Tower may be all that remains of North Long Beach theater
By Karen Robes Meeks, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2010 06:47:38 PM PDT
The Atlantic Theater, 5870-74 Atlantic Ave. in North Long Beach. (Brittany Murray/Press-Telegram)
LONG BEACH – The distinctive RKO-style tower may remain but nearly all of the historic Atlantic Theater building in North Long Beach will be razed if redevelopment leaders approve a staff recommendation Monday.
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board will consider the fate of the 1940s building on 5870-5874 Atlantic Ave. that some residents have said stands in the way of a long-awaited North Village Center. The 6.3-acre project along Atlantic Avenue between 56th and 59th streets will feature housing, retail, a community center and library.
The building’s dilapidated condition made it vulnerable to earthquakes, according to a staff report released Thursday.
That, plus rising construction and maintenance costs and limited development options, have led to the staff’s recommendation of demolition.
The staff will also suggest to agency board members that parts of the theater – the terrazzo floors, the tower, the tile surrounding a water fountain and the building’s facade – be saved and stored for possible incorporation into the new library.