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P.O. Box 91189
Pasadena, California 91109-1189
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Our mission to protect, preserve and revitalize Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre.

Friends of the Raymond Theatre is a community-based non profit organization which was formed by the former Raymond Theatre manager and concert promoter, Gina Zamparelli.  Friends of the Raymond Theatre has been in existence for 17 years, and currently has 7,000 supporters worldwide.

The organization was formed to meet the challenge of saving the Raymond Theatre from redevelopment.  Through our work we have kept the Raymond Theatre standing 17 years past the date of the first demolition notice.

We have also developed a project and business plan that will allow the Raymond Theatre to be self-sustaining and would not require any city  funding.

Every year we update our business plan to meet industry changes.  We have engaged the assistance of both corporate sponsorship brokers and entertainment professionals.  We have evaluated restoration costs, gathered documentation from the city on necessary code work, variances and permits.

Architects have assisted us with estimates on restoration and renderings for the redevelopment of the theatres adjoining parking lot.  We have also brought several buyers forth who were financially able to implement the vision for the project. The owner has not excepted any legitimate offers to purchase the property to date. We continue to hold promise that we can find a buyer who is able to convince the city and the theatre owner that the Raymond Theatre is a vital historic and cultural resource worth saving.