Village Theater in Coronado will renovated, reopen as triplex
CORONADO, CA — Closed since 2000, it looks like the renovation of the Village will finally begin around April of 2010. Original announcements indicated that the work would be completed in 2009, but now grant financing has been secured, an architect engaged, and an operator has signed on to run the theater once the upgrades are completed.
An agreement between the city and Los Angeles-based Five Star Theatres guarantees the 9,000-square-foot movie house will be reopened in one year. In return for a Community Development Agency grant of nearly $2.7 million, Five Star Theatres has agreed to renovate and run the theater until 2026.
The Village Theater’s quaint facade, including the original ticket booth, the tall blade “Village” sign and terrazzo, will remain largely intact, but the main auditorium will be revamped by noted theater designer Joseph Musil into a three-screen cinema.
“Regrettably, we have to carve it up,” Five Star owner Lance Alspaugh said. “I’m not happy about it, but it was the only way anyone could have done it. The good news is we’ve retained a designer that is very impressive.”
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