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Historic Hayworth Theatre is entering a new stage of life
Historic Hayworth Theatre is entering a new stage of life

The historic Hayworth Theatre, a Spanish colonial-style building named after actress Rita Hayworth, has changed its identity many times since it opened in 1926 on Wilshire Boulevard near MacArthur Park. The venue has served as a live-performance theater for the last 11 years, and before that was the longtime home of the Vagabond, the popular repertory cinema. Legend has it that it was once a dance studio for Hayworth's father. The Hayworth's newest identity comes with a different kind of Hollywood twist. The building has been purchased by TV writer Jenji Kohan, the creator of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" and Showtime's "Weeds." Records show the theater was acquired in November...

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