Magic takes shot at own movie house

Magic Johnson wants to dazzle audiences again. But instead of a basketball court, he will use an inner-city movie house as his stage.

Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers star who retired after being diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS and then aborted a comeback attempt last year, announced plans to open his own multiplex movie theater in a community not far from the epicenter of the Los Angeles riots.

The theater, to be built in Baldwin Hills, will be independent of any theater chain but will show first-run movies, according to Johnson’s agent, Lon Rosen.

Johnson, the primary investor in the facility, will be active in the daily operations of the theater, Rosen said.

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