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Wednesday, October 19, 2005


The theatre closed briefly in 1977, but was purchased by Marc Perkins in 1979 and reopened as a venue for live music, known as Perkins Palace. From 1979 to 1988, Perkins Palace was one of Los Angeles top concert venues, presenting such acts as Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Fleetwood Mac and many more.

In the early Perkins Palace years, Marc and Jim Perkins managed Perkins Palace and shows were produced by Marc and Jim Perkins and  Mark Garagos.

From 1982 till the theatre was closed for redevelopment, the venue was managed by Gina Zamparelli.  Shows were produced by all the top LA promoters including Wolf & Rissmiller, Avalon Attractions, Zamparelli Productions, Goldenvoice and Pacificoncerts. The Raymond was also the backdrop for many movies and music videos and which helped it make its mark in Los Angeles music history.

In the late 1980s Marc Perkins sold an interest in the theatre and adjoining parking lot to local Pasadena developers Gene and Marilyn Buchanan (AJB Enterprises). In 1988 all shows were canceled, the theatre was closed and slated to be gutted and converted to an office building.  Former theatre manager and promoter Gina Zamparelli, along with few community members, took action and formed Friends of the Raymond Theatre, to help protect The Raymond Theatre from unnecessary redevelopment.

Friends of the Raymond Theatre requested the City of Pasadena not allow redevelopment of the theatre without first considering its continued use as a live venue. The City of Pasadena responded by hiring the firm R.F. McCann & Company Theatre Architects to complete a two-year study on The Raymond Theatre to see if retaining the theatre was feasible. Richard McCann completed a renovation program for the study and Gina Zamparelli was hired for the financial feasibility analysis.

The study went before the City Council for vote on May 8, 1990. The Mayor and City Council voted, based on the study the theatre could operate at a profit and should be retained as a theatre.

The Raymond was sold in 1991 to concert promoter Gary Folgner who produced a successful concert series at the theatre.  However, Folgner recovered the auditorium seats in materials that were flame-retardant, but did not have the paperwork to prove it.

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