Public Invited to Demolition Ceremony for Atlantic Theater

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The Atlantic Theater pictured at top, which will be replaced with the new North Neighborhood Library depicted below.

The public is invited to attend the Demolition Ceremony for the Atlantic Theater, which will be replaced with the new North Neighborhood Library. The free event is at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 25, at 5870 Atlantic Ave. The Uptown Renaissance Festival with live entertainment, food and exhibits will follow.

“The North Neighborhood Library will be a beacon of learning and enrichment for generations to come,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

Located in the 5800 block of Atlantic Avenue, the 25,000-square-foot facility will be a state-of-the-art focal point for the North Village Center. It will feature artistic glass walls and green foliage, and incorporate the theater’s tower into a glass roof overlooking a reading room. The library will offer areas for children, teens, and adults, as well as a community center and pedestrian plaza.

“This development effort marks a pivotal step in the Uptown Renaissance movement,” said Councilman Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District. “An effort of such magnitude is sure to bring more vitality to the neighborhood and help generate more business in the area.”

Built in the early 1940s, the Atlantic Theater operated as a contemporary Art Deco-style venue for more than 40 years before being adapted and reused for various purposes, most recently as a church and as a discount furniture store.

“Removing the old Atlantic Theater will make way for the much anticipated North Neighborhood Library, which is exactly what the community needs,” said Councilmember Al Austin, who represents the 8th District.


One Response to “Public Invited to Demolition Ceremony for Atlantic Theater”
  1. Dave Hall says:

    I spoke against the plan along with a member of the Long Beach Historical Society and I still think it’s a mistake to destroy a historic building like this in North Long Beach.