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Shut Glendale theaters might become nightclubs under proposal

The Mann Theatres could be reborn as nightclubs as the city ramps up plans for a downtown arts and entertainment district.

The 10 Mann screens in the Glendale Exchange will go dark when the company’s lease ends June 30, said Chief Executive Peter Dobson, opening up nearly 54,000 square feet of vacant space.

Greg Astorian, a commercial real estate broker who handles the Exchange property, said he is negotiating with the owners of two nightclubs who have expressed an interest in occupying much of the space.  “That would be a great alternative use for the theaters,” Astorian said.

The planned arts and entertainment district, which covers Maryland Avenue and Brand Boulevard between the Alex Theater and the library, is dominated by the Exchange and Glendale Marketplace, two commercial centers that have failed to provide the economic spark the city expected.

City welcomes nightclubs and bright architectural lighting.

-- Bill Kisliuk, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

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Theaters converted into nightclubs, and the move acclaimed as a economic contribution to the Arts and Entertainment ambiance of downtown! Theaters featured one of the iconic products of the Los Angeles area: Movies. Nightclubs are essentially booze joints with fancy names . Alcohol as a social lubricant is a sad thing. Almost no three people can get together socially and have a "good time" unless they drink. The fact that previous efforts to vitalize the area have failed gives the city the impetus to pop the corks and get in on the drinking bandwagon. If Mann Theaters can not make it in that business, then of course they are entitled to sell-out to a developer/broker: but is more bar stools the answer? Of course, so the regulars will say, it's not all about drinking: there are shows and music and dancing, too, in these clubs. Yes: but where would all that end up without the alcohol?
I am not a temperance fanatic: but I do see that Americans can not meet face to face unless they are holding a drink! Pitiful: just look around you, and see if I am wrong.

It should be noted the Marketplace and the Exchange were not victims of the economic downturn. They were both touted as ingenious, sure-thing redevelopment projects in the mid and late 90s assured to bring millions upon millions back to the city, and both were failures from the time they first opened.

By the weirdest fluke, the only folks who made ANY money out of the projects were a handful of well known, well-connected developers close to city council members. Why, to protect one of the developers from going under in the late 90s, the council acting as the redevelopment agency even refinanced the Exchange project, used redevelopment funds to pay the developer's creditors, and handing over MORE cash to the developers, also agreeing in the process to cover them for any further losses.

Short of the infamous golf course deemed "blighted property" out in Indian Wells, these two Glendale projects have long stood as the most heinous examples of California cities abusing redevelopment to feather a few nests. Even calling them corporate welfare is too generous.

So, while they won't be able to call it a redevelopment project (at least while they're trying to hide their money from Gov. Brown) it will be great to see the city pour MORE millions, along with lots of variances, and a few sidesteps from the downtown specific plan, to help these latest "sure things" happen.

Night clubs! Of course, just what Glendale needs to generate foot traffic on Brand Boulevard!

Night clubs.. Is that what's missing in the city? So we can have more drinking and fights and all that come with night clubs? I say no thanks. How about something for the youth, & kids of Glendale?

Why not just renew the theatres lease and keep the revenue stream coming? Unless you dont want the theatre and think you can get more money with the nightclubs.

Great...bring more organized crime to the city...just another place the armenians can engage in their criminal behavior.

they should turn make it a Walmart or Kmat

that actually sounds like a great idea. great use for space and very innovative as well. awesome!

Man, you know you're getting old when you can remember what a dominant force Mann Theatres once was in this city, especially in Westwood. Now they're barely a blip on the radar. Very sad.


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