Friends of the Warner Grand
Grand Vision Foundation was formed by a group of concerned citizens in the mid-nineties to save and reactivate the Warner Grand Theatre, an art deco movie palace in downtown San Pedro. In 1996, Grand Vision successfully advocated for the City of Los Angeles to purchase the Theatre. The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs operates the Theatre, and Grand Vision has a Memorandum of Understanding to act as its official Friends Group. As the Friends, we assist the theater with advocacy, a corps of trained volunteers, restoration projects and the marketing of its events.
Friends Group Activities
The Warner Grand operates as a theater rental house, under the management of Lee Sweet and the City of L.A.’s Performing Arts Division. Grand Vision markets all public Theatre events on our website, on social media, and in a printed season mailer. When you rent the Theatre, Grand Vision staff can help you in a variety of ways and help you get the word out.
Grand Vision’s restoration work preserves the theatre’s former glory while outfitting it for 21st Century productions. From restoring Art Deco frescos and replacing old seats to upgrading lighting and digital projection, Grand Vision is helping the Warner Grand Theatre stay in great shape as she celebrates her 90th birthday and beyond.
We love the Warner Grand and its vital role as a home for the performing arts in historic downtown San Pedro. We love to share what we know through our docent program, our historical restoration blog, and by advocating for the theatre and the arts in our local community and beyond. Volunteer and get to know other community members that care.