Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ravers destroy?

The Los Angeles Times this week has a nice feature on the renovation of the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. The 1931 building, described as an art deco classic, is said to have been damaged in the mid-1990s when a rave promoter took over its lease and ... painted over many of the original murals, stripped the theater of most of its elegant fixtures and demolished its 1938 concession counter. When two teenagers died in separate rave parties in 1999, the city stepped in, shutting the theater down and buying the building. With restoration money scarce, talk of demolition lingered despite the theater's listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the city's own designation of the building as a historic landmark.

Ironically, or not, one of the knights in shining armor who's invested in the $11 million purchase and rehab of the building is Perry Tollett, co-owner of the nearby Glass House (a rave fave) and brother of Coachella promoter Paul Tollett.


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