Ojai Playhouse employee Tarek Al-Awar takes down marquee lettering Tuesday. The 100-year-old movie theater will be closed indefinitely after a July 20 water line break sent thousands of gallons of water onto Ojai Avenue and into the theater. Theater owner Khaled Al-Awar said Tuesday that Golden State Water Company officials have indicated to him that they will compensate him for all damage to the building and for his loss of business while it is closed. He said he hopes that by Thursday or Friday he will have a better idea of when the theater will reopen. Village Jester, which is located in the same building as the Ojai Playhouse, has been closed since February for repairs. Owner Nigel Chisholm said he is still hoping to reopen his business sometime in August. (Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar)
Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
The July 20 water line break under Ojai Avenue that flooded the 100-year-old Ojai Playhouse building, and a subsequent Ojai Avenue line break Sunday at Fulton Street, serve as reminders that the community is still battling for control of its water infrastructure.