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April 13, 1988 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
Two years after the death of its owner put an end to the California Theatre's decade-long run as one of San Diego's busiest pop concert facilities, the 61-year-old downtown landmark is gearing up for a reprise. A troika of Los Angeles businessmen has signed an exclusive lease with California First Bank, the property's trustee, to take over operations of the 1,800-seat former vaudeville house, which has been mostly dark since the death of its eccentric millionaire owner, A. W.
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July 12, 2010
UCLA Live recently canceled its well-regarded international theater festival, but Calabasas would like to point out that UCLA didn't have a lock on that concept. The city near the southwestern San Fernando Valley is holding its second annual California International Theatre Festival from July 17 to 25. The visiting companies aren't of the same stature as those that UCLA attracted, but they are diverse. The Orto-Da Theatre Group of Israel will perform its work "Stones," Theatre Newfoundland Labrador of Canada presents "Tempting Providence" by Robert Chafe, and Conor Lovett of Gare St Lazare Players Ireland will perform an adaptation of the Samuel Beckett short story "The End."
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June 23, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Theatre, which opened in 1927 with the movie "The Venus of Venice," may soon be torn down to make way for a 34-story office building. Wednesday's appearance by the Cowboy Junkies, a Canadian folk-rock group, was the theater's last scheduled concert. After a bodybuilding show and an organ recital later this month, the California has no remaining dates on its calendar.
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April 4, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier
Some people nowadays have home theaters with TV screens, projectors and all sorts of high-tech accoutrements, but Rachelle and Scott Adler actually have a theater in their Los Angeles home — an appropriate setting for the March 27 fundraiser for the California International Theatre Festival. "I can't believe I'm on a stage," said Michele Lee, the Tony- and Emmy-nominated actress who sang for 50 festival supporters relaxing on the room's sofas. Lee will also be performing as part of the 10-day event, which will take place July 16 to 25 in Calabasas.
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April 9, 2005
Pacino on stage: Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei will star in a concert reading of Oscar Wilde's "Salome" at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts in San Bernardino, April 25-27. Tickets go on sale Sunday at Ticketmaster. Other California performances will be announced soon, the producers said.
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September 5, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With each blow from the demolition crew's wrecking ball, a bit of Los Angeles history will come crumbling down this week. The California Theatre, the beaux-arts movie palace that was once a gem of the city's downtown theater district, is scheduled to be razed beginning late this week and continuing through September.
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January 30, 1991
I take issue with the comments of Mark Ridley-Thomas concerning African-Americans in the armed forces ("A Day of Sober Stock-Taking, as Real Battles Are Ignored," Commentary, Jan. 21). His comment about "the armed forces being the employer of last resort" is not only wrong but inciteful. The military has standards, and believe me, not everyone who applies for entry into the military is accepted.
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December 26, 1988 | SHAWN MAREE SMITH, Times Staff Writer
In response to the increasingly volatile nature of some rap concerts, the California Theatre has added its name to the list of concert halls banning the events. In the wake of a Dec. 17 melee--allegedly started by gang members--in which one man was arrested and another suffered a broken leg, the theater's management has announced that it will no longer hold rap concerts, because of the violence they seem to provoke.
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July 12, 2010
UCLA Live recently canceled its well-regarded international theater festival, but Calabasas would like to point out that UCLA didn't have a lock on that concept. The city near the southwestern San Fernando Valley is holding its second annual California International Theatre Festival from July 17 to 25. The visiting companies aren't of the same stature as those that UCLA attracted, but they are diverse. The Orto-Da Theatre Group of Israel will perform its work "Stones," Theatre Newfoundland Labrador of Canada presents "Tempting Providence" by Robert Chafe, and Conor Lovett of Gare St Lazare Players Ireland will perform an adaptation of the Samuel Beckett short story "The End."
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May 24, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY
A post-mortem, please, from Gary Davis, who co-created and headed Pasadena-based California Music Theatre throughout its five-year-plus history. Beset by a debt that was close to $2 million, according to Davis, the organization folded last week. "We never had the cash to get the word out," Davis said last week. "We had a deficit from the day we opened our doors, and we were unable to get the revenue we needed for marketing. We were simply paralyzed by our payables."
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November 12, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Boehm is a Times staff writer.
The blowback from last week's passage of Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage in California, has hit the California Musical Theatre, a major nonprofit stage company in Sacramento, following the revelation via the Web that its artistic director gave $1,000 to back the state constitutional amendment. Among those weighing in with dismay over Scott Eckern's donation are Tony winners Jeff Whitty (who wrote the book for "Avenue Q") and Marc Shaiman (composer and co-lyricist of "Hairspray")
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April 9, 2005
Pacino on stage: Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei will star in a concert reading of Oscar Wilde's "Salome" at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts in San Bernardino, April 25-27. Tickets go on sale Sunday at Ticketmaster. Other California performances will be announced soon, the producers said.
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April 2, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
The Ivar Theatre in Hollywood is about to be reborn, adding yet another name to the expanding list of active mid-size theaters in Los Angeles. The new owner of the Ivar is the 37-year-old California Youth Theatre, which eventually plans to use the 250-seat facility for its own youth-oriented productions but in the meantime hopes to obtain as much rental revenue as possible from other producers.
