June 3 Deadline: Letters needed to save the Fairfax Theatre

posted by Ross Melnick on May 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is asking for help to raise awareness for the Fairfax Theatre and its importance in the community before an upcoming vote that will greatly influence its future:

On June 3, 2010, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will be holding a hearing to determine the future of The Fairfax Theater. Now is the time to voice your concern and support for the Fairfax Theater.

Since 1930, the Fairfax Theater has been an integral part of the Fairfax district. The theater has served as a cinema, a legitimate playhouse, and an important locale for various religious and civic events. In the 80 years of operation, many residents of the community saw their first movie here and for others, even their first date and quite a few others, their first job.

This Art Deco treasure should not and cannot be lost to the way of a developer’s whim. Please voice your concern to the LA Cultural Heritage Commission and to Councilman Paul Koretz that the Fairfax Theater needs to be made a Los Angeles Cultural Landmark. Email is the best way to be heard by the Commission and the Councilman. Please email them before the June 3rd hearing. There is a sample email below.

If you are available on June 3rd for the hearing at City Hall your presence will send a resounding message. The hearing will be at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1010 at 10:00 am. Parking is available at east City Hall annex parking structure or surface parking nearby.
Send your emails to:
The Cultural Heritage Commission:
The Councilman:
Please CC emails to The Friends of The Fairfax at so we can be better armed with letters of support at the hearing.
Thank you and Let’s Save The Fairfax!
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SAMPLE EMAIL
To: Ken Bernstein at the Cultural Heritage Commission and Councilman Paul Koretz
[Please include your own personal story/relationship you have with the Fairfax]

For over 80 years, The Fairfax Theater has been a cornerstone to the Fairfax District. It has been an anchor to which a whole community has grown around. Its closure and proposed development into condominiums will grossly impact one of LA’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

This Art Deco landmark cannot be lost! Please vote for the Fairfax theater to be recognized as a LA Cultural Landmark.
Sincerely,
Your name

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Comments (4)

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Having seen a movie in the very pretty auditorium (while visiting LA), I emailed my plea and hope everybody else does, too!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Thanks Howard.

monika
monika on May 28, 2010 at 12:57 am

Thanks for the update. I just sent an email.

LawMann
LawMann on May 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Not many neighbor theatres left in Los Angeles. Most are located in malls. I just read in the Los Angeles Times that the Golden Gate theatre in east Los Angeles may be demolished. So sad to see these historic neighborhood gems disappear forever.

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