Hope for the 4 Star

As mentioned previously on this metblog, the 4 Star movie theater in the Richmond district has been slated to be shut down this year. Some background: The theater is the home of the Asian American Film Festival, shows foreign movies from Asia year-round, and has been around since 1919 or so. Their lease expired earlier this year, and the 4 Star was slated to be torn down and to be turned into a church. However, there was a groundswell of grassroots support to save the 4 star. They also got quite a bit of press from the Chron and the SF Bay Guardian.

Well, it looks like all that support might have stopped the demolition. According to this article, the Board of Supervisors have approved a 45-day moratorium where no neighborhood theater can be demolished within that time period. The board will use that time period to consider preservation measures, and the moratorium may even be extended to 22 months. It looks like the moratorium was directly prompted by the threat to the 4 Star. There’s also some updated information on the Save the 4 Star site (Click on the “updated information” link).

There’s hope for the 4 Star yet!

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