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Play festival heralds impending revival of L.A.'s Vision Theatre

Play festival heralds impending revival of L.A.'s Vision Theatre

A decade and a half has passed since Los Angeles city officials first resolved to renovate and reinvigorate the Vaudeville-era Vision Theatre as an arts hub for Leimert Park, itself a historic hub of black culture in L.A.’s Crenshaw District.

To show that the long-envisioned new beginning is finally in sight after a long and, at $23 million, expensive gestation, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and three neighboring private arts venues are staging a weekend-long festival of play readings intended as an early glimpse of bigger things to come.

The festival fits into the big picture of turning Leimert Park into a cultural destination with the 750-seat...

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