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Shore Theater To Be Landmarked Today, December 14, 2010

Shore Theater to be Landmarked October 14, 2010

The Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to make the Shore Theater Coney Island’s newest landmark today.  Built in 1925, the 2,400-seat Shore Theater was both a vaudeville theater and a movie house during Coney Island’s heyday.  The building also contained several stories of office space above the theater.  Vacant for over 30 years, the Shore Theater is one of Coney Island’s unused assets.  Designation as a New York City landmark will ensure that this building remains part of a revitalized Coney Island.

In response to today’s designation, MAS President Vin Cipolla said:

“I commend the Landmarks Preservation Commission for moving forward with the designation of the Shore Theater.  Although currently in disuse, the theater has the potential to be a great performance space in Coney Island and to enhance the area’s revitalization. The Shore Theater deserves to join the Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel, the Parachute Jump, and the former Childs restaurant on the Boardwalk as an official Coney Island landmark.”

Protecting Coney Island’s historic resources like the Shore Theater was one of the recommendations MAS made during the area’s rezoning process. For more information on the history of the theater see, The Shore Theater: A Sure Part of Coney Island’s Future? and Now Showing at the LPC: Coney Island’s Shore Theater. Also, check out MAS’ previous statement before the LPC in support of the designation of the Shore Theater.