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DonSolosan commented about Pantages Theatre on Aug 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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…

DonSolosan commented about Westlake Theatre on Aug 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

The Park Plaza started life in 1923/24 as an Elks Lodge, according to the “Los Angeles Art Deco” book from Arcadia Publishing.

DonSolosan commented about LA's downtown United Artists Theatre for sale on Aug 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I don’t know about the State or the Palace, but the UA’s offices are empty.

DonSolosan commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Aug 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Mainly Pickford, Chas. Chaplin didn’t want to be involved in owning theaters…

DonSolosan commented about Movie theaters are heart of downtown on Aug 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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.

DonSolosan commented about Movie theaters are heart of downtown on Aug 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

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?

DonSolosan commented about Crest Theatre on Aug 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

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.

DonSolosan commented about Regent Theatre on Aug 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

That was a great banner. It really brought the building to life.

DonSolosan commented about Crest Theatre on Aug 8, 2010 at 3:25 am

“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?

DonSolosan commented about Orinda Theatre on Aug 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

The address should be 2 Orinda Theater Square.

DonSolosan commented about Movie theaters are heart of downtown on Aug 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Kirk, take a look at Hollister via Google satellite. It doesn’t have extensive suburbs or freeways. Revitalizing the downtown makes perfect sense.

DonSolosan commented about Million Dollar Theatre on Jul 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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.

DonSolosan commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Jul 30, 2010 at 3:22 am

Video and stills from a recent visit now up at YouTube:

DonSolosan commented about Mazatlan Theatre on Jul 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I stopped by this building today; the American Legion logo is a part of the terrazzo, it is not brass.

DonSolosan commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Jul 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

“What’s up with the big fence on the rooftop? Is there a tennis court up there?”

Soccer pitch.

DonSolosan commented about Stanley Theater gets a facelift on Jul 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

Thanks for the link; Vitrolite is fascinating stuff, and it’s nice to see so many restoration projects going on.

DonSolosan commented about Variety Arts Center on Jul 25, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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.

DonSolosan commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jul 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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.

DonSolosan commented about Strand Theater on Jul 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

I’ve put together a video from my days at the studio; it’s available on YouTube:

DonSolosan commented about Aero Theatre on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

If you’re talking about “An Animated Life,” that’s several years old, but was just released in paperback.

DonSolosan commented about First Hollywood movie filmed on Whitley Estate on October 26, 1911 on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

The Squaw Man was shot in 1913, not 1914.

DonSolosan commented about AMC acquires Mann Criterion 6 on Jun 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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.

DonSolosan commented about AMC acquires Mann Criterion 6 on Jun 30, 2010 at 2:30 am

Does anyone actually believe that SM wasn’t getting “the best” movies being released? Or that closing the Broadway will somehow help the selection of movies available to the public?

DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

hdtv267, it depends on what they’re showing, but earlier shows are a safer bet if you want to shoot the Chinese mostly empty. I’d recommend going in as soon as they open the house and doing it before the show. Afterward they’re cleaning up and there’s more pressure to get you out. Evening shows are likely to be busier.

I’ve never taken the tour, but I’ve seen them going through prior to a show and they don’t seem to really give people time to take anything but quick snaps.

Something you should think about before you go in: it’s pretty dark. Do you have a camera that can take good quality photos at high ISO? (Or a really good flash?) If not, you might want to take a tripod. I tend to shoot long exposures (2-3 seconds) in there.

The manager used to stop me taking photographs, but the good news about Mann closing up shop is that they don’t seem to care anymore. The last couple of times I was in there I shot freely and no one bothered me.

DonSolosan commented about Loma Theatre on Jun 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Check the map — the theater is between Rosecrans Street and Rosecrans Place. There is no Blvd.

But you’re right that Bookstar is using Place in their address, but Street is more correct for the theater.