Port Theatre to be demolished
CORONA DEL MAR, CA — With the permits granted, the Port Theatre’s demolition seems inevitable.
The only question is when.
It was named one of Newport’s landmark buildings in 2003, but that designation apparently won’t save the historic Port Theater from bulldozers.
The single-screen Art Deco movie theater on East Coast Highway, which opened in 1950, once hosted the Newport Beach Film Festival and was an art house theater for nearly a decade until it closed in 1998.
In March, Port Theater owner Rick Aversano got a city permit to demolish the building, then he sold it. The new owner is Pand Realty LLC, but no plans for the property have been submitted to the city and it’s not clear when demolition will start.
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