PLEASANT HILL: Dome Demolishers Plan Memorial for the Fallen Theater

February 15, 2014 18:00 pm · 90 comments

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The people behind the demolition of the dome theater in Pleasant Hill plan to build a memorial for the fallen theater, but only because it’s part of the approval for the construction of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

SyWest has submitted a commemorative plan for the former CineArts Dome Theater to comply with the condition of approval for the SyWest Development project of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The plan includes a mural, plaque and concrete tile stamping in the walkway of the Crossroads shopping center.

The proposed commemorative plan will be reviewed by the Architectural Review Commission at its Thursday, February 20, 2014 public meeting at 5:00PM in the Large Community Room at City Hall.

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1 Landana February 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM

lol

2 Julie February 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

How utterly ri-DICK-culous!!! it was a theater, not even a historic one! what is wrong with the people who live in this area?

3 East Bay Babe February 15, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Wow a memorial for a dome theater. lol

4 Dave February 15, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Calm down Julie, #2. If they want to honor the theatre, so what.

5 Anonymous February 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

@Julie #2-
It was probably the city’s idea to try to appease the masses. It doesn’t matter. Anyone who wanted to keep the Dome won’t patronize Dick’s so they won’t bother to look at the memorial.

6 Craig Cannon February 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Do People Really Need all These Sporting Goods? They Fold Sometimes as Fast as They Show Up. That’s 2 Sports Authority, 3 Big 5, REI, Target and Wal-Mart Sports Depts. Play it Again Sports, and Now Dicks? In The 680 Corridor from WC to Concord. Miss Any? Progress is Good, But when Does Over Saturation Meet Supply and Demand? The Dome Was Really Neat. Better, in its Younger Years. We Lost it Because of Dicks. We Move On, Remembering a Good Movie, Bag of Corn, and One Neat Ass Dome Shaped Theater. Glad to have Enjoyed it……

7 I think this is a very classy thing the developer is doing! February 15, 2014 at 7:09 PM

There are a lot of people who where very upset about loosing that theater and the did not have to do anything!!!!

Some people are just never satisfied or they like to create drama where there is non…

To the development team thank you for doing this I am sure many people will appreciate it!

8 Greg in Pleasant Hill February 15, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Great. Now we have a giant cardboard box instead of the historic dome theater. Very sad.

9 JustMe February 15, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Actually it was historic. How many dome theaters are there in the US? It was at one time capable of displaying Cinerama films. In later years the screen was reduced in size, the projection system was replaced, as were the original seats. It really needed a restoration. I think there’s something like 3 theaters left that can display Cinerama.

As far as the plaque, I’m indifferent.

10 Steve Jobson February 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Boy, I really wanted an Olive Garden there.

11 Anonymous February 15, 2014 at 7:34 PM

@#7
Please learn to spell before you post. Otherwise, nobody will take you seriously.

12 bruce February 15, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I think Craig pretty well nailed it on the addition of yet another sporting good store. What does it add to the area that wasn’t readily available before?

The Dome offered alternative movies (independents, artistic movies, foreign films, and other choices) rarely available in the east bay. It was a low key alternative to the multiplex buzz of the large theaters that mostly offer the same commercial choices of movies.

As to the development team being congratulated for making this token offer, what a flipping joke. They are hoping to make a buck, and were forced to this “compromise” in order to offer a choice that nobody was asking for.

The east bay is poorer for the loss of the Dome and the unique alternative it offered the region.

13 Landana February 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

@6
Do we need it? Probably not but its about money and the Dome wasn’t making any. It may go under but dick’s and these other places do their research beforehand, so someone thinks it could work.

Also, I can see keeping the Dome if it made money, but the place was run down and gross. I used to go there a lot, it was the only place to see some of the movies they had.
But it needed to go, it was time. Sometimes you have to part with things you love, its not easy , but offten is the case, as in the Dome, its for the best.

14 Gargoyle Socks February 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Isn’t that kinda like naming neighborhood streets after the trees that were clear cut to make room for the neighborhood?

15 Matt The Brat February 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

That’s lame. A commemorative plaque for an inanimate, non-historical structure? … it’s a pinnacle of stupidity. You folks lamenting over a dead building need to have your heads checked.

