UPDATE 6/3/2016: Azusa City Council to RECONSIDER the Laemmle Theatre Mixed-Use project for Block 36 on Monday, June 6th at 7PM! Click here for details.
ONE FINAL UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Azusa City Council did NOT select our project for Downtown Azusa.
Sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to speak and email. The overwhelming display of public support at the council meeting warmed our little lamb hearts. We appreciate all of you.
On Monday, May 16th at 7:30PM the Azusa City Council is scheduled to vote on our proposal to build a new movie theater in Downtown Azusa and we hope you’ll support us by speaking at the meeting! Skip to meeting details.
The proposed “Laemmle Theatre Mixed-Use Project” includes a five screen, 300 seat movie theater (with programming similar to our Pasadena venue), 108 apartment units, retail/restaurant space, an above ground parking garage, and an outdoor plaza. Our project would occupy “Block 36” at the southeast corner of East Foothill Boulevard and North Azusa Avenue in Downtown Azusa.
City Council will choose between our project and a competing project that includes a bowling alley instead of a movie theater. While we’re big fans of bowling (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, anyone?), we strongly believe that a LAEMMLE theater will do more to foster an exciting arts and entertainment district in the downtown area.
A new Laemmle theater in Azusa would operate in addition to our existing Pasadena and Claremont venues allowing us to bring more independent, foreign, and documentary films to audiences in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley areas.
Fans of more mainstream films needn’t worry. You’ll still be able to catch big Hollywood movies like CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR at the nearby Foothill 10 operated by Regency Theatres. We’ll focus on indie and art film. We think there’s enough room for BOTH our theaters to thrive.
Here’s the important part: Public support for the project at this City Council meeting is critical. You can help by attending. Supporters wishing to speak must arrive before 7:30pm to fill out and submit a Blue Card.
The Azusa City Council meeting is scheduled for 7:30pm on Monday, May 16th:
Azusa City Auditorium 213 East Foothill Boulevard, Azusa, CA 91702 (map)
If you can’t attend, you can still help by emailing Azusa Council Members in advance so they have written evidence that the community supports this project. Please email council members before May 16th. Include City Manager Troy Butzlaff in all correspondence to ensure your support is noted in the official record.
Here are their email addresses:
City Manager Troy Butzlaff – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Joseph Romero Rocha – email@example.com
Mayor Pro Tem Angel A. Carrillo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Edward J. Alvarez – email@example.com
Council Member Robert Gonzales – firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Uriel E. Macias – email@example.com
Please share this post with any other community members interested in voicing their opinion on this exciting project!
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.