April 28, 2004
PADUCAH, KY — In an effort to lure artists to a formerly run-down area that’s currently in the midst of a revival as an artists colony, the neighboring Arcade and Columbia Theatres, closed for more than 20 years, are being given away by City of Paducah.
The city, according to this report in the Chicago Tribune, is hoping to donate either one or both of the theaters to the right party with the right plan. Carol Gault, executive director of the Main Street Paducah program says “the theaters would be perfect for a non-for-profit group that wanted to put on plays, or, for that matter, start showing films again. We’re willing to listen to any ideas.”
April 27, 2004
RIVERHEAD, NY — The sad saga of the Suffolk Theatre continues as the most recent deal to purchase the beleaguered movie house has fallen through, according to Newsday. Closed since 1987, the theater has gone through a series of public and private efforts to secure its future to little avail. The battle continues …
April 26, 2004
PLEASANT HILL, CA — A local high student is leading an effort to preserve the domed CineArts theater. Slated to be torn down to make way for a new retail and entertainment complex, the Dome remains open (and popular) and is still a local landmark.
According to the Contra Costa Times, the demolition of the domed theater, currently exhibiting art house films, has been pushed off while developers bring in two large retailers.
April 22, 2004
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April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA — “Most of the great movie houses have disappeared. Even in Los Angeles, capital of the American movie industry, scores of grand theaters have been carved up, bulldozed away or converted into churches or 99-cent stores. A few are shuttered in the hope that someday they will be saved. The few lucky ones like the Pantages and the Wiltern have gone back to the future as live theaters or music venues.
But scattered around Southern California are a few remaining single-screen cathedrals of cinema where for $10 or so you’re transported to another world even before the opening credits roll by…"
(Thanks to Jim Rankin for sending this in.)
LAKE ELMO & COTTAGE VIEW, MN — The Pioneer Press reports on the continued success of the Vali Hi Drive-In in Lake Elmo and the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage View. These two Minnesota drive-ins are two of the roughly 550 in operation around the country.
According to our friends at Drive-Ins.com, there are five drive-ins operating in Minnesota.
(Thanks to Dennis Huber for sending this in!)
April 14, 2004
Demolition was halted last fall when preservationists discovered the theater was a possible landmark. A formal application to the state asking to have the theater nominated for the historic-places register is in the process of being completed.
April 13, 2004
I have compiled a list to create awareness of groups of awareness for theaters (AKA “Friends of” groups). In alphabetical order, here are the ones I can find… let’s preserve and save some theaters!
If you have any more groups feel free to post them in another comment! [Ed — you can also submit links to our Link Directory.]
April 8, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL – The landmark 76 year-old Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, which is a symbol of this Chicago suburb, is finding itself in the midst of a struggle between the City of Park Ridge, its owners, the Vlahakis family, and the Pickwick Theatre Council, according to the Mount Prospect Journal.
The Art Deco-style former vaudeville house (and one of the largest movie palaces in the Chicago suburbs) needs extensive repairs and renovations according to Pickwick Theatre Council president Catherine Kenney.