Demolition crews arrived at 185-193 Avenue B on July 25 ... Bobby Williams stopped by yesterday for an update... and there doesn't appear to be much left of the building ...
There are plans pending city approval for a 7-story apartment building that will include community space and the new home for the Elim Pentecostal Church.
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.
Here's the Charles in 1966. (Via.)
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
So sad. The Charles was the first cinema to screen Andy Warhol's earliest attempts at moviemaking circa 1962. I've spent many evenings staring out the window of Rue B at this building wondering what might become of it. A graffiti-covered relic is preferable to what is to come...
HOW CAN WE PROTEST THEM BUILDING TO TWELVE STORIES.
THIS WILL DESTROY THE SKLINE OF AVENUE B AND THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND SETS A VERY BAD PRECEDENT.
CAN WE START WITH A PETITION?
WHO DO WE SEND SIGNATURE TO?
SUSAN STETZER? ROSIE MENDEZ?
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