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Azusa Drive-In sign restoration?

Postby khummer » Fri Feb 10, 2006 9:19 am

Sign of the times
APU preserving drive-in marquee
By Kiersten Eaton Correspondent



AZUSA - Restoration of the landmark Foothill Drive-in Theater marquee is showing signs of life.
Azusa Pacific University and R&R Signs of Glendora have started working together to restore and preserve the historic Route 66 drive-in.

"It's going to take a lot of work to get in and figure out what we need to do," said Rick Rice, owner of R&R Signs.

According to Rice, about one-eighth of the sign's 500 bulbs glowed during a Jan. 24 test lighting, and those that did light were either dim or flickering.

The Los Angeles Conservancy nominated the drive-in property for landmark status Aug. 1, 2001, while the 17-acre site was still in escrow. Foothill was the last remaining drive-in movie theater on Route 66 west of Oklahoma.

The drive-in was placed on the California Historical Landmark Registry after the private evangelical college paid $6.1 million for it in the summer of 2001.

APU officials disagreed with the listing but did agree to spend $50,000 to refurbish it. Now it is used for campus announcements in English and Spanish.

The remainder of the property is earmarked for the university's 20-year growth plan that includes classrooms, dorms and other buildings on its east and west campuses.

R&R Signs assessed the sign two years ago to determine a cost estimate. That estimate is no longer accurate because the sign has continued to deteriorate. It also suffered some wind


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damage during recent storms, according to Rice.

Rice hopes to begin the restoration work by May to allow time to process plans, receive materials and avoid seasonal rains that could damage the interior electrical systems.

According to APU's General Counsel Mark Dickerson, the start of restoration depends on the initial reports by R&R Signs, APU's agreement, and the City Council's approval.

The university must also raise sufficient funds to pay restoration costs.

At the last City Council meeting, the university and the council agreed to create the Azusa Foothill Marquee Preservation Fund to allow private donors to subsidize the $50,000 APU will contribute.

Dickerson hopes to see the sign fully restored by the end of the year.

"We'll keep going as quickly as we can," Dickerson said.

Once completed, the sign will again be lit on special occasions and used as an announcement board for community events.


Staff Writer Marianne Love contributed to this story.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:00 pm

They'll only light the marquee on "special occasions"???

i.e.: Jesus' birthday, Jesus' Resurrection, and the anniversary of Azusa Pacific's Judas-like, backstabbing, double-cross against the preservation community to destroy the drive in and the American heritage it represents.

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I wonder if

Postby modfan » Sat Feb 11, 2006 2:55 am

anyone knows that Azusa in spanish means 'Skunk'.

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Postby retromotelguest » Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:52 pm

Pasadena City College did a similar thing by destroying a googie coffeeshop back in '80s.

One would think that one of the roles of a college would be to set a standard and serve as role model for students with regard to history, preservation, and civic duty.

Of course, we're not exactly talking about a Socratic society here...

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Postby khummer » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:47 pm

I agree it should be lit every night, just like the Drive-In was. It is sad to see that APU is that much of a nonprofit that they are unable to pay the electric bill for this. The additional monies received should be used to keep it maintained - and LIT every night. Good catch, retromotel.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:57 pm

Neon uses less energy than light bulbs. Although that sign does have an awful lot of lightbulbs.

Anybody have a photo of the marquee that could get posted here for reference?

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Postby Buddies Lounge » Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:37 am

Yes, I have a Kodachrome slide of the sign at night from about 2000---it's not a great shot, but I will scan and post it this weekend....below is a link to a website I'm starting of shots around Los Angeles today in Kodachrome.


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Postby Buddies Lounge » Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:34 pm

The marquee photo is up on my blog---it's at the bottom of the page...it's not a great, plus it's one of the first slides I took in Kodachrome in 2001 and I never got back to the sign again before it closed.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:08 pm

There aren't that many lightbulbs. After spending that highly inflated $50K to refurbish the sign, I don't see why the school won't light it up every night. Seriously, the APU is getting cheated if it's actually spending a whopping $50K to rehab that sign. I've seen much larger signs restored for half that amount.

