Atlantic Theater in Long Beach appears doomed

posted by CSWalczak on May 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

LONG BEACH, CA — Time may be running out for the Boller Brothers-designed 1942 Atlantic Theater in Long Beach. The city’s Redevelopment Agency Board will consider the building’s fate soon, and the staff recommendation is that the building be razed except for the building’s distinctive tower; other elements might be saved for use in later construction.

The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board will consider the fate of the 1940s building on 5870-5874 Atlantic Ave. that some residents have said stands in the way of a long-awaited North Village Center. The 6.3-acre project along Atlantic Avenue between 56th and 59th streets will feature housing, retail, a community center and library.

The building’s dilapidated condition made it vulnerable to earthquakes, according to a staff report released Thursday.

Read more in the Press-Telegram.

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Comments (4)

CSWalczak on May 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

UPDATE: The Long Beach RDA on May 3 voted to demolish the theater:

Senorsock on May 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

This is a sad day. Long beach has lost a lot of great theaters. I hope someone is allowed to take a decent photo tour of the place before it is lost forever.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I dunno. Just looked at some Flickr photos & the Atlantic doesn’t look like much. It also looks like the building is pretty f-ed up. It sucks that the New York Roxy was demolished. Should we really worry about the Atlantic?

CSWalczak on May 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Joni Mitchell said it so well: “Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.”

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