Stage Raw: L.A.'s own "Golden Gate" to be drug store?
L.A.'S OWN "GOLDEN GATE"
Update May 13, 2 p.m. from Anita Guttierez, L.A. County Planning Commission re the 9 a.m. hearing:
"The Commission requested additional information be analyzed in the [Environmental Impact Report], and continued the case until Aug 19, 2009."
The Golden Gate Theatre, a 1,454-seat movie palace built in 1927, on Whitter and Atlantic boulevards in unincorporated East L.A., faces a possible renovation, which would include removal of the theatre's interior features for use by a retail pharmacy. The Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission is holding a hearing on the project today, May 13.
Golden Gate (continued)
It was designed by William and Clifford Balch, who also participated in the design of the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard and the Fox Theatre in Pomona. The Vega Building, a historic retail building that once surrounded the theatre, suffered damage from the Whittier Earthquake and was demolished in the early 1990s.
The Golden Gate Theatre is one of a handful of neighborhood movie palaces from the 1920s that remain in Southern California, and is the sole remaining intact neighborhood movie palace in East Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Conservancy has objected to the proposed removal and covering over of interior features, leaving the space virtually unrecognizable as a theater, and also threatening its listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Conservancy has requested changes to the design that would leave the interior intact and visible to the public, and has also urged the developer to seriously consider other, more compatible community-oriented uses - such as a live theater, restaurant or club use, or use as an assembly space for religious congregations.