Building Renovation



December 2, 2021

It's been a very busy week at the theater. We've met with the terrazzo installers, North American Terrazzo, and given approval for the custom aggregate mix they made up for us based on the original. Our wall tile choice is finalized. We've received a color sample from Architectural Castings for the new quoins. VERY exciting!

I've also been working on a water issue that needs to be solved before we build new walls. We've had water infiltration issues for years in the corner of the theater behind the Hollywood blade sign. Now that we've taken down the 1965 walls we can see that there's water getting in between the surface mounted terracotta and the concrete walls to which it's attached. The big question is, where?

The inimitable Bruce Lee once said of water "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it." and boy does it. So this week we had Pioneer Waterproofing out to do some water testing. That means spraying water at the building starting from the bottom and working up with the help of a big lift. Then we wait and see where it runs down. We're zeroing in on the issue and now it's time to get the roofers involved.

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A lift and a hose and a very well timed sunny day.

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The intersection of the blade sign support and the terracotta tile roof. It's my suspected culprit at the moment. Lots of patching of various kinds over the years, none of which have apparently worked very well...


If there's a lift on site, at some point I'm probably on it. I can never resist taking close up pictures of the terracotta.

November 22, 2021

Newly installed pendant lights restore a glow to the lower façade. I'm struck by how much the lighting changes the character of the front entry, especially when seen as you drive up Sandy Blvd. It provides a grandeur that I didn't even realize was missing and now seems so obvious. Check it out next time you're approaching the theater.

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Upper Facade lighting

Anyone who has been by the theater in the evening these last couple months will notice that the upper terracotta facade is looking a little wonky. The top is rather dim. One of the three niche lights is out, as is the light in the "Juliet balcony". All the lights up there are very old and wired in a "creative" way. We'll be converting all the lights to LED and in the process will highlight some architectural details. The change will give us much more control over when the lights come on and off over the year. Currently they are always on and a waste of energy.

Lower Facade Project


In early - mid November we'll be start an initial demolition phase. This is the first stage in undoing the "remuddle" that the gentlemen in this photo worked on in 1965. We'll be stripping off the wall system they installed, back to the massive concrete foundation. We're doing this now so we can get accurate measurements and so our electrician can start mapping out the routes for all the lighting that we're adding.

You can learn more about the Lower Facade project from our virtual discussion that we held in September. Hear from Director of Facilities, Virginia Durost, and Architect, Paul Falsetto, about the discoveries and plans we've made as we worked on this project.

For more information, please contact:
Director of Facilities, Virginia Durost, at


The gateway to our dynamic film programming has always been our striking façade. Your gift will support this critical renovation, and will help us continue to steward and protect the historic beauty of our landmark theater. Every gift truly makes a difference! Make a gift today.

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