Box-office failure

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Valley Cultural Center officials say the continuing uncertainty from city government has driven them to quit the theater. The center’s management team, trying to get a one-year extension of its three-year contract, has been wrangling with city officials for months. The wrangling, coupled with all the other frustrations and headaches from dealings with City Hall and Councilman Dennis Zine, convinced the center’s managers that the venue’s future was just too hazy. It shouldn’t have come to this. The Valley Cultural Center has brought some important shows and events to a corner of the city that sees very little municipal attention. Considering the time, effort and money spent on making downtown nicer, it’s an outrage that City Hall couldn’t spare some attention for Canoga Park. It is now incumbent upon city officials to keep the show going and to find new management as soon as possible. THE story of the rise and fall – and rise and fall again – of the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park could well be a metaphor for Los Angeles City Hall’s ineptitude. It took a lot of hard work to reopen the shuttered theater and to bring live shows to its stage. And all of that hard work may very well die from neglectful caretaking by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The 433-seat Madrid Theatre on Sherman Way was a seedy porn cinema when it closed in 1994 because of damage in the Northridge Earthquake. The theater reopened in 1998 as part of a long-hoped-for rebirth in the Sherman Way business corridor. But an ongoing dispute between the Valley Cultural Center, which operates the theater, and city officials could signal the end for one of the San Fernando Valley’s few cultural venues. last_img