Future of Atlantic Theater in Long Beach is cloudy at best
LONG BEACH, CA — City officials are weighing possibilities for the former Atlantic Theater on Atlantic Avenue. The 1941 Boller Brothers theater was last used as a church, but is currently vacant. Both redevelopment and razing are being considered.
Now, some are worried that the old theater’s terrazzo tile and signature neon spire will be lost if the north Long Beach building is demolished as part of a redevelopment push in the neighborhood.
For John Thomas, president of Long Beach Heritage and a board member of the city’s Redevelopment Agency, buildings like the Atlantic Theater serve as giant reminders of a city’s former splendor.
“When you actually have a building, it helps create a visual experience of how their community evolved,” said Thomas, who has abstained from his involvement with the redevelopment agency on issues involving the Atlantic Theater because of his position with Long Beach Heritage.
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