Theater History on CinemaTreasures/org
Show World closed the theatre in 2008, and rumors of the city having the building demolished have surfaced. The city was rumored to at one point purchase the theater in order to convert it to a performing arts house.
Demolition of the rear portion of the building commenced in September 2008. The front facade will be preserved as per court order.
The Controversial Exterior
The exterior has been painted in bold colors, neon, and black. This was purported to have been brought about when there was contention over the historical value of the building.
An American flag was added to the North facing wall after terrorist attacks in NYC on September 11, 2001.
2008/2009 Rite Aid construction
Asbestos Work Order
Despite some claims of an unfounded destruction of the theatre, the picture to the right was a work order found on the theatre in Sept. 2008. The work order itself was from 8/22/08.
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2012-05-12 09:27:59 Okay, now that it's been fixed up can we please put something in there and clean up the vacant lot next door? —EileenF
2021-04-23 04:53:32 The building has been sitting vacant for years...yet the marquee still remains. This is the perfect spot for a grindhouse theatre! —JimV
2022-10-27 14:09:08 We'd like to put in a Comedy Theater. —monroecomedy