Will this magnificent Independence show place become a garage?
Is the luxurious Englewood Theatre in the Englewood Art District an endangered species? It’s been re-opened and closed many times since it was built in 1949.
However unlike 95% of the single screen neighborhood theaters it’s still standing.
Several Decembers ago the theatre re-opened with THE SOUND OF MUSIC. It’s 50 foot screen glowed with the Cinemascope panorama that can only be realized in a big screen theatre like the Englewood.
But two weeks into the run, disaster struck!
The low water cut off controls on the furnaces in the basement failed and the bottoms melted out of the boilers and the theatre had no choice but to close.
Nearly eight months went by before the insurance company replaced the boilers with all new heating equipment. It was close to the Christmas Holidays and the movie studios
were now demanding that digital projection equipment be added.
There would be no more film – thus another delay.
Then in January another major disaster unfolded. A leak in a waterline in the Englewood’s basement flooded the new furnaces, the two Carrier air conditioners and the electric service feeding the complex. They all shorted out and were ruined under seven feet of
water for several weeks. They all need to be replaced – a major expense – and the insurance company refused to pay for nearly a year.
Several unsolicited offers have come in to buy the theatre – one for a garage, another for an outreach center for a midtown church wanting to move into the area.
An area “arts group” offered to take over and run the theatre on a non-profit basis which would insure this classic landmark movie house a permanent place in the area. The group is comprised of experts in the exploitation and operations of these type of
Finally the insurance company agreed to cover the loss and negotiations are now under way.
With the raising of funds to add digital projection the Englewood could still be just months away from a re-opening.
However if all of these plans fail, it yet could become a garage, thrift store or even a bowling alley.