July 8, 2013
The Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Myron Heaton is spearheading a new plan to restore and reopen Milwaukee’s long-closed Grand Theatre. According to the report, “Heaton said the estimated price tag for the theater and the land is under $1 million, which with funds available through a family trust he can cover. As soon as the building, which has sat dormant for 18 years, is purchased, the restoration and construction can begin.” The project is slated to cost over $60 million and is in the very early stages of its development.
(Thanks to Trolleyguy for providing the photo.)
June 27, 2013
December 27, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC — The Foundation for the Carolinas to restore the Carolina Theatre after receiving various proposals. They plan to start construction in the next few years on an office building above the theatre, which will host entertainment on the weekends and become a non-profit.
Read more in the Charlotte Observer.
November 1, 2012
FORT WORTH, TX — After some dark times two years ago, the Ridglea Theater is back and better than ever. New owner Jerry Shults has lovingly restored the theatre to replicate how it looked when it opened in the early 1950’s and. They reopened it with a Retro Ball and plan to use it for special live events and film screenings.
Read more in the Star Telegram.
June 27, 2012
OWOSSO, MI — The Owosso Community Players, owners of the Lebowsky Center which was gutted by fire in 2007 and had its exterior rebuilt in 2010, received financing from Chemical Bank allowing for the restoration of the interior of the theater. Restoration cost is estimated to be $5 million.
May 11, 2012
April 13, 2012
SPENCER, IN — Owen County Preservation has been moving forward in restoring the Tivoli Theatre. There is still at least a year left in the project but they plan on replacing the roof and rewiring the electrical.
Read the full story in Indiana Public Media.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
April 12, 2012
RAPID CITY, SD — The Elks Theatre is turning 100 this summer and they’re trying to bring it back to its glory days. It’s taken years to save up the money (they are a discount house), but they plan to bring back original features in the lobby ceiling and concession area.
Read more about these changes and the events celebrating its 100th Birthday in the Rapid City Journal.
March 26, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — A recent concert signifies movement on the restoration of the long vacant Ritz Theatre. The plan is to open the theatre in five years but they’re looking for people to join committees to assist in the efforts.
Read more in the Caller.
(Thanks to jphagan for providing the story and the photo.)
January 27, 2012
PLATTSBURGH, NY — The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Strand Theatre a $150K grant for its restoration. With these funds, they’re getting closer to reaching their goal. More and more local citizens are getting on board with the idea of this being a new anchor for downtown.
Read the full story at WPTZ