Shuttered San Fernando Valley theater could become Tesla showroom

Decurion closed Chatsworth multiplex in pandemic, nixes plans for industrial complex

A photo illustration of Decurion CEO Michael Forman and 9201 Winnetka Avenue

A photo illustration of Decurion CEO Michael Forman and 9201 Winnetka Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)

A shuttered theater complex in the San Fernando Valley could find a second life as a Tesla showroom. 

The Winnetka Pacific Theatres, a multiplex in the west San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Chatsworth, closed in March 2020, as the burgeoning pandemic was shutting theaters around the country, including some of L.A.’s most famous locations. 

Now Decurion Corporation, the Chatsworth theater’s parent company, has filed an application to convert the abandoned complex into a Tesla dealership and service center. The new space would total 111,000 square feet, according to the planning application. 

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The electric carmaker already has more than a dozen showrooms around Greater L.A., including locations in Century City, Long Beach and Westchester. In the San Fernando Valley it has existing locations in Burbank, Canoga Park and Agoura Hills. 

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The latest plans are a change from Decurion’s earlier idea of repurposing the location. In late 2021, the firm had filed an application for a three-building, 274,000-square-foot industrial complex. 

The shuttered theater complex is located at 9201 Winnetka Avenue, in suburban eastern Chatsworth. Last year Rexford bought a 232,000-square-foot office park in the area for $42 million.