The city of Pasadena is likely to go ahead with the sale of the Corrigan Center at Shaw Ave. and Pasadena Blvd., which includes the once-grand Capitan Theater, to a New Jersey oil-industry inspection and lab-test company called Camin Cargo Control. Under the $4.6 million deal, already approved by city council once earlier this month in a 6-3 vote, the city would lease back the 31,982 sq. ft. of the property — the parts currently occupied by fire department administrative offices and the city’s municipal court. The lease-back wouldn’t include the long-vacant 1,500-seat art deco theater.
But a reader tells Swamplot that decorative pieces from the front of the 1949 theater — which after an exterior renovation looked pretty spiffy until recently (see photo at right from last year) — have already been removed. “The marquee boards, neon, and the whole vertical metal section that said “Pasadena” are gone, leaving just brick behind it,” Spence Gaskin writes. “The marquee stuff had been gone a few weeks at the least, but I just noticed the Pasadena sign removal.”
Is demolition of the theater part of Camin Cargo Control’s plan for the property at 1001 Shaw Ave.? “No information has been made available,” Kristi Nix wrote in the Pasadena Citizen last week.
- Pasadena City Council [Guidry News]
- What’s your opinion on the possible sale of Pasadena’s historic Capitan Theater? [Pasadena Citizen]
- Corrigan Center and Capitan Theater [Houston Deco]
Photos: Spence Gaskin (current); Molly Block (last year)