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The Studio opened in early 1945 and closed in 1960 (per ‘Hollywood 1940-2008’, M.Wanamaker). No address is given although looking at the photo in the book, it was located either at 1715 N. Vermont (where the Bank of America is now) or 1727 N. Vermont (where the Tower Plaza and parking lot is now located).
If this theatre was not built to show films and only screened them for a short time, then it really isn’t a ‘cinema treasure’ and doesn’t belong on this site. It’s a beautiful building but not a cinema.
I would say its current film capabilities are zero. It doesn’t seem like it was ever a cinema, unlike the Mayan next door. Perhaps it shouldn’t be listed on CT.
How sad that this beautiful theatre was partially demolished, the remaining facade left to rot and then converted into a Pottery Barn.
As a nightclub Dec 31, 2009. Amazing that the plaster decor hasn’t fallen off the walls. Still in good condition inside with most of the decor intact. The seats have been removed on lower level, the floor leveled, a bar added under the balcony and DJ booth in the balcony area. Virtually the same thing that was done to The Palace in Hollywooed on Vine (now Avalon nightclub)
How ironic that this theatre in danger of closing, is almost directly across the street from the Academy of Motion Picture headquarters.
The Capitol is no more:
JerryR: You’re very perceptive and correct! The image in my Nov2/09 post is indeed the Imperial and not the University movie theatre. The image is mislabelled on the City of Toronto Archives website (scroll halfway down the page):
Reposting a new link to the one FrankK posted a few years back of interior photos. Images courtesy of Fischer Dachs Associates:
The reno was truly fantastic. What a loss to NYC.
Thanks JM. The club is misidentified in the description as “Dance USA” but then, I should stop talking about the Forum on the Times Square page :)
Should be a nightclub like Club USA back in the day (although the current NYC administration would never allow it). There are brief glimpses of the theater interior of Club USA in this clip. Located at 218 West 47th St. What theater was this? Closed in 1994 as a club and was demolished for a hotel.
The facade has been cleaned up. The marquee’s neon now lights up at night and looks great. What you can see of the lobby looks good. Unfortunate its not a movie theatre anymore but at least it’s been somewhat preserved/restored. Once the trees are removed from Hollywood Blvd, it will look much better (the current trees that block store signage and destroy the sidewalk aroung them are being replaced in 2011 by palm trees)
** to SG, I’m not sure any interior shots of this theater exist. I’ve never seen any, even in some of the historic Hllwd blvd photo sites online.
Tinseltoes: The Playground club opened last year in this space. The lobby is now the Sweet Love Hangover diner.
I saw a film here for the first time last night (rare screening of Alan Rudoph’s Remember My Name) The New Beverly may not be an architectural treasure but its a nice neighborhood theatre. One of the few left in LA. They’ve put some effort into sprucing it up.
The seats aren’t the most comfortable and the screen is quite small (is it off center too?) but I’ll happily return. The programming seems to have improved from having seen the lists in years past full of B-grade films. Of course, Mr. Tarantino’s films are now in high rotation. As the general public moves on to megaplexes and 3D, its nice to see a movie in a simple old school movie theater setting.
Los Angelinos whining about parking is getting so old. They can’t walk a few blocks from a parking space that might not be right in front of the theatre. As with the Fairfax, I don’t get it. I’ve always found a parking spot on a side street. Having gone to the New Beverly last night, there were plenty of spots near the theatre.
Quit all the whining about parking.
to CliffStephenson: your point is absolutely true. Even worse: “Opening soon – American Apparel”
Great news and now one thing to remember, go and see a movie at these theaters. Regency isn’t going to keep them open if they aren’t profitable.
I forgot to mention the ficus trees will be replaced by Mexican fan palms.
Good news for anyone who cares about the tree issue. All of the ficus trees along the boulevard will be removed as of 2011, per The Hollywood Entertainment District. The facades and marquees currently obscured by those awful trees will be revealed and further damage to the sidewalks will be prevented. That’s great news.
This place is huge, looking at the interior pics posted. How sad to see another intact single screen movie house face the wrecking ball.
The Vista, The New Beverly, the Los Feliz 3 ?
Monika: yes, I mixed up the Ivar and the Vine. The Vine is the one with the light show. I believe the Ivar was purchased by the Los Angeles Film School to use as part of their campus.
Yes, the old Pussycat sign is still on the top of the Ritz which is now a church (and slowly falling apart). The X is still there and has been abandoned for many years. The Las Palmas is now a nightclub and the Ivar is some kind of interactive digital experience venue now.
Every now and then, the gates are open and they are working on the inside of the Vogue. But there really hasn’t been much change in a while. The little I could see was that everything inside was being torn out probably for a nightclub or retail space.
(not sure why my previous comment posted 3 times, sorry C.T.)
The marquee looks great lit up at night. Nice to see this building cleaned up even its days showing movies are long gone. Now can someone do something about the decrepit Vogue?