Former Center Theater in Fremont to become Afghan cultural center
FREMONT, CA — The former Center Theater, also known as the Park, will soon become a center for Afghan culture and a broadcast studio targeting the Afghan community. The theater, opened in 1946, has been periodically closed over the last decade, and was also used to show Spanish and then Bollywood films. A preservationist group is disappointed at the new use, as they had hoped for something more “inclusive,” but the new operator says the programming will not be political.
While the television station will broadcast to viewers with special satellite hookups across North America, the theater also hopes to forge bonds with Afghan students in Fremont.
“We have a lot of talented people, but we don’t have anyone to guide them,” said Qader Eshpari, a 37-year-old Fremont singer, who will be in charge of sound and video production at the theater.
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