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Local News in Brief : Supervisors Back Auditorium Project

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to negotiate with a developer to install an ice rink, rhythmic gymnastics facility and multi-screen movie theater at the deteriorated Pan Pacific auditorium in the Fairfax district despite protests by nearby homeowners.

The auditorium, built in 1935 and closed in 1972, was the site of ice shows, basketball games and political conventions.

Representatives of two homeowner groups complained that any commercial development would attract traffic, crime and noise pollution. But the board went along with Supervisor Ed Edelman’s recommendation to open negotiations with developer Joseph Kornwasser and to order an environmental impact report for the project.


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