4th Avenue Theater at risk?

posted by SpikeSpiegel6262044 on April 5, 2006 at 8:16 am

ANCHORAGE, AK — CNN is reporting that the 4th Avenue Theater may be at risk of being lost:

An opulent movie theater that has been an Anchorage icon for almost 60 years is facing what could be its final drama.

The 4th Avenue Theatre — elegant yet strong enough to withstand North America’s greatest earthquake unscathed — is on the market and could fall victim to the wrecking ball.

Anchorage voters will decide Tuesday whether to authorize issuance of a $2 million (all figures U.S.) bond to help the city pay for the $4 million sought by theater owner Robert Gottstein.

Gottstein, 51, a lifelong Alaskan who grew up watching movies there, said the 40,000-square-foot theater’s survival may depend on finding a buyer.

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Comments (9)

Menutia on April 5, 2006 at 8:31 am

Here is another story and pics.

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Patsy on April 5, 2006 at 8:40 am

THIS this in Alaska should and must be saved. I really can’t believe the quote from a local businessman…..“I really don’t feel my tax dollars should be involved in renovating something that belongs in the private sector,” said Mike Vogel, an insurance agent. “To be perfectly honest, the fact that it’s an architectural jewel doesn’t really push my buttons.” Sorry to read that he feels this way as it is obvious to me that he doesn’t realize the importance of saving this beautiful theatre because once it is gone, it is gone! And I don’t want to read later that the site is a parking lot or bank!

Patsy on April 5, 2006 at 8:41 am

THIS theatre in Alaska should and must be saved!

aarundell on April 5, 2006 at 9:14 pm

It is the same as in the case of the Fabulous Fox Theater in San Francisco, and others of this magnitude in importance to that bygone era that they represent. Once more through the ignore – ance of present day power brokers like Mike Vogel the inheritance of future generations is spent to satisfy the sweet tooth of their brief time in history.

Hopefully the citizens of Anchorage will vote to preserve the admitted “architectural jewel”.
Linden Carlton

aarundell on April 5, 2006 at 9:29 pm

Having just read that it lost by over 10,000 votes, the outcome looks kind of grim.

thebigpicture on April 6, 2006 at 10:35 am

Hey I’m in high school, I’m doing a project for my business class in which I open up a business…I was wondering if there is a website or something along the lines of that where I can look for the essentials for my business. (Seats, Projector, Pop Machine, ect.)-If anyone can help me out with just finding a website where I can look at prices, that would be great. Thank You.

Patsy on April 6, 2006 at 10:46 am

Jim Rankin: Can you help this high school person or know of anyone?

aarundell on April 6, 2006 at 9:11 pm

Hey, thankgoditsfriday, there might be something useful for you in one of the links in the sidebar. Maybe you could Google it, or find something at ask.com. Or you might contact one of the properties that is listed as being renovated.

Good luck, and keep us informed!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 8, 2006 at 6:32 am

Just so everybody will know: I’m NOT related to Mike Vogel.

If the building the theatre is in has 40,000 square feet, then four million dollars doesn’t seem an excessive price. The citizens of Anchorage are passing up a bargain. Their descendants will regret this lost opportunity.

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