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Historical Building Designation 07 May 2001 01:28 #1606

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Several of my customers have recently suggested I try to get my theatre listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was built as a theatre in either 1938 or 1940 and has been operating continuously since then. Are any of your theatres registered? Or has anyone looked into applying for this? How intensive is the application process? What is the scope of the designation restrictions? I understand there are some great tax advantages.
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Re: Historical Building Designation 09 May 2001 10:44 #1607

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The Colonial is on the list. It's a fun thing and was not a big deal to process. There were no tax advants as we didn't spend the kind of dough required. I'll ask my wife how she took care of this and repost. We have a cool plaque and people like to see it like "wow..this is really olddddddddddddddddd!" 1912. Opened the day the Titanic set sail. Still floating.
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Re: Historical Building Designation 09 May 2001 18:07 #1608

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These organizations can tell you more about historic designations:

League of Historic American Theatres (410) 659-9533 www.lhat.org

Theatre Historical Society of America (630) 782-1800 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

National Trust For Historic Preservation (202) 588-6166 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I do know that once you get a historic designation, be it local, state, or national (prefered), that it becomes much more difficult for your building to be torn down or zoned out of business. Many times health dept, A.D.A. regulations, and/or building/fire codes are relaxed.
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Re: Historical Building Designation 10 May 2001 08:56 #1609

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I've heard a downside is that any changes that affect the "historical" character of the building will need approval, usually by the local historical society. For example, you may not be able to replace deteriorating original wood siding with vinyl siding, or might need to spend alot of money to maintain an original marquee.

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Re: Historical Building Designation 10 May 2001 09:07 #1610

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That would only be AFTER getting historic designation. Some people like to fix up the theater the way they want (i.e. vinyl siding to replace wood) then when they are done with all the work apply for historic designation.
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