A community group will drop its appeal of the demolition of the interior of Philadelphia’s landmark Boyd Theater after reaching an agreement with the developer and other parties to address preservation of the theater’s original Art Deco artifacts.

Friends of the Boyd founder Howard Haas said the parties agreed that a historic preservation consultant will inventory the original features and oversee the removal, refurbishment, and reinstallation of features the new owners could reuse. He said examples include two-story Art Deco mirrors in the grand lobby and in the rear of the auditorium.

The Philadelphia Historical Commission in March approved a permit application by the theater’s current owner, Live Nation, to gut most of the interior. Ownership of the theater is being transferred to developer Neal Rodin, who is working with a Florida-based movie company, iPic, to install an eight-screen movie theater and restaurant. Ballard Spahr real estate attorneys Matthew N. McClure and David M. Gest represent iPic in this matter.

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