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Boyd Theatre / Bethlehem, PA

Eastern Express Times (Pennsylvania)

June 30, 2011 Thursday

NEWS; Pg. B4

Repair work keeping Boyd Theatre dark CITY, NEARBY BUSINESS say water damage from a leak may be to blame.
By Lynn Olanoff, The Express-Times

BETHLEHEM | The Boyd Theatre, Center City Bethlehem’s historic movie theater, is still closed after a two-month hiatus for repairs.

Theater owner Joyce Heydt did not return calls for comment, but a city official and adjacent business owners said the theater is shuttered due to water damage from a roof leak.

Patrick Jasek, an employee at Edible Arrangements, which is in the same West Broad Street building as The Boyd, said the gift basket store also suffered some damage from the same leak. The store, which is two down from The Boyd, has remained open while repairs are being made, he said. Heydt owns the entire five-storefront building and is overseeing the repairs at Edible Arrangements, as well, Jasek said.

Joe Kelly, Bethlehem’s community and economic development director, also had heard of The Boyd’s water troubles.

“We have offered to help in any way possible,” he said in an e-mail. “The Boyd is an important business in our downtown.”

The Boyd on May 23 posted an announcement about the closure on its Facebook page. On June 5, the theater posted an updated message thanking its followers for their support and providing a brief update.

“We’re still working on several things and hope to be able to announce details soon,” the message says. “Our Facebook fans and newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when we’re able to provide details.”

No updates have been posted since.

There was no visible activity at the theater Wednesday afternoon, where the marquee was empty and a sign that read “closed for renovations” was posted in the box office window. A ladder and some debris were visible in the lobby.

Bethlehem Wireless, between The Boyd and Edible Arrangements, also was open for business Wednesday. An employee there wasn’t sure if the store had been affected by the water damage.

An empty store at 36 W. Broad St. and Hello Burrito at 38 W. Broad St. also are in the same building as The Boyd. Hello Burrito owner Rachel Lambdin said her store was not affected by the water damage but that Heydt, also her landlord, had told her of problems at the theater.

http://www.theboyd.com/history/

One Comment

  1. Brian

    Such a shame. The Boyd is pretty amazing – you can see hints of its history, but it could be so much more. If I had the money I would buy it and restore it to its original look inside and out … not only show movies there but also have comics and other cultural events. I would also turn the rest of the building into a nice restaurant and bar. I can picture it in my head and it’s pretty amazing!

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