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 The 2003 Wild Fire

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 In 1998 the Padua Hills Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the California Register.

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 The Physical Setting — February 2004

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              Entryway to Padua Hills Theatre and Dining Room
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray. Theatre Image #69 — February 2004
Entryway to Padua Hills Theatre and Dining Room
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray

 In October of 2003, devastating wild fires swept through much of southern California. At the height of the fires, firefighters were dispatched to protect the homes in Padua Hills.

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              Padua Hills from the Theatre Parking Lot
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray. Theatre Image #70 — February 2004
Padua Hills from the Theatre Parking Lot
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray

 When firefighters arrived, they found many of the homes already in flames.

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              Padua Homes as seen from the Theatre Parking Lot
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray. Theatre Image #71 — February 2004
Padua Homes as seen from the Theatre Parking Lot
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray

 The historic Little Theatre was directly in the path of the oncoming flames, and the firefighters took a stand to protect this treasured historical site. Even so, the fire came close.

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              Padua Hills Theatre Clotheslines
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray. Theatre Image #72 — February 2004
Padua Hills Theatre Clotheslines
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray

 Very close!

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              Back of Padua Hills Theatre 
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray
Theatre Image #74 — February 2004
Back of Padua Hills Theatre
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray


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              Back of Padua Hills Theatre 
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray.
Theatre Image #73 — February 2004
Back of Padua Hills Theatre
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 In fact, it’s astonishing that the Little Theatre is still standing. But because of the efforts of those determined firefighters, there are still some homes and the Theatre in Padua Hills.

 While it sustained substantive damage in the fire, relatively little of the building was affected.


 

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              Damaged Roof Tiles on Back of Padua Hills Theatre
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray. Theatre Image #75 — February 2004
Damaged Roof Tiles on Back of Padua Hills Theatre
Photo by Vykki Mende Gray

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              “Indian Woman”
              Terra-cota sculpture made by Albert Stewart in 1946.
              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray. Theatre Image #76 — Photo by Vykki Mende Gray
“Indian Woman” — Terra-cota sculpture made by Albert Stewart in 1946.
This photograph taken in February 2004.

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 The historic sculpture by Albert Stewart still graces the courtyard, and the olive trees still shade the patios.


 And the building is still standing, ready for continued service to the community.


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              Photo by Vykki Mende Gray
              Damaged Roof Tiles on Back of Padua Hills Theatre. Theatre Image #77 — Photo by Vykki Mende Gray
Outside Wall of Padua Hills Dining Room — February 2004

 Padua Hills Dining Room

 Photo by Vykki Mende Gray
            Padua Hills Dining Room

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