SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The demolition Wednesday of the CinéArts dome theater in Pleasant Hill has raised concern among movie buffs and preservationists that three historic San Jose cinemas could soon face the wrecking ball.
The CinéArts movie theater was razed within hours of the Pleasant Hill City Council rejecting appeals to preserve a place that had drawn movie goers for almost half a century.
Preservationists fear a sequel for the Winchester dome theatres across from Santana Row, now that the land leased by the theaters has been opened for development.
“I think it’s a reminder of the history of this valley, you know, having those theaters here,” said Mark Shepard of San Jose, in particular the old style of architecture.
“That’s what makes it such a unique reminder of those types of theaters, like the olden days,” Shepard said.