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"Horak, Chris" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 13:00:26 -0700
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> As I reported several weeks ago, the world famous Cinerama Dome in Los
> Angeles has been involved in a struggle between preservationists and the
> Cinerama's owner, Pacific Theatres chain, which has planned to gut the
> theatre and facade, in order to build another shopping mall. Adding insult
> to injury, Pacific has requested $10 million in public funding from the
> L.A.
> City Council for the project. The following is my summary of an update
> letter by Doug Haines (The Friends of Cinerama), submitted to the List
> with
> his permission:
> Sadly, on August 5, 1998, the Cultural Heritage Commission denied the
> Cinerama Dome landmark status. According to a member of the Commission,
> this
> decision was made after City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg applied heavy
> pressure to the Commission, so that Pacific Theatres can go ahead with
> their
> plan to gut the Cinerama Dome's auditorium and convert the lobby and box
> office into a restaurant and bar (latest reports call for  KOO KOO ROO
> chicken). Councilwoman Goldberg is also pushing the effort to publicly
> fund
> the desecration of one of Hollywood's most important cinema history
> landmarks. Pacific Theatre's own environmental Impact Report conceded that
> the Cinerama Dome is not only fully qualified for L.A. and California
> Landmark status, but also meets the requirements to be placed on the
> National Register of Historic Places.
> Ironically, the Cultural Heritage Commission never seriously considered
> the
> issue, because economic concerns took precedence over cultural issues;
> this
> despite the fact that the Commission received more letters in support of
> the
> Cinerama Dome's Landmark nomination than any other nomination in the
> agency's history. Goldberg who has likewise received more letters on this
> issue than any L.A. Councilperson has ever received on any issue has
> dutifully turned the letters over to Pacific Theaters.
> Despite these setbacks, the battle against big capital and corrupt
> politicians continues. Hollywood Heritage, the Los Angeles Conservancy and
> the Friends of Cinerama are filing a lawsuit against Pacific Theatres and
> the Community Redevelopment Agency. The next battle will be in City
> Council,
> where Councilman Joel Wachs takes a dim view of taxpayer handouts to
> developers.
> You can do your part by sending/faxing letters to Joel Wachs and Mayor
> Richard Riordan:
> Councilman Joel Wachs                                Hon. Richard Riordan,
> Mayor
> 200 N. Main RM 402                                     200 N. Main Street,
> Suite 800
> Los ANgeles, CA. 90012                               Los Angeles, CA.
> 90012
> Fax: 213 680 7895                                        Fax:  213 485
> 1286
> Chris Horak
> Jan-Christopher Horak
> Director
> Archives & Collections
> 100 Universal City Plaza, 503-LL
> Universal City, Ca. 91608
> 1 818 777 7571
> 1 818 866 5120 (fax)
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