In April 2014, Gossips reported on the sad condition of 723 Warren Street, constructed in 1921 to be the Park Theater. The building had just been declared "Dangerous and Unsafe" by code enforcement officer Craig Haigh.
At the time, Haigh told Gossips that half the foundation had caved in, the whole building was leaning, and it was being propped up with hydraulic supports.
In 2017, the building got a new lease on life when it was purchased by Shanan Magee, who undertook the task of stabilizing the building and restoring it to its original appearance.
The task of restoring the building to its original appearance was made more difficult by the failure of diligent and extensive searching to uncover any historic photographs of the building. For the upper floors, the building itself provided clues to what had been. But for the ground floor, there was nothing, When the theater opened in May 1921, an article in the Columbia Republican gave an intensive description of the interior of the building, but of the exterior there was only this: "Over the street there will be a large glass marquis."
In the end, Magee decided to use the Star Theater at 510 Warren Street, which was contemporary to the Park Theater and documented in a post card image, as the inspiration for the design he proposed for the ground floor. The Historic Preservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness to his proposal for the ground floor in August 2020.
Yesterday, the construction wall came down in front of 723 Warren Street to reveal the completed restoration.