He preserved downtown L.A. moviehouses

Delijani became a prominent real estate magnate in Los Angeles after fleeing his native Iran during the country’s 1979 revolution.

Three years later, at the behest of then-Mayor Tom Bradley, he bought the ornate Los Angeles Theater, built in 1931, to save it from demolition. He later purchased three other historic Broadway moviehouses: the Palace, State and Tower. Delijani spent millions of dollars to restore and update the venues.

A downtown intersection was dedicated as Ezat Delijani Square in 2009.

Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy, told the Los Angeles Times: Delijani “wanted these movie palaces to survive for future generations to enjoy, and he fostered this vision among his family, who now carries on his tradition of stewardship.”

Delijani was a key participant in the Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which fosters historic preservation and economic development in the area.

He was born in Tehran and graduated from Tehran U. School of Law but joined his father in the family textile business.

Delijani is survived by his wife, Nahid; three sons; a daughter; three sisters; and five grandchildren.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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