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February 13, 2003
June Casagrande While many agree that the Lido Theater and Balboa Theater should be designated as landmarks, residents who have weighed in on the theaters' future are split on whether the Port Theatre should also enjoy the freedom that comes with that status. "All of the parking that was available when the [Port Theatre] was built has been swallowed up by establishments locating in the area," Corona del Mar resident Oliver Winn wrote to council members.
NEWS
March 16, 2003
A month ago, we wrote concerning the Port Theatre debate: "The only voice missing so far is the owner of the Port Theatre. What the owner of the Port wants to do should really be part of the discussion before the debate gets any hotter, but that's not going to stop us from putting in our two cents." Since then, the owner has come forward. But, to just about everyone's surprise, it was not the owner people expected to see. It turns out that longtime Port proprietor Scott Burnham had quietly sold the theater 18 months ago to Corona del Mar resident Rick Aversano, a patron of the arts scene in Laguna Beach.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Paul Clinton A wealthy arts patron plans to mount a wholesale renovation of the Port Theatre, but only after the city approves a landmark theater ordinance that would allow a restructuring of the floor plan, Councilman Tod Ridgeway said. The patron, Corona del Mar resident Rick Aversano, would cut a majority of the seating, add a restaurant, bar and coffee shop, and mount a full-scale restoration of the Art Deco movie palace. "The message on the Port Theatre is that the ultimate goal is creating a landmark theater that will become the focal point for community events in Corona del Mar," Ridgeway said.
NEWS
February 15, 2003
Watch out, Steve, that's not safe driving I always enjoy Steve Smith's columns on Saturdays. He always has something interesting to say. But I was rather disturbed this last Saturday when he was talking about driving. He was driving listening to messages on his cell phone, eating a bagel, listening to CDs and scrambling to find a paper in the front seat and he doesn't have too much problem, he just kind of throws it in there like there is nothing wrong with that.
NEWS
March 27, 2003
June Casagrande The City Council approved a landmark buildings ordinance on Tuesday that will allow the Port Theatre to add food service and entertainment. "I'm very much in favor of the Port Theatre becoming a landmark theater," Corona del Mar resident Luvena Hayton said. The ordinance offers no official protection or historical status to the four landmarks it affects: the Port Theatre, the Balboa Theater, the Lido Theater and the Balboa Pavilion.
NEWS
March 14, 2003
A standing ovation for Port Theatre plans I think Rick Aversano is going to do a wonderful job with the Port Theatre. It sounds like the idea that he has in place is wonderful and very useful to the community. I want to thank him and tell him that we will all be happy to patronize his beautifully new restored Port Theatre. Thank you very much to Rick. DEDE BRINK Corona del Mar Renovation of Port will be a delightful change I was so excited to hear that the Port Theatre has been sold and that the gentleman has wonderful ideas.
NEWS
March 24, 2003
June Casagrande A City Council agenda item that could have been custom-tailored for the Port Theatre might proceed without a single official peep from the theater's owners. Mayor Steve Bromberg had asked two weeks ago to postpone a vote on a landmark theaters ordinance until the upcoming council meeting to give the "applicant" an opportunity to weigh in. Though Port Theatre owners did not apply for or request the council action, they might as well have: The ordinance would give four city businesses the right to add restaurant, arcade, music and other live entertainment services at their facilities without having to apply for new permits.
NEWS
February 22, 2003
Fond memories of Costa Mesa High coach I found myself both sad and happy to ready of John Carney's retirement from Costa Mesa High School after all these years ("How does a cowboy retire?" Tuesday). Coach Carney exhibited and exemplified all of the qualities a parent hopes to find in someone who coaches their child. Foremost of all those fine characteristics was Carney's unqualified love for the kids he spent time with. It was my experience that John genuinely enjoyed and cared for each and every one of the kids that played for him. He never hesitated to do a little extra or offer up a kind word for the young men and women at Costa Mesa High.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
The Daily Pilot has been less than objective in its reporting of the Nichols fiasco. Its incendiary "Mexicans on the beach" article sparked the conflagration, and since then, the paper's reporters have shown consistent anti-Nichols bias. The Pilot's report on public comments at the July 8, 2003, council meeting depicted only two points of view: racism and anti-racism. That is not balanced reporting. I spoke at that meeting and heard every other speaker.
NEWS
April 1, 2001
Young Chang The Port Theatre was once the destination for celebrities who jet-setted around the world for screenings and other film-industry events. Built in the late 1940s, it was the larger of Newport Beach's three main movie venues, including the Balboa and Lido locations. An old hotel set up on the bluff in Corona del Mar housed the stars. "And the Port was a place of entertainment for the Hollywood celebrities of that era to go," said Scott Burnham, owner of the theater.
