Pasadena grants landmark status to Washington Theatre
PASADENA, CA — The City Council has accorded the 1925 Washington Theatre landmark status.The designation protects the building from demolition but not from non-theatrical use nor from changes to its interior. The owners would like to see some theatrical reuse, but lack of parking nearby is seen as a deterrent.
The current developer, Jacqueline Buickians, who owns the property with her husband, has said that the building will be used for a mixed retail and residential project that could also involve a new theater in the building.
The lack of parking in the neighborhood may make the plan to open a theater or other cultural use infeasible though, she added.
The historical landmark status will not affect the renovation project, she said, since it will still allow the inside of the building to be renovated.
There is more in the Pasadena Star-News.