Westlake Theater to be restored w/ CRA housing

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Westlake Theater to be restored w/ CRA housing

Postby nichols » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:03 am

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Westlake Theater Slated as Part of
MacArthur Park-Area Development
CRA/LA to Buy Historic Theater for $5.7 Million and Refurbish

Los Angeles – The 81-year-old Westlake Theater will be bought for $5.7 million and
refurbished as part of a larger development slated for the MacArthur Park area under
funding approvals granted Thursday, Oct. 18, by the Board of Commissioners of the
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA).

The CRA/LA plans to rehabilitate the historic theater, currently #546 on the LA Cultural
Monument List, for use as a multipurpose entertainment facility for live theater, film,
music and other performances, as well as a filming locale and space for community and
social events.

http://www.crala.net/internet-site/Medi ... 2207-2.pdf

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Postby Nathan » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:37 pm

Wow, where to begin...

At first I thought this was just an April Fool's gag, but the calendar proved otherwise. Then I figured this was product of a class of developmentally disabled children who'd been given MacPaint for their SEs, and though this only took third place, still, we'd all go awwwww.

Never mind. (Guess I said everything I needed to say in the Angelenic comments section.) I will add that at least they didn't pull that old chestnut where, in the rendering, they surround the thing with mature Canary Island date palms.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:21 pm

Eeeeew.

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Postby davidk6 » Sun May 04, 2008 9:12 am

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Postby Nathan » Sun May 04, 2008 9:40 am

Oh yeah. The inside is quite something. What you can see of it through the crap. Kind of reminds me of the Chocolate Shop in that regard:
http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/ ... teria.html

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The inclusion of the 22 swapmeet kiosks in the plan is evidently intended to give these folk somewhere to go.

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Postby davidk6 » Sun May 04, 2008 9:49 am

Wow. I get off the bus frequently at Wilshire and Alvarado on my way to USC in the summer -- that is, when I want to stop for pastrami on the way; my usual route is the 3rd St. bus to Vermont, and the Vermont bus to USC -- somewhat faster. (I even recently walked down Alvarado from 3rd to Wilshire, but have never walked into the theater; will do so this summer for sure.)

I love the Hispanic flavor of Alvarado and of Broadway, but I'd also love to see the Westlake Theater restored.

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