LA’s Live Theaters Find New Cash as Film Locations

Diane Haithman
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The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health eased restrictions on Hollywood production in June, allowing indoor shooting with protocols, but theaters remained closed to audiences. As a result, the theater community has had to think outside the box to find ways to make up for lost revenue and connect with patrons. “Most people would say Hollywood has better lobbying ability with the state than regional theaters,” Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman told TheWrap with a wry laugh. Feldman understands the call for pandemic protocols in indoor spaces but has a hard time seeing why a performance in an indoor theater is less safe than an indoor movie shoot if both observe similar protocols. “When you sit down and think about it, it’s a bit ridiculous that a theater can’t operate with five people in an audience, but we could do a film shoot in our theater with a whole lot more than five people under those guidelines,” Feldman said. Thor Steingraber, executive director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (“The Soraya”) at Cal State Northridge, thinks the same way. Not that he would really consider it, but “if you paid your...

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