From one old theater to another
|Photo courtesy NY Magazine|
From the New York Magazine article: "The building was abandoned, the roof buckled, and the interior got wet. Scavengers stole the copper pipes and the fixtures. But it didn’t burn. The Kings was down, but not out.
The story of one of Brooklyn's Wonder Theaters, the Loews King, is here, along with the slide show.
There is a rumor going around that claims that Arquitectonica was hired to demolish our Coconut Grove Playhouse, and put up one of their modern chrome and glass structures. I was told by a source at Arquitectonica that this is not the case, they have not been hired, even though they seem to look the best on paper, out of all those who applied for the job. They have created no architectural plans for the county, nor were they asked to. Yet.
So far, from what I can see, Arquitectonica's latest foothold in the Grove has been the restoration of the Engle Building. They have kept the building's integrity. They have brought in a lot of new businesses to the village and plan on adding more. One troubling thing is a major lawsuit regarding the AmericanAirlines Arena. Basketball Properties Limited, associated with the Miami Heat, is suing Arquitectonica for incompetence and millions of dollars in overruns in building the arena. This raises a red flag.
The favorite architect by many is Richard Heisenbottle, whose plans call for a total restoration of the structure. If he can do something, which is very respectful to the structure, like what was done with the old Loews King in Brooklyn, that would be perfect.
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