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By Skyfox11 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Parker Center, the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department, has appeared in many films and TV shows over the years, but will it make one more screen appearance when it is demolished?

A City Council member floated that idea Monday as a committee discussed funding for the building’s destruction. the council recently approved a plan to tear down Parker Center and replace it with a 27-story office tower for city employees.

“I think we, maybe even in joking, a couple of years ago mentioned the idea of promoting it to the movies, that maybe somebody will want to come down and film it being (demolished) and actually get them to pay for it,” Councilman Mitch Englander said during a meeting of the council’s Budget and Finance Committee. “They’ve been successful, in all joking aside, they’ve done that in many other locations, and that might be something to promote.”

The committee approved a plan to use $10 million in bond money to help pay for the demolition by reauthorizing the use of Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles financing included in the 2014-15 budget.

“We have some time before we actually demo it, and move on it. And seriously, I would perhaps talk to FilmL.A. and see if they can share what we are doing with all the studios here and see if there is any interest,” Englander said.

FilmL.A. is the nonprofit group that manages film and television shoots in the city and county.

The City Council voted in February against naming Parker Center a historic-cultural monument, despite the Cultural Heritage Commission recommending the move, and in March approved its demolition. Councilman Jose Huizar  predicted it would be torn down within a year.

Parker Center, which opened in the 1950s, has been mostly empty since 2009 when the LAPD moved to a new building several blocks away. It was designed by Welton Becket, who also designed the Capitol Records building, Music Center and Cinerama Dome.

The building was made nationally famous on the Jack Webb police drama “Dragnet,” and was used in many other television series and films.

–City News Service

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