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November 25, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Los Angeles and a private developer collaborated to put a major shopping mall within walking distance of her Baldwin Hills home, Deirdre Hill did her shopping across town. She still does--three years after the $120-million Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza first beckoned the affluent residents of the nearby hilltop neighborhoods. Hill said she still makes the trek because the May Co. and Broadway stores at the plaza failed to sufficiently upgrade their merchandise and facilities.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Like an A-student with a plum assignment, "Frankie & Alice" star Halle Berry tears into the part of Francis Murdoch with a performance that says, "I got this one": a loose-cannon stripper suffering from multiple personalities, including one who's a racist, haughty, white Southern belle. The '70s-set film is based on a real psychotherapy case, and Berry's portrayal is pure marquee turn, full of hot jazzy light, if rarely anything penetrating, but it's immensely watchable. Even without the virtuosic vocal switchbacks (there's a scared young girl alter ego too)
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November 2, 1987 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
With thousands of jobs and millions of dollars at stake, Crenshaw community leaders are demanding that blacks be given preference in the construction and operation of the new Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, a $120-million shopping mall in the predominantly black area. The joint venture by Los Angeles and the Alexander Haagen Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Dressed in a red Santa suit, white beard and rimless glasses balanced on his nose, Langston Patterson sits on a velvet couch and waits for his adoring fans. Some call first to make sure he will be there. They come from Palmdale, Thousand Oaks and San Bernardino, driving past many shopping malls with Santas, but none that look like him. For nearly a decade, Patterson has been the main attraction at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Christmastime: a rare black Santa Claus in a sea of white ones.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Long-awaited work to modernize Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Los Angeles and jettison its static 1980s vibe will begin by the end of the year, the mall's owners said Thursday. First up is a $30-million major upgrade, which owners Capri Capital Partners unveiled to community leaders Thursday. The overhaul will be followed by a more ambitious development program intended to add housing, a hotel and an office building. Tree-lined sidewalks would link the 43-acre property with a new light-rail station that the city is building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1988 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Until recently, Cheryl Brooks was often plagued by the feeling that she was locked out of a good job. The 22-year-old, black, single parent was working as a security guard at the construction site gate at the $120-million Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. And as the higher-paid, male construction workers showed up for work, she was there to let them in. "The guys kept telling me they needed more women to work on the construction site, they kept asking me to apply. So I decided to do it," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1989 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Developer Alexander Haagen has ousted the manager of the newly refurbished Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and replaced him with a management team that includes the daughter of county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, a longtime friend. The removal of Louis George, a black, and the selection of Janice Hahn Baucum, a white, to be co-manager of the mall has sparked an outcry by the leaders of three civil rights organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To show Federated Department Stores that Crenshaw district residents are serious about wanting a quality department store in their neighborhood, about 200 patrons of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza took to the streets Saturday morning. They want Federated to replace the soon-to-be-closed Broadway there with a Macy's or a similar, high-quality store.
NEWS
January 30, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a disappointing holiday season, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and the Fox Hills Mall have set their sights on what they hope will be the next sure-fire promotion of foot traffic--celebrations to honor Black History Month. Both malls have scheduled major art exhibitions, inviting artists from across the country to display their work. More than 60 artists will be on hand to kick off Fox Hills Mall's African-American Artists Celebration today through Sunday.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major national theater chain and a black-owned Los Angeles theater have agreed to a joint venture to operate movie theaters in South Los Angeles, promising a major boost to the area's regional shopping mall and a significant expansion of its entertainment options. The deal between the Baldwin Theater--the nation's only first-run, black-owned movie house--and Kansas City-based American Multi-Cinema Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2011 | Hector Tobar
When I was a kid, I had a map with a dotted line for the Beverly Hills Freeway. It was going to run just south of my East Hollywood neighborhood, plowing through the Fairfax district on its way to the sea, bulldozing a mansion or two along the way. It was never built, of course. Another dotted line on that same map marked the Century Freeway, Interstate 105, which was built. Caltrans cut a gaping no-man's land through South L.A. and Lynwood years before construction began, and so fostered crime and urban decay.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Magic Johnson Theaters was a blockbuster business story in the mid-1990s, the feel-good saga of a plucky underdog's climb to the top of the heap. Since Johnson and his partner sold their ownership stake in 2004, time and circumstances have been less than kind to the cineplex at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. But new owners for the mall and new operators for the theaters have big plans to rejuvenate the venture. The undisputed success ? considered improbable by many at the time ?
BUSINESS
November 9, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The former Magic Johnson Theaters at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza will be taken over by upscale theater operator Rave Motion Pictures. Dallas-based Rave will manage the 15-screen multiplex in the South Los Angeles mall after a $10-million renovation of the complex is completed in May, owners of the mall said Monday. In Los Angeles, Rave currently operates the Rave 18 at the Howard Hughes Center (which was formerly known as the Bridge). Rave, founded in 1999, owns or manages 61 theaters with about 1,000 screens in 20 states.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Long-awaited work to modernize Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Los Angeles and jettison its static 1980s vibe will begin by the end of the year, the mall's owners said Thursday. First up is a $30-million major upgrade, which owners Capri Capital Partners unveiled to community leaders Thursday. The overhaul will be followed by a more ambitious development program intended to add housing, a hotel and an office building. Tree-lined sidewalks would link the 43-acre property with a new light-rail station that the city is building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2009 | Gerrick D. Kennedy
Crenshaw Boulevard has long been known as main street for southwest Los Angeles, home to religious institutions and block after block of shops, including the landmark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall. The car has always been king on Crenshaw -- so much so that police over the years have cracked down on weekend cruising that many consider a rite of passage. But now, city officials want to make Crenshaw more pedestrian friendly as well, and in the process draw more customers to the boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2004 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
It's 8:30 on a weekday morning at the Wal-Mart in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and the lawn and patio furniture department is crowded. No big sale is going on, just the usual discount prices, yet women and men are cheering. "Everywhere we go, people want to know, who we are, so we tell them," they singsong loudly in unison, sounding like a pep rally at a black college basketball game. "We are the Wal-Mart, mighty, mighty Wal-Mart ..." Mighty, indeed.
NEWS
August 15, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is expected to be a boost for the struggling mall, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has been picked to be host of the largest West Coast exhibit of artwork depicting black history and lifestyles. Barbara Wesson, the organizer of the Artists' Salute to Black History Month Exhibition, pulled the show from its traditional location at the Fox Hills Mall in Culver City after she was unable to reach an agreement with officials of that mall on space for next year's 10th-anniversary celebration.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2003 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Expanding its reach into urban markets, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opened the doors of a new store Wednesday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, taking the place of a Macy's that closed nearly four years ago. Eager customers, who lined up for the store's 7:30 a.m. opening, said the three-story Wal-Mart would be a welcome addition to an area that has long suffered from a lack of discount shopping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1999 | DARRYL FEARS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Macy's, the department store giant, gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in unsolicited grants to four community groups active in the Crenshaw area less than three weeks before abruptly closing its store at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Leaders of at least three of those organizations said Thursday that they suspect the $360,000 given in grants Dec. 17 was either money to keep them from speaking out against the closure, or a gift to ease the conscience of Macy's executives.
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