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By Javier Reyna and By Javier Reyna | November 2, 2012
It would be tremendously expensive. That is what Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner told me when I emailed her with my humble idea about how to solve traffic problems along the section of East Coast Highway that goes through the flower streets. The recent traffic study on the squeeze lane at Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard showed that no improvement would result by reducing the lanes from three to two. When I first heard of the concept, I actually thought the idea of having more outdoor dinning would be great, but I also realized the traffic delays would not be solved by simply pushing the problem back a few blocks.
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By Sarah Peters | January 31, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - When the building behind the Port Theatre became available in 2007, longtime Corona del Mar resident Ali Zadeh saw an opportunity. Nevermind that the lack of public parking, economic woes and other issues affecting the space had closed out a handful of previous owners. Zadeh, whose background is in computer engineering, had a plan for what became the Port Restaurant and Bar. "Since I lived here for years and watched all these changes, I thought to myself, 'What if I put something here that the area deserves?
NEWS
July 17, 2003
The Daily Pilot has been less than objective in its reporting of the Nichols fiasco. Its incendiary "Mexicans on the beach" article sparked the conflagration, and since then, the paper's reporters have shown consistent anti-Nichols bias. The Pilot's report on public comments at the July 8, 2003, council meeting depicted only two points of view: racism and anti-racism. That is not balanced reporting. I spoke at that meeting and heard every other speaker.
NEWS
June 6, 2003
JWA can't handle more flights John Wayne Airport can't handle the airlines and flights they currently have. Are any airlines presently at John Wayne giving up slots or gates? Fourteen aircraft spend 15 to 30 minutes waiting to take off at 7 a.m. each morning except Sunday, when it's 8 a.m. Aircraft can spend as much as 20 minutes waiting for a gate to clear at night while other aircraft get moved to remote parking. John Wayne has inadequate taxiways for the volume of traffic it presently has, not to mention gate space.
NEWS
March 27, 2003
June Casagrande The City Council approved a landmark buildings ordinance on Tuesday that will allow the Port Theatre to add food service and entertainment. "I'm very much in favor of the Port Theatre becoming a landmark theater," Corona del Mar resident Luvena Hayton said. The ordinance offers no official protection or historical status to the four landmarks it affects: the Port Theatre, the Balboa Theater, the Lido Theater and the Balboa Pavilion.
NEWS
March 24, 2003
June Casagrande A City Council agenda item that could have been custom-tailored for the Port Theatre might proceed without a single official peep from the theater's owners. Mayor Steve Bromberg had asked two weeks ago to postpone a vote on a landmark theaters ordinance until the upcoming council meeting to give the "applicant" an opportunity to weigh in. Though Port Theatre owners did not apply for or request the council action, they might as well have: The ordinance would give four city businesses the right to add restaurant, arcade, music and other live entertainment services at their facilities without having to apply for new permits.
NEWS
March 16, 2003
A month ago, we wrote concerning the Port Theatre debate: "The only voice missing so far is the owner of the Port Theatre. What the owner of the Port wants to do should really be part of the discussion before the debate gets any hotter, but that's not going to stop us from putting in our two cents." Since then, the owner has come forward. But, to just about everyone's surprise, it was not the owner people expected to see. It turns out that longtime Port proprietor Scott Burnham had quietly sold the theater 18 months ago to Corona del Mar resident Rick Aversano, a patron of the arts scene in Laguna Beach.
NEWS
March 14, 2003
A standing ovation for Port Theatre plans I think Rick Aversano is going to do a wonderful job with the Port Theatre. It sounds like the idea that he has in place is wonderful and very useful to the community. I want to thank him and tell him that we will all be happy to patronize his beautifully new restored Port Theatre. Thank you very much to Rick. DEDE BRINK Corona del Mar Renovation of Port will be a delightful change I was so excited to hear that the Port Theatre has been sold and that the gentleman has wonderful ideas.
NEWS
March 13, 2003
Time for El Morro debate -- and leases -- to end They have got to be kidding! When is enough enough already? Those El Morro Trailer Park people are at it again with their scare tactics, their grandiose plans and now the full page ads sprouting up every where (several in the Daily Pilot in March). Don't they get it? They have squatted on public property for more than 25 years and now it's time to let go. We Californians want public access to our state park, a park we purchased decades ago. Their tactics have focused on: First, it was the horrors of having lowly RV owners overnight in a state camp ground next to a school.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Paul Clinton A wealthy arts patron plans to mount a wholesale renovation of the Port Theatre, but only after the city approves a landmark theater ordinance that would allow a restructuring of the floor plan, Councilman Tod Ridgeway said. The patron, Corona del Mar resident Rick Aversano, would cut a majority of the seating, add a restaurant, bar and coffee shop, and mount a full-scale restoration of the Art Deco movie palace. "The message on the Port Theatre is that the ultimate goal is creating a landmark theater that will become the focal point for community events in Corona del Mar," Ridgeway said.
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