NuWilshire closed…yet lights still on?

posted by Nushboy07 on January 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

SANTA MONICA, CA — The NuWilshire Theatre is currently a sitting duck…with the lights still on. As of today, January 14, 2008 the theatre has not changed status except that the lights on the marque remain lit. As I am only a few blocks away the theatre, I have noticed they have remained on since the last day of working there. You would think that no light would be on at all, so as not to confuse a passersby or someone hoping to catch a movie and only to discover that it’s closed. No matter the time of day, the lights have been on. This is a mystery. Another reason why this puzzles me, is the fact that Santa Monica claims to be a green city. If this is the case, wouldn’t the lights be left off until actual construction and remodeling begins?

I will keep you posted.

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Comments (5)

William on January 15, 2008 at 11:21 am

Sometimes when a location gets closed and or razed work people tend to turn on a lot of switches. Since they may not know what they go to or don’t care, they remain on. Leaving the lights on at a site is not a new thing, it just happens.

Broan on January 15, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Good for security too.

br91975 on January 16, 2008 at 8:30 am

Thanks for all the great work you’ve done, Nushboy07, in keeping us posted on the closing of the NuWilshire and its subsequent decline. Do you have any current photos of the exterior – and maybe any shots peering into the lobby – you would be able to post?

Nushboy07 on January 16, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Oh, it’s my pleasure! And about the pictures, sure, I’ll get on that.

BrendanM on January 18, 2008 at 4:58 pm

A similar thing like that happened at the Crocker Theater in my hometown. The building had been sitting empty for over 20 years and one night the marquee was lit. I guess they were doing some renovations inside but it never went anywhere. The lights remained on for months before fizzling out. The theater, of course, was torn down for redevelpement; that was three years ago and the site still remains a vacant lot.

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