Don't expect San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to get an award from the Preservation Action Council of San Jose any time soon. The mayor has penned a letter to the Office of Historic Preservation that essentially tells the state agency to back off from nominating the space-age Winchester Century theaters to the National Register of Historic Places.

Reed's letter says the nomination is inconsistent with the city's Urban Village Plan for the Winchester Boulevard site where the Century 21, 22 and 23 domes currently stand. He also says the theaters -- which are still showing first-run movies -- "are considered obsolete and practically unusable as theaters."

This echoes comments at last week's Historic Landmarks Commission meeting, made by a lawyer for the families who own the property, who said a single-screen movie theater is no longer a viable business. I think the success of historic one-screen gems like the Stanford in Palo Alto, the Castro in San Francisco, the Egyptian in Hollywood and the Aero in Santa Monica prove the model can work.

The City Council will be discussing the matter at its meeting Tuesday night, and preservationists are expected to show up in big numbers to make their case.

However, all their efforts may be for naught if something I heard over the weekend turns out to be true: Cinemark, the theater operation that bought the Century theaters from Syufy in 2006, may actually own all the furnishings and fixtures in the three Winchester domes. If so, then once Syufy's lease is up April 1, Cinemark could tear out all the seats, projection equipment and concession stands. And then they really would be unusable as theaters, just like the mayor says.

FOX ON THE MEND: Friends and family have been sending positive thoughts the way of Michael E. Fox Sr., who's recovering from surgery following a heart attack he suffered Saturday. Fox and his wife, Mary Ellen Fox, were on their way to dinner with friends when a doctor in their party decided Fox should head to the emergency room instead of Aldo's.

Fox, who owns M.E. Fox & Co. beverage distributors, is a major philanthropist and is involved in numerous nonprofit causes throughout the valley. But the 77-year-old Saratoga resident plans to take it easy for a while, taking on no new projects and easing up on his current ones, of which there are more than a dozen.

And he wants people to know he may not be quick about returning calls, texts or emails. "Relax," he said. "That's what I'm going to do right now, too!"

HOCKEY MILESTONE: When the Sharks take the ice Tuesday against the Florida Panthers at SAP Center, it'll be a record night for Pamela Shannon no matter how the game ends.

The San Jose resident and former second-grade teacher will be working her 900th game at the Shark Tank, where she takes in-seat concession orders. She's been keeping fans in section 102 and 103 happy since Kip Miller scored the first Sharks goal in an exhibition game on Sept. 30, 1993.

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