Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Demolition starts tomorrow at former counterculture theater on Avenue B

EV Grieve reader Ron Z. spotted workers and a new sign up this morning at the long-empty 185-193 Avenue B at East 12th Street.

According to the DOB, demolition will start here tomorrow...

There are plans waiting approval at the DOB for a mixed-use seven-story building with 44 units. (You can read a short history of what's happening with the space here.)

The address was a movie theater for many years, first the Bijou in 1926, then the Charles. (The theater closed in 1975, and a church took over the space.) A fire broke out in the building in October 2006.

Earlier this year, Brooklyn-based photographer Matt Lambros took shots of the space for After the Final Curtain, his photo site on abandoned architecture.

You can find his photos here.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Revival planned for church and theater on Avenue B

Inside the Charles

Former landmark countercultural theater now for rent on Avenue B

7-story building in the works to replace former countercultural theater/church on Avenue B


chris flash said...

Your header should read:

Rev. Carlos Kills Charles Theater:
Church Gets New Space; Neighborhood Gets More Yuppie Housing

nygrump said...

That gents blog is compelling. Once these buildings are gone they're gone and will never be coming back. We'll only get ever more intense levels of blandness. Oh look, shimmering glass, trinkets and beads!

Anonymous said...

Everybody is in on screwing us!

No respect


They cry and cry about how the people on the bottom need help, need housing, need services and then they slap everyone in the face like this.

Why didn't they work something out with one of the local low income housing groups?
I guess maybe they didn't for the same reason that affordable housing groups offering housing, food, job training and drug treatment have sold their buildings to terrible developers or else they rent their commercial space to a high end restaurant or clothing boutique. Why should we give to any of these groups?

Gojira said...

Goodbye, ugly old brown building, you will be sadly missed. Another once-vital part of our neighborhood's history ripped away for the sole benefit of the clueless and well-heeled.

Uncle Waltie said...

People on the bottom should pick themselves up by their bootstraps and finally move to the outer boroughs. There's plenty of affordable housing on Coney Island or the Far Rockaways.
Mike Bloomie
President of NYC (thrice elected)

Uncle Waltie said...

There's no counter-culture left in this formerly greatest city of the universe. We handed the keys to the city over to a scumbag.

Gojira said...

Don't you mean God-Emperor of NYC? I truly believe that is how that Boston bastard sees himself, and also as our savior.

Anonymous said...

Demolition didn't go so well yesterday. A plate of glass falling out of a window almost hit a little girl on her way to school--well, it would have hit her except a worker ran out and shielded her with his own body. Bystanders called police, and now work seems to have been halted.

Total stupidity. They've got an elementary school around a corner, but I guess they figure injuries to little kids and lawsuits are less trouble than taking safety precautions and not pushing windows out rather than in.

chris flash said...

This beautiful old theater could have been saved sooo fucking easily!! If Rev. Carlos wasn't such an uptight and short-sighted asshole, he could have had a free church space and community space for performances, movies, spoken word, etc, all funded by the three storefronts on the Avenue B side of the theater.

Or he could have sold it to a group which could have rescued and kept the theater alive for the benefit of the community.

Carlos told me that his uncle willed him the theater with the understanding that Carlos would keep it as a theater. Carlos has betrayed his uncle's will and the community.