAGO, IL — The future of the Portage Theater is to be determined this Friday June 15th at a final zoning board meeting at 9AM. It will decide whether or not to allow the Chicago Tabernacle Church to purchase the theater for their new worship space. The church has not entertained suggestions for alternate locations in the area, including the former Belpark Theater.

    The Portage Park Neighborhood Association is busing 50 residents to the Loop meeting to protest the church’s purchase. Ald. John Arena and many local business owners contend that the church taking over the theater will make drawing new businesses to the Six Corners neighborhood very difficult, especially bars and restaurants, which could not serve liquor near a church. Film critic Roger Ebert has also weighed in on the side of the Portage Theater, saying, “Chicago has countless churches, but not enough theaters like the very special Portage. Help save it.”

    Read more in the Huffington Post.

  • May 14, 2012

    Group sets sights on National Register listing for shuttered Pittsfield theater


    PITTSFIELD, IL — The Zoe Preservation Society is trying to raise funds for a study to figure out what it will take to make the theatre operational again. They aim to bring the Zoe Theatre back as a cinema and get it on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Read the full story in the Quincy Herald-Whig.

    (Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)

  • April 11, 2012

    Save the Whiteladies Picture House


    BRISTOL, ENGLAND — The former Whiteladies Picture House is in danger of being turned into a gym or flats by its current owner. If you sign a petition here or voice your objections here by April 13th, a dedicated group could potentially bring it back as a cinema.

    Read more about their campaign on their official website.

    Alternatively, if you would like to send a full letter of support please email them at .

    (Thanks to Charlotte Crofts for providing the photo.)

  • April 9, 2012

    Wal-Mart threatening Cottage View Drive-In


    COTTAGE GROVE, MN — A new Super Wal-Mart could go up in place of the beloved Cottage View Drive-In. As one of two remaining drive-ins left in the area, the potential closing could be devastating but maybe inevitable due to the costs of a digital upgrade.

    Read more at CBS

    (Thanks to biograph68 for providing the photo.)

  • April 6, 2012

    Pasco’s Liberty Theater to be refurbished into retail space

    PASCO, WA — New life is coming to the former Liberty Theatre but not in the form of entertainment. While they hope to restore the facade, the interior is being demolished to make it attractive for retail use.

    Read more in the Bellingham Herald.

  • April 4, 2012

    Portage may get landmark status


    CHICAGO, IL — As the ongoing saga continues over the future of the Portage Theater, there could be some hope for the building’s future as a theatre. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is meeting tomorrow to discuss landmarking the theatre and thus preventing any major modifications.

    Read more in the Huffington Post.

    (Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)

  • March 28, 2012

    Supporters rally to save Portage Theater


    CHICAGO, IL — Chicagoans came out in numbers Monday night to fight for the future of the Portage Theater. They’re trying to prevent a church from purchasing it so it can continue to show films regularly. They’re urging people to contact the Zoning Board of Appeals and voice your opinion.

    Read the full story in CBS Chicago.

    (Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)