I wonder if the sign restorer has a "friend" on the Azusa Board...Hmmm.

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Postby nichols » Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:45 pm

All the neon, all the bulbs, all the cans, all the plastic.. . every bit of electrical has been stripped from this sign. It's looking pathetic. What's going on in Azusa?
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The world's slowest restoration job

Postby khummer » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:57 pm

I saw a vaccuum hanging within the sign today. I am very concerned, too.

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Postby atom_smasher_84 » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:23 pm

Hello !

My name is John and I am new to the board. I am a huge fan of LA history, and live near the old Drive in. Sadly I attend the very school that so carelessly gave the drive in the heave ho. I and a number of my friends in the art Dept tried to voice our opinions but the adminsitrators here gave us the cold sholder ( they don't like us artists)

The workers dismanteled the neon and primered the sign as you can see. As of yesterday it looks like they are testing red colorson the back of the sign. I sincerly hope they keep their promiss and restore it but with the way they have been treating us here in the Art Dept lately, it seems as if they would rather be making money than preserving.

I'll keep you guys postedon any news !

John

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John, glad you could share your concerns...

Postby khummer » Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:44 pm

Artists are always welcomed at MODCOM and this board.

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Postby atom_smasher_84 » Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:34 pm

Hello! John here !

Today I spotted workers applying steel sheet to the backs of the holes you see in the picture of the dismantled sign. Rust pactches perhaps?

I'll keep you posted !

John

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Postby atom_smasher_84 » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:53 am

Hey !

They have started to paint the sign its originnal colors ! Pics to come.

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Postby nichols » Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:16 pm

This is the correct color.

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colors on Foothill Drive-In signage

Postby khummer » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:53 pm

The city of Azusa Historic preservation commission thinks the original colors are red. Humm....

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Postby nichols » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:57 pm

I have (B/W) photos from the early '60s with the distinctive vertical stripe pattern that I remember from the '70s. I also have a 1981 photo with this turquoise and white stripe pattern that was painted out in the mid '90s.

Kathy, Jay, please make them aware of this.

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Postby nichols » Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:06 pm

Azusa-Foothill Drive-In Theater, 1981 (detail)
(photo by Jim Walker)

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Thanks for the photo...

Postby khummer » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:20 pm

Yes, I recall that blue hue. I'll let them know when one of the friendly ones gets back to work. Hopefully, within the week. This is a 911.

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Postby atom_smasher_84 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:37 am

Part of the Sign that was damaged when the knuckle heads took down the place blew down in yesterdays high winds here in Azusa. The Upper left hand side of the sign is no more. Lets hope they dont use this as an excuse not to go ahead with the "restoration." Ive seen the plans of what they plan to do with the property and the sign is no where to be found.

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Azusa Drive In Pics

Postby atom_smasher_84 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:23 pm

Hello !

I took some pics of the sign yesterday. You can see the damage the wind did last week. They have just put the cursive script on and placed bulbs too.

Will Keep posted,

John

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Postby nichols » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:27 am

We talked about this briefly at the Monday ModCom meeting and are very concerned that the cursive word "Azusa" at the top of the marquee appears to have been replaced with red backlit plastic. khummer told me she would look into it.

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Postby nichols » Thu May 31, 2007 10:56 am

Well, who knew? It looks pretty good. Is that beige or yellow?

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sign

Postby khummer » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:00 pm

yellow - looks like the old mcdonalds colors.

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Postby Dustyman73 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:51 pm

Looks great! What color is the neon when it's lit?

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Forgot what it looked like?

Postby khummer » Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:30 pm

My friend showed me the test, and it looked great. The exact colors, I could not verify. I think they even restored the chaser or running lights, but I could be super wrong. Stay tuned.

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No running lights

Postby khummer » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:11 pm

Awwww... what's up. They were working a month ago.


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