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socal09 commented about Mayfair Theatre on Oct 31, 2009 at 11:58 pm

One of the best small neighborhood theatre’s to see a film. Fond memories from my days of living in Ottawa. Fantastic original interior. A real cinema gem although the exterior could use a bit of an upgrade.

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socal09 commented about Tower Theatre on Oct 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Love the link to the 1951 photo academy133 posted. Its unfortunate all these amazing theaters are abandoned on Broadway downtown. With the recent opening of the megaplex a few blocks away, there really is no future for any of these old cinemas to show movies again, or even to become live performance venues. There’s many of those in the area already. I suppose they’ll just remain relics to tour of a time in movie history that is long gone.

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socal09 commented about Academy of Music on Oct 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm

A great video chronicling the theatre’s days as the Palladium nightclub, a couple of year’s before its demolition:

http://tinyurl.com/yaf5bz8

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socal09 commented about Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14 on Oct 28, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Well good luck. Hollywood Blvd only has the Chinese (great projection and sound) and El Capitan (for Disney films only) left showing films. The Egyptian is curated by the American Cinemateque and most of the original decor is lost. All other theatres are closed. Most people attend the modern Arclight movie complex.
The downtown movie palaces are all closed and only show movies on special occasions like the Last Remaining Seats series. The Million Dollar, although in poor condition, was amazing to see for a one time screening of Mildred Pierce. The Mayan, one of the most spectacular movie palace interiors in the US is only open on occasion as a nightclub and concert venue. Fantastic decor in original condition.
Downtown was lacking a new theatre and LA Live is looking to fill the gap.

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socal09 commented about Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14 on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

These are photos from the opening.
View link

At best, its Carnival cruise ship ‘Deco’ with a suburban shopping center facade. The Grove did the faux retro thing better and the Arclight will remain the better place to see films. A welcome addition to the LA cinema scene but a disppointment in terms of design.

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socal09 commented about Academy of Music on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:34 am

Many of the older links no longer work above. This site has numerous photos of the interior during its heyday as the Palladium nightclub. The interiors were designed by architect Arata Isozaki.

http://tinyurl.com/2o5wg8

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socal09 commented about Hollywood Galaxy on Oct 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm

The mall, even today, has the feeling of a deserted suburban shopping center. A Fresh & Easy supermarket is now on the lower level and brings some life to the central courtyard. A sad example of 90’s commercial architecture.

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socal09 commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 18, 2009 at 6:01 pm

The diner ‘Sweet Love Hangover’ opened in the lobby of the Fox theater today. Very nice design and cool mirrored ceiling which extends through the glass under the old marquee. The rest of the building is now the popular Playground nighclub. All traces of the theater are gone except for the restored marquee. Nice to have this simple diner added to a still decrepit Hollywood Blvd and saving the facade of this once crumbling movie theater.

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socal09 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on May 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Sad to walk by this place and see it slowly falling apart. The vertical sign is in really poor condition.

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socal09 commented about Arcade Theatre on Jan 17, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Cool to see current interior shots of this theatre. Looks like its too far gone to make it financial viable to restore. In the current economy, the gentrification of Broadway will stall and these old theatres will continue to decay.

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socal09 commented about Westlake Theatre on Jan 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

This theatre is a dump. Not worthy of restoration.

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Dec 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm

The tress are a nuisance and the city doesn’t maintain them. You can’t see any signage as you drive down Hollywood Blvd. and they are starting to damage the siddwalk as they grow taller and the roots spread.

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Dec 19, 2008 at 3:02 pm

The interior is currently being completely gutted and renovated into a nightclub venue (as is the Fox down the street on the south side)

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Dec 19, 2008 at 2:58 pm

The marquee is in poor condition and the trees in front of the theatre are growing into it. I wish the tress on Hollywood Blvd would be trimmed back and those if front of the Vogue, Pacific and Vine theatres should be completely removed.

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socal09 commented about Baldwin Theatre on Dec 2, 2008 at 8:12 am

Link to some vintage photos of this unique theater:
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socal09 commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Signage has just gone up on the boards indicating the opening of the nightclub/event venue Playhouse. The interior renderings look good (click on link, then click on Playhouse) Another space for the young and wealthy to party the nights away. None of the original theatre remains except for the facade and marquee. The facade has still not been renovated. Hopefully they will keep the kooky design intact and leave the marquee.

