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May 5, 2005 | Don Shirley
The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to discard the results of a 2003 process that sought a management company for downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center. Yet developer Tom Gilmore, whose proposal finished first in the preliminary results of that process, was optimistic after the vote. He had feared that the council would also move toward turning over LATC to a partnership between Latino Theater Company and the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture.
April 7, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
The city-owned Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown L.A. would be shared by two Latino arts organizations in a proposal that reached the City Council's budget and finance committee Tuesday. The committee took no action on the proposal but voted 4-1 to sideline a motion to approve a city contract with the winners of the city's earlier search for an LATC management company.
July 11, 2004 | Don Shirley
Another turning point in the history of Los Angeles Theatre Center is approaching. A plan to turn management of the five-theater municipal building over to developer Tom Gilmore collapsed in April, amid disputes between Gilmore and the Latino Theater Company -- one of the two companies that would have done most of the programming. The City Council then directed the municipal Cultural Affairs Department to resume managing the building -- but provided no extra money.
April 23, 2004 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
It might be comforting to believe the old adage about sticks and stones, but truth is: Names hurt. Stripping such words of their power is the aim of college-age performers Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal. As the title for their socially conscious stage show, they've strung together three slurs hurled at their respective communities: "N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk."
April 22, 2004 | Jessica Garrison and Don Shirley, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to switch temporary control of the city-owned Los Angeles Theatre Center from developer Tom Gilmore back to the city's Cultural Affairs Department, which had run the building from 1991 until the end of last year. Cultural Affairs assistant general manager Leslie Thomas quickly responded that the agency has no money to take on the task. Last year, Gilmore had been chosen to run the downtown arts building on a permanent basis.
April 21, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy
A dispute over who will operate the long-troubled Los Angeles Theatre Center heated up Tuesday when Chief Assistant City Atty. Pete Echeverria said a temporary arrangement for developer Tom Gilmore to manage the building was invalid because it had not been approved by the City Council. Gilmore has already begun operating the center.
January 5, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles city officials have proposed turning over the financially troubled Los Angeles Theatre Center to developer Tom Gilmore, even though the flamboyant champion of downtown development has not paid back any of the principal of his $3.8-million city loan to renovate several buildings downtown. The new proposal would represent a potential windfall for Gilmore, whose 240-unit Old Bank District project has been credited with helping revitalize downtown.
November 14, 2003 | Reed johnson, Times Staff Writer
It was the morning after the opening-night party, and the organizers of the second International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles were clearly feeling the effects. Not just of dancing, talking and noshing hors d'oeuvres until 2 a.m., mind you. Jorge Folgueira, William Flores and Flavia Saravalli still were emotionally hung over from the opening of "Our Lady of the Clouds" (Nuestra Senora de las Nubes), a raucous but meditative two-character piece from Ecuador.
October 26, 2003 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
When the movers cart Michael Ritchie's things west in a year or so, their load will be lightened by the lack of the sort of keepsakes you would expect to find among the possessions of a self-styled "theater rat." There will be very few posters, playbills or props -- few reminders of productions past -- in the boxes that Ritchie will bring along when he becomes the most powerful figure in Los Angeles theater.
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