The dome was obsolete… and I was glad to see it reduced to a heap of concrete rubble to be ground down, pulverized, and used for road base. The steel was probably chopped up and sent to China to eventually return as Toyotas, Kias, and Hyundais. Howz that for recycling? Hahahaha.

16 Bulldog February 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Craig Cannon’s post set a new record with 41 instances of inappropriate capitalization.

17 Laura Zah February 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Who gives a crap? It was a mercy killing for a chicken wire & plywood dome. They never even finished the underside/interior. You could see the friggin chicken wire and rough wood! It was ugly inside & out. You folks who are crying about it can’t be serious, either that or you’re just basket cases who probably cry & complain about everything. Get a life already. Besides, Dick’s Sporting Goods will be huge! I think it will be very successful. If it flops, you can have a good laugh!

18 Atticus Thraxx February 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Dig the whole Ann Coulter thing you got going on Laura Zah. How do you look in a black cocktail dress?

19 anonymous February 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Big money in sports gear, it takes more than a few buck to buy anything these days.

20 Logic Talking February 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Bit of reality here MR Mayor and all who feed into his rhetoric. Only reason we have 2 Sports Authority’s is because they couldn’t stand the idea of Dick’s moving into the mall several years ago (when Copeland’s folded). The Sports Authority just removed their hunting and fishing depts because they can’t compete with Dick’s outdoor focus. SImple fact, Dick’s will THRIVE here, and there’s no amount of wordsmithing you can do to change public opinion. We’ve already voted with our wallets.
I know this causes all kinds of progressives to loose sleep…. but there is a strong and vocal outdoor community in Cali….. and we ain’t ready to abandon this ship yet.
Wait a couple weeks and then run another story mentioning Dick’s, and again mention why (“you and a small following”) feel how we have too many sporting good stores.
Save it hippie

21 Happ February 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The Dome was cool when it was in its early days but was pretty gross in the end. All those crying it’s gone should have spent their time and money patronizing it and it might still be here.
As for too many sports stores honestly Dick’s is hands above all the others that are already here. Sports Authority sucks, Big 5 hasn’t been decent since they left their old Park n Shop spot, REI is a nitch sports store, and Play It Again is other peoples junk. Oh forgot Sports Basement which is decent but lacks stuff like fishing,hunting, or even golf items. I would bet we will see one or two of these close a year or two from now when Dick’s takes their market share.
And yes the plaque is lame and the tile mural should be of Mt.Diablo not the goofy Dome.

22 Dr. Jellyfinger February 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Laura is stunning. She is like a prettier version of Sofia Vergara.

23 Frita February 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Ridiculous idea, as is the spelling and grammar of #’s 6 and 7. You will never be taken seriously if you don’t have command of proper English. The results of our educational system is appalling as is shown on this site.

24 The DOME IS DEAD February 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Quit your crying the Dome is now road base for the new freeway lanes on 680 and HWY 4 thank you CAL-TRANS. The Dome was sticky floors and over priced day old popcorn. Time to move on I think we need to stop wasting our time with pointless issues. Why not talk about how to fix the crime problems or something IMPORTANT!!

The DOME IS DEAD!!!!!

25 ClayDen February 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

@Matt The Brat

The only Toyota plant in China is a joint venture; any Toyota you buy here is probably made here or in Japan. Hyundais and Kias (part of Hyundai) are made in South Korea, the U.S. and other places- the company is based in Seoul South Korea. BTW, I don’t own a Hyundai or Kia.

26 Bob Brittain February 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I will believe that Dome theater people care about their community when they start picking up the trash in that neighborhood. We have been doing that lately in the area and it is obvious that the people living there or shopping there don’t care about their neighborhood.

27 Gator February 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Meanwhile soldiers die in the Middle East ….

28 mohairs February 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

i saw Titanic there twice when it first came out. LOVED it on that big screen!

29 Concord Guy February 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

This is all so silly…

30 Happier Days February 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

The dome WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF OUR CITY HISTORY. well loved and missed.
DICK’S IS …..WELL……a waste of space and the new generation of creepiness.

