The church that has been the State Theatre’s long-time tenant is expected to vacate the theatre this month. For the past year, LAHTF has been assisting in securing a new tenant for the largest theatre on Broadway. For the latest information and a history of this important theatre CLICK THE PHOTO to go to our advocacy page for the State Theatre. Photo by Mike Hume
Earl Carroll Theatre
On Monday Oct 17th, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation joined Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and our preservation coalition partners: Hollywood Heritage, the LA Conservancy and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles to celebrate the "ground-breaking" of a new apartment complex by Essex Properties. Our coalition spent two years working directly with the development team to find ways to preserve and protect the Earl Carroll Theatre. This is a preservation success story. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading. Lobby photo by Wendell Benedetti
Crest Westwood Theatre
The Crest Westwood is for sale and is listed for just under $6 million. According to the listing agents, there have been a few interested parties. The only one that has been made public is The Actors Hall of Fame. They had submitted a Letter of Intent and made an offer, but no agreement was reached and the AHoF has withdrawn their offer. We will continue trying to find a good buyer for the Crest Westwood so that it can remain a theatre.
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Hollywood Warner Theatre
There has been a lot of recent attention circling the Hollywood Warner Theatre (Hollywood Pacific), so we would like to take a few minutes to report the current status. After a year of many productive meetings, Robertson Properties agreed to fund a neutral third-party feasibility study, with the reactivation of the theatre as the priority. This agreement was a big step forward from the owner’s starting point, that the theatre had to be demolished. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading. Lobby photo by Wendell Benedetti
On Thursday, January 11, the Oversight Board for the CRA/LA unanimously approved the sale of the Westlake Theatre to 634 Alvarado, LLP for $2M. It was one of four offers that came in last August during the sale process. The top two bids were withdrawn and this 3rd bid was accepted. LAHTF is reaching out to the buyer and hopes to have more information soon. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading about the walkthrough and sale process. Photo by Wendell Benedetti
Fox Inglewood Theatre
When opened in 1949 The Fox Inglewood Theatre, at 1,166 seats, was one of the largest theatres build in South L.A. The theatre entertained a number of generations of City residents before welcoming its last movie patron in 1984. Since then, the fate of the Fox Inglewood has been uncertain. CLICK THE PHOTO to read our full position statement.
Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena
The Friends of the Rialto, with support of the Theatre's new tenant, Mosaic Church, is restoring the 35mm projection system for use for future movie screenings. The first movie screening produced by Mosaic was a great success. and fulfills the churches pledge to start holding movie screenings and events for the community, in addition to regular church services. Friends of the Rialto will continue to work closely with the Church to promote a proper restoration and reactivation. CLICK THE PHOTO for more information. Photo by Hunter Kerhart
Million Dollar Theatre
The Million Dollar Theatre has been leased to a new organization. It is unclear at this point what their specific plans are for the Theatre. LAHTF is working to develop a relationship with this new tenant, and hope to help them to activate the Theatre space for public events.
The Million Dollar Theatre was the first Movie Palace on Broadway, built by Sid Grauman and opened in 1918. CLICK THE PHOTO for more information and updates. Photo by Wendell Benedetti
There is a rumor being spread about a deal with a new tenant for the Tower Theatre. We have checked our sources and they are not able to confirm this. LAHTF has decided NOT to help spread the rumor until someone official makes a public statement. If it turns out to be true, LAHTF will do our best to work directly with owners, tenants, and government officials to fulfill our mission statement: to make sure this and any historic theatre is Preserved, Protected, Restored and Sustained. CLICK THE PHOTO for more background.
The Olympic Theatre, originally opened in 1927 as the Bard’s 8th St Theatre, and has for the last many years been used as a furniture store. It closed a few years ago, and was recently leased to COS, a high end clothing store under the H&M brand. When the announcement was made, LAHTF attempted multiple times to contact the brand to offer our consulting services. Our hope was to protect and preserve as many of the original theatre details as possible. CLICK THE PHOTO for more information. Photo by Hunter Kerhart