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They’re presently digging out the space for the underground parking. The building next door, which was Angelo’s Pawn Shop, is gone. All that’s left is the facade, propped up with some girders.
After Hours Formal Wear gave way to Men’s Warehouse, and now the space is empty, looking for a new tenant.
This page covers Grauman’s and the six-plex next door, just as the Cinerama Dome page covers it and the Arclight.
There’s an article in today’s Santa Monica Daily Press about the attempt to close the Broadway. It starts on the front page:
The last time I was in the neighborhood, the building was empty. However that was about five months ago, and something interesting could have happened in the meantime…
Note re: description at the top, it should read Times, not Tomes.
LAHTF event has been postponed to new year. Will post new info as it arrives.
I haven’t seen a laser pointer at a movie in several years.
Not to mention your arrogance that every movie going experience, all over the country, is exactly like yours… very Trollish of you.
So you’re extrapolating your experiences and reactions to everyone else? Very scientific.
Here’s another one: remember when people would barge into theaters at any time during the show and find a seat? They don’t do that anymore either.
If you have any research to back that assertion up, Haines, I’d like to see it. Otherwise we will have to agree to disagree. There have always been things to eat, and people talking, and rude behavior — remember when people SMOKED in theaters?!
I saw Harry Potter last Saturday at the Village; didn’t notice any electronic devices during the show.
I would say that what’s keeping the vast majority of adults away is that they have no desire to see movies in theaters. They’re happy with their TVs and home theaters and don’t even know what’s going on in theaters today. There’s a small percentage of adults who’ve attended cinemas recently, and they’re aware — and a percentage of those have chosen to stay away.
Adults bailed on traditional moviegoing long before cell phones, lap tops, etc.
Here’s my new Peek at the UA, with all different video and photos from the one posted on July 30th.
Get ready to tour the UA! On December 11th, Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be presenting “All About the UA.” Join us at www.lahtf.org or on Facebook for the official announcement with all the details. And I’ll be posting a new video soon!
I stopped by yesterday and talked with some of the church-goers. A few knew of their building’s history and other theaters in the area. It seems that the square filled in with a security gate was once an open entrance; about 10 or 12 feet behind the door is what remains of the old ticket booth. They were busy closing up, so I didn’t get the opportunity to peek into the auditorium.
Yes, William. I was commenting to Warren, who was “bewildered.”
South Central is a good area for a photographer interested in architecture: old buildings tend to get reused, rather than knocked down.
I see what you mean, Joe. Yes, they’re lamps of some kind. The one on the left now has an earthquake retrofit brace in the middle.
Bill, in the last shot Ken posted on 3/3/09, we’re looking up past the liquor store sign at the front right corner of the building. At the very top are white letters on a black background that read Florence. From other angles, it’s possible to see that it reads Florence Mills Theatre.
‘The introduction is a bit bewildering. That section of Los Angeles is hardly “long lost.”’
I thought the long lost referred to the theater district, not the actual area. Another thing that has changed is that it’s largely Hispanic now, not black.
I went inside this building today, it’s being remodeled into a health club. The man supervising the work was surprised to learn of the building’s origins; but he had heard that a building across the street had once been a theater (that must be the Aloha you’ve been talking about).
The terrazzo extends inward halfway through the lobby. There’s two steps down, then you’re in the former theater space. The man said there were two office/rooms over the lobby which probably were projection and maybe something else. Any projector ports had long since been sealed up.
900 seats seems generous for the space I saw. From the pattern on the terrazzo in the lobby, I could see that they had built to enclose some space, possibly on both sides. I wondered if they had extended the projection booth and lobby room into the auditorium, but the way the roof beams connected to the wall appeared original and was consistent all around the room.
The lamps that Joe pointed out appeared to me to possibly be anchor points for the marquee — maybe a decorative chain or something.
I walked around this building today and agree with Joe. It looked like the theater entrance was by the tower (there was even a circle design molded in the sidewalk there, with faint remnants of paint), and the theater ran behind the retail space. There was a narrow walkway between the two buildings, except where the lobby would have connected to the theater.
You’re fast, Hollywood — I just got home from the event! Great pictures, by the way.
November 13th, 10:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be hosting an “All About” the Music Box Theater at 6126 Hollywood Blvd, followed by a walk through of the nearby Hawaii, which has been a Salvation Army church for decades.
This event is free to LAHTF and Hollywood Heritage members; $7 to the general public.
Ah, Ken Roe did post that the Monica started life as a cinema, so that answers your question.
It opened in 1940 as the Monica Theater. Nothing on the Studs page to indicate if it was legit or cinema. Why would you ask that here?