31 YESSSSS February 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I love it! History is important. Change is inevitable but remembering the past is important.

32 Teacher Wannabe February 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

@Craig Cannon #6. You missed the STUPID golf store where Borders used to be. You’re right we have too many sporting good stores. At least Dick’s is decent. The rest can all got to you-know-where.

33 SMEEAGAIN February 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

#32….AND ALL YOU OTHER PROGRESSIVE VISIONARIES……..
DICK’S IS A REPRESENTATION OF CO CO COUNTY’S CONSTITUENTS!!!
YOU ALL LOST!!! AMERICA IS WAKING UP AND WERE TIRED OF THE MAYOR AND THE MEDIA TELLING US WHAT TO THINK!!! WE WANT OUR GUNS AND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS!!! YOUR HIPPIE ART PROJECT FAILED AND NOW YOU WANNA BLAME THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE WITH THEIR WALLETS. (OH YEAH I FIGURED OUT HOW TO TYPE IN AN AUTHORITATIVE TONE) KUDOS TO ME!!!

34 No thanks, go back to LA February 15, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I watch movies at home. I play golf outside. I would much rather have a place to go buy clubs and balls than a movie theatre (dome or no dome), that place was stank. Golfsmith across the way has it locked I think, Dicks is going to have to be really diverse to survive. If they can do it we are all way better off for it than having a place to watch movies no one wants to watch. I’m a Pleasant Hill resident and that area, I don’t even cross 680 except to go away from Concord. Whatever they put in there is bound to fail.

35 Common Sense February 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

God forbid we encourage healthy activities like sports for our kids, What we need are more stagnant activities for our children, things like watching movies or internet cafes. This is out of control… next thing you know kids might want to go outside…. and then we have to worry about terrorist. When will it end. /s

36 Common Sense February 15, 2014 at 11:48 PM

@ michelle,
I agree, but I think you missed the context… /s = sarcasm on the interwebs

37 BCuzItzClaycord February 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Wait…………………..when are they going to demolish Sun Valley Mall and build a Bass Pro Shop??????????????? Dick’s is an over priced chain store. I does not promote “activities for out children”. Too many around here would never let their little darlings hunt, fish or tent camp….the type of camping with no bathrooms, running water, electricity, dvd players etc.

38 BCuzItzClaycord February 15, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Meant “activities for our children”……………….

39 VikingPrincess February 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

@common sense

Ha! Funny…

40 Dr. Jellyfinger® February 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

@#26 Starfish! Thank goodness….. I thought you were dead!

41 Smeeagain February 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM

@Craig Cannon…. so the last sporting good store to close was Sports Chalet, not sure exactly; but they were in that dead ass shopping center for 5 plus years. Before that the last to leave town was copelands, which to be honest didn’t cater to the hunting and fishing crowd.
So please… can you and the mayor enlighten the masses on ALL these outdoor stores that shut down as soon as they pop up????

Inquiring mind would like to know…( in other words, people who actually do their research)

42 Clayton Squirrel February 16, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Okay, I am a little bit sad now because the closest place that the well reviewed movie about Dickens’ mistress, The Invisible Woman, is playing is Berkeley. My friends and I planned to see it but won’t drive that far to see it. It would have played at The Dome.

43 JOE February 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Still Doesn’t Bring It Back. No Dome, no going to P Hill. EVER!

44 VikingPrincess February 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Evening Dr J – Doh! Thor’s Hammer! Look at the time..
Goodmoaning and Good Night
;)

45 Antler February 16, 2014 at 3:57 AM

Gargoyle at #14…. Love both your moniker and your analogy!

By the same token, when CNWS is developed, there will be “Tule Elk Court”, “Ground Squirrel Boulevard”, “Horned Owl Lane”, “Eucalyptus Street”, and ……………….

46 Killjoy February 16, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Hmm, we tent camp. We fish, and we go boating. I have not yet introduced my offspring to hunting. Although we do all have our own bows and arrows.
Each with a different draw weight.
There isn’t a single sporting goods store in the area with even a half decent selection of archery equipment. Nor is there one with even a half decent supply of ammo. Let alone sell any handguns (yes, I’m aware of the two gun shops in Pleasant Hill and the one in Martinez).
The last time we wanted to replace our sleeping bags, we had to drive all the way out to Bass Pro Shops due to a lack of selection locally.

