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A cliffhanger at Fairfax Theater, which faces closure

March 28, 2010 | 11:15 am

Fairfax Theater

Hoping to halt the conversion of the Fairfax Theater into apartments, neighbors joined preservationists and community activists Saturday to collect petition signatures and to celebrate the cinema's 80th birthday.

"We view the Fairfax not only as a historic treasure, but as a social and cultural treasure, given the role it has played in the Fairfax District for the past 80 years," said Hillsman Wright, co-founder of the Los Angeles Historical Theatre Foundation.

"It's much more than a physical structure," he said. "It's in many ways part of the heart and soul of that neighborhood."

Property owner Alex Gorby announced last week that the Fairfax, which was being operated by Regency Theatres, would remain closed indefinitely after suffering major damage during rainstorms this year.

"The landlord did not want to make the necessary repairs, so we had to terminate the lease," said Andrew Golin, vice president of Regency Theatres. "We are saddened by the closure."

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--Ann M. Simmons in the Fairfax District.

Photo: The 80-year-old Fairfax Theater has been closed indefinitely due to heavy rain damage this year. (Christina House / For The Times / March 27, 2010)