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Potentially Dangerous Rialto Theatre Sign May Have to Come Down

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The sign bearing the name of the historic and shuttered Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena could be dangerous, and might have to come down.

The Pasadena Star-News reports that a structural engineer has been called in to determine if the blade sign is a safety hazard. Already, the sidewalk has been closed in front of the theatre.

The sign sustained damaged during last year's Windpocalypse.

Locals, however, are leery to see the signage go, since they believe it might hamper restoration endeavors. Already the fate of the venue is shaky, though since the 1925 movie house is on the National Register of Historic Places, it cannot be torn down.

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Officials say that if the sign does need to come down, they've already got an offer from someone in the neighborhood who can safely stow the sign.

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