January 1, 1995 |
The owners of the Variety Arts Center must take steps to cut down on noise and rowdy behavior after the city zoning board declared the dance club and theater a nuisance. Complaining of gunfire, vandalism, car horns and rowdy crowds, managers of luxury high-rises and area hotels went before a zoning administrator in late October to urge action against the club at 940 South Figueroa St.
November 21, 1987 |
The Variety Arts Center can be a tough room to warm up: When people get comfy in the theater seats, the place has all the rocking intensity of a freshman psychology lecture. As tedious as crowd-prodding tactics can be, the BoDeans should have resorted to cliches Thursday night if that's what it took to stir things up. As it was, more than half the show was good to great music evaporating in a dispiritingly tame atmosphere.
October 4, 2008 |
A downtown Los Angeles theater that has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment since the 1920s but struggled in recent decades is once again in search of a white knight -- one who could pay $12.5 million to buy it. The Variety Arts Center was purchased in early 2007 by the former owner of the Pasadena Playhouse, David Houk, who hoped to stage plays and musicals in the historic five-story building at Figueroa and Ninth streets.
August 3, 1987 |
The Variety Arts Center downtown, which last year filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, will be purchased by an unnamed buyer who plans to "give the place a complete face lift," pending approval from state and county agencies and the nonprofit organization that runs it, said Milt Larsen, president of the Society for the Preservation of Variety Arts Inc.
April 21, 1986
Actress Marla Gibbs, currently starring in NBC's comedy series "227," will receive the Frances E. Williams Award on May 4, at the Variety Arts Center, 940 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. The ceremony is being presented by Black Women in Theatre West, a support group for black women in entertainment. Gibbs is being awarded for her contribution to the arts and community as both an actress and businesswoman. The ceremony will be open to the public. Information: (213) 462-6565.
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.