Threatened: Long Beach, CA – Atlantic Theater

Long Beach RDA Board votes to demolish iconic Atlantic Theater

Tower, terrazzo floors tiles spared for future use.

By Karen Robes Meeks, Staff Writer

Posted: 05/03/2010 10:53:00 AM PDT

Long Beach’s iconic Atlantic Theater will be razed in the wake of a 4-0 vote by the Redevelopment Agency Board Monday, May 3, 2010. The iconic tower and other elements will be preserved for future use. (File Photo / Press-Telegram)

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board voted Monday morning to raze most of the historic Atlantic Theater building in North Long Beach.

The board, citing safety concerns, voted 4-0 to demolish most of the property but to save the iconic RKO-style tower, the terrazzo floors, the tile surrounding a water fountain and tiles from the building’s facade.

The four voting for the razing were John Cross, Diane Arnold, Bill Baker and Teer Strickland.

Two members did not vote – Vivian Tobias was absent and John Thomas, the Long Beach Heritage president who freely advocated saving the building, recused himself.

The 1940 s building, located at 5870-5874 Atlantic Ave., may be replaced by the long-awaited North Village Center, a 6.3-acre project along Atlantic Avenue between 56 th and 59 th streets that will feature housing, retail, a community center and library.

via Long Beach RDA Board votes to demolish iconic Atlantic Theater – Press-Telegram.

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    With the loss of all but the front portion of this theatre (which is certainly better than nothing), Long Beach will have only one historic movie theatre left, the Art (restored, operating). This is a very sad state of affairs for a city that was once packed with theatres. At least three others–Belmont, Ebell, Cabart…and another whose name escapes me…still stand, but they have been completely redone on the interior and can never serve as theatres again. A dozen or more others have been demolished over the years.

  2. Gary Lee Parks

    With the loss of all but the front portion of this theatre (which is certainly better than nothing), Long Beach will have only one historic movie theatre left, the Art (restored, operating). This is a very sad state of affairs for a city that was once packed with theatres. At least three others–Belmont, Ebell, Cabart…and another whose name escapes me…still stand, but they have been completely redone on the interior and can never serve as theatres again. A dozen or more others have been demolished over the years.

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