July 13, 2010
It’s been quite a journey, but the Westmont Theatre is now officially on the New Jersey State Registry listing as a historic building. This is a HUGE step forward in the possible restoration of the Westmont as a film and performing arts venue. And now that its official, the NCW will proceed to hold a general assembly meeting in August to discuss the next steps for the group, including the launch of the non-profit organization – Friends of the Westmont Theatre – which would be a fund-raising arm for private funding for the theatre’s restoration as a film and performing arts venue.
More info to come, including the NCW meeting notice…
March 25, 2010
We’ve been getting a LOT of emails on the status of the Westmont. And as the old saying goes “no news is good news” may in fact be the case with the theatre, we still have our concerns. The NCW has reached out to the township several times in the past few months to schedule a follow up meeting to their December business/strategic development plan they presented. They are still waiting to hear back from the township.
So, we have no news to report. Is that good or bad? We can’t say but we are hopeful. And now that spring is in the air, and the fence is down, perhaps forward movement will proceed. In either case we’ll keep you posted!
February 5, 2010
Haddon Twp employees removed the fence that encompassed the theatre. Early review of the now walkable area underneath the marquee shows that they also removed one of the glass display cases (far right window in picture below) and boarded it up with plywood for the time being. As to other work (marquee, 2nd floor windows), we weren’t able to tell what work may have been done. The NCW has reached out to the township and has asked them what work, besides removing the fence, do they plan to do at this time. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.
The removal of the fence, an eye-sore since ’07, is a reason to celebrate!
December 29, 2009
In yesterday’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer is another article on the Westmont Theatre.
“It has been more than 80 years since the Westmont Theatre opened in Haddon Township to showcase traveling vaudeville acts and silent films. And decades since a young Steven Spielberg sat in its darkened rows watching movies play across the screen…” click HERE to read more.
December 2, 2009
Tonight the NCW is presenting their “draft” business/strategic development plan to the mayor.
This plan entails restoring the Westmont as a film and performing arts venue, and includes cost estimates for restoration, comparative income streams for performing arts venues, finance and operations, organization structure, marketing strategy, letters of support, programs and services, etc…
A LOT of hardworking individuals have spent countless hours developing this presentation. So it’s no surprise that people will want to know how it went ASAP. However, it is not certain if tonight’s outcome will become instant public knowledge. Rest assured that information will get posted here the moment it becomes publicly accessible!
In the meantime… fingers crossed!
November 25, 2009
This past week the NCW met to review their completed business/strategic development plan. They are scheduled to meet with the mayor next week to present the plan to him. Once the outcome of that meeting is public knowledge, we’ll be sure to post it…
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
September 22, 2009
The meeting with the Mayor went well last Thursday. Topics that were discussed included restoration costs and parking. The follow up meeting scheduled for this week is to further discuss cost restoration, parking and theatre operation (day-to-day), and to create an action plan.
More info to follow…