San Clemente’s Miramar Theater is in violation of city codes and if the owner doesn’t fix the problems, the city may have to pay to repair the 1937 landmark and try to get the money back later, a code-enforcement manager said.
But Marc Spizzirri, owner of the former movie theater at 1700 N. El Camino Real, says the issue stems from a broken promise by the city.
After receiving a complaint about the property, the city gave Spizzirri a letter in February describing several nuisance violations such as overgrown weeds and deteriorating paint. Spizzirri has fixed some of the problems but not all, said Jim Smith, a code-enforcement manager.
The theater has received many nuisance notices in the past for trash and weeds, but Spizzirri has always complied, Smith said. Since he hasn’t done so this time in regard to painting the building, the City Council has added a twist.
The council decided in closed session last week that in addition to the nuisance violation, Spizzirri was breaking rules on maintaining a historic building.
Spizzirri said the city told him he had to paint the building but he hasn’t yet because the city promised him a volunteer group would do it in December and the city would pay for the paint. But that didn’t happen, he said.
“I’m not looking for a battle with the city,” Spizzirri said. “But they’ve had me seal that place up, repair the roof, I’ve had to clean out the place inside because of a homeless group and I’ve asked (the city) to enforce the no-parking rule there and they’ve never even done that.”