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MagicLantern commented about iPIC Westwood on Jul 28, 2004 at 12:34 pm

The screen split is very noticeable – just a wall down the centre of auditoriums 1 and 2…

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MagicLantern commented about iPIC Westwood on Jul 26, 2004 at 7:14 pm

Any possible way all the Westwood theatres (Bruin, Village, National, Crest) can be re-classified as actually being in Westwood, not Los Angeles?

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MagicLantern commented about Vineland Drive-In on Jul 25, 2004 at 7:01 pm

Thanks, Jeff! Is it still operating?

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MagicLantern commented about Vineland Drive-In on Jul 25, 2004 at 11:38 am

I’m surprised it took as long as it did to include the Pacific Vineland in the database. Slightly further north, the Hi-Way Drive-In (Santa Maria) and the Sunset Drive-In (San Luis Obispo) still operate and do rather decent business. I think there’s another drive-in in Montclair (nearer the Vineland), but I can’t immediately recall its name.

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MagicLantern commented about Majestic Ventura Theatre on Jul 16, 2004 at 7:35 pm

When was this ever a Mann Theatre?

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MagicLantern commented about O'Farrell Theater on Jul 13, 2004 at 11:11 am

This theatre is located at 895 O'Farrell Street. The film “Rated X”, which airs often on Showtime, made it seem as if the Mitchell Brothers had found an old theatre and renovated it – not transforming an auto dealership into the theatre.

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MagicLantern on Jul 11, 2004 at 11:41 pm

This theatre, along with the Rosemary Theatre, burnt up on an amusement park pier in Santa Monica (so it should be listed as either there or Venice, not Los Angeles per se). There was another cinema called the Neptune Theatre – information on the pier fires can be found here:

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MagicLantern commented about Mayfair Theater To Be Demolished In August 2004 on Jul 9, 2004 at 8:45 am

Drove by there not ten minutes ago and wondered when the axe would fall…

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MagicLantern commented about State Theater on Jul 8, 2004 at 10:19 am

A Unity Shoppe thrift store now resides at this address.

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MagicLantern commented about Tiffany Theater on Jul 5, 2004 at 4:50 pm

The words are up on the marquee announcing the play to be premiered there – I’m sure the L.A. Weekly or Times will have some kind of piece on it before long. I’d seen lights on and construction equipment for apparent renovation for the past few weeks but never stopped by to see what was going on. If the Actor’s Studio (a reasonably big deal in the Beverly Hills community) is in there now (their offices are next door to the Tiffany), I doubt there’s any plans for demolishing anything other than a few egos…

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MagicLantern commented about Tiffany Theater on Jul 5, 2004 at 3:13 pm

As of July 4, this theatre (which had been closed for several years), became the new home of the Actor’s Studio. At least they didn’t tear it down!

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MagicLantern commented about Channel Islands Cinema on Jun 28, 2004 at 5:43 pm

First appearing in city directories in 1968, the Cinema Carriage Square Theatre (at 111 West Gonzales Road) was a two-screen theatre for a long time until the 1980s, at which point the three screens (and extra concession stand) in the rear of the building were built. Went to the final evening last night (Sunday) to see “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” and everything was proceeding as if the next day promised more screenings. The very simple crackerbox five-plex has some very large auditoriums and I’d been going there for 20 years (not continuously, of course). The managers retained their jobs (it was a Regency Theatre) but their surly tones (which could have been stress), graffitied walls and general overall state of the theatre was sad. A small sparrow flew into the lobby and vanished. It was not a good sign.

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MagicLantern commented about Esquire Theatre on Jun 27, 2004 at 5:15 pm

There’s a very nice black-and-white photograph of the Esquire posted on the wall at the back of Canter’s.

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MagicLantern commented about Santa Barbara Twin Drive-In on Jun 20, 2004 at 8:04 pm

The actual screens and concession stand / projection booth are still standing; it can be seen off the 217 Freeway as one drives west to the University of California at Santa Barbara campus.

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MagicLantern commented about High Street Arts Center on Jun 17, 2004 at 1:18 pm

A very confusing history. Appearing in the city listings in 1926, the Moorpark Theatre (at 115 East High Street) is referred to as such through 1952, but an El Rancho Theatre is listed at the same address from 1938 through 1952. In 1957, an El Rancho Theatre appears at 43 High Street through 1960, renamed the following year as the Park Theatre and operating as a cinema for the next few years. The theatre (which still presents live theatre and music, albeit sporadically) has a website which is equally unrevealing…

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MagicLantern commented about Larchmont Theatre on Jun 17, 2004 at 12:58 pm

The theatre has been demolished. A Blockbuster Video store stands on the spot now.

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MagicLantern commented about Imperial Theatre on Jun 15, 2004 at 4:17 pm

Theatre still stands, with its imperial crown and Imperial logo on the peeling tower facade outside – the only patrons these days being errant flocks of pigeons…

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MagicLantern commented about Arlin Theatre on Jun 15, 2004 at 4:13 pm

Theatre still stands, used currently as some kind of retail outlet.

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MagicLantern commented about Linda Lea Theatre on Jun 14, 2004 at 4:26 pm

This theatre was called the Aztec Theatre at one point in the 1940s. The Smell (an all-ages club situated directly next door) was planning to expand into the Linda Lea space but perhaps this is not the case now. Rather it be a theatre, though!

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MagicLantern commented about California Theatre on Jun 14, 2004 at 12:54 pm

A series of parking lots / garages currently occupies this address.

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MagicLantern commented about Arlington Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 12:54 pm

Is it possible that the spire atop the theatre is just a cover / enclosure for the Fox logo – that it was never actually taken down after all?

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MagicLantern commented about Mason Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 12:18 pm

The address is completely obliterated. A government office building sits on the site now.

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MagicLantern commented about Central Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 12:14 pm

Over in the post for the Cozy, Tillmany wrote:
“‘The Killer That Stalked New York’ is a 1950 film about a woman with the bubonic plague loose in New York City. Much of it was filmed there. But the finale, in which the woman, played by Evelyn Keyes, is out on the ledge of a building, threatening to jump, was filmed on South Broadway in Los Angeles, right above the Central Theatre, and in the same block as the Cozy. Although the Central is not easy to identify, the flashing neon of the Cozy is unmistakenly visible in several scenes."
posted by Tillmany on May 15, 2004 at 8:43am

I went by there recently and it’s now an All in Bridal & Tuxedo shop.

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MagicLantern commented about Cozy Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 12:12 pm

It’s now a Tu Musica record shop.

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MagicLantern commented about Broadway Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 12:06 pm

Vertical “Teatro Broadway” theatre sign still there, above the Hierbas Medicinales / Alvarado Clothing stores. This was also Tally’s New Broadway Theatre (1919 – 1925), and the New Broadway (1930). Mr. Tally also had a theatre in Santa Barbara in 1911 or so – the theatre that eventually became The Rose.