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International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

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Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rigging Inspectors Unroll 83-year-old Warner Grand Theatre Fire Curtain

The Warner Grand Theatre's original fire curtain was unrolled for the first time since the 1990s during an inspection of the theatre's rigging system on Tuesday. (Photo: Grand Vision Foundation)

During an inspection of the rigging system of the Warner Grand Theatre on Tuesday, the theatre’s original 83-year-old fire curtain was unrolled for the first time since the 1990s.

“It’s really good news that we found this relic in such beautiful condition,” says Liz Schindler-Johnson, executive director of the Grand Vision Foundation, the nonprofit that supports the preservation of the historic 1931 movie palace.

Designed to prevent the spread of a potential fire from the stage to the theatre, the curtain features the initials WB (for Warner Brothers) framed in a floral, leafy, art deco design. It cannot be used because it is made of asbestos. The curtain has been tucked away for years rolled up above the stage’s proscenium.

“[The inspectors] decided to take it down and check it out and that’s when we got to see it,” Schindler-Johnson says.

The theatre had been due for an inspection of its rigging system for several years, but it kept getting delayed due to budget cuts. Stage rigging is an old system of ropes, pulleys and weights used to hold up the theatre’s 2,000-pound screen, backdrops and lights.

Schindler-Johnson says Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office committed to paying for the $1,600 inspection, conducted by Tru-roll Theatrical Rigging & Hardware. The theatre is owned by the City of Los Angeles, which purchased it in 1996 to prevent it from possible demolition.

Although the final inspection report is not in, Schindler-Johnson says all indications were that the system is in good condition, and it only needed a bit of tightening.

She expects the report to note the need for a fire curtain (although the theatre does not allow pyrotechnics), and hopes the original one can be made operational again.

“It needs to be encapsulated and the rigging needs to be re-done so that it will work properly,” she says, adding that she hopes the city would pay for the rigging, and the Grand Vision Foundation for the curtain’s preservation. “It really is a treasure and we want to get this thing fixed so we can have everybody see it.”

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