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awesome picture of the renovated theater in attached link. looks just like it did over 70 years ago. also went inside today, theaters getting touch ups and the adjoined restaurant is moving along. restaurant interior and addition were designed in art moderne to compliment the theater. worth the trip to just experience the rebirth of such a historic landmark.
news article regarding final steps of the restoration of the Landis
Howard, the best thing was the company that replicated the sign is less than 2 miles away. what a blessing they were towards the project as a whole. we got to ‘scale’ the old sign in the shop scraping layers of paint and finding the original colors. if you look close enough at the lower sign, i had the company recreate the 3 band bumper directly below the letters. look at one of your Exhibitor photos of the sign in 1937 and then a picture of the sign before the reconstruction and then look at the new version they just installed. We also finally selected Custom Windows of Denver to recreate all the upper level industrial windows. The addition has it’s steel framing in place, all stage rigging structures were installed & the stage is built. The mori (attached building) layout changed considerably. the original chef backed out and the new chef wanted a much larger operation. so now, the entire 1st floor of the existing building is a restaurant and the 2nd floor is going to be a 250 person banquet room (with floor to ceiling industrial windows, nice touch) and a small portion for theater offices. Things are really positive and everybody is looking forward to a spring opening. you should try and attend, the theater web site should be posting info on it soon. take care!
next portion of sign installed, photo link
photos included in link to article. Also more photos @ jw pedersen architect fan page on facebook (with a picture of me & the developer in front of the marquee).
reconstructed marquee is being lit tonight.
Landis Theatre marquee returns
From staff reports â€¢ October 22, 2009
A crane lifted the Landis sign from the ground to its proper place atop the theater’s original marquee. The sun gleamed in the sign’s silver, red and blue.
Urban Sign & Crane Inc. on East Chestnut Avenue spent more than a year overseeing the rebuilding of the theater sign. Co-owner Seth Davis' objective was to replicate the original. The former sign was part of the theater marquee for several years, during its long reign as a downtown movie theater and long after it closed to the public in 1987.
While Davis worked on the sign, developer Hans Lampart launched his renovation and restoration of the theater at East and Landis avenues to transform it from an old vacant movie house to a state-of-the-art performing arts center.
Landis Theatre Marquee Delivered To New Home
Lampart and the Landis Theater Foundation board will officially light the new sign during a ceremony outside the theater at 5 p.m. today.
The Vineland High School Band is scheduled to attend to entertain the audience leading up to the moment when Foundation Board President Lori DeMatteo-Fiocchi flicks the switch.
“The excitement has truly begun to build toward our Springtime Opening Night gala,” DiMatteo-Fiocchi said, “and the lighted marquee will now serve as a beacon to the people of 6Vineland and the surrounding region that the Landis is finally coming back again.”
The theater is scheduled to open in April 2010.
Do you know which April 1953 issue the photo was in?
Theatre renovation ground breaking news april 2,2008
local news articles:
From The Daily Journal web site
VINELAND: Groundbreaking for Landis Theater redevelopment set for Wednesday
From staff reports
VINELAND â€" Eastern Pacific Development will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the revitalization of the Landis Theatre.
The ceremony begins 3 p.m. in the theater lobby at East and Landis avenues.
Restoration of the theater, built in 1937 in the Art Moderne style, is the first step in a major downtown revitalization project that city officials consider crucial to the future of the cityâ€™s downtown.
The $6.5 million theater project, scheduled for completion in mid-2009, is part of the planned redevelopment of the four corners at East and Landis avenues.
landistheater.com is the developers web site
The start of renovation is to begin with site plan approvals in the following month. All construction documents are to be submitted for permits immediately following site plan approval. Interior demolition of the lobby is well underway, original conditions were field measured, photographed and detailed. Due to extensive water damage, the interior partitions and finishes were not able to be saved. The remaining interior light fixtures were carefully removed today. A seating consultant was contacted regarding the option of renovating the original seats (he said hello, Howard!), this decision is now in the owners hands.
AUGUST 9, 2007 LOCAL NEWS ARTICLE
Latest story about theatre renovation in local hispanic paper. Read online in english at http://suvozonline.com/
Also, the photo gallery has up-to-date photos (no physical work has begun but lots of work has been done).
jwparch.com is the web site of the firm working on the project, they have contact info on their site
the landis is in the process of being restored! phase 1 involves restoring the exterior to its original state (new roof and windows to tighten up the building). phase 2 will involve restoring the theatre into a multi-purpose community theatre with 800 seats. i will keep updating as this move along.