The city's Cultural Heritage Commission has agreed to consider making the former Valley Music Center a landmark, a move homeowner activists hope will save the unusual dome-shaped Ventura Boulevard building from being demolished for condominium or apartment development.
The Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization is seeking city cultural monument status for the building, a move engineered to save the sprawling theater that for years operated as a theater-in-the-round.
The commission will tour the 29-year-old facility Jan. 31, city officials said Tuesday.
If the auditorium at 20600 Ventura Blvd. receives monument status, it would be the youngest landmark in Los Angeles, a cultural heritage official said. Currently the 22-foot-tall "Tower of Wooden Pallets," built in 1951 in the back yard of a Van Nuys house, is the youngest city landmark.
The 2,900-seat auditorium, noted for its white domed roof, is owned by the Jehovah's Witnesses, who are selling the building to a developer, said church elder Jim Larcher. The sale is in escrow and Larcher said the developer, whom he declined to name, intends to tear down the theater and build "luxury multifamily housing."