Neighborhood preservationists tried to fight the plan, but Brownstoner reports:
Architect Randolph Gerner immediately addressed [at a community board committee meeting] preservationists’ concerns that the building was “an integral part of the Brooklyn Heights Landmark District and should not be demolished.” He said the lot originally housed a five-story tenement with a one-story attached building for the proprietor of the site. A commissioned historical report of 70 Henry deemed that the one-story building (now the theater) underwent enough change that it “no longer retains its historical significance.”
"We will be back," Cinema owner Kenn Lowy told BHB. "I will be signing a legal document guaranteeing I’ll be back. As long as we have a temporary location and keep it going, coming back will be easy." Lowy told us earlier this year that he might even move to DUMBO after August. "DUMBO is growing, and a movie theater/arts center for music and comedy is something I think would do very well there," he said. "My first choice would be to stay in the Heights, but the question is, where?"
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