The Puente Theatre, better known as Star Theatre in La Puente, may be turned into a condominium building soon, according to Curbed LA.

Designed by American architect S. Charles Lee, the domed structure is located on 145 N. First St. in the Los Angeles County city. The theater was popular from the 1970s to the 1990s for screening pornographic films, but lost its adult entertainment permit due to charges for prostitution, lewd conduct, and building code violations. After several failed restoration attempts, the building remained closed and dilapidated. 

According to property records, Star Theatre, LLC purchased the theatre in April 2016 for $1.12 million. Last month, owner Linda Young turned in site plans, building elevations, and other development plans to city officials. Young hopes to secure a permit to demolish the midcentury modern building in order to build a new 22-unit condominium.

However, a local activist group called Arteologists is looking to persuade both the city and Young to repurpose the dome-like theater into a community arts venue instead. Their reasoning is that even with the site’s rocky past, the building still holds a place in the city’s history.

The city of La Puente is still reviewing plans, and no demolition permit has been approved yet.