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John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished

John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished

After nearly four years of renovations at a cost of close to $66 million, the historic John Anson Ford Theatres complex in the hills of the Cahuenga Pass will be taking its bow, with a public reopening set for July.

The complex's outdoor theater — first opened in 1920 as a home for the New Testament-themed "The Pilgrimage Play" and then rebuilt a decade later after a fire — is finishing a major refurbishment that county leaders hope will bring new life to the venue, which had fallen victim to Mother Nature and piecemeal construction over the years.

With a new stage, lighting and drainage system to prevent flooding, the...

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