Ladies and gents, an update, or not.
So some of you might remember, I posted some images of a beautiful San Diego, California movie house from the late 1920's called the new California Theatre. After getting those images, I decided to try and contact the owners to obtain permission to photgraph the site (see: http://jj-maccrimmon.livejournal.com/196615.html
Approximately a week ago, I sent a registered letter to the owners of record, California Theatre Investment Group LLC. This was my third attempt to contact them. The Post Office has the letter in their tracking system and they have attempted to deliver it several times - unsuccessfully.
The result.. nothing. No one is even making an attempt to sign for the letter at the Post Office. I am convinced at this point that the business listed as the owner of this building is a front or a shell and nothing is being done to restore it.
This sadly follows a familiar trend concerning historic/abandoned locations. A company will buy a site and propose redevelopment only to be turned down because of it's historic nature of the building(s). When they exhaust the normal efforts to gain the partial and total demolition of a site, they sell it to a holding company which promises restoration of the property. The only thing that happens is they sit on the site for years doing minimal 'upkeep', and allowing it to deteriorate in hopes that as time passes a more favorable situation will develop (condemnation, fire, vandalism, etc).
My hope is that I'm mistaken and the owners of the property will yet contact me. The next steps to get in touch become more complicated. The California Theatre Investment Group LLC is registered in California (USA) so there has to be a lawyer or law office acting as their representative - that's one avenue to pursue. Next the registration in California requires the principals of the LLC (the main investors) to be identified. That's my second avenue to investigate. In both cases, any help from the community here would be very appreciated. I'd like to explore and document this site before it disappears forever.