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Friday, May 28, 2010

JEHOVAH'S WITTNESS ASSEMBLY HALL REPLACED THE VALLEY MUSIC CENTER

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

Once the Valley Music Theatre stood just above Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. It brought great pride to residents in the West San Fernando Valley. The structure was sold to the Jehovah's Witnesses and later resold for apartment development. The Music Theater / Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witness was destroyed and lies under great swaths of plastic today.

Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly Hall - Postcard given to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2010 - artifact 1600

“Unique and beautiful in design, the California Valley Circuits Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses is located on a 8 1/3 acre site 2 block south of Ventura Freeway at 20600 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, California, 91364.
The dome-shaped auditorium has circular/sloped seating for over 2800 persons arouind a large central stage.”

Interior of Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly Hall - Postcard given to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2010 - artifact 1602

"A 35-foot crown, representing the everlasting Kingship of Almighty God Jehovah is suspended above the stage as a centerpiece in the circular auditorium of the California Valley Circuits Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located between Winnetka and DeSoto offramps of the Ventura Freeway at 20600 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, California, 91364."


Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly Hall - Postcard given to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2010 - artifact 1601

"Wide ramps lead from 2 parking lots to this dome-shaped, floor to ceiling glass fronted entrance and lobby of the California Valley Circuits Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 20600 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, California, 91364."

6 comments:

mrpostcard@charter.net said...

Thanks Gary, you're the best.

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t87994 said...

I live close to this former assembly hall location and was baptized there in 1984. Very sad to see that it was destroyed. I have many great memories attending the circuit assemblies here.

Glenn said...

I attended the Assembly Hall there from 1982 (when I was baptized in their pool) until 1998. Loved how the "theater in the round" was preserved during the quarter-century (1979-2004) the Witnesses owned the property. The stage would rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise, allowing the speaker to see his entire audience during his discourse.

My second most important memory was how, just twelve days after the 17 January 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the I-5/Frwy 14 interchange reopened and our scheduled 29-30 January Circuit Assembly still went on despite some structural damage. We had almost sold the place for $10 million in order to buy a property near Eternal Valley funeral home, but the deal failed just weeks before the Quake, and we got FEMA funding to repair the damaged entrance. Good thing, we got $25 million a decade later and are using assembly halls in Mira Loma (built after the Quake), Norco and, 20 miles from where I now live, Escondido. It's too bad the Music Center auditorium has been destroyed, I miss that.

John Henry Kurtz said...

Where is the money?