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Washington Theatre

There should be some mention of the fate of the Washington Theatre at the City of Pasadena's Planning Commission Meeting, Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 6:15 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Pasadena City Hall, Room S249, 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The Planning Commission will review the North Lake Specific Plan amendments at that time; the Washington Theatre is the most important cultural historic resource in the Specific Plan area, and anyone wishing to plead for the saving of the Washington Theatre will be able to speak for three minutes after submitting a speaker's card.

As of July 2007, the owners of the Washington Theatre are applying for National Register status for the building in order to be eligible for available historic preservation federal funds and tax credits. We wish the owners well and hope that the project will eventually begin after three long years of waiting.
posted by Timetraveler on Jul 6, 2007 at 5:33pm
  • August 13 2007 - North Central
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It looks like their finally working on the restoration.
  • March 13 2010
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Are you serious?   Every time I go by it is still all boarded up with, with no activity of any kind, and no construction vehicles...

It has been empty since condemned due to the slum conditions of the apartments, many of them on slopped floors that were slopped for the theater seating.

Perhaps you mean it is under design and funding?  The biggest obstacle to re-opening it as a theater is lack of parking.  I know there was discussion about sharing parking or doing a parking structure of some kind on the Food-4-Less parking lot across the street.  I have not heard the outcome of those discussions.

After the demise of the Raymond Theater to convert it to condos, it is good news if anyone can revitalize a retired Theater, but with the expense and limited income revenue model, it is a long hard up-hill battle.

Even the Pasadena Playhouse has said they will have to close due to inadequate revenue.
  • July 02 2010
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