Monday, September 18, 2006

Preserve the Roxie Cinema! Vote Now! Vote Often!

The Roxie Cinema San Francisco's slightly tarnished little jewel of a theater is competing for preservation funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and it needs your help to succeed.

As part of a strange reality-TV-inspired exercise, 25 structures throughout the Bay Area have been chosen as finalists in a vote-off to see which will get funding from the National Trust. It's Survivor: Historic Landmarks. I promise to return for a rant about the arrogant cupidity of such an exercise at another time. Right now, I want to ask you to support the Roxie Cinema.

For years, the Roxie Cinema has been THE place for the under-loved and under-appreciated movies and film-goers. It pretty much singlehandedly made successes of films like Rivers and Tides (2001) and Red Rock West (1992). It's currently operated in concert with the New College of California, and as such is probably the most progressive movie theater in the country.

Unfortunately, for years the Roxie Cinema has also been beset by money woes. Maintenance has frequently been deferred, and the building could stand some serious architectural love. Funds from the National Trust would go a long way to helping the building match the quality of the films and the top-notch presentation provided by the hard-working Roxie staff.

Voting often is encouraged in this plebiscite—you're allowed one vote per day, right up to October 31, when the contest ends. Registration is required, but that's a small price to pay to help ensure the future of one of the last truly independent movie houses left. The Roxie is up against some tough (and also deserving) competition, making it even more important for the Bay Area film community to stuff the ballot box!

Go to , register, and vote. Then get all of your friends to vote. Then get all of your friends to get their friends to vote for the Roxie. Rinse and repeat. And vote every day through Halloween. You'll feel better. Really.


Anonymous Laura Shapiro said...


I'm not sure I agree it's "arrogant cupidity", though I will of course wait until I read your rant about it. (: Whatever their motivations, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has managed to democratize the process to some degree -- a process which most people are normally ignorant of until the day they find out that their favorite local landmark is being bulldozed.

At any rate, the stupid part seems to be that you can vote more than once. Buh?

9:29 AM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger Brian said...

I think it makes quite a bit of sense to let people vote more than once if more than one project is to receive funding. I expect to give the Roxie the majority of my votes, but there are other worthy projects among the finalists that I plan to support with some of my votes.

12:34 PM, September 19, 2006  

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