3341 W. 43rd Place,
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A large neighborhood movie palace, this 1931 Spanish-tinged Deco wonder has retained its importance to the community for 70 years since the theater first opened.
After showing first run films for decades, the theater was renamed the Watchtower in the 1980’s, when the Leimert was converted into a Jehovah’s Witness chapel.
Actress Marla Gibbs purchased the theater in 1990 and renamed it The Vision Theatre.
The theater fell on hard times after the 1992 riots and the economic recession which hit this area of Los Angeles.
The bank foreclosed on the property in 1997 and the city took it over.
The theater was later converted into a performing arts center.
Today, the theater is in the midst of a multi-year, $11 million renovation and fundraising campaign.
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