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Peaceful Protest to Save 'Dome' Theater Planned for Saturday

The "Save the Dome" group will hold a demonstration April 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the CinéArts theater in Pleasant Hill.

"Dome" advocates will gather Saturday as part of a final effort to save the theater from demolition, which could take place as early as the end of April.

With SyWest's development plans for the Crossroads Shopping Center now approved by the Pleasant Hill Architectural Planning Commission, the next step is an appeal to the city before the April 9 Planning Commission meeting.

Here's the information from the "Save the Dome" group:

At the age of 46 years, the Dome Theater is almost as old as the city of Pleasant Hill which has graced its 51st year. Did you know this landmark is scheduled to be demolished in a month?

SAVE THE DOME Organizers will be hosting a peaceful demonstration on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at CineArts Dome Theater located at 2314 Monument Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

People are invited to bring out the whole family to the CineArts Dome Theater to show support of saving it from demolition! It’s one of the last of its kind! All are welcomed to come and show support for this effort as we get ready to file an appeal with the Pleasant Hill City Council to preserve the theater.

Attendees will have an opportunity to:

● Write letters to the Pleasant Hill City Council

● Become updated on the appeal process and shown how to get involved with this effort.

● Make a video testimony to be put onto YouTube and submitted to the Pleasant Hill City Council

● Handout flyers to raise community awareness.

Supporters are encouraged to bring a t­shirt and make a "SAVE THE DOME" t­shirt, grab a balloon and learn about the theater’s history!

For more information, e­mail: Jessica Brown @ savethedome2013@gmail.com

Betty J. Cherene April 09, 2013 at 11:15 PM
It's obvious you have not patronized this theatre in a while. There's not a bad seat in any of the houses. Check it out before it's to late. It's nice to see a movie on the big screen. After this theatre goes, I will have to make do with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.
Betty J. Cherene April 09, 2013 at 11:17 PM
With you 100%.
Betty J. Cherene April 09, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Well, while you were sitting at your computer, we were in front of the theatre - standing around talking to each other as if we were old friends. It was more of a cocktail party without the liquor. It was peaceful land heart fulfilling to be with one's "kin". We were not keeping people out of the theatre, yet the city had a peace officer there. Strange how a few gentle people can be so misunderstood. Will we see you there on Saturday?
Captain Bebops April 10, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Betty, I keep up on the local theater scene and I know that since the last time I was at the Cinearts there have been no renovations. They wanted to do some but the landlord wouldn't allow it (from article in the CC Times). Only the dome had true stadium seating and these domes were probably the first to offer such in the Bay Area. I watch movies on a big screen all the time. I've had a home theater since 2000. Did you know that 55" TVs are going for less than you paid for that 27" TV in the late 1980s? Pair that with some a reasonably priced surround system and you'll have a decent home theater complete with pause and rewind. You don't get those in a theater. And I don't get some dummy putting his stinky sneakers up on the top of the seat next to me or talking to his girlfriend all the way through the movie. Rude patrons have driven away many people from theaters. I saw "Olympus has Fallen", not an arts film but something I was curious about and couldn't believe that some idiot kept taking calls and checking his smartphone throughout the movie. And BTW did you know that some of the more popular foreign and independent films often play on one of the screens across the freeway and also the one in WC? I'm sure CineMark will continue to do so. Also here in Martinez the Contra Costa Cinema occasionally shows some too.
Betty J. Cherene April 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I owe you an apology. You seem like a nice person and I was a little snarky. Your experiences were not good in the small theatre. I don't think we were in that flat floored theatre. As for going to the other side of 680, we don't like that scene as it has become like Walnut Creek and anywhere USA. It's too much of a hassle and we can't just get up and go at the last minute because it takes so long to get a place to park. You make excellent points about where art films are going - to Berkeley and San Francisco. Too much hassle for a film less than 2 hours. Staying home, but we have to clean up our own popcorn spills.

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