• Petitioned SyWest Development and the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission

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SyWest Development and the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission
Senior Vice President, Development, SyWest Development
Robert Atkinson
Vice President, Acquisitions, SyWest Development
Anthony Blanchard
Vice President, Asset Management, SyWest Development
Linda Lucas
Senior Counsel, SyWest Development
Russ Young
President and Chief Operating Officer , SyWest Development
Bill Vierra
City Planner, City of Pleasant Hill
Greg Fuz

Preserve the CinéArts Dome in Pleasant Hill

    1. Petition by

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome

      Walnut Creek, CA

Now, every half year or so I come back from my adventures abroad or law school in San Diego to my hometown of Pleasant Hill. I love this place. Some of my greatest memories come from my times in Pleasant Hill. I went to day care at the rec; I marched in baseball parades; I played Christ the King basketball; I spent my summers at camp, playing basketball, tennis, and learning how to cook; I got thrown into the infamous trashcan by my 6th grade teacher at Valley View, Mr. Spottiswood; and I had team parties and ran around those crazy back-door halls after great New York style pizza at DeVino’s (I actually ended up spinning pizzas there all throughout high school).

The list of Pleasant Hill memories goes on; but it would never be complete without mentioning my experiences at the Dome. Jurassic Park, Gladiator, Star Wars, and my first kiss were all under that green-tinted hut. Now this City has decided to throw away all the good which still remains from the Dome and replace it with a sporting goods store, coincidentally with the name Dick’s. Sure sums it up. No matter what happens after that Dome is demolished, my memories of it will fall into the depths of my brain. I’ll never come back to Pleasant Hill and drive by the Dome. As Babe Ruth once said in the Sandlot, “heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” The Dome is more than just a dome – it is a legend to this area; and how could a legend not be a legend without once having a Fenton’s.

Should I be mad at this Dick? Or should I accept Nostalgia as a fact of this global market that we have spiraled into and that we won’t get out of, less our destruction? How many more Jurassic Parks, Star Wars, and Gladiators will there be to fill that amphitheater of a building. I could have named all the things that I remember from my childhood growing up in Pleasant Hill but, in there with them all is waiting along that yellow line to watch one soon to be classic after another. The future classics may never premiere in there again, that is a fact, but the classics now should.

It is my suggestion to make the Dome a historic site and use it to generate tax revenue by playing old Hollywood films. I am not sure how we would do this, or where we would start, but I do know Facebook and I do know its possibilities. I am asking my Facebook friends to help generate serious ideas or to spread the word that the Dome should not be leveled and made way for more cookie cutter fluff. For example, one idea would be to send out fliers to everyone in Pleasant Hill to ask them to read the flyer and that someone would be by their house in the coming week to sign a petition. We would then come back in a week and, hopefully, they would sign the petition. We could get enough votes to attend a City council meeting and present the petition. At the same time, we could also consider registering the Dome as a California historic site. If interested, we could consider this further. BUT WE SHOULD LEAVE ALL OPTIONS OPEN IF WE ARE TO FIGHT THIS UP HILL BATTLE. It is either this or risk losing the Dome forever.

The real change from this City will come not from the demolition of a legend for the benefit of the few, but from the continuing aspiration to benefit this City’s citizens, young and old, on a whole. To demolish the Dome, would send the wrong signal. We should, instead, look to Mangini for guidance. Mangini’s farm is the last remnant of another time – a time soon to be lost. We may never be able to bring back Dolores Larkin, the hot-dog lady from Casper’s, but we still have a chance to save the Dome. Once it’s lost, it will never come back. Once a new building is erected, many Dick’s will pass through; but never will corporate might compete with the experience of buying a ticket, waiting in line, and entering and watching a movie in the Dome.

Giorgio Sassine
gasassine@gmail.com
925.457.9639

To:
SyWest Development and the Pleasant Hill Planning Commission
Robert Atkinson, Senior Vice President, Development, SyWest Development
Anthony Blanchard, Vice President, Acquisitions, SyWest Development
Linda Lucas, Vice President, Asset Management, SyWest Development
Russ Young, Senior Counsel, SyWest Development
Bill Vierra, President and Chief Operating Officer , SyWest Development
Greg Fuz, City Planner, City of Pleasant Hill
Please preserve the CinéArts Dome in Pleasant Hill.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 4/26 update

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      Dome Demolition Put on Hold by the City of Pleasant Hill http://tinyurl.com/bu7ml8c

    2. Legal counsel to be retained

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      The "Save the Pleasant Hill Dome" campaign will be retaining a lawyer highly skilled in land use and environmental law, but some help is needed to raise the funds to get him on board.