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socal09 commented about Crest Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:32 pm

The Crest theatre is for sale by the owner, its future in jeopardy.

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socal09 commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 12: Toronto) on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:23 am

The Eglinton was a beautiful Art Deco movie palace that was closed by Famous Players Theaters while still popular and profitable. A ridiculous campaign to have the theater updated for wheelchair accessability made further investment by Famous Players unprofitable and the theater was closed. It was unfortunately converted into a rental hall a few years later with all seating removed and the floor leveled. A huge loss to cinemagoers in Toronto (along with the Uptown – demolished and the Capitol – closed. Toronto, the epicenter for one the film industry’s most important film festivals, now lacks any significant single screen movie theater. (The Elgin although used for film premieres is now only used occasionally for musical theater performances)

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Oct 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Actually the store renovation next door is looking really good. Sad that they removed a part of the marquee but better than the eyesore that it was.

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socal09 commented about Westlake Theatre on Oct 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Having visited the Westlake theater today, I can’t say there’s much left to save and the neighborhood is a nighmare. Who is going to come to this renovated theater in this poor Latino neighborhood? No one is going to park in this area at night, if you can even find parking. The concrete floor that was poured seems to have destroyed much of the decoration on the side walls of the theater below the small curved balconies shown in Neonrocks photo above. I can’t say I was too impressed by the decor that was left. It was rather garrish and cheap looking. I’m all for saving old theaters but this doesn’t seem like one worth concentrating a lot of effort on. I’d rather see the Pacific in Hollywood or the Tower, Roxie or Warner downtown restored. The Westlake might work as a Latin American Cultural/Community Center but not as a film venue.

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Disney didn’t buy the Holywood. They leased, not bought, the Paramount (now renamed El Capitan-its orginal name). The building btw just went up for sale although Disney is saying it will keep on leasing the theater. The Hollywood is the Guiness Records museum.

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm

A bit heavyhanded to say all clubs in Hollywood are dying. There are still new ones opening like The Kress as older ones close or change hands. Avalon is still going strong. I don’t honestly know what is exactly going into the Fox but from what I’ve read there wasn’t much left to begin with (it was a storage facility for years). A single screen venue of that size isn’t feasible anymore and the Fox has seen its day (although I loved its crazy 60’s facade). Time will tell what will happen to these places but anything is better than the eyesore state the Vogue is in right now. They did a nice job redoing the exterior of the Ivar but nothing goes on there anymore (I think the Los Angeles Film School bought the building)

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Sep 28, 2008 at 10:48 am

Haineshisway: Those are great pics of the Vogue I haven’t seen before. As someone else pointed out, they have started removing the marquee on this theater. The whole place is such a wreck and Hollywood Blvd overall still has a long way to go in terms of rejuvenation. The hookers and drug dealers may be gone but there are a lot of empty stores and too many homeless wandering the streets with their shopping carts (I live a couple of blocks away). It will take a few big name retailers to get the ball rolling. Not sure if the Vogue is still slated for a nightclub conversion but the Fox seems to be on its way to becoming a retail outlet once the Crobar club pulled out of its commitment to the place. The Vine and Pacific and X theater near Gower also sit empty and unused. Sad.

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socal09 commented about Vogue Theatre on Aug 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm

The Last Remaining Seats series during the summer is a great way to see the inside of the old movie palaces on Broadway and watch a classic film projected on a large screen. The recent screening of Mildred Pierce at the restored Million Dollar theater was great. Its beautiful inside although there were complaints of bad sighlines in the back part of the orchestra.
As to the Vogue, there was a lot of work going on for a while but recently, nothing. Not sure what is going on. The place is a real mess and needs to be cleaned up.
As to the comment above regarding the Las Palmas theater, its not empty, it functions as Element nightclub.

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socal09 commented about Cinema Quartier Latin on Jul 4, 2008 at 6:22 am

This former movie theatre, now a popular after-hours club called Stereo, was severely damaged by fire on July 3, 2008.