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July 20, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Renovation of the venerable Queen Mary in Long Beach remains at a near standstill amid allegations that the ocean liner's operator owes the main contractor at least $2.6 million and has improperly diverted funds earmarked for the project. The accusations are part of a bitter contract dispute in Long Beach Superior Court that threatens to erode the earnings of the city's icon at a time when the attraction has reported several years of improving profits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Renovation of the venerable Queen Mary in Long Beach remains at a near standstill amid allegations that the ocean liner's operator owes the main contractor at least $2.6 million and has improperly diverted funds earmarked for the project. The accusations are part of a bitter contract dispute in Long Beach Superior Court that threatens to erode the earnings of the city's icon at a time when the attraction has reported several years of improving profits.
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BUSINESS
February 15, 1993 | Chris Woodyard., Times Staff Writer
Joseph F. Prevratil, 55, has become a Captain Fix-it for Long Beach's landmark Queen Mary. When Walt Disney Co. abandoned the liner last year, it seemed as though the city might sell it. Enter Prevratil, a Fullerton resident who once ran the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park and operated the Queen Mary during most of the 1980s. With the financial backing of Robert Gumbiner, chairman of FHP Inc. in Fountain Valley, Prevratil plans to reopen the ship Feb. 26.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1993 | Chris Woodyard., Times Staff Writer
Joseph F. Prevratil, 55, has become a Captain Fix-it for Long Beach's landmark Queen Mary. When Walt Disney Co. abandoned the liner last year, it seemed as though the city might sell it. Enter Prevratil, a Fullerton resident who once ran the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park and operated the Queen Mary during most of the 1980s. With the financial backing of Robert Gumbiner, chairman of FHP Inc. in Fountain Valley, Prevratil plans to reopen the ship Feb. 26.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993
What do you do with a huge dome built next to the Queen Mary to shelter a one-of-a-kind giant seaplane that flew the coop? Use it as a stage for a science fiction film, say French movie makers. BYFG Productions has rented the dome for eight months to build a space station set for the film "Star Gate," starring Kurt Russell. The 150-foot-tall dome on a pier near the Queen Mary's stern has been empty since the behemoth Spruce Goose was shipped to Oregon in October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1993
A grand-opening celebration with bands, bagpipes, a wandering puppet theater and fireworks will be held today at the Queen Mary, marking the ship's return to full operation as a tourist attraction. The city-owned ocean liner was shut down last December by the Walt Disney Co., which decided not to renew its operating lease after years of losing money. A nonprofit foundation, the RMS Foundation Inc., acquired the operating lease and reopened portions of the ship Feb. 26.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1993
A nonprofit corporation backed by Robert Gumbiner, chairman of the board of FHP Health Care and a wealthy philanthropist, has emerged as the key financial backer of a plan to reopen and run the Queen Mary, sources said Friday. The Long Beach City Council on Dec. 22 awarded a five-year operating lease to Queen Mary Partners Ltd., a for-profit group of investors headed by Joseph F. Prevratil. But that group never finalized the lease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1993
Starting today, tourists who want to visit the Queen Mary will have to pay. Officials are abandoning the ship's free admission policy because a crush of visitors have spent too little money at the historic ocean liner, a spokesman said. The thrifty visitors pushed up security and maintenance expenses, which pushed down income. The new admission charge--$5 for adults and $3 for children 4 and older--is a spending minimum, said Joseph F. Prevratil, president of the RMS Foundation Inc.
NEWS
September 8, 1994 | JOHN POPE
The Queen Mary continued to lose money through the first six months of 1994, but the historic ship is having a profitable summer, operators said. The ship lost about $614,000 from April through June, the second quarter of the year. More than 73,000 people toured the attraction during that time, producing about $4 million in revenue. Figures were not available for July and August, but officials from the RMS Foundation Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995
The Queen Mary lost about $467,000 in the first three months of 1995, a period in which tourism traditionally is low. The tourist attraction lost $950,000 in the first three months of 1994 before rebounding later in the year to trim the loss to $540,000. Officials of RMS Foundation Inc., which operates the Queen Mary, said the loss in the first three months this year was less than expected because the historic ship turned a $44,000 profit in March alone. In March, 1994, the Queen Mary lost nearly $300,000.
NEWS
May 12, 1994 | JOHN POPE
The Queen Mary lost nearly $950,000 during the first three months of 1994, bringing the debt of the ship's management group to about $3 million. But officials of RMS Foundation Inc., which runs the ship, said the loss was about 30% less than expected in a period when attendance at tourist attractions is usually at its lowest. The ship historically generates about 80% of its profits during the summer, they said. The head of the group, Joseph F.
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