I welcome Dick’s Sporting Goods with open arms. When they have their Grand Opening Sale, you can bet I’ll be there.

As for the Dome Theater, yes I patronized it, but it had been a lot of years since they played anything I cared to see.
Some of the movies I remember having seen there?
The Road Warrior
E.T.
Caddy Shack
Yeah, it’s been a while.

47 Killjoy February 16, 2014 at 6:31 AM

As for the memorials, how long before they are defaced?

48 Sally February 16, 2014 at 6:39 AM

I still believe that the Dome could have had some cosmetic repairs and made into a music/arts venue. The acoustics were perfect, seating for 900! Imagine the shows we could have seen in our own backyard instead of having to go to Napa ( uptown theater) or SF – Great American Music Hall…. PH council people were paid off and could NEVER possibly think out of the DICKS BOX!
Pleasant Hill is just becoming a “hoe hum” generic appearing city with absolutely no character beyond Kohls, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Michaels, yadda yadda yadda… Strip mall cities all look the same… sad
Dicks is their LEGACY! Remember all of this people in the next election!

49 Matt The Brat February 16, 2014 at 7:00 AM

@27

And where do you think steel is shipped for smelting?

50 Yellow Brick Road February 16, 2014 at 7:01 AM

The mural, plaque, and concrete tiles are all really nice touches. Overall I have noticed that the new construction is nice. The Dome was rundown. Of course, maybe some people like the “mid-century” modern look, but have you noticed that “rundown” mid-century modern looks rundown? It’s only when it’s renovated that it looks good. Renovated, as in “expensive”?

The Dome may have been nice place to see a movie, and I miss the movies that used to be shown there, but I always thought the place was dreary and “rundown”. I do wish some of the other nearby theaters could run some of the movies that they used to show.

51 pam February 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM

I like it. They didnt have to.

52 Steve H. February 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Hey, where can I get a view of the lovely Laura Zah?

53 furian February 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

What if they build a Dome on top of Dick’s?

win-win

54 Landana February 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

All these people that wanted to save it could have, but they didn’t want to but money into, they want other people to pay for it and take care of it.
I think the “save the dome” people are a bunch of selfish, self righteous people who want to force someone else take on a responsibility that they don’t want, even if it f runes them.

55 inmotion February 16, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Once Montgomery Wards left, the whole shopping center went into a slow decline, no one cared, the dome was doomed.
However, I see nothing wrong with the memorial, the dome is gone, but its legacy will remain etched on the sidewalk for the next generation. Maybe, next time, people will become proactive long before the demolition men come knocking.

56 kax February 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM

my step-father was a foreman for the company that built the dome…when we were kids, we would go and watch the construction…..i will NEVER go into dick’s…..

57 Silva February 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

@Clayton Squirrel; Thanks for the hot tip on “The Invisable Woman”! Sounds like my kind of movie too. It’s now in my Netflix queue.

58 Silva February 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Eeew. I wonder how Laura Zah feels about the Ann Coulter comparison?

59 JustMe February 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

There was a plan to renovate the theater, and to expand Ballys into two stories…. but that was many years ago, long before Ballys went under, and before Kohls was completed if I’m not mistaken.

To me the death knell for that location was then they truncated the parking lot for the freeway.

60 nytemuvr February 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM
61 Mustang Sally February 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Wow. Dome theater~seating for 900 people, fantastic acoustics! Yeah!

A plaque. Hmm.

62 Beacon February 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Memorable? Yes. Unique? Somewhat. Historic? No.

63 To The Haters February 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Why are people making this into a hippie or progressive fight? There were many who fought against the theater closing who are conservatives.

The dome was unique and it’s sad that the owners couldn’t fix it up to make it more attractive. Couches, cocktails and even live events could have made it a regional draw. There’s no other theater in CC county that shows the movies that they did. Today, every theater shows the same exact features.

