ARTS CENTER OPENING AT THEATER SITE.Byline: Sharline Chiang Daily News Staff Writer
The bright white marquee bears a new name that conjures images of Spain's culturally rich capital, rather than smut smut, name for an order of parasitic fungi (Ustilaginales) and the various diseases of plants caused by them. Smuts produce sootlike masses of spores on the host. and seediness.
Children's choirs and symphonies will replace flicks for adult viewers only.
Finally, after years of wrangling and hard work, the Madrid Theatre will open Thursday in the shell of the old X-rated Pussycat puss·y·cat
1. A cat.
2. Informal One who is regarded as easygoing, mild-mannered, or amiable.
Noun 1. Theater on Sherman Way in Canoga Park.
For nearly two years, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. city crews painstakingly tore down the adult film house to make room for a community arts center, the first major project in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. by the city's Cultural Affairs department.
The theater is expected to accommodate as many as 135 events a year, offering music, drama, dance and a forum for public meetings that will bring in about 50,000 spectators a year. Organizations already signed up include the Woodland Hills Community Theatre, the San Fernando Valley Symphony and the Valley Cultural Center.
The effort to convert the theater after it was deemed damaged beyond repair from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in the city of Los Angeles, California. The earthquake had a "strong" moment magnitude of 6. was spearheaded by Los Angeles Councilwoman Laura Chick, who called for the building to be razed raze also rase
tr.v. razed also rased, raz·ing also ras·ing, raz·es also ras·es
1. To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.
2. To scrape or shave off.
3. and replaced by the city.
With the help of Mayor Richard Riordan's Office of Economic Development, Chick secured $3.5 million in federal recovery funds and used $550,000 for sidewalk improvements and beautification beau·ti·fy
tr. & intr.v. beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing, beau·ti·fies
To make or become beautiful.
beau . Also created were six public parking lots, most of them located on nearby Remmet Avenue.
``The Madrid Theatre is a symbol of all that city government officials can do when they work in partnership with one another and the surrounding community,'' said Chick, who represents the area. ``This is an exciting time for Canoga Park and the whole West Valley.''
The look of the new 499-seat theater is simple - almost no-frills - with its blue, gray and red color scheme.
Most striking is an abstract, Kandinskyesque design covering the lobby floor. The tile mosaic, which extends outside onto the sidewalk, is one of several features aimed at encouraging pedestrian activity, said Karen Constine, Chick's chief of staff.
Windows of the ticket booth and concessions face the sidewalk. During intermission, theatergoers can hang out on the marquee, which doubles as an elegant balcony.
``We want people who are walking down Sherman Way and driving down Sherman Way to see all the people that are here,'' Constine said.
Old-fashioned street shopping is the theme running along Sherman Way as the strip undergoes revitalization from Reseda to Canoga Park.
Outside the Madrid, new blue light fixtures bearing icons of the various stores line the street for six blocks. Sidewalks boast new benches, garbage bins and trees.
Pamela Wood, board member of the Friends of the Madrid Theatre, stopped by last week to arrange a performance.
``It's a miracle It's a Miracle was a television show that aired on PAX-TV (now Independent Television) between September 6, 1998 and September 1, 2004. Initially hosted by Richard Thomas, and later by Roma Downey,  . It's nothing less than a miracle,'' she said. ``I've lived here for 25 years, and I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. of anywhere else that has a theater like this.''
The theater is named after the site's original 1920s vaudeville vaudeville (vôd`vĭl), originally a light song, derived from the drinking and love songs formerly attributed to Olivier Basselin and called Vau, or Vaux, de Vire. and cinema house, which eventually deteriorated and became the Pussycat.
Opening day couldn't come a day sooner for the many owners of antique stores and other mom-and-pop shops. Sherman Way's historic Antique Row includes more than 30 antique shops.
Still recovering from a decline in business after the earthquake, shopkeepers see the Madrid as a last hope for the embattled neighborhood.
``We're hoping, of course, that it improves business and attracts people to our area,'' said Patricia Needham, owner of Now and Then antiques and collectibles.
PHOTO (1) The forecourt of the new Madrid New Madrid (mă`drĭd), city (2000 pop. 3,334), seat of New Madrid co., extreme SE Missouri, on Mississippi River at the sweeping New Madrid Bend; inc. 1808. Theatre on Sherman Way contains a plaque commemorating the original theater built in 1926.
(2 -- 3) A crew works on lighting on the stage of the Madrid Theatre, above, which replaces an old X-rated Pussycat Theater on Sherman Way in Canoga Park. The exterior of the theater, left, features a marquee that doubles as a balcony.
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