Miramar Theater in San Clemente may be revived

November 12, 2012 by  

The Miramar Theater, located in North Beach in San Clemente, may soon be revived back to its former glory, following a November 8 vote in favor of a design firm analyzing the building. The theater has been closed and vacant since the 1990s and is a primary focus in the revitalization of the North Beach area.

While the issue of restoring the 75-year-old theater has long been discussed at local workshops, the dream of revitalizing the historical theater may soon turn into a reality. City officials recently met with, and hired, Westlake Reed Leskosky – an architectural design firm specializing in the restoration of old movie houses and theaters. Westlake Reed Leskosky will inspect the structural integrity and features of the theater and assess what improvements need to be made. The study, which will cost approximately $28,000, will be funded primarily by a $20,000 grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation. The remainder will be paid by the city.

Jim Pechous, who is the City Planner for San Clemente, stated:

“It’s a community goal to fix that facility up and keep it from being a white elephant and do something the community can be prideful for.”

Restoring old structures and businesses in a community can help revitalize the area and boost the local economy. The restoration of such structures as the historical Miramar Theater in San Clemente would be likely to draw in a number of other businesses and tourists, creating even more patronage for area businesses. Local print companies could also expect an increase in business as new companies come in, through flyer and banner printing services.