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MagicLantern commented about Teatro on Sep 10, 2004 at 2:33 am

It’s now operating as another arm of the monotheistically octopoid known as Iglesia Universal, which operates out of the State Theatre on Broadway in Los Angeles and the Granada Theatre on Avalon in Wilmington.

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MagicLantern commented about AMC Century 14 on Sep 7, 2004 at 4:31 pm

An “expresso bar”…groan…this makes two theatres demolished in the last couple of years in Century City…

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MagicLantern commented about Olympic Theatre on Sep 6, 2004 at 5:36 pm

This theatre can also be seen at the end of “Daredevil”, but the film is set in New York City(!).

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MagicLantern commented about Roxie Theater Sign Gets Help on Sep 6, 2004 at 12:41 pm

At least they’re still standing – most of the 20 or so theatres dotting Main Street are completely gone, except for the Linda Lea, Regent and possibly one or two others.

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MagicLantern commented about Jade Theatre on Sep 1, 2004 at 7:44 pm

This theatre can be glimpsed briefly in the film “Black Belt Jones” (1974) as Sydney is driven from the funeral. The car travels north up Main Street; the Jade is on the left side, just before 3rd Street – the Linda Lea can be seen at the end of the scene as they continue driving.

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MagicLantern commented about Marina Theatre on Aug 25, 2004 at 9:34 pm

Actually, I’ll amend that “two theatres” estimate by adding that the SeaBee base has a largish cinema called the Needham Theatre, at which I saw a double-bill of “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” in the early 1980s. Some photographs of the Needham can be found here:

http://www.film-tech.com/pics/needham/needham.html

and there’s another one called the Station Theatre at Point Mugu, information on which can be found here:

http://www.militarynewcomers.com/Theater.html

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 17, 2004 at 6:22 pm

Totally demolished as of August 13, 2004.

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MagicLantern commented about Orpheum Theatre on Aug 10, 2004 at 5:41 pm

That “Collateral” premiere was supposed to have been at the Pacific 1-2-3 on Hollywood Boulevard, wasn’t it?

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MagicLantern commented about Park Theater on Aug 10, 2004 at 12:55 am

Some people are so touchy.

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MagicLantern commented about York Theatre on Aug 10, 2004 at 12:52 am

The Vagabond marquee over on Wilshire is just as small if not smaller. It’s roomy in the back and there seems to be stairs leading to a small balcony.

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MagicLantern commented about Beverly Theater on Aug 5, 2004 at 7:34 pm

Bruce, you posted these memories on the old board and it ate them, huh? :)

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 5, 2004 at 1:11 pm

The San Buenaventura Artists' Union (300 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura CA 93001) sez:

“To donate to the fund to preserve parts of the Mayfair Theatre from destruction such as the marquee and ticket booth, send a tax deductible check to the Ventura Artists' Union (a 501.c3 non-profit). Note on the check: "Mayfair Fund”. Send checks to the above address, or for more information check the Artists' Union website:

http://www.venturaartistsunion.org/us.htm

For more info on the Mayfair Theatre, check these links:

The S. Charles Lee archive at UCLA with pictures and sketches of the theatre in the 1940s.

http://digital.library.ucla.edu/sclee/

Cinema Treasures website:

/theaters/2328/

Or find the book on S. Charles Lee: “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk”, by Maggie Valentine.

For more information, contact 805 444 5233."

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MagicLantern commented about Rialto Theatre on Aug 5, 2004 at 11:37 am

When I worked (briefly) at Landmark, I was told that it was nearly impossible to break up the screen into several smaller screens (i.e. along the lines of the Mission / Metro 4 in Santa Barbara or the AMC Avco in Westwood) because of the projector throw.

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MagicLantern commented about American Theatre on Aug 4, 2004 at 2:35 am

Shots of this theatre’s marquee and interior can be seen in the film “Invasion of the Bee Girls” (1973).

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MagicLantern commented about Palm Theatre on Aug 3, 2004 at 5:39 pm

It’s kind of a nondescript storefront conversion but we take what we can get.

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 3, 2004 at 1:41 pm

Taking photographs today – the marquee was trisected and removed by flatbed truck and crane about an hour ago – I noticed the metal supports on the wall for that vertical sign are still there. Final(?) demolition commences tomorrow.

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MagicLantern commented about Park Aire Drive-In on Aug 2, 2004 at 4:07 pm

When I visited the address, the only evidence I could find of its existence was a double driveway possibly near the former entrance (much like the old Santa Paula Drive-In’s only possible remains).

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MagicLantern commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 2, 2004 at 4:04 pm

It’s also currently for sale (the realtor’s sign was vaguely newish).

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MagicLantern commented about Sunset Drive-In on Aug 2, 2004 at 4:01 pm

Wow! “Friday that 13th” in a drive-in – that must’ve been great! Drove past it the other evening but you couldn’t catch a glimpse of what was playing from the freeway.

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 2, 2004 at 3:59 pm

As long as I’d traveled through Ventura and seen the Mayfair (since 1985 or so), the vertical sign in that vintage photograph was not present.

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Aug 2, 2004 at 2:12 pm

Better change this to “demolished” as of tomorrow. They’re taking down the marquee and ticket booth today…

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MagicLantern commented about Fremont Theatre on Aug 1, 2004 at 2:42 am

Incredibly beautiful at night – “The Village” was playing and the wildly flashing marquee was a sight to behold. Possibly even more inspired a vision than the Academy in Inglewood or the Alex in Glendale…

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MagicLantern commented about Airport Drive-In on Jul 30, 2004 at 11:11 pm

Actually, I’m supposing those mounts I mentioned were for the marquee / signage seen from the street, not for the screen itself.

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jul 29, 2004 at 2:22 pm

Oh, and during its last days as a movie theatre, it showed second-run and classic films (“The Conversation”, “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind”, etc.). It had ceased to be a Pussycat long before that (although there were still popcorn cups emblazoned with the Pussycat girl and their “It’s Cool Inside” logo).

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jul 29, 2004 at 2:20 pm

Better get the cameras out – the barricades for demolition on August 2 are up now…