Dick’s will bring in more revenue to the city of PH than the dome did. That’s not rocket science. Plus, they improved the parking lot and south west corner of the shopping center. I think they’ll be successful

It’s just too bad that there was no vision to make the dome a true destination. That would have been more interesting than a Dick’s and I think given PH some good cred.

64 xoxoxox February 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

To all the Dome lovers, I love you.

65 ANON February 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Never will shop at Concord Big 5 –got laughed at when I asked for .22 ammo after I bought a rifle from them- they would not hold out some that were coming in in a few days. I will go to Dicks.

The plaque should honor the cheap bastards that used the back row as a cheap motel with your daughters.

66 Barbara February 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“fallen theater” goes against every grain in my body! Fallen is a word, I believe, used for those brave men and women that keep you & I safe here and abroad;
Barbara, Mother of one of Pleasant Hills finest!

67 Carol O. February 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I still think it’s a travesty that the Dome was razed to make room for a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. (The one and only time I visited a Dick’s was back east. When I noticed guns and hunting equipment, I quickly exited, vowing to never set foot in another store.) As an independent/foreign/documentary film aficionado, I am tired of having to drive/BART into Berkeley to view the movies I treasure. The plaque, to me, will symbolize the failed efforts of regular Dome attendees to have their voices heard by the powers that be.

68 Anon February 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I support American jobs and American workers. My Toyota Tacoma was made in Fremont at NUMMI.

69 Why do the people who don't care about the Dome... February 16, 2014 at 3:07 PM

…spend so much time trying to convince everyone that they don’t care about the Dome?

As for the memorial, I find the gesture condescending and disingenuous. If the new tenants thought the building was deserving of a memorial, why did they tear it down? If the city thought the architecture was important enough to force the new occupants to put up said memorial, why didn’t they work with them to preserve the exterior structure, while restructuring the interior, like other cities?

Pleasant Hill City Counsel and Dick’s are doing some grade A, in real life trolling of its citizens. The only tactful thing either entity had left in this race was to own up to destroying the thing and shutting up about it. People who loved that building don’t want it rubbed in their face at the scene of the crime.

70 Cowellian February 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I liked the Dome, but not enough of us actually spent money there to keep it in business. I agree with poster #72 that the gesture is condescending and disingenuous.

71 JOE February 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Still Won’t Go To P Hill Again!!! HATERS!!!!!!

72 landana February 16, 2014 at 4:17 PM

@72
No crime, they did what was best. No one who wanted to save it stepped up to the plate, it has been obvious for years that it was going to have to go. They let there beloved theater go to trash , why? Because it wasn’t their problem. then when it comes down the talk about how much they loved it. Lol.

73 Jose February 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

It amazes me that there are some of you who think the property owners should have been forced to renovate the Dome Theater and continue to lose money operating it because YOU find it inconvenient to go to Berkeley twice a year to see movies that only a handful of people even want to see.

To Carol O,
I’m sorry that you were skeered by all the evil guns at Dick’s, but that’s exactly the reason I can’t wait to shop there. “Sporting Goods” means more than just athletic clothing, a point that seems to be lost on the current chain stores.

74 Teacher Wannabe February 16, 2014 at 6:46 PM

@35 Just becsuse you yell doesn’t make you “authoratative”.

@36 I dont see how Dick’s can be more diverse. Golfsmith does…well, golf, golf, more golf, even more golf…very diverse. I give it another year. Golf is the biggest waste of landscspe, water, etc.

75 Anonymous February 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

@Landana #75
You have no idea what you’re talking about. Residents attended all the City meetings and workshops for many years – meetings to come up with ideas on how to develop subarea I (Kohl’s) and subarea II (the Dome, Bally’s, and the Dollar store).

Where were you?

If you were in the vicinity, you weren’t paying attention.

76 Fritzhugh Ludlow February 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Just like I told everyone when the theater claimed that 2001 was the first movie ever screened there….It was Dr. Zhivago!

77 Dr. Jellyfinger® February 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I was more upset when Montgomery Ward closed. Not only did the sonsabiches take out the seal bouncing the beach ball up & down (next to the escalators & candy counter…. you must remember that!) Then they took out the time & temperature tower! Blasphemy!!! I’m so worked up now ……rrrarghhhh!

