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November 18, 1990
Gary Folgner, new owner of the Raymond Theatre, will provide parking for his patrons at the nearby city-owned Holly Street parking garage. A 10-year lease was approved Tuesday by the Board of Directors to provide 270 spaces in the garage from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with 15 days' advance notice from Folgner Management Co. The lease works this way: Folgner advertises that theater patrons should park in the garage, where they are charged a set event rate.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2004 | Don Shirley
At a sometimes contentious meeting Monday night, the Pasadena Design Commission approved much of a plan for conversion of the old Raymond Theatre building into stores and lofts but balked at a skylight that developer Gene Buchanan would place over what is now the building's auditorium.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of Old Pasadena's Raymond Theatre--who once proposed turning it into an apartment and a retail complex--agreed Thursday to sell the landmark to investors who plan to preserve it as a performance venue. Theater owner Gene Buchanan said he signed an agreement Thursday to sell the 80-year-old Georgian revival-style structure and an adjacent parking lot to attorney Pierce O'Donnell and developer Harvey Knell for $3.5 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 2004 | Mike Boehm
Taking a damn-the-torpedoes approach, the owner of the historic Raymond Theatre, a long-vacant 1921-vintage landmark in Old Pasadena, aims to gut the building and convert it to condos, offices and stores -- and to risk the consequences if a pending court appeal by preservationists goes against him.
NEWS
August 27, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County club owner Gary Folgner says he has won a $192,000 settlement in a lawsuit related to his ill-fated attempt to run the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena. Folgner, owner of the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, bought and refurbished the venerable, 1,900-seat theater in 1990 with plans to establish it as a competitor in the Los Angeles County concert market.
NEWS
October 25, 1990
After reading Vicki Torres' article (Times, Oct. 18) on the present situation with the newly saved Raymond Theatre, it was painfully obvious that she failed to mention the woman who was most instrumental in that theater's salvation. All grateful Pasadenans, both business owners and residents alike, know her as Gina Zamparelli. Are you aware of the blood, sweat and tears that this amazing lady poured into years of extensive and exhausting research in order to convince the city what we would lose if we allowed the Raymond Theatre to stop producing live entertainment?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A last-minute offer to buy and restore Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre has prompted the City Council to delay a decision on a separate and previous proposal to convert the landmark into apartments and retail space. In a move applauded by preservationists, attorney Pierce O'Donnell, developer Harvey Knell and the Watt Commercial Properties firm recently offered $3.5 million for the theater and an adjacent parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the chagrin of preservationists, a plan to buy and restore Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre as a performing arts center has fallen through. As a result, the building's owner, Gene Buchanan, said he will resume his efforts to convert the landmark into apartments, retail stores and offices. Attorney Pierce O'Donnell said he and entrepreneur Harvey Knell have pulled the plug on their deal, announced in May, to acquire the 80-year-old Georgian Revival-style theater for $3.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Music Theatre is moving to the Raymond Theatre in Old Pasadena, four blocks northwest of its former home at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The new venue seats 1,910--approximately 1,000 fewer than the Pasadena Civic. Artistic director Gary Davis said actors will no longer have to wear body mikes at the new hall. Critics of CMT productions have often chided the Pasadena Civic's sound system and lack of intimacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The curtain may have finally fallen on Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre, as the Pasadena City Council approved a plan Monday to gut the landmark to make way for apartments, shops and offices. Despite pleas from preservationists, the council voted 6 to 2 to allow the controversial project. "Empty buildings aren't very attractive," said Councilman Steve Haderlein, who voted for the conversion. For more than 15 years, the future of the Raymond Theatre has been debated.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2003 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Three nonprofit groups have filed two appeals with the California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles to block redevelopment of the Raymond Theatre, an 82-year-old venue in Pasadena that's hosted everything from vaudeville to porn films to Bruce Springsteen but has been empty and rarely used since 1991. The Los Angeles Superior Court recently ruled that the city of Pasadena acted lawfully when it allowed the theater to be converted into apartments, shops and offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2003 | Cara Mia Dimassa, Times Staff Writer
A long-delayed plan to develop Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre could soon begin construction, now that a judge has rejected challenges by arts supporters and preservationists. Two lawsuits, filed last year by the Foundation for the Realization of Contemporary Arts, Sciences and Technologies and the Spirit of the Sage Council, asked a judge to overturn the Pasadena City Council's approval of the owners' plan to convert the 82-year-old landmark theater to shops, offices and apartments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The curtain may have finally fallen on Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre, as the Pasadena City Council approved a plan Monday to gut the landmark to make way for apartments, shops and offices. Despite pleas from preservationists, the council voted 6 to 2 to allow the controversial project. "Empty buildings aren't very attractive," said Councilman Steve Haderlein, who voted for the conversion. For more than 15 years, the future of the Raymond Theatre has been debated.
OPINION
December 17, 2001
As a local resident and architect, I'm disturbed that the historical society may continue to hold the Raymond Theatre hostage after years of being a dark front on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena (Dec. 12). "Facade-otomy" should be called "adaptive reuse" of the historical fabric. There was a similar "facade-otomy" performed on the La Reina on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks more than a decade ago. The theater front became the front for a Gap store and appears in man-on-the-street interviews in the news all the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pasadena Councilman Victor Gordo compares Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre to a family pet that has suffered the ravages of age, but that no one is willing to put out of its misery. Now the City Council appears poised to approve a plan that would end the 80-year-old landmark's life as a theater. Instead, it would be gutted to make way for apartments, shops and offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the chagrin of preservationists, a plan to buy and restore Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre as a performing arts center has fallen through. As a result, the building's owner, Gene Buchanan, said he will resume his efforts to convert the landmark into apartments, retail stores and offices. Attorney Pierce O'Donnell said he and entrepreneur Harvey Knell have pulled the plug on their deal, announced in May, to acquire the 80-year-old Georgian Revival-style theater for $3.
NEWS
October 18, 1990 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Raymond Theatre--which has sat in darkness and neglect since January--now rings with the sound of workers' hammers, drills and saws. Sunlight streams through doors thrown wide open and portable spotlights shine everywhere. The 69-year-old historical structure is being reborn. Under new owner Gary Folgner, crews have been working for the past three months, frantically readying the building for a Nov. 16 reopening concert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of Old Pasadena's Raymond Theatre--who once proposed turning it into an apartment and a retail complex--agreed Thursday to sell the landmark to investors who plan to preserve it as a performance venue. Theater owner Gene Buchanan said he signed an agreement Thursday to sell the 80-year-old Georgian revival-style structure and an adjacent parking lot to attorney Pierce O'Donnell and developer Harvey Knell for $3.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A last-minute offer to buy and restore Old Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre has prompted the City Council to delay a decision on a separate and previous proposal to convert the landmark into apartments and retail space. In a move applauded by preservationists, attorney Pierce O'Donnell, developer Harvey Knell and the Watt Commercial Properties firm recently offered $3.5 million for the theater and an adjacent parking lot.
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