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Development Headed For 1928 Warner Hollywood Theatre?

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The Warner Brothers theater in San Pedro, the Warner Grand, is restored and reopened for semi-regular business, but some of its siblings might be in trouble. The Warner Huntington Park is up for sale on Loopnet and the owners of the vacant Warner Brothers Hollywood Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, near Wilcox, are now "evaluating their options" for redevelopment, says Park La Brea News. This is a semi-quiet area surrounded by Hollywood's development hot zone, so things could get crazy deciding on what Robertson Properties Group decides to do. Preservation advocates, meanwhile, are simultaneously hoping that the theater can be restored like those on Broadway in DTLA and worrying that someone will come up with some awful plan to demolish it.

Previous plans for the theater property included a Hollywood Entertainment Museum that left the theater in one piece and added a new tower behind it. Preservationists are hoping that any future plans to reuse the historic building will do something similar. "I don't see any reason why they can't redevelop that land and make provisions for keeping that theatre," says the cofounder of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.

The Hollywood Warner, later the Hollywood Pacific, has been around since 1928; when it opened, it could seat the most patrons of any theater in Hollywood—2,756. It's been closed as a theater since the '90s, though it was used as a church and a digital projection showroom for periods since then.
· Advocates fear Warner Bros. Theatre is at risk [PLNBP]