Alamo Drafthouse is a likely tenant for the Lakewood Theater, but parking issues and rent price are sticking points. Photo: Mike Merrill

Alamo Drafthouse is a possible tenant for the historic Lakewood Theater in East Dallas, but parking issues and Alamo’s offered rent are proving problematic in negotiations. Photo: Mike Merrill

As we reported in January, the now-empty Lakewood Theater has an interested suitor, the Alamo Drafthouse, and negotiations are quite a ways along now.

Property co-owners Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham of Willingham-Rutledge talked to multiple restaurants and businesses that could fill the historic space in various incarnations, located at 1825 Abrams Pkwy. in East Dallas. It has stood empty since the last tenant’s lease ended at the end of January.

Things seemed most promising with Alamo Drafthouse, according to the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, but two issues are creating problems. And those issues could mean Lakewood Theater’s chances of staying a theater, and not getting broken up into multiple spaces, are at risk.

Built in 1938, Lakewood Theater is not protected by any official historic designation, and while the co-owners have verbalized their commitment to keeping the marquee intact, the interior is another story. If the Alamo Drafthouse doesn’t work out, “We have other options that may involve carving up the space. We just don’t know yet,” Kinney said back in November.  

But let’s get back to the current issues at hand.

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Listing Photos: Shoot2Sell

I met up with Elizabeth Mast at 5803 Swiss Avenue, the beautiful brick home where Neiman Marcus founder Carrie Marcus Neiman lived her last days. This home built by Carrie Marcus and her then husband, Abraham Lincoln Neiman, which sits at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Skillman, may not have the columns and beams of some of the other Swiss Avenue estates, but it has its own subtle presence that melds very well with the brand of its original owners.

The home was purchased by its previous owner from the estate of Carrie Marcus, Mast told me, and now it’s being sold by that person’s estate. So if you’re keeping track, that means that this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bath home with more than 5,100 square feet has only had two owners. Isn’t that incredible?

The home has seen some renovations over its 93 years, most of them during the 1950s. Mast, who specializes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and has another fabulous listing at 6243 La Vista (the Stubbs Home, if you recall), does a ton of research on all of her listings, and was able to dig up some old photos of this home’s interiors.

Jump to take a look back in time!

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Steve Sandborg & Kent Rathbun

Emily Summers Design, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, and now Cantoni! I don’t know how it gets any better: great food, great views, and the best design talent south of the Mason-Dixon line. Last Wednesday, March 25, Museum Tower unveiled a collection of freshly redesigned model homes at the breathtaking 42-story high rise residence. Current residents, local and not-so-local realtors and prospective homeowners enjoyed a leisurely progressive model home tour through units designed by Ann Schooler Design, Emily Summers Design, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, Cantoni Design Studio and Marco French Studio. (Ann and my brilliant friend Marco had created beautiful units previously for Museum Tower which have probably been snatched up.) Of course cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were passed, all the goodies crafted by award-winning Chef Kent Rathbun. By the way, we are working on bringing you some photos of Kent and Tracy’s new abode. The guest list was dotted with VIPs, current residents and future homebuyers. (more…)

Photo courtesy A. Vandalay via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy A. Vandalay via Creative Commons

The lease for the current tenants of Lakewood Theater is over at the end of January, and it’s anybody’s guess what will happen to the beloved East Dallas landmark, but there are confirmed rumors of interest by Alamo Drafthouse.

As we reported last November with our story Lakewood Theater Makeover Concerns Preservationists, Neighbors, property co-owners Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham of Willingham-Rutledge have been talking to restaurants and businesses that could fill the space, located at 1825 Abrams Pkwy.

Two theater groups have expressed interest, and one of them is the Alamo Drafthouse, confirmed Kinney, who also co-owns surrounding properties in the southwest strip.

“We’ve talked to everybody,” Kinney told Dallas Morning News reporter Robert Wilonsky.  The situation remains, though, “Nobody’s committed. So I can’t tell you whether they’re interested or not.”

Wilonsky also talked to Alamo Drafthouse COO Bill DiGaetano, who wouldn’t confirm any plans on the record, but emphasized his company’s interest preserving in historic theaters.

“Alamo has a policy not to comment on real estate negotiations, whether real or fictional,” he told Wilonsky. “But we have a long history of preserving 35mm film and, as shown by our Ritz Theater in downtown Austin and the current restoration of the New Mission Theater in downtown San Francisco, we have a huge passion for preserving great classic movie houses. I personally love the Lakewood Theater and would love to see it stay a theater.”

DiGaetano also made a point of addressing what seems to be the biggest concern of neighbors and preservationists: the colorful tower. “If anything came to fruition, we wouldn’t touch the marquee or the tower.” Jump to read more!

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Monday night, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects made it pretty clear to about 200 people that the proposed Trinity Tollway or Parkway or whatever it is will be a huge eyesore on Dallas.

Or, shall I say, another huge eyesore.

Sadly, there were no city councilmen or women at the Sixth Floor Museum to enjoy an “ah ha” moment, though there were a few folks attending from the planning commission. (more…)

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Still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Realtor, stager, photographer, architect, or house porn enthusiast? Dallas Architecture Forum has come out with just the thing: a monograph (a fancy word for coffee table book) about Dallas modern architecture. “Dallas Modern” features 20 of the most outstanding (you guessed it) modern homes in Dallas, with each property getting its very own chapter.

The book includes detailed photographs of the interiors and exteriors of the homes, as well as essays and floorplans. The 11-by-11, 215-page, glossy hardback book comes with a colorful dust jacket and will set you back $74.14 with tax and shipping.

That’s a paltry sum, we think, to have the opportunity to gaze at these beauties whenever you want. Interested? Order here.

Photo by Jerry McClure/Dallas Morning News

Photo by Jerry McClure/Dallas Morning News

The Lakewood Theater has stood as a colorful and beloved East Dallas landmark in Lakewood Shopping Center since its 1938 opening. So recent news reported by Nancy Nichols at D Magazine that the theater, located at 1825 Abrams Parkway, will be getting new tenants and a new look next year has preservationists and neighbors concerned. This is because the theater has historic designation (in other words, protection from demolition) on neither a national nor local level.

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You read about it here on CandysDirt.com, but now you can actually see it, touch it (well, wash your hands first) and EXPERIENCE the home Philip Johnson designed in Dallas for the Henry C. Beck family.

Even more, Mark Lamster, the adorable and sometimes humbling architectural critic over at The Dallas Morning News, will be there talking about the book he is writing on Philip Johnson. I won’t miss this event. You won’t want to miss it. All you need to do is visit the Dallas Center for Architecture website, part with $75 totally tax-deductible dollars, and we will see you there: (more…)