Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema

8556 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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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.

RevDORK
RevDORK on October 17, 2005 at 1:04 pm

Most of “what’s happening” is now on the top of the page.

The Theatre will be reopen to the public around the end of November, begininng of December.

Check back here & @ http://www.ClassicMovieTheatres.com for further updates.

markinthedark
markinthedark on October 5, 2005 at 8:15 am

Any news on what is happening to the theatre?

RevDORK
RevDORK on September 17, 2005 at 6:04 pm

I was the manager of the theatre when it was closed.

Some of the info at the top is incorrect.
The theatre opened April 21, 1937 as a movie theatre, it was never a stage theatre.

It currently seats 430, it seated 800 before the remodel in 1993.

At the time of close it had a Century JJ projector off a Chirstie Autowind3 plattter. A second Century A projector didn’t work.

Any other questions? I have most of the answers.

mimsync
mimsync on September 11, 2005 at 4:59 pm

A Variety article from July 2005 said that Cecchi Gori in Rome was being forced to sell properties there to pay creditors. I wonder if this has anything to do with the Fine Arts.

theprojectionist
theprojectionist on August 29, 2005 at 10:47 am

Bill Kallay – no it had 35mm Simplex X-L projectors, RCA 9030 sound heads, and originally had Ashcraft arclamps before LP Xenon lamphouses and a Christie platter was installed in the Laemmle years – though they kept two projectors so you had the option of running reel-to-reel same as at the Music Hall. When the company sold the property to Checchi-Gori in 1994 I stayed at the Music Hall until 1996 (the Music Hall/ Fine Arts had been “shared” jobs since 1987) I never was in the remodel, so I don’t know what they did.

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on August 28, 2005 at 7:17 pm

Hi Filmbreak,

Do you recall if the Fine Arts had 70mm projection capability? Thanks.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 6, 2005 at 8:56 am

I saw the enormously controversial Japanese slicing-of-the-penis film, In the Realm of the Senses, here in July of 1977. The “amour fou” tale was directed by Nagisa Oshima. Earlier, I believe its showing at the New York Film Festival had to be cancelled because the print was confiscated by U.S. Customs.

theprojectionist
theprojectionist on August 6, 2005 at 7:10 am

Laemmle owned the property and ran the theatre until 1994 when it was sold. I was the projectionist here and at the Music Hall – shared jobs – from 1986-1994. The old guy who was aced-out when the sharing policy was put into effect was Chalie Hawthorn (1905-1995), a real nice guy who really didn’t mind at age 82 to have to give it up. He worked a lot of theatres including the Carthay Circle, Fairfax, and RKO Hillstreet in their heydays and had some great stories to tell.

dyban
dyban on June 10, 2005 at 4:59 pm

Yes, I am pretty sure that it was a Laemmle before the AMC days.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 25, 2005 at 9:57 am

Wasn’t this a Laemmle theatre in the 1980s?

br91975
br91975 on May 25, 2005 at 9:17 am

Prior to its Landmark Theatres days, the Cecchi Gori was operated by AMC; does anyone know how it became part of that chain? In the present time, at least, that seems like an obvious odd fit…

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on May 24, 2005 at 5:55 am

The for sale listing now states vacant and the price is $3.1 million.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on May 23, 2005 at 9:39 am

The theater has disappeared from the Landmark website with no explanation.

meheuck
meheuck on May 18, 2005 at 2:13 pm

As of May 19, 2005, this theatre is now closed. No word as to whether this is temporary or permanent.

markvalen
markvalen on February 24, 2005 at 12:42 am

In the mid-60s to mid-70’s the Fine Arts was one of the premiere art houses in Los Angeles, Films such as BELLE DE JOUR, ZORBA THE GREEK, PERSONA, WOMEN IN LOVE and LAST TANGO IN PARIS all had their first run engagements here and each played several months exclusively. The area isn’t as vibrant and the parking more restrictive now, which has caused the theatre’s bookings to be less stellar than in it’s peak period. The theatre is still as lovely a place to see a movie as ever.