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Theater Owner Ezat Delijani Dies

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, August 29, 2011, at 07:18AM
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Ezat Delijani, center, at the 2009 dedication of Ezat Delijani Square at 7th and Broadway.

Longtime Broadway theatre owner Ezat Delijani passed away on Saturday, reports the L.A. Times.

Delijani came to Los Angeles in 1979 after fleeing Iran's Islamic Revolution.

In 1982, he purchased the 1931 Los Angeles Theatre at the request of Mayor Tom Bradley, who wanted to ensure the historic theater would be saved. Delijani later purchased the Palace, State and Tower theaters.

In 2009, the intersection of 7th and Broadway was named Delijani Square in honor of those efforts.

Sons Michael and Shiram Delijani have been involved in recent Broadway renovation efforts, and this summer the family unveiled a $1 million rehab of the Palace.

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