Rialto Theater (South Pasadena) blade sign in danger

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Rialto Theater (South Pasadena) blade sign in danger

Postby nredom » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:23 pm

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Postby deanna b » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:52 am

This is the latest news, which sounds a little more hopeful:

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_2017 ... 2942be83cf

Here's the original message from Friends of the Rialto a couple weeks ago on the matter:
Friends of the Rialto
March 7
As has been rumored and reported, the city has ordered that the sign be removed for public safety reasons. Friends of the Rialto was informed late Tuesday night, and we were first on the scene this morning. The city Building Official is working with the leaseholders, Landmark Theaters, to find an immediate solution. If removed, the "blade" marquee sign WILL be removed very carefully, transported and preserved. This is not easy work, requiring a very large crane and a skilled crew. Landmark is getting bids to do this work, and the City, Friends of the Rialto, and other local preservation groups will be involved in the process.
The question has been asked, will removal of the sign be a setback to future restoration? Let me answer simply with a resounding NO! A future restoration of the Rialto would probably include removal, restoration and rehanging of the blade sign and lower marquee. The blade sign is 87 years old, and needs a lot of restoration work. Until it has been thoroughly inspected, it is not clear how much work is needed. Ideally, the original sign would be reinforced, cleaned, rewired, repainted, and relit, but if the rust has gone too far, the sign may need to be accurately replicated. I have visited Historic Theaters that have had to replace marquees, and have done beautiful jobs matching the original.
This does not change our resolve to push for restoration and reopening of the Rialto, if anything, it strengthens our resolve. Please check back here for facts as they are made available.
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