In light of the recent demolition of the Boyd Theatre in Philadelphia, I thought I’d post an update for some of the theaters I’ve visited over the years.
The Boyd Theatre was demolished in the spring of 2014, despite the efforts of the Friends of the Boyd. This demolition means that Philadelphia is one of the only large cities in America without at least one restored downtown movie palace. Fortunately, the Friends of the Boyd were able to come to an agreement with the owners to preserve some of the art deco features of the theater.
The facade of the Paramount Theater in Youngstown, Ohio was going to be preserved, but it proved too costly, and the whole building was demolished in the summer of 2013.
The Paramount Theatre in Newark, New Jersey is scheduled to be demolished in the spring of 2014 as part of the Four Corners Millennium Project. The site will be turned into a residential and retail building.
The Avalon/New Regal Theatre in Chicago, Illinois has been sold, and renovations are expected to begin shortly.
Renovations have begun at the Lyric Fine Arts Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham Landmarks, which owns the theater, were successful in raising the $7,000,000 needed to restore the theater. The Lyric is scheduled to reopen in late 2014.
The New Orleans Downtown Development District and MCC Group, agreed to invest $32 million to restore and reopen the Loew’s State Theatre (State Palace Theatre) as a performing arts center.
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