Huntington Park Warner Update
The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) has worked with members of the HP community, the City of Huntington Park and the Warner Theatre owners to locate a theatre operator or funding source that would bring this magnificent theatre back to its original use.
Unfortunately, after a year of work, nothing could be secured in time. Over our strong objections, the City Planning Commission approved the project the owners submitted.
LAHTF did, however, secure additional protections for the theatre. These additional protections include storing the seats that will be removed on site, and making sure the original painted details are preserved. We also asked that any historic elements removed must be documented in place first and stored safely on site for the future.
The project that was approved is for one store to occupy the main auditorium. The theatre is not to be divided at all. The rumor that up to 6 stores will occupy the space is completely unfounded. There are existing storefronts that are part of the structure and those may very well have separate businesses.
A demolition permit for portions of the theatre interior has been issued. LAHTF is in close contact with the owners and will continue to monitor the project. However, it is important for Huntington Park residents to also stay on top of the work. If residents have questions, they should contact the City Planning Department, 323-584-6210 .