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There is a sign on the front door of this theatre that says â€œthe showing of movies at this location has been suspended until further noticeâ€. Iâ€™ll just bet.
This was a pretty ramshackle operation in its latter years, but it had a great funky quality, plus that wonderful popcorn oil/disinfectant/mildew smell that I get so nostalgic about. The thing I will always remember is that whether from laziness or lack of letters, the marquee always featured drastic truncations of movie titles, often just one key word. The best one was While You Were Sleeping, which on the marquee was reduced to just â€œWhile (PG)â€. Thatâ€™s it!
Another shot that I took over the summer.
Still the best bet for movies in L.A.
Nice pictures, fellas, but wrong theatre. This thread is for the Beverly Center multi-plex, which is in the Beverly Center Mall at the corner of Beverly and La Cienega.
Stevebob: I absolutely remember the plastic mold machine; it sat on the extreme right of the forecourt (facing towards the entrance) next to the entrance of the gift shop. I last saw it in the early 1990s, but it has gone now. How I wish I had actually made one of the little pagodas on one of my many visits, now the opportunity is lost.
Thereâ€™s something else thatâ€™s missing from the forecourt. Many years ago (in the 1940s, maybe), the theatre held a contest that would allow the winner, just any average Joe, to place his name and prints in cement just like the celebs did. The deal was that the cement slab would remain there forever, just like all the others. Eventually, of course, the slab was moved to an out-of-the-way spot waaaayyyy to the right, not far from the plastic machine mentioned above. I remember seeing it there at the same time I last saw the mold machine. Now, it has gone too. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the winner who was so immortalized, but I remember the words â€˜contest winnerâ€™ were on the same slab with his prints.
The Angelica is nothing short of a disgrace to independent cinema, I wonâ€™t see a movie there unless there is no other option (fortunately, films shown here are often co-booked with Dan Talbotâ€™s far superior Lincoln Plaza Cinemas). It has, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the sloppiest projection in town. Last year I went to a showing of the film â€œCQâ€ the day after it opened, and it ALREADY had an emulsion scratch the entire length of the film after a handful of runs. In fact, I donâ€™t recall EVER seeing a film here that didnâ€™t have projection issues. And donâ€™t get me started on the auditoriums. Long live the Sunshine, a bright spot for film going in NYC!
Truth be told, Charles, the 8th Street Playhouse wasn’t replaced by condos. The building that housed the theatre is now the NYC outpost of TLA Video, a video rental company specializes in obscure, cult and offbeat titles. It’s probably the best video rental in NY, next to Kim’s Underground. This dosn’t excuse the loss of a great theatre (the first theatre I made a beeline for when I moved here), but it least something movie related took it’s place.