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How to Get There: Directory of Venues : Venues Continued from TO : Huntington Beach Library & Cultural Center, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 842-4481. : Hyatt Newporter, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, (949) 729-1234. : Improv, 945 E. Birch St., Brea, (714) 529-7878. : Improv, 4255 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-5455. : Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-4646. : Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, (949) 724-6880. : Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, (949) 855-4515. : Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-6531. : Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theater, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2787. : MainPlace, 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, (714) 547-7000. : McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4656. : Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6595. : Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 248-2048. : Mozart Camerata, (949) 830-2950. : Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, [714] 432-5880. : Orange County Fair, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-3247. : Orange County Marine Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, (949) 496-2274. : Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122. : Orange County Museum of Art, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1000, Costa Mesa, (714) 759-1122. : Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787. : Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5880. : Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4656. : Santa Ana College, 17th and Bristol streets, Santa Ana, (714) 564-5661. : Santa Ana Zoo, Prentis Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 835-7484. : Santora Arts Building, 207 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 571-4229. : Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-3030. : The Shack, 1160 N. Kraemer Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 630-0121. : Shakespeare Orange County, Waltmar Theatre, Chapman University, 301 E. Palm St., Orange, (714) 744-7016. : South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555. : Spaghettini, 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, (562) 596-2199. : Steamers Cafe, 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-8800. : SANTA MARIA/SOLVANG : PCPA Theatrefest, Marian Theatre, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria and Festival Theatre, 420 Second St., Solvang, (805) 922-8313. : VENTURA COUNTY : Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, (805) 495-3715). : Elite Theatre Company, 730 South B St., Oxnard, (805) 483-5118. : Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, (805) 378-1485. : Moorpark Playhouse, 45 E. High St., (805) 529-1212. : Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, (805) 486-2424. : Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St., (805) 646-0117. : Theater 150, 918 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, (805) 646-4300. : Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, near Simi Valley, (800) 410-8354, (805) 522-8444. : Santa Susana Repertory Company, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, [805] 493-3415. : Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., (805) 581-9940. : Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Kavli Theatre and Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 449-2787. : Ventura Theatre, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, (805) 653-0721. : SANTA BARBARA COUNTY : Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, (805) 962-8606. : Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., (805) 963-4408. : Center Stage Theatre, 751 State St., Paseo Nuevo Mall, Santa Barbara, (805) 963-0408. : Earl Warren Showgrounds, Ventura Freeway at Las Positas Exit., Santa Barbara, (805) 687-0766. : Ensemble Theatre Company, 914 Santa Barbara St. (805) 962-8606. : Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 963-0761. : Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, (805) 969-4726. : Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Granada Theatre, 1216 State St., Santa Barbara, (800) 366-6064, (805) 966-2324. : Santa Barbara County Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., (805) 568-BOWL. : Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., (805) 963-4364. : SAN DIEGO COUNTY : California Center for the Arts Museum, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, (760) 738-4138. : Coors Amphitheatre, 2050 Otay Valley Road, Chula Vista, (619) 671-3500 : La Jolla Playhouse, Mandell Weiss Center, UC San Diego, (619) 550-1010. : vl,1 : Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, (619) 454-3541. : Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego/Downtown, 1001 Kettner Blvd., (619) 234-1001. : Old Globe Theatre, Cassius Carter Centre Stage, Festival Theatre, Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego, (619) 239-2255. : San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre, Sweetooth Theatre, 630 F St., San Diego, (619) 544-9079. : San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, (619) 232-7931. : San Diego Repertory, 79 Horton Plaza, (619) 544-1000. : SAN BERNARDINO AND : RIVERSIDE COUNTIES : Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, 2575 Devore Road, Devore, (909) 88-MUSIC. : California Theatre of Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 924-6141. : Historic Plaza Theatre, 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 327-0225.

May 20, 1999
LOS ANGELES COUNTY Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 525-0202. Actors Alley, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 508-4200. Actor's Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 289-2999. Actors' Gang, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Actors Gang El Centro, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 660-8587, (323) 465-0566. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 628-2772. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd.
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October 29, 1997 | ELAINE DUTKA and LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Music Center Operating Co. and the Southern California Theatre Assn. have announced the dissolution of their partnership to present dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. After what SCTA board President Rosalind Wyman called "a staggeringly disastrous season," the group, founded by local performing arts producer James A. Doolittle, will no longer present dance in Southern California.
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July 10, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The adventure in going to the California Cottage Theatre production of the demonic thriller "The One Less Traveled" is the cozy venue, not the show. Until the footlights go up, expectations are unusually high, because this theater is a private living room in a small house on a leafy street in Van Nuys. Being one of the 28 guests (that's all the living room will seat) fills you with the promise of something special.
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April 2, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
The Ivar Theatre in Hollywood is about to be reborn, adding yet another name to the expanding list of active mid-size theaters in Los Angeles. The new owner of the Ivar is the 37-year-old California Youth Theatre, which eventually plans to use the 250-seat facility for its own youth-oriented productions but in the meantime hopes to obtain as much rental revenue as possible from other producers.
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March 31, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Rumors that the California Music Theatre, now in its second season, might be in financial trouble were dismissed as no more than routine growing pains by artistic director Gary Davis. "We're here and it's business as usual," Davis said Tuesday. "There have been rocky times when we've had to do some creative asking. But I knew that (getting established) would take two or three years."
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May 24, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY
A post-mortem, please, from Gary Davis, who co-created and headed Pasadena-based California Music Theatre throughout its five-year-plus history. Beset by a debt that was close to $2 million, according to Davis, the organization folded last week. "We never had the cash to get the word out," Davis said last week. "We had a deficit from the day we opened our doors, and we were unable to get the revenue we needed for marketing. We were simply paralyzed by our payables."
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May 16, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barring a last-minute miracle, Pasadena-based California Music Theatre will go out of business next week. The organization has a debt "well in excess of $1 million" and "an inability to refinance some of our debt," said Richard Fiedler, board chairman. "The last straw," he added, was a poorly attended and subscribed benefit last Saturday at the organization's home since last summer, the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena's Old Town.
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