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Also, we’re seeing a move toward providing customers with a better experience. In LA, the Arclight and El Capitan probably have the highest prices, but they are doing booming business because of the quality of their presentations.
Personally, I had a home theater, and I ended up selling it. One of the main reasons: no communal experience. I love the energy that a crowd makes when they’re really into a movie.
Re: the All About on August 28th. The doors open at 10, the event starts at 10:30 a.m. As well as the history presentation, there will be an extensive tour of the theater.
I was in the building yesterday. Out front it says “Klub Haus,” with nothing to indicate its previous life. We got lucky; the door was open. We walked in and spotted the projection portals on the back wall. An employee confirmed that we were in the right place. The lobby had a bar. There was no screen, and there were long dining tables set up, banquet style. My friend went up and looked in the booth; it was being used for storage.
The address refers to all the buildings; some had letters to differentiate them, and I looked for one on the Klub Haus to make it easier to future cinema fans to find, but couldn’t find one.
No, it’s primarily a live theater venue. That’s the musical stage version of Phantom on the marquee (as well as Legally Blonde and Chicago). There’s a large number of movies-turned-into-musicals on their schedule…
The Park Plaza started life in 1923/24 as an Elks Lodge, according to the “Los Angeles Art Deco” book from Arcadia Publishing.
I don’t know about the State or the Palace, but the UA’s offices are empty.
Mainly Pickford, Chas. Chaplin didn’t want to be involved in owning theaters…
By the way, Morgan Hill has an 11 screen multiplex, with 3 stadium auditoriums just added recently (sorry, no IMAX) — and it’s near the freeway, Kirk! Apparently it’s not good enough for Mr. Cheek.
I see what you mean, Scott. He starts talking about Hollister, then jumps to Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The weird thing is, Hollister also has a theater called the Granada. I got derailed when he started dissing the Art Moderne style as “uninspiring.”
The other weird thing is that he recognizes how important the environment is to enjoying the show, then completely dismisses it in favor of new, upgraded technology; does he really think that a black box multiplex will inspire people the same way?
Also from LAobserved, Bucksbaum says he thinks the sale will be “a positive experience for the theater’s patrons and the Westwood community.” That doesn’t sound like the new owner is going to close it.
That was a great banner. It really brought the building to life.
“I’d bet the electric bill is enough to choke a cow.”
According to LAobserved, Bucksbaum once said it cost $22,000 a month to keep the marquee lit.
“Well for the last few months, the person that operated the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills Has had the Crest Theatre listed on his business cards.”
Might that be the person who moved his digital projectors into the Crest?
The address should be 2 Orinda Theater Square.
Kirk, take a look at Hollister via Google satellite. It doesn’t have extensive suburbs or freeways. Revitalizing the downtown makes perfect sense.
Hollywood, it’s tough to get a picture of that domed thing, isn’t it? I had to settle for the reflection.
Above that is another false ceiling that dates back to the original theater, with the real ceiling above that.
Video and stills from a recent visit now up at YouTube:
I stopped by this building today; the American Legion logo is a part of the terrazzo, it is not brass.
“What’s up with the big fence on the rooftop? Is there a tennis court up there?”
Thanks for the link; Vitrolite is fascinating stuff, and it’s nice to see so many restoration projects going on.
Toured this building today; there are two theaters in there. The film theater is on the ground floor, the live theater is upstairs. Don’t know if the live theater is original, or an add-on. The ballroom has been converted into a lounge-type space.
I just finished a video profiling Steve Markham and his collection of vintage theater curtains, which are stored in the Orpheum’s dressing rooms on the fifth floor.
I’ve put together a video from my days at the studio; it’s available on YouTube:
If you’re talking about “An Animated Life,” that’s several years old, but was just released in paperback.
The Squaw Man was shot in 1913, not 1914.
There are tons of indie and foreign films that don’t get played anywhere in L.A. If you look at a sampling of AMC plexes, they generally don’t include either in their programming. So this proposed plex is unlikely to help in that regard.
If the city wanted to control the number of seats in downtown and increase the variety of films offered, they should have kept the NuWilshire open.
If the city wanted a “premiere” showcase, they should have paid attention to the fact that Hollywood favors single screen movie palaces for those events — but oops! — they destroyed all their palaces.
There’s a huge disconnect between what people officially say they want for the city, and what they’re going to get.