Cecchi Gori F.A. Cinema

8556 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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RevDORK
RevDORK on November 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm

We’re going back to the theatre being called “The Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre”. Added a Cecchi Gori neon logo to the marquee. We’ll be doing screenings thru the end of awards season with an eye towards everyday theatre operations in the middle of January.

Anybody reccommend a good booker?

This is Casey, by the way, I’m running the place for a record-breaking 3rd time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Theater is still closed. There is butcher paper on the windows.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

According to their marquee, they are renovating and upgrading and plan to reopen in the Fall of 2009.

It also gives a website:

www.cecchigoriusa.com

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Here are photos from 1982 and 1984. The theater is in Beverly Hills, not Los Angeles, although the border between the two cities is about a block away.
http://tinyurl.com/r7pcn2
http://tinyurl.com/pgl2t3

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Here is a 12/26/50 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/4p35u6

vokoban
vokoban on June 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I wonder if the 1938 horror revival continued into 1939 when Peter Lorre fell asleep in the theater. The article is posted above.

Champlin
Champlin on June 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Anyone have any recollection of The Night Porter opening here on October 30, 1974?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm

I saw a Brazilian film here a few years ago. It’s a nice venue.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 1, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Here are two photos from 1938 and 1959, respectively:
http://tinyurl.com/2muqb4
http://tinyurl.com/2jkchp

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 21, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Mr. Musil’s name is listed under “Theater Architects” but it only lists ONE… I wonder why??? There are so many to his credit!

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 21, 2007 at 10:02 pm

My neighbor and good friend, JOSEPH MUSIL -classic theater architect extraordinaire, is responsible for the present-day design of the Fine Arts Theatre auditorium and stage.

I’m not too sure as to the facade but I’m sure Joe will confirm by telephone: 714-667-6959…… Such talent can be seen in other theaters: Majestic Crest, Alex, El Capitan and more!

BarryL
BarryL on August 16, 2006 at 6:41 am

Alices Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie set an attendance record for the theatre during its 6 week run(under the seating configuration at the time). The morning cleanup crew was always amazed at the amount of marijuana they found in the auditorium. We sold an enormous amount of snack items, The Orange Winzit stand across Wilshire and Delores did great business.

BarryL
BarryL on August 15, 2006 at 11:10 am

The seating capacity when I was there was 653. We used to stack the pre-cooked bags of popcorn from the popcorn facility in Culver City upstairs in the employee lounge. Sometimes that popcorn was on the shelf if we has a bad movie for 8-12 weeks

BarryL
BarryL on August 15, 2006 at 11:04 am

Charlie Hawthorne was a prince of a man. He shared the duties with another man in the late 60’s and 70’s whose name I cannot recall. He was very forgiving when I messed up his payroll hours!

BarryL
BarryL on August 15, 2006 at 10:56 am

I was the asst mgr under Jim Peters, who later transferred to the Village in Westwood for Love Story. I endured the stink bombs there during the Herald Examiner strikes and the bomb like The Charge of the Light Brigade with Trevar Howard and Ringo Starr. I also had the joy of Belle De Jour , Chitty Chitty Bang Bang( the childrens Premiere) and Monterey Pop.

vokoban
vokoban on February 20, 2006 at 2:40 pm

Here’s a short article from the LA Times from the 80’s about this theater changing hands:

(March 25, 1984)
Laemmle Theaters has purchased the landmark Fine Arts theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., for $1.1 million and plans to take over its operation after mann Theaters' present lease expires at the end of 1985. Mann Theaters has operated the Fine Arts since 1973 but had turned down the opportunity to buy it, according to David Lachoff, of Grubb & Ellis Commerical Brokerage Group, who handled the transaction. That paved the way for Laemmle’s purchase, he said. The
Laemmle company operates nearly a dozen theaters in the Los Angeles area.

vokoban
vokoban on February 20, 2006 at 2:34 pm

Here’s one more about the name change:

(Dec. 14, 1948)
REGINA WILL BE RENAMED
Southern California’s newest de luxe showcase, the Fine Arts Theater, in which first-run films from studios throughout the world will be presented, will open Dec. 28, it was announced yesterday by Fox West Coast Theaters. Plans are being drafted to launch the first attraction with a typical gala Hollywood premiere. The film is J. Arthur Rank’s dramatic musical, “The Red Shoes,” photographed in Technicolor. Located on Wilshire Blvd. near La Cienega and now known as the Regina, the house is in the process of being remodeled and redecorated. It will have a seating capacity of 700.

vokoban
vokoban on February 20, 2006 at 7:17 am

This must be right around when the name changed:

(Dec. 28, 1948)
Tonight at 8 o'clock the pageantry that is a special part of the Hollywood premiere will be on display at the Fine Arts Theater, Wilshire Blvd. near La Cienega, for the benefit showing of J. Arthur Rank’s Technicolor ballet film, “The Red Shoes.” A turnout of stars is expected, among them Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford, Linda Darnell, Edward G. Robinson, Virginia Mayo, Eleanor Powell, Shirley Temple, Glenn Ford, Clifton Webb, Ava Gardener, Cornel Wilde, Jean Hersholt, Pat Knight, Ann Blythe and June Haver. The Fine Arts was formerly the Regina Theater.

vokoban
vokoban on February 20, 2006 at 7:04 am

This is kind of funny:

(Nov. 10, 1939)
HEDDA HOPPER’S HOLLYWOOD
Peter Lorre driving by Regina Theater noticed they were playing “M”, the film which won him international fame. So dropped in to see himself again. First he sat through Boris Karloff in the “Black Room.” Then shuddered while Bela Lugosi did “White Zombie.” When “M” finally flashed on Lorre had fallen asleep. Actor or no actor, he couldn’t absorb that much horror. Could you???

Distributed by Jones Syndicate, 1939.

vokoban
vokoban on February 20, 2006 at 6:55 am

The theater group I belong to (HTC-Historic Theater Commitee) is going to have a meeting at this theater on Feb. 28. I’ll see if they will let me take a few interior photos. Here is a short item from the LA Times. I guess they showed different types of films from the start at this theater.

(July 26, 1937)
Angelenos interested in Mexican affairs may view two official Mexican sound films depicting the progress and development of the southern republic under the leadership of President Cardenas at the Regina Theater, Wilshire Boulevard and Stanley avenue, Wednesday evening, beginning at 8 p.m., according to Renato Cantu Lara, Mexican Consul in Los Angeles.

haineshisway
haineshisway on February 12, 2006 at 8:36 pm

Spent many happy days and evenings at the Fine Arts, all throughout the late 50s and early 60s. Saw The Miracle Worker there, David and Lisa, Never on Sunday, That Man From Rio, and many, many others. A terrific little jernt, and glad to see it’s open again.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on December 1, 2005 at 1:56 pm

They’re screening films now, with some amount of renovations going on inside. So, it’s open again.