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My God, this is a great one! Thank you for all of that — and in particular for fleshing out my own memory of seeing it at the Pix in Hollywood!
Identifying that theater has been bugging me for quite a while. I remember standing in the kind of line that I’d only been used to from “The Godfather” and “The Exorcist” up to that point. I sat near the front of the balcony, and the experience was thrilling beyond belief.
Is there no listing and page for the Pix here? If there is, or if some other name was involved, then I’m missing it so I will appreciate it if someone speaks up. In my memory it was a few blocks east of Hollywood and Vine, on the south side of the street. It wasn’t a huge theater, I don’t think, and I always wondered if that was simply a spillover from the Chinese or somewhere else down the street. But you list no others, at least for the opening engagement, so I guess the Century Plaza was the “blockbuster” venue in L.A. for a while.
I’d love to see the pictures. Thank you!
(signed, Lives 40 minutes away)
“…2007, when the town council told the board of parks commissioners to draft a plan. It was at that point that people started thinking about showing movies again…” How funny, and how pathetic. Like someone posted on the regular page here, the place sold out every weekend. I saw this in its last couple of seasons.
Two words: Thank you.
I wonder when it will again be possible for anyone, anywhere, in any context, to say or type the word “Avatar” … WITHOUT following or preceding it with “the highest grossing movie ever” … whether it is or isn’t.
I must be dreaming.
Two things, though: (1) I’m not James Bond, and (2) I don’t mean that in a nice way.
Wish I could be there for the tour. My memories of the Fox Wilshire are shamefully few, though I lived only a couple of miles away for a few years. A couple of memories: a “Gone With the Wind” that was probably the bastardized “widescreen” 70mm release in the 1970s. And my first “Blazing Saddles” — no idea if that was during its first run.
What horrible news. The last place I lived in L.A. in the late 1980s was a short trip away, and it was a wonderful neighborhood theater.
CT becomes more valuable to me every time I log in, and I haven’t even BEGUN to spend the time here that I need to. But it serves so well on both a public and a personal level, that already I can’t imagine not having it.
I must echo the very critical need for a photos database.
Here’s to another ten wonderful and productive years. Thank you for everything!
I was watching “2010” on Blu-ray this afternoon, which happens to be the first time I’ve seen it straight way through since it came out, and was reminiscing about living in Redondo Beach at the time, and seeing it at the Del Amo Mall. Another film I know I saw there was “The Right Stuff”. I’ve been in the northeast for the past 20 years, but I have wonderful memories of Redondo and the whole South Bay in the early 1980s. And since you all have mentioned it here, those memories include Old Towne Mall — a unique place. I know there have been incredible changes, but I hope the area is as great for people living there now as it was for me then.
Here’s a batch of pictures I took in November 2004 (while playing in the pit for a local production of West Side Story, hence the actor/musician photos). The theater is absolutely incredible, and they are now also showing movies on holidays and special occasions, but I haven’t yet been there for one myself. I’ll remedy that soon.
Orwell is rolling over, seething with envy.
Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable, to any of us who knew and cherished Westwood Village in (in my case) the 1970s and 1980s. That this kind of area in any decent city, let alone one on the scale of L.A., could see this kind of change so rapidly, is shocking to those of us who have been away for some years. It’s unimaginable.
Seconded. I’m from CT, and just taking a glance at the few photos available here takes me back to many wonderful memories of similar theaters I took for granted.
Same. All best wishes to the Senator.
Great information, everyone. Appreciate it. I know it’s a long shot, but I hope to eventually find mid-60s photos of the place.
In the early 1960s we lived within walking distance when this was the First Methodist Church. I had good friends who were members, and as a young organist at that time, I substituted there one week, enjoying playing on the church’s Allen organ. I have very warm memories of that neighborhood overall, most especially the easy walking distance between home and the then-existing Florida and Warnor theaters and the then-lively and traditional downtown.
I haven’t been to the Cinema Paradiso, but an article about the film festival caught my attention and normally I’d certainly look forward to checking it out next time I’m in South Florida. What a disappointment, then, to read the above description of the state of things. Has there been any improvement in the past year?
Interesting! I’ve also wondered if the Bexley might have been the one to have had it in that part of town. I think that about covers the possibilities.
Here’s an ad from late November 1963:
A couple of corrections can be made here:
The name was Davie Boulevard Drive-In, and it was in Fort Lauderdale, not Davie. An early-1960s city directory listed it at 3200 Davie Blvd. — not 3100 — which looks correct on the maps and agrees with my own knowledge of the large block it took up. It was replaced by the shopping center seen there now.
We lived about five minutes away, and I have a number of very nice memories of attending this neighborhood drive-in, both with my family and on my own dates, in the early-mid-1960s.
Was the Esquire operating through the 1950s/1960s?
Is there any chance that it ran Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” on its first release in 1959?
Thanks. I have no idea why I thought the layout was different. I visited Fort Lauderdale in 2000 and when I drove by there I had no sense whatever, even from outside, that this was the place I remembered.
I’m looking at a straight-down view on Bing Maps, which must be a few years old because the buildings are still there. (Unfortunately, the bird’s eye views are up to date.) There are two slightly fan-shaped movie auditoriums, with two other buildings in front of them, with what might be an open walkway between them. Was that retail space, or did they add more theaters at one point? What are we actually seeing here?