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There was a three-alarm fire in the front of the building on March 8. http://patch.com/massachusetts/woburn/woburn-three-alarm-fire-reported-main-street-0
The space is gutted for conversion into Planet Fitness.
Almost three years isn’t exactly “soon,” but it’s opening nonetheless! Curtain will rise at Odeum in East Greenwich Saturday night
Photo gallery from the grand reopening: http://www.providencejournal.com/topics/photos/arts/20121117-the-columbus-theatre-reopens.ece
The roof of the Midway partially collapsed in March: http://www.rrstar.com/news/x466378763/Midway-Theatre-roof-collapse-slows-traffic-in-Rockford
The Columbus is finally reopening with a concert by the Low Anthem on 11/17/12. http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/architecture-here-there/2012/10/column-bway-to-discover-the-columbus-again.html
Sunshine in the 1980s from the NYC Department of Records.
bigjoe – Houston Street was widened in the 1930s when the subway was built beneath it.
Gerald – it depends on your screening room.
No, visitors centers in general shouldn’t be listed here. I added it since it does host a public film festival every year, plus the added interest that it’s equipped with seats from the Leroy and is built on the site of the Globe.
The Avenue U in 1970. Battle of Britain and Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell are playing.
If the Copernicus Foundation is planning a NEW theater for the site next to the Gateway, that means the land underneath the Gateway could become “ample free parking” for the new theater…
Ironically, the theater is gone, but the trolley pictured in the 1948 photo posted by Bway on 2/22/09 is preserved at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, CT.
Licenses may be revoked in three months if the Park and adjacent 848 Martini Lounge fail to control violence and noise:
Six of the twelve screens are set to reopen tonight.
The neighborhood is fine (Peterson Park to the south, West Rogers to the east, Lincolnwood to the north and west), but it’s a (1) large vacant building (2) on a busy street (3) in a shopping center, so it’s going attract vandalism regardless of the location. IMO, the marquee and signage should just be removed already and the walls aggressively painted to prevent further blight.
It closed in 2007 due to stricter fire regulations for venues that hold over 300 in the aftermath of the Station night club fire. The law was just revised to cover venues over 500, and the Providence Journal reports today that it will be reopening soon.
According to OASISNYC, the total building area is 115,667 sf.
Google Street View shows the Nortown half-demolished. You can see into the balcony from Western Avenue.
Having met both, I can assure you that Mr. Warren’s personality is such that Mr. Wolkowicz is absolutely justified in his decision to keep Mr. Warren chained up in an organ chamber, feeding on a steady diet of gruel and day-old Subway sandwiches, when he’s not accompanying a silent film or making “guest appearances” at horror film fests. But man, can Jay play!
The New York Times has an online feature comparing tax photos of twelve properties taken by the City in the 1930s and 1980s with photos taken today. The evolution of the RKO Shore Road is included
October 15 Cranston Herald article says film screenings are a possibility.
October 28 Cranston Herald article about the reopening.
The official name is now “Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts” but the “PARK” sign has been removed, refurbished, and reinstalled atop the building.
It’s not quite finished, but the theater is opening its doors for a sneak peek tonight!
The faÃ§ade and exterior walls don’t look all that special. What’s it like on the inside?
Shoeshoe – haven’t been to a Muvico theater?
This theater was built by Charlie Bonoff, father of Leo Bonoff who ran Bonoff’s Theater (now Madison Art Cinemas) in Madison. There is a 1940s photo of the Bonoff family in front of the Saybrook at www.bonoff.net. The same photo makes a brief appearance in The Tent: Life in the Round, a new documentary about the Warwick Musical Theatre in Warwick, RI, started by Charlie’s grandson Burton “Buster” Bonoff.