78 Tracy B. February 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

The Dome was a great place to see a movie.
It is a shame that now we must resort to these multiplex
Shoebox theaters (15 screens in one location) to see a movie
And don’t get the same effect. As for another sporting goods store,
Really, did we really need another sporting goods store?
This entire issue was and is about MONEY, thats disgusting.
Oh yea, while I’m here, whats with all the people
Posting comments about this issue and don’t use their name, calling people names, telling people they are stupid because of the side they chose, yup, just cowards, ( hey Landana, yea you). I will never go to that sporting goods store simply because of how and why it got there !!!!

79 rw February 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Good! Maybe this will finally put that dome theater subject to rest. Dome lovers will have a plague they can worship and the rest of us will have a completed shopping center instead of that 60s era eyesore that occupied that property for so long.

80 Silva February 17, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Ah yes, I DO miss Monkey Wards. My mother browsing through paterns & party favors, me unable to stand the thick smoke from the hundreds of cigarettes, anxiously begging to leave, she becoming angry & threatening to cancel my birthday, me saying okay, as long as we can go, she becoming angrier threating to spank me when we get home, staying there, not able to breathe for hours.

81 Just Another Concord Resident February 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I give it 6 months before some drug addled homeless bum tears out said plaque to sell for the scrap value.. how often will the memorial have to be replaced? That strip mall was going downhill for many years, I will certainly visit the new sporting goods store if they have any firearms and related accessories. This area is far too liberal to support it for long, so stock up while you can.

82 This guy February 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Wow, this topic really brings out the best in people.
Who needs the dome when we have this” comment” freak show!

83 Dr. Frank-N-Furter February 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

oh oh, Mommy issues, Roll out the couch!

84 Just Me February 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

A couple thoughts:

1. I too, am guilty of not patronizing the theater. Mostly because I wasn’t into artsy-fartsy films. But, I do have fond memories there, and, quite frankly, enjoyed the fact that the main theater was so immense.
2. Didn’t anyone else notice that the ONLY REASON the builders are putting in a memorial is because it was part of the approval process for them to build Dicks?
3. There are far too many people on this website who feel comfortable name calling and being trollish just because they are anonymous behind a computer.
4. While it is nice to see this part of Pleasant Hill being revitalized, I will miss the sight of the dome. I just hope Dick’s has some good deals. Maybe I can finally get the skis I’ve been looking at for the past 18 months.

85 Monday, Monday February 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Isn’t it easier to remember the good times (and good movies) and move on in a respectful manner?

86 Trevbo February 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

How sad they have to put up a hideous painting of that eye sore. Oh well, in a couple of years it will be more washed out, faded and miserable than the original building was. I wonder if there will be special flower and candle memorials from the dome lovers? A drum circle perhaps?

87 The San Francisco Fox was a Theatre February 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I’ve lived over here, in the eastbay, for 18 months. I grew up going to San Francisco theatres, that by today’s standards, could be confused for palaces. The fronts of these beauties on Market St were erased to make room for BART construction in the early to mid 60s. The most extravagant being The Fox, not to be in any way confused with the tiny Fox Warfield ( today’s Warfield theatre) It was progress and the multiplex that killed the rest. Thru the years., tourist ( people who moved to the City later) , Visitors from the burbs, or younger folks, don’t know any different. They thought The Coronet on Geary, which became the last of the larger single screen theatre, when in fact, it was just another large neighborhood movie house. This was closed as well. There are no signs, or pictures. Only memories and those who possess them. As is the entire west side of San Francisco ( the Sunset, and Richmond districts) the Concord- PH area is not the sleepy little suburb that it once was. Yes SF had its own burbs, oneday. It’s part of growth and change, which is life.

88 KAD February 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

The Fox Theater was magnificent. It is so sad that it was destroyed. They do not make them like that anymore. It should have been saved for historical reasons.

89 The Mamba February 18, 2014 at 7:23 AM

The first movie was “Dr Zhivago”? That’s pretty cool. The dome theater had to go, guys. It was time. Let’s face it, everyone needs Dicks.

90 womble February 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I once saw Laura Zah at the Dome!

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