San Jose Century Dome Theater Granted Historic Status

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    San Jose City Council makes its decision on the fate of the Winchester dome theaters. Kris Sanchez reports.

    The outcry over an iconic movie theater from the community worked.

    On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council voted 7-4 to grant the domed Century 21 theater built in 1964 historic status.

    "We did it," was the post on the Save the Domes Facebook page.

    Still, the theater closed to the public in March, and how it will be used in the futre remains unclear. The historic designation, however, does not necessarily save the property from being demolished, but it does make it more difficult.

    "Last night was an important hurdle," said Preservation Action Council of San Jose Executive Director Brian Grayson. "But it's not over yet. This just puts down another layer of required review."

    The city had been trying to rezone the property as an "urban village" to allow for high-density residential development.

    The state Historic Resources Commission has also recommended the dome theater be granted status as a national historical landmark.

    The theater, and two others, were designed by San Francisco architect Vincent Raney and represent mid-century modern architecture in Silicon Valley. Tuesday night's decision did not include adding Century 22 and 23 theaters as historic spots in the city.