Terrace Theater scheduled for demolition
In the Hook’s April 15, 2004 cover story, "Recent passed: Will groovy structures be landmarks?", preservationist Christine Madrid French, president of the Recent Past Preservation Network, cited the Terrace Theater as one of the unlikely jewels of modernist architecture in Charlottesville. In fact, a striking image of the old theater on Hydraulic Road, which has been closed for almost seven years, appeared on the cover (left). In addition, the building served as one of the show pieces in the story about the importance of recognizing the historic and architectural value of the City’s more modern buildings.
"This is a lot like a theater I'm trying to save in Berkeley," said French of the Terrace, "but the Berkeley place has been a porn theater, and nobody wants to save a porn theater."
According to Neighborhood Development Services staff, R. S. Woodson Excavating Inc. has applied for a permit to demolish the theater, located at 1801 Hydraulic Road. Although the permit has not yet been approved, City Preservation and Design Planner Mary Joy Scala has already determined that the property is not designated historic, which leaves little doubt the theater will see the wrecking ball sometime soon.
The theater stands in the way of the proposed Hillsdale Connector.