Cecchi Gori F.A. Cinema

8556 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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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 on October 5, 2005 at 8:15 am

Any news on what is happening to the theatre?

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 on May 24, 2005 at 5:55 am

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

Manwithnoname on May 23, 2005 at 9:39 am

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

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 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.

Manwithnoname on December 20, 2004 at 4:59 am

When you look at what has happened to the other Beverly Hills houses, the sale of this theater could be it’s demise. The listing states the Fine Arts has 500 seats. Apparently it’s been for sale almost a year. The address on the listing is 8554 Wilshire.

Lee on December 17, 2003 at 12:04 pm

When “The Exorcist” opened in late 1973, the National in Westwood had an exclusive engagement. Almost every showing was sold out well into January of 1974. Mann Theaters was looking for another place to show it. All their large theaters still had contacts with their holiday film and couldn’t break them except the Fine Arts. When the local community found out “The Exorcist” was about to takeover the Fine Arts, they asked the Beverly Hills City Council to enact new street parking laws, which effectively prohibited filmgoers from parking on the street. With all the fuss the film did still quite well there.