Did everyone catch the Wall Street Journal article on the Alameda Theatre? It was a bit of a fluffy piece, but nice nonetheless. However, the photo of the theater exterior is clearly an older photo because it doesn’t have the bulb outs that were built in to protect the marquee from Pepsi trucks. Excerpt:
“The Alameda and [Oakland's] Fox are successful rehabilitation examples,” says Katherine Petrin, an architectural historian and board member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to saving local cinemas. “But both were major undertakings that required huge commitments and public funds from their respective communities.”
So remember when I mentioned that the Civic Center Vision for the CVS lot included some movie screens? According to Andrew Thomas who presented the vision at the Planning Board meeting (informational only, no action taken) the movie theater is doing really really well. So well that they could totally use the additional five screens for showings.
By the by, I caught Alice in Wonderland in 3D last weekend and the theater we were in (I think some of the smaller ones) was packed. Those 3D glasses can get pretty uncomfortable by the way and trying to fit them over my glasses (nearsighted) was a bit challenging. I couldn’t get them to stay on without tucking the glasses in my hair. One of these days someone will make a goggle style that will fit over glasses perfectly, but I digress.
Evidently there is some problem with the theft of 3D glasses because they not only have a little tracking tag on it, but also they have a kid guarding the outside of the door when you leave to promptly collect the glasses when the movie is over.
Anyway, speaking of the Civic Center Vision, the Planning Board had some interesting opinions on it, liking it, but being concerned about the process. Turns out this process of introduce first, ask for feedback later was a cost cutting move because holding community meetings to get feedback and then make the drawings is very very expensive. But like one of the Planning Board members said (either Ann Cook or Rebecca Kohlstrand, I’d have to revisit the video) democracy is expensive.
More on this some other time, but other issues that came up at the Planning Board meeting was along the lines of, “yeah that’s great, more resources for the Park Street area, but what about Webster Street?”