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October 26, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
A plan to build a 2,300-seat theater-in-the-round for major musicals and big-name acts has won preliminary approval from the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency. Construction on the $6-million Freedman Forum in the city's downtown sector may begin next month, according to Leo Freedman, the project's developer-owner. The target is to have the theater opened by late 1986, he said.
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November 5, 2002 | Kimi Yoshino
Melodyland Christian Center has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Grove of Anaheim in an attempt to block the sale of the 1,100-seat theater to the city. Over objections from Melodyland, the Anaheim City Council recently approved the $6.7-million purchase of the Grove, located in the city's sports and entertainment district near the Arrowhead Pond and Edison International Field.
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OPINION
July 28, 2002
Despite current tragedies here and abroad, the article "Kitsch and Clutter Fading Fast in Anaheim" caught my eye. As a local baby boomer, I remember the excitement of the fascinating signage near Disneyland; the Peter Pan Motel's neon representation of that "never-grow-up child" was my favorite, though the Space Age Motor Lodge was a close second. I wanted so much to stay in their rooms, swim in their pools and take one of their motel shuttles to Disneyland ... even though we lived in Orange!
OPINION
July 28, 2002
Despite current tragedies here and abroad, the article "Kitsch and Clutter Fading Fast in Anaheim" caught my eye. As a local baby boomer, I remember the excitement of the fascinating signage near Disneyland; the Peter Pan Motel's neon representation of that "never-grow-up child" was my favorite, though the Space Age Motor Lodge was a close second. I wanted so much to stay in their rooms, swim in their pools and take one of their motel shuttles to Disneyland ... even though we lived in Orange!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1986 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
The Freedman Forum, a theater-in-the-round being built in Anaheim and tentatively scheduled to open in December, will present a four-week run of the musical "42nd Street" beginning Jan. 13, owner-producer Leo Freedman said Wednesday. Freedman, who was in New York to sign the licensing rights for the musical, also said he hopes to open the theater in December with a headliner concert. The performer and the date, however, have yet to be selected, he added.
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January 13, 1987 | ALLAN JALON, Times Staff Writer
Even though Anaheim has Disneyland, where imagination rules, the story of the city's downtown is one of harsh urban realities. In the mid-1970s, the commercial district was crumbling and businesses were vanishing. Now, many old structures have been razed and city officials are trying to bring the area back to life. Some of their hope rests with the new Freedman Forum, a theater spawned by a fiscal fantasy worthy of a Walt Disney movie.
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June 12, 1987 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
After a faltering debut last February with the sparsely attended musical "42nd Street," the Freedman Forum in Anaheim hopes to get back on its feet with a surprisingly eclectic lineup of pop-rock concerts and stage revues, theater operations officials announced Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1986 | MARY E. GILSTRAP
"One Bread, One Body," a three-day ecumenical gathering of Catholics, Jews, evangelicals and Pentecostalists, will be held Thursday through Saturday at Melodyland Christian Center in Anaheim. Sponsored by Breath of the Spirit International Ministries, the conference will feature such speakers as the Rev. David DuPlessis, a South African-born Pentecostal preacher; Father Stephen Barham, a Greek Melkite Catholic priest, and Bishop S.M. Singh, United Nations chaplain from Guyana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2002 | Kimi Yoshino
Melodyland Christian Center has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Grove of Anaheim in an attempt to block the sale of the 1,100-seat theater to the city. Over objections from Melodyland, the Anaheim City Council recently approved the $6.7-million purchase of the Grove, located in the city's sports and entertainment district near the Arrowhead Pond and Edison International Field.
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February 20, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON
In addition to a possible acquisition of prime Melodyland acreage, the city may buy an adjacent parcel that could aid in the city's plans to expand its convention facilities or build an inner-city transportation complex. City Manager James Ruth--after emerging Tuesday from a closed session with council members, where negotiations continued on details of the proposed Melodyland purchase--said the additional parcel is also under consideration. Ruth said a decision on the 3.
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December 3, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Orange and Melodyland Christian Center have joined several other groups in asking that Anaheim officials allow more time for review of the environmental impact report for Disneyland's $3-billion expansion project. In separate letters to the city, officials of Orange and Melodyland complained that the current 45-day review schedule is not enough time to study the 2,300-page document, especially with holidays falling in that period.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Judy Kaye's calling card should read: "Have Voice Will Travel." A Tony Award winner for "The Phantom of the Opera," Kaye has sung in musical comedies and operas here, there and everywhere. This Tuesday, she reprises her role as the egotistical opera diva Carlotta in "Phantom" at the Ahmanson. Kaye, who attended UCLA, got her Equity card while still in college by doing a season of musicals at the old Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim and appearing in TV series.
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March 23, 1991 | DAYE CLARK
Melodyland is presenting its Easter production, "Shadow of the Almighty," today and Sunday. The theatrical production includes a cast and choir of more than 250, an orchestra and live animals to tell the story of Easter. The show is produced and directed by Rich Cook. A Hollywood-based film crew will create a laser display, dancing waters and an aerial angel performance. The event has been dedicated to American military personnel, particularly those who have served in Operation Desert Storm.
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March 16, 1991 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every Thursday morning, they flock to the church that looks like a concrete circus tent, asking the Rev. Ralph A. Wilkerson to summon the healing powers of Jesus Christ to obliterate tumors, mend broken marriages, drive arthritis out of joints, repair faulty hearts. "Now, Jesus! Now, Jesus! Now, Jesus!" Wilkerson commands, as he touches the face of a worshiper, who collapses backwards into the waiting arms of two suited assistants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1991 | MARCIDA DODSON
The City Council voted Tuesday to buy 2.9 acres of prime property opposite Disneyland from the Melodyland Christian Center for $4.7 million. The sale will provide badly needed money to the church, which must make a $4.9-million balloon payment within the next month on a 1983 loan that is in default. The property, now used for overflow parking by the church, is at Freedman Way and Clementine Street and will be used by the city for parking, Mayor Fred Hunter said.
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March 5, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON
A legal fight over a prime parcel of the Melodyland Christian Center complex could threaten the center's tentative agreement to sell the acreage to the city. Anaheim officials said Monday that they were not aware that Melodyland's pastor, the Rev. Ralph Wilkerson, was engaged in legal proceedings with a hotel developer to regain control of a deed of trust to a 5-acre parcel. Those five acres include the three acres that the city has been negotiating to purchase.
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August 23, 1986 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
In the courtroom, it sounded like a tale of big business power plays and corporate intrigue, but the trial that opened this week centered on a dispute between rivals over control of a divinity school. At the center of the legal tug of war is Melodyland School of Theology, spawned by the success of Melodyland church in Anaheim, headed by the Rev. Ralph Wilkerson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON
A legal fight over a prime parcel of the Melodyland Christian Center complex could threaten the center's tentative agreement to sell the acreage to the city. Anaheim officials said Monday that they were not aware that Melodyland's pastor, the Rev. Ralph Wilkerson, was engaged in legal proceedings with a hotel developer to regain control of a deed of trust to a 5-acre parcel. Those five acres include the three acres that the city has been negotiating to purchase.
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February 27, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON and MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After months of negotiation, the city of Anaheim has reached a tentative agreement to purchase three acres of the Melodyland Christian Center, which has recently defaulted on about $5 million in loan payments for its prime property next to Disneyland. The tentative deal, pending City Council approval, includes a key provision that would give the city the right of first refusal on the future sale of the center's remaining acreage.
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