Seal Beach’s Bay Theater Gets New Owner with a Vision

Progress is happening on the restoration of the Bay which first opened in November 1945 -- NOT 1947 as is frequently and incorrectly repeated.

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Paul Dunlap and the Bay theater
Paul Dunlap, an Orange County Developer, is buying and developing the iconic 1947 building which has been closed since 2012. ADDITIONAL INFO:01.sb.0506.baytheater.mg - 05/05/2016 - MANDATORY CREDIT: MICHAEL GOULDING, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Paul Dunlap, an Orange County Developer, is buying and developing the iconic 1947 building which has been closed since 2012.

More than six months after going into escrow, Paul Dunlap, president of Dunlap Property Group of Fullerton , confirmed he has completed the $2.1 million purchase of the venerable Bay Theater on the 300 block of Main Street in Seal Beach, according to Greg Mellen of the OC register.

Dunlap has already hired a theater manager with much experience with restoring and reviving old theaters and has met with community groups regarding potential acts for the venue.  After some self-imposed delays to re-figure some necessary improvements, Dunlap has also filed an application with the city’s Planning Commission for a conditional use permit, required to start working on the building and beginning operations, he said.

But he said the encouragement and support he’s received from the city and community convinced him to press forward.

He has also  already made arrangements with some merchants across Pacific Coast Highway to arrange for additional parking in the evening hours and is looking into building a rooftop area that could host receptions and small gatherings.

 

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