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There is one similar theater from a while back in Sonoma County that restored the original theater (The Raven) and built around the corner (not directly connected?) a multiplex. The Raven then showed vintage and independent files (if I remember correctly).
So someone did do something similar!!! In Healdsburg. The Raven.
I don't know if they are going strong but the combination of vintage (my favorite) and new screens to bring people into the area is good.
And Theaters bring restaurant customers if the theater is in a restaurant district. Both "feed" each other economically so the investment is better for a downtown area.
If done right these sort of investments are worthwhile for a city. But, unfortunately, it is a very difficult and very specific way to do it, they can fail so easily if done in a variety of ways other than the narrow few that would work (location specific so what works varies).
I hope that the Alameda theater project succeeds. It's worth it.
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