PLEASANT HILL -- The dome movie theater was demolished Wednesday, just a day after the City Council approved razing it.

SyWest Development plans to replace the 46-year-old movie theater with a two-story Dick's Sporting Goods Store.

A group called Save the Pleasant Hill Dome had appealed the Planning Commission's approval of the project. Dozens of dome supporters pleaded with the council to preserve the theater during a marathon hearing that stretched into early Tuesday morning.

SyWest's quick action precludes any attempt to challenge the project in court.

In 1967 and the Pleasant Hill Soroptimists sponsored the opening night festivities for the theater. Nine hundred guests sipped sparkling wine and watched the romantic epic "Doctor Zhivago, " according to the historical booklet commemorating the city's 25th anniversary. Several movie theaters of similar design were built around the country in the 1960s.

Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.



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