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Actually, the theater was not damaged by the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake! That was a flagrant lie perpetuated by the owners of the property at the time as they preferred to demolish and build a new strip mall instead of preserving the property. In fact, the Old Spagehtti Factory was looking to move in, but the owners and the city at the time was not interested in “historic preservation.”
Ranks as one of the saddest buildings lost in Whittier, right up there with the old Carnegie Library, demolished in the “Out with the old, In with the new ” movement of the 1950’s. Still, Uptown Whittier retains the charm and character of a midwestern town. My advice…buy now before the prices go through the roof in one of L.A’s best kept secrets: Whittier!