      Please help the appeals team if you can by donating at www.savethedome.org

      The first task of the lawyer will be to file a restraining order to not allow Sywest to demolish the dome before the appeal hearing on May 6th.

    3. Appeal date has been set - May 6th 7:30pm

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      The Pleasant Hill City Council will hear the appeal filed by "Save the Pleasant Hill Dome" in its council chambers on Monday, May 6th at 7:30pm.
      http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=330

      Please try to attend and wear a red-based color to support those who will be presenting on behalf of saving the Dome theatre.

      100 Gregory Lane
      Pleasant Hill, CA

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. SyWest's response to this Change.org petition

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/10783.

      Look on page 4 of the PDF for the email.

      Note: They think the originator of this petition doesn't live in Northern California, but I actually am a homeowner on the PH/WC border who just copy and pasted someone else's Facebook post (with his permission) for the petition text.

    6. We've made it into today's San Francisco Chronicle!

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer
      A push to save Pleasant Hill dome

      If Pleasant Hill has a landmark - that is, besides Caspers hot dogs - it's the 1960s-era, dome-shaped movie theater perched by Interstate 680. The Pleasant Hill planning and architectural review commissions both recently approved a developer's plans to bulldoze the 47-year-old theater and build a Dick's Sporting Goods in its place.

    7. (article)PH's 'dome' movie theater fans push for new independent film venue

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer
      Pleasant Hill's 'dome' movie theater fans push for new independent film venue

      PLEASANT HILL -- If the developer won't spare the domed movie theater in Pleasant Hill from the wrecking ball, fans want a new venue that shows independent films. Although speakers at the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday split on whether the theater is an iconic landmark or a rundown relic, they found common ground in wanting art-house fare -- not just action blockbusters -- to remain available in Pleasant Hill.

    8. Public hearing for the Major Use Permit for the project is tomorrow 3/19

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow's public hearing will take place at the City of Pleasant Hill, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, California 94523

      If you plan to attend, please wear something red-based (red, purple, orange) to show your support for preserving the Dome and/or Independent Film in Contra Costa County.

      In the meantime, please check out this story from Crazy in Suburbia to learn about the latest that's going on with the Dome as well as its history:
      http://crazyinsuburbia.blogspot.com/2013/03/done-deal-but-pleasant-hills-own.html

      Thanks for your support!

      Crazy in Suburbia: Done Deal? But Pleasant Hill's own reports detail the Dome's landmark, historical place in this town and county

      Pleasant Hill city officials tell me and tCity officials have begun to ring the Dome's death knell even as a city report, he Contra Costa Times they have no control over a development company's desire to demolish the landmark CineArts Dome movie theater--the city's first movie theater-- and replace it with an architecturally indistinctive chain sporting goods store.

    9. Public hearing on the SyWest Redevelopment Project (the CinéArts Dome Demo)

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      March 19th @ 7:30 PM
      100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, California 94523

      For more information either see the facebook page event:
      https://www.facebook.com/events/144031155761274/

      or the information on the Pleasant Hill City page:
      http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=330

    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. Architectural Review Commission meeting at Pleasant Hill City Hall on 2/21

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      There will be an Architectural Review Commission meeting at Pleasant Hill City Hall in the Large Community Room at 5:00pm.

      This might be a good time for those of us who would like the committee to hear our input re: the Dome demolition

      Details:
      http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=1581&month=2&year=2013&day=21&calType=0

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. We're going viral! See the News24-680 article...

      Supporters of the CinéArts Dome
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this news article from News24-680 that mentions this petition and the Facebook page!

      http://www.news24-680.com/news/arts/beyond-the-dome-effort-to-save-iconic-theater-ramps-up

      Beyond The Dome; Effort To Save Iconic Theater Ramps Up

      An online petition to save the well-known Dome movie theater has gathered nearly 600 signatures in the past two weeks, while a Pleasant Hill commission will hold a study session Feb. 7 to weigh in on the design of a sporting goods store set to replace the landmark 1960s-era CineArts complex.

    14. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Padgett HENDERSON, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      It is unique and irreplaceable. It was a landmark that told me where I was throughout my childhood growing up in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord.

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    • Sherine Hines MIDDLEBURG, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Grew up with the dome. Arriving to the town of pleasant hill would not be the same without seeing that wonderful dome. The dome brings back wonderful childhood memories! Please don't take that from us!

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    • Daniel Katz WALNUT CREEK, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is a landmark in Pleasant Hill. Demolishing it for some sporting store is a carnal sin.

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    • Ian Verhaegen FRANKLIN, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      I grew up with the Dome as the premiere movie Icon. I look forward to movies there every time I visit.

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    • Alexander van Broek PLEASANT HILL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      We need at least one large public venue for films, events and public safety meetings.

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