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Restoration

Grand Vision’s restoration work began in 1996 when we took on the challenge of restoring the historic marquee and neon blade sign, which had been dark for many years. Since then, we have undertaken many preservation, restoration, maintenance and upgrade projects, including the “Save Your Seat Campaign” capital campaign of 2004-2006. Local residents, businesses and fans of Art Deco design adopted over 1,000 Theatre seats. These funds enabled Grand Vision to fully restore the Theatre’s seats, install safe, modern stage rigging, a movie sound system and much more. This restoration work provided the necessary improvements that have enabled the Theatre to function as a community performing arts center since reopening in late 2006.

See the stories below for details on the many community-driven restoration projects that Grand Vision has accomplished.

 

Restoration Blog

SPF:architects

SPF:architects

Founded in 1990 by Zoltan Pali, FAIA, and his wife Judit Fekete-Pali, Culver City-based SPF:architects (SPFA) is an award-winning firm known for both commercial and residential projects. Among their many projects, they previously led the 2000 renovation of the B....

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The Warner Grand’s $10 Million Renovation

The Warner Grand’s $10 Million Renovation

Planning the Warner Grand’s $10 Million Renovation: An Interview with Alison Becker By Liz Schindler Johnson To capture this moment, I caught up with Alison Becker, Senior Advisor to Councilman Buscaino. He has given her the responsibility of “making the Warner Grand...

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Love the LobbyRestoration Campaign

Love the Lobby
Restoration Campaign

Show your love for the historic Warner Grand Theatre by adopting a seat. A brass plaque with the name of your choice will be affixed to a seat at the Theatre. Funds benefit Grand Vision's campaign to restore the Theatre's main lobby to its original art deco glory. The...

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2020 | Upgrading the Sound System

2020 | Upgrading the Sound System

San Pedro’s historic Warner Grand Theatre originally opened in 1931. Nearing its 90th birthday, the theater has moved into a new 21st century era of production - thanks to recent upgrades to the lighting and sound systems. In 2019, the Warner Grand installed a...

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Warner Grand Theatre Gets Lighting Revamp

Warner Grand Theatre Gets Lighting Revamp

(San Pedro, CA) - This historic Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro’s opulent Art Deco gem originally opened in 1931, is ready to move into a new era of spectacular events — with help from Kinetic Lighting. Kinetic worked with the Warner Grand and the Los Angeles...

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2017 & 2007| Lower Lobby Refurbishment

2017 & 2007| Lower Lobby Refurbishment

In the mid 1990s, the lower lobby sustained extreme water damage due to flooding. The historic red and white checkered linoleum and wooden subfloor were destroyed. In 2007, the rest room dividers were cleaned up, rust removed and repainted, and floors were scrubbed...

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2015 | New Digital Projector

2015 | New Digital Projector

GVF purchased technically appropriate projector in order for the theatre to be able to access and screen contemporary films. One of GVF's ongoing goals has been to upgrade the Warner Grand Theatre's technology. The theatre had previously housed a small conference room...

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2010 | Auditorium Paint Analysis

2010 | Auditorium Paint Analysis

GVF received a grant from The National Trust to conduct an analysis of the peeling paint in the main auditorium. Experts found the causes to be age, deterioration of base paint layer, changes in humidity and air conditioning damage.  

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2009-10 | Mezzanine Ceiling Restoration

2009-10 | Mezzanine Ceiling Restoration

GVF repaired and restored a section of decorated ceiling that was sagging, cracked, and missing sections of plaster. With a matching grant from the Office of then L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, a sagging, damaged section of the mezzanine ceiling was analyzed,...

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