Restoration of Controversial Theater Put on Hold

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Restoration of Controversial Theater Put on Hold

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The marquee of the New Mission Theatre in the Mission District in San Francisco. Photo: Chartno3 on Flickr

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In a somewhat stock story about the struggles of dead art deco theaters, the Wall Street Journal does have a nugget of information that perhaps we all already knew, in our heart of hearts.

The paper reports that "the weak economy has put a restoration of San Francisco's landmark New Mission Theatre on ice."

For all the controversy over supposed misconduct and alleged wink-wink "typos" that allowed business owner Gus Murad to build 20 feet taller than city officials had actually decided, we haven't heard a peep from the project team since.

The project would have involved a restoration of the theater with "kitchen, dining, and full-bar activities," while turning the discount store next door into condos and street-level stores.

The WSJ notes that after eight years and $37.3 million, Alameda reopened their own shuttered movie theater, and its "halo effect" has since contributed to their downtown's "metamorphosis," even amid a scary recession! Take note, Alexandria.

· Theater Sets Stage for Local Revival [WSJ]
· Trial by Blog: Chasing Gus Murad, Habitual Lucky Guy [Curbed SF]
· Accidental Gift: New Mission Theater Condos Can Be Taller [Curbed SF]

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