Claremont : Use of Theater to Be Studied

The City Council agreed last week to pay $20,285 for a study of possible uses for the historic Padua Hills Theater.

Milford Wayne Donaldson, a San Diego architect, will receive $10,915 for a study of possible uses of the theater, which is considered an integral element in the city’s development of the Claremont Hillside Project north of Foothill Boulevard. Staffers said they recommended Donaldson over three rivals because he appeared most open to a use for the structure besides a theater.

Economic Research Associates of Los Angeles will be paid $9,370 to study profitability of those uses.

Built in the 1930s, the theater is owned by Padova-Padua Inc., which has agreed to sell it and surrounding acreage to the city for development as a planned residential community. Formerly used as a community playhouse, the building at 4467 Via Padova now houses Chantrelles Catering.