Under the heading “must have raised her right”: Katie Noonan Bay, daughter of THS President Karen Colizzi Noonan, noticed this threatened theater in her local newspaper and promptly reported it to her mother. (What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!)
She wrote: “Mom, I was reading the newspaper and came across an article on the Afton Theater located in Cradock (a neighborhood of Portsmouth, where the Commodore Theater is). The owner is David Beachler, and its a 1930s era movie theater. Its is desperate need of a new roof and general repairs, along with an asbestos report, which can cost about $1,500. An associated person involved with this massive undertaking is Fred Schoenfield (didn’t we meet him when you came down that one time?) who is part owner of the Commodore. The P’mouth Sheriff, Bill Watson, offered a donation for the report from his office’s community services fund. Beachler has 8 months from this coming Monday to get the repairs either completed or show significant improvement or the theater will be torn down. It seems many people in the area associate it with post WWII community pride and are sad to see it in this condition.”
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