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Facebook Site Rallies Save The CineArts Domers

Petition urges developer, city to preserve art-film dome in Pleasant Hill.

Art-film raconteurs hoping to "save the dome" have a Facebook site with a petition to save their beloved Pleasant Hill landmark.

The site — titled "Save Independent Film and the CineArts Dome in Pleasant Hill" — includes a link to a petition on Change.org urging SyWest Development and the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission to preserve the dome.

In December, SyWest Development of San Rafael disclosed plans to refurbish half of the Crossroads Shopping Center alongside Interstate 680. The plans including destruction of the geodesic dome theater compex and replacement with a two-story Dick's Sporting Goods store. CineArts is operated by Cinemark Theatres.

The Facebook site has 152 likes. The site is reeling with nostalgia about CineArts. One Pleasant Hill native, transplanted to San Diego, says, "The list of Pleasant Hill memories goes on; but it would never be complete without mentioning my experiences at the Dome. Jurassic Park, Gladiator, Star Wars, and my first kiss were all under that green-tinted hut."

Another respondent says, "People from everywhere can know our City off the Highway by its remarkable presence right across from the Soldiers Monument Memorial on the other side of Highway 680 … I think Pleasant Hill will lose a part of its soul if it is torn down. Please hold onto it!"

Chris J Kapsalis January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Going to hit like and hope they can save it. My first time there was 1974? Coocoo's nest. So many great memories, this doomed theiter is a landmark and is in PH, but belongs to so many who came from all over to see movies there for so long.
c5 January 28, 2013 at 06:08 PM
i would love to see that theater survive as it is our favorite place to see a movie, commercial or independent....but the owner does have the right to make money on his asset so how can saving the theater be balanced with owner economics? i don't know.
Dive Turn Work January 28, 2013 at 06:32 PM
To think the theater can be saved is a foolish endeavor. There's probably not enough room to build Dicks on just the site of the former Bally's. Most likely the store would need the square footage and parking of both the theater and the former Bally's. Otherwise, the owner could simply request the desired rent and if Cinemark were willing to pay it then both sides could operate and be happy. So, either Cinemark has no desire (for whatever reason) to pay the requested rent (which makes the entire discussion moot) or the landlord simply needs the space to accommodate another tenant and can collect more in rent by working with one tenant (Dicks) rather than working with the theater and another party who would be interested in the former Bally's space. It's a safe bet that the theater is a goner. That truly sad part is that the American public has become so stupid that it believes Die Hard 5 is quality moviemaking and the best entertainment that money can buy.
Emily Henry (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Dive Turn Work, please re-submit your comment without the bad language. Thanks.
Christian Hansen January 29, 2013 at 04:37 AM
My twin brother & I got dropped off here one day in 1989 to see Gods Must Be Crazy 2. We were 13 at the time. Unfortunately they never told you if your movie got the Dome theater, and sure enough this lousy movie was playing in theater #1 on the "back four". About 5 minutes into the movie one of the seats started smoldering smoke and then caught fire - from a cigarette that was shoved in the seat from the night before! (We were at the first showing of the morning). Everyone safely fleed the auditorium while the manager came in with an extinguisher, shouting, "DON'T CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT!!" (LOL!)...and he quickly put the mess out. Not before someone *did* already call the fire department, though, sadly...and the first showing had to be cancelled and refunded. We went back to see it a few days later (in the last theater on the back 4) & it was a terrible movie. We should have just listened to the Gods that day? Anyway, over the years I have been back and enjoyed some movies in the Dome & would hate to see it go. Sadly, perhaps this isn't a profitable venture for everyone involved anymore? I definitely will never visit the area to go to a sporting goods store. That's for SURE!!
Dive Turn Work January 29, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Did you bother to read the article? We're losing the theater because of Dicks. How is that inaccurate or bad language? What would you call the name of the store, Dear?
Chris J Kapsalis January 29, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Maybe they could rename the sporting goods store Big 10 or something?
c5 January 29, 2013 at 02:48 PM
dtw, you should use the formal term, which is pen*s.
CJ January 29, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Why such misplaced sentiment for a rundown old relic? There is a strange vein of this all over the bay area. The theatre business has undergone a massive disruption with home entertainment systems and alternate forms of entertainment forcing these tired old spaces out of business. It is a very good thing. It is a sign of an economy that has a glimmer of hope in it. Folks need to be realistic and welcome progress. Everything has a lifecycle including you, this theatre is well past it's lifecycle. We need a giant Dick's Sporting goods, my only complaint would be I wish it was a Cabela's or Scheel's instead.
Dive Turn Work January 29, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Be careful. You said we need a giant Dicks. That's bad language. Apparently.
Dive Turn Work January 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Just so long as they don't change it to Footlongs. Could result in a lawsuit if it's really only 11 inches of sporting goods.
Emily Henry (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 06:43 PM
DTW, please submit your comment with the correct grammar then.... It's Dick's (possessive).
Emily Henry (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 06:44 PM
DTW, it's not a case of bad language, it's a case of bad grammar....
Dive Turn Work January 29, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Emily - Absolutely. Because the grammar standards are set so high for the commenters and writers alike.
Dive Turn Work January 29, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Emily - Yes. Because, again, this new grammar standard is clearly a high priority on this site. Shall we forward all instances of bad grammar to you?
Dive Turn Work January 29, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Like this fine example of grammar? MIKE ALFORD 9:49 pm on Monday, January 28, 2013 You know ---- Nobodys Buying That --- B.S.! -----The Worst ARE THE REFINARYS ---- Your starting to sound like Mark Ross (are you thinking about running for some office) when YOU Guys Start telling US Citizens of Martinez About the dangers of burning WOOD in our fire places ---- AND have the GAUL to Say YOU DONT ---- SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE SHELL REFINARY RIGHT HERE IN MARTINEZ ----- What the HELL are you Trying to Tell Us ? -- Oh Yea If It Sounds Like Im MAD OR UPSET FROM Listening To You & Mark Well Than Your Right ! ---- And WE are all Fed Up with This Same B.S.
Darcy April 20, 2013 at 06:23 AM
you all need to be kind! Savethedome.org we take pay pal

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