July 14, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Demolition Commences at Historic Theatre, Paving the Way for Mixed-Use Redevelopment

Construction Is To Begin on a 71-unit Complex With Commercial Space

By Dolores Quintana

The historic Fairfax Theatre is effectively no more. The Los Angeles Theatres Blog has posted photos from the interior of the theatre from August of this year. The photos show that the entire interior of the theater has been gutted in preparation for the owner’s plans for the future. 

Property owner Alex Gorby’s plan is to build condos in the interior of the building and preserve the storefront facades, the theatre marquee, the entrance facade, and the terrazzo of the former theatre as required by the City’s requirements as the building’s status as a Historic-Cultural Monument. 

The project involves a 71-unit complex with approximately 10,780 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and an underground parking facility accommodating 228 vehicles. Designed by Howard Laks Architects, the new development will present a contemporary interpretation of the original Art Deco theater facade.

The new construction will house a rooftop pool and recreational area. Notably, the Fairfax Theatre, which opened in 1930, holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Nevertheless, entitlements for Gorby’s project were granted before the designations by nearly a decade, granting the green light for the ongoing demolition and construction activities.

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