August 10, 1994 |
The Theatre Corp. of America has withdrawn from managing the Alex Theatre in Glendale, leaving 10,000 subscribers to its current three-musical series uncertain about how their remaining tickets will be honored. Theatre Corp. president David Houk said his company could not afford to produce the last two shows in the current series, but he said he would help the Alex Regional Theatre Board--the city-appointed panel that oversees the recently restored theater--find replacements for them.
January 10, 1985 |
Wanna kick off 1985 in style? Have we got a theater for you! The Los Angeles Metropolitan Community Church building at 1050 S. Hill St. downtown is for sale. In an earlier incarnation, it was none other than the Belasco Theatre--then and now a jewel of a proscenium house. Built in 1926 (a very good year for new theaters), it was described by Times Theater Critic Edwin Schallert on its opening night as "architecturally satisfying . . . rich and replete with an old gold luxuriance . . .
November 14, 1985 |
After almost 20 years in darkness and debt, the refurbished Pasadena Playhouse is facing a dubious future as deadlines near for what would be its first season since 1966. The once-famous theater, whose school produced some of America's great performers, may still be dark on Dec. 1, the date scheduled for opening a full season of performances.
July 9, 1989 |
Susan Dietz, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, was sitting in her tiny basement office just after a staff lunch in honor of her 42nd birthday. There was a knock on the door, and in walked two smiling men with a huge present. She jumped to her feet and ripped off the wrapping paper to find . . . a fake window. She'd always said she wanted a window, explained David Houk and Donald Loze, the real estate developers whose theatrical affiliate manages the Playhouse.
February 9, 1992 |
Have shows, will travel. That could be Pasadena Playhouse owner David Houk's motto as he scours the Southland, looking for theaters to add to his proposed circuit for Pasadena productions. Houk is making bids to operate--and perhaps to own--theaters in Culver City and Riverside. He's sniffing for sites in Orange County and Santa Barbara. And, as previously reported, he has his eye on the Balboa and Spreckels theaters in San Diego.
January 12, 2007 |
Former Pasadena Playhouse owner and local real estate developer David Houk has partnered with Robert Abassi of RTI Properties to purchase the Variety Arts Center in downtown Los Angeles from Staples Center owner Anschutz Entertainment Group. The historic Figueroa Street venue, which includes a 1,000-seat main theater, will open after an estimated yearlong renovation of the property that will "hopefully begin within 60 or 90 days," Houk said this week.