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Mike, I’m looking at a one-sheet for Daisy Miller and it has a G rating on it. IMDB also has it as G.
According to a comment posted to one of the photos that Monika linked on 3/17/08, the snack bar still exists and is “vintage.” I stopped by today, but it wasn’t open and the gate was closed. The marquee is worth the visit however. I hate to see any theater marked as “closed/demolished” as long as there are still some features to see.
Looks a little empty without all the costumed people…
I stopped by today and there is a bright blue gnome standing on the corner of the roof over the marquee.
I was just looking at my photo of a cultural heritage landmark plaque on the side of this building. It refers to the architects as “Batch and Stanberry” — they misspelled both of their names!
Just went by today and there’s a banner up that says “Space Available.” Ken, next time you go by, take a look at what would have been the entrance/lobby. It looks like they restored the original ceiling.
They’re on the sidewalk, and they’re not allowed to ask for cash. They can accept donations from people taking photographs, etc. I’ve never seen them “aggressive,” but there are quite a few of them.
You say art house, they say revival… let’s call the whole thing off!
And another bad link, Re: the info. That’s why I hate linking to other websites, particularly the library!
The image is still viewable, and the info has been added to the image at the top of the page.
As well as the Silent Movie on Fairfax, LA also has the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. They do a combination of live music shows and silent and sound films. It’s a small neighborhood theater, but it does have a Wurlitzer to provide accompaniment for silent movies. Films are usually preceded by comedy shorts, newsreels, and a sing-along.
Monica, the Conservancy runs the weekly walking tours downtown. LA Historic Theatre Foundation used to offer tours on Art Walk days but I think the change in management stopped that, and usually has an in-depth tour of a theater on the third Saturday of each month.
The auditorium has been called the Max Palevsky auditorium for a couple of years now. What, did he leave them another pile of money?
Theaters worth seeing movies in: Grauman’s Chinese, El Capitan, Cinerama Dome, all in Hollywood. Fox Village in Westwood. The Vista in Los Feliz, a nice Egyptian-styled neighborhood theater with great presentation.
Despite what William said, Last Remaining Seats is gearing up for another great run in the downtown theaters, but it’ll be over before you get here. The Los Angeles Conservancy offers several walking tours; their Broadway Theater tour will probably get you into a few of the palaces downtown for a peek.
www.laconservancy.org click on “walking tours”
While you’re downtown, you might want to visit the Bradbury Building (Broadway & 4th), immortalized in Blade Runner and countless other movies, or eat at Clifton’s Cafeteria (Broadway & 7th), the inside of which looks like a redwood forest, or maybe indulge in a French Dip sandwich at Philippe’s, a sawdust-on-the-floor kind of joint (that’s near Union Station).
Hollywood Heritage maintains a museum in the Lasky-DeMille barn (1895) at 2100 North Highland Avenue. They also offer a walking tour of Hollywood, and occasional screenings. Check for hours, etc.
Drama mentioned the old Max Factor makeup building, which is now a Hollywood museum. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone who has been inside. As for Mel’s, well… maybe if you’re a fan of American Graffiti. But why eat there when you can eat/drink at Musso & Frank (6667 Hollywood Blvd), since 1919, a real piece of history. Also in Hollywood: Boardner’s (a bar), Miceli’s (Italian restaurant), or the Pig & Whistle (restaurant) — all “old Hollywood,” if you know what I mean.
As well as Hollywood Forever Cemetery, you might want to track down the hard-to-find Pierce Bros. Mortuary in Westwood and pay your respects to Marilyn Monroe and others.
You need more info, shoot me a message.
Sorry, Shilo, William is correct. The retail surrounding the theater was torn down; the theater remains. CVS is planning on opening a drug store in there.
“From what I’ve seen, many aren’t happy about space in old theaters being subdivided—it seems to be an itchy topic.”
If the changes are reversible, that seems to go a long way in soothing people.
“Allegedly, the building owner is intentionally not repairing the theatre so he can shuffle it off to the highest bidder. Anyone care to clarify?”
Chris, he’s not repairing the building so he can replace it with condos/retail.
At this point I think it’s a figment of his imagination. I tried Googling some names along with “chinese theater,” and in each case, the first image was either of a ceremony or the actual block in place, which makes sense when you consider the sheer numbers of tourists snapping away in there. The fact that no such image appears when searching on Jackie Coogan is significant.
Wikipedia has the Walk of Fame address as 1654 Vine. Recently I went looking for a number of stars to photograph only to find that the building numbers have changed. That might be the case here…
I’ve heard various things about prints being removed, while other people claim that everything is there and accounted for. If the ceremony happened, there should be news accounts and photos. Absent those, I’d say it never happened.
The reporter mentioned might have been thinking of Coogan’s star on the Walk of Fame (on the east side of the 1700 block of Vine Street).
The “official” websites with maps of the forecourt and keys of the stars' names don’t list Coogan at all.
From Wikipedia: “Jackie Coogan has his hand and foot prints in concrete out front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater (now Mann’s Chinese Theater), Ceremony #19, on December 12, 1931.” If you Google “jackie coogan grauman’s chinese,” you will find this info repeated on numerous websites.
However, I can’t find an image of his signature and prints. What does come up is Jackie COOPER’s sig. Interestingly enough, it is dated 12/12/31 — the date Coogan’s ceremony was supposedly held. So it seems one person mistook Cooper for Coogan, and now that info has spread across the net like a bad rash.
As for them being covered up, the free-standing ticket booth was removed in the last renovation, so anything covered should be visible now.
Did Coogan actually claim to have his sig/prints there? Does the book have a photo of the ceremony?
SiliconSam: the building was being demoed when activists stopped them; that’s why it looks the way it does.
Penway: the Esther Williams on the marquee was left over from when they shot The Mambo Kings next door at the Tower.
Ken: that’s one marquee that I’d love to see repaired and lit up again!
If people can’t park to see a movie, how can they park to shop?
Editorial on page 4:
Is AMC playing fair to get the rights to build a new theater?
Did AMC lie about closing the Broadway to gain an advantage in the bidding process? Stay tuned.
And Scott: Regency Theatres' deal with the owner of the Fairfax involved them assuming more responsibility for building upkeep for a lower overall rent. And it’s not that the landlord wants AMC to stay, it’s that he wants to continue doing business as a theater — something that will be denied him if the city refuses to renew his CUP.
The original exit doors in the alley were flush with the wall, but in the remodel they pushed them inward, creating a couple of closet-sized alcoves. I’ve previously reported that those spaces are collecting wind-blown garbage. Now the final indignity: people are starting to use them as restrooms. Thank you, owner of the NuWilshire, for your contribution to this community!