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Shut Glendale theaters might become nightclubs under proposal

March 26, 2011 |  7:05 pm

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