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.