SETTING THE STAGE; THEATER KICKS OFF WITH FANFARE.Byline: Sharline Chiang Daily News Staff Writer
One man standing on the sidewalk swiveled his hips to the sultry tunes of live jazz.
Passers-by on Sherman Way indulged in fresh fruit served on silver platters. Politicians and patrons hobnobbed, shaking hands heartily.
Welcome to Canoga Park - Madrid Theatre style.
After two years of renovations, the long-awaited cultural center opened Thursday with much fanfare, drawing more than 500 to a dedication ceremony.
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Noun 1. Theater, an X-rated movie house damaged beyond repair by 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. . Now it will house several Valley theater and musical groups, including the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
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Barbara Georgina Adams (February 19 1945 – June 26 2002) was a British Egyptologist. , 67, of Reseda, as she gazed around the lobby.
``I think that more people are going to walk up and down the street instead of avoid the theater. Also, instead of going downtown to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States). The Music Center's other halls include the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. we can come here.''
Bill Dammond, 58, a stock room worker from Canoga Park, was busy boogieing to the Canoga Park High School Canoga Park High School is a public school located in Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, USA, within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
It is located right across the street from the Topanga Plaza shopping center. Youth Jazz Ensemble.
``Oh tremendous, it's great. Yes! It's something new,'' he said.
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Watching from below were U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Woodland Hills, Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Chick, with the help of Riordan and others, secured about $3.5 million in earthquake recovery funds to rebuild the 499-seat theater and beautify sidewalks and light fixtures along Sherman Way.
``This is truly a love-in,'' Chick called out to the audience. ``This is a community theater and it's a tribute to all of you and to artists not just in the San Fernando Valley but all over the city.''
Riordan praised Chick's persistence.
``After the earthquake she said, `Dick, I don't want to physically threaten you but we're going to make this theater come back as a real theater,' '' the mayor joked.
Photo: (1) Mayor Richard Riordan, center, joins Adolfo V. Nodal and Laura Chick for the grand opening of the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park.
(2) Scores of well-wishers fill the newly inaugurated Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park.
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