Tim Buresh Interviewed For NBC LA Story On MTA Threats to Fox Wilshire (Saban)Theatre

The Fox Wilshire 1930 Premiere of Animal Crackers"

The Fox Wilshire 1930 Premiere of Animal Crackers”

Tim Buresh, P.E., President of PrimeSource Project Management, was interviewed by Patrick Healy of NBC LA Channel 4 news for a story on the impending threat MTA construction activities poses to the historic Fox Wilshire Theatre, now known as the Saban Theatre, in the City of Beverly Hills.

The Fox Wilshire Theatre first opened its doors on September 19, 1930, welcoming in Depression weary movie goers for the premiere of the Marx Brothers classic “Animal Crackers”. The Theatre was considered one of the most opulent theaters built in Southern California and stands today as one of the few remaining intact Art Deco Theatres.

Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall Arrive For the  Premiere of How to Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall Arrive For the Premiere of How to Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Over the past 84 years, the Theatre has seen celebrities such as the Marx Brothers, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Anka, Annette Funicello, Elizabeth Taylor and Ronald Reagan cross the tiled outside lobby to enter the Theatre that welcomed the movie industry to the West Coast.
The Theatre is now threatened by construction of the MTA Westside Subway Extension, which will tear up the sidewalks traversed by Hollywood royalty for over 8 decades, threatens the Theatre marquee and imperils the continued existence of the Theatre.
MTA  Red Line Construction Damage

MTA Red Line Construction Damage

The Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is entitled to protection from MTA’s activities. MTA stands indifferent to the threat it brings to this community jewel and one of the few surviving remnants of the golden age of Hollywood.
See the story at
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Historic-Theater-Fears-Damage-from-Subway-Construction-283457651.html

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