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Thursday, April 7, 2011

A New Noise

The theater for A Noise Within, the classical theater company soon to be moving to Pasadena from faraway Glendale, is rising atop the Stuart Pharmaceuticals Building like a new layer on a concrete cake. A rendering of what the interior will look like accompanies William Goldstein's article on Hometown Pasadena. In fact, HtP's been covering the move particularly well.

The 1928 Masonic Temple Building ANW leaves behind in Glendale is a lovely old has-been. My guess is she was tough to heat on cold days, impossibly hot in the summer and they probably had to incorporate her plumbing noises into their sound design. But she's an old beauty all the same. I don't know what's in the building's future, but keep an eye on Cinema Treasures. They usually have good info and the best pictures of these faded dames.

Goldstein's article is about ANW's final show in their old space. Right now the nights are neither cold nor impossibly hot. A good time to see a play.

10 comments:

JF said...

Fantastic place to put it! Right on the Gold Line. I'm glad they didn't shoehorn it into downtown- there's enough going on down there.

Petrea Burchard said...

Good point, JF. They definitely thought about accessibility. I look forward to seeing the new space.

Bellis said...

Glad they kept that historic building, though feeling a bit sad for the owners of the apartments behind, who will lose their mountain views. Have you been to any A Noise Within productions? Where's the name come from?

Petrea Burchard said...

True, Bellis. That's kind of lousy.

I think the company name is a reference to "Macbeth," but I'm not absolutely sure.

TheChieftess said...

Wow!!! The last time I remember driving by this location, it was nothing but an empty lot with a few girders in it ready to go up!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Stage direction! It's a stage direction! Jeez.

Susan Campisi said...

The new location seems a bit out of the way, but it is a good thing it's on the Gold Line. I hope they do well there.

Petrea Burchard said...

Altadenyite.

Karen said...

This is my favorite local theater company and I'm so glad they're going to be nearby!

Saw a terrific production of Bus Stop (Inge) there a few years ago and it was head and shoulders above other local theater efforts (ahem).

I'm going to investigate season tickets for this one - can't wait until their first local show.

Petrea Burchard said...

I agree, Pasadena is fortunate to have them.

And a big parking lot right there!