Pacific 1-2-3

6433 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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markinthedark
markinthedark on August 7, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Bruce, where did the 2 small screens used to be at the Egyptian? I have been to the Cinematheque and for the the life of me can’t figure out where they were.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 7, 2007 at 1:39 pm

William, the Egyptian looked much better in the 1980’s which was after the D-150 and UA’s lazy maintenance care, than it does today. They completely left out the wow factor created a blah screening room and a theatre half the size. If I had imput at the time I would have restored the main house and used the two small screens that UA used for programming art type films. Could you imagine if the Egyptian had been restored properly combined with there great film programming what a draw it would have been. Look at the Castro in San Francisco which has the wow factor and is a much bigger theatre and then look at the current state of the Egyptian. With all the money that they spent and what they did to the Egyptian why did they even bother they could have used the Vogue across the street.When they retore or renovate a great theatre such as Grauman’s Egyptian people should walk in and go wow what a beatiful theatre and not what did they do to this theatre.I haven’t been with anyone who likes what they did to this theatre. What makes this even worse is the fact that the restored/renovated Chinese,El Capitan and Pantages are on the same street to compare it. I thank god for the Disney company they not only helped Hollywood but helped Broadway. They seem to be the only movie studio left that has any clue about showmanship. Time Warner if they had any class should have taken the lead on the Pacific Warner a long time ago since its in there own backyard and Warner Bros built it.brucec

William
William on August 7, 2007 at 12:02 pm

The most of the problem with the Egyptian goes back to UA and the install of the D-150 screen. They jackhammered the whole front area of the auditorium for that install. Leaving alittle of the original decor.

haineshisway
haineshisway on August 7, 2007 at 11:58 am

I think the mandate is to restore it to its former glory, not totally make it look like a meat locker – I hate what those people did to the Egyptian.

KramSacul
KramSacul on August 7, 2007 at 11:53 am

Sounds great. Let’s all pray it doesn’t end up like the Egyptian down the street.

William
William on August 7, 2007 at 11:29 am

I spent a few years running the booth. It’s a wonderful theatre to work in.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on August 7, 2007 at 11:25 am

Actually money wise, if Oakland can afford to restore the Fox, I would think L.A. could restore the Warner. And since as they say in real estate, location is evrything, well the Warner is in the heart of Hollywood.
Certainly issues such as asbestos, wiring, even enlarging the stage are faced by most theatre restoration projects.
Once the house is returned to the Warner name and original marquee, it would indeed be a competive venue for special film events, premieres and a location for commercials.
Money can buy a new theatre, but money can’t buy the mystique that surrounds a legendary theatre like the Warner. To quote Bograt “it’s the stuff that dreams are made of”.

haineshisway
haineshisway on August 7, 2007 at 11:24 am

I was over the moon when I heard it.

William
William on August 7, 2007 at 11:19 am

That’s Great news, Bruce. If it all pans out for the Pacific.

haineshisway
haineshisway on August 7, 2007 at 11:12 am

Don’t ask me for any details, because I cannot give them, but I was at a meeting the other night and someone in the know tells me that it looks like things are finally in place for a restoration and for the Pacific’s to become some sort of performing arts place.

William
William on August 7, 2007 at 11:06 am

All it takes is a lot of money for that house. It’s just restoring the damage the tri-plexing did back in 1978. It would make for a nice second legit house for Hollywood. Pacific Theatres has been wanting to sell this building for years.

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 7, 2007 at 10:24 am

There is such robust redevelopment in this area that it would be foolish not to restore the Pacific. It would be a great link between the Hollywood Highland area and the Pantages.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 7, 2007 at 10:05 am

I saw “Kindergarten Cop” here in the early 90s. Interesting to explore the theater, which at that time was shabby but still showed the details from the glory days.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 7, 2007 at 12:00 am

It still would be cheaper than building a new theatre. The Pacific is in a lot better shape than a lot of theatres before restoration even starts. There is a need for another Broadway house in LA with the demolition of the Shubert and the sale of the Wilshire. The Pacific is the most logical choice. A new stagehouse had to be built for the Oriental in Chicago before it was restored for Broadway shows as well as the Opera House (BF Keith) in Boston.The Golden Gate in San Francisco which is in a worse neighberhood was undivided and brought back for Broadway shows. The Pacific has the perfect capacity,a wonderful lobby and elevator. Every theatre that has been restored for Broadway shows has to do many of the things that is mentioned in the above comments. When the theatre is dark they could use it for special film events and premieres becuase the theatre is lucky to be located in Hollywood.brucec

paulm248
paulm248 on August 6, 2007 at 2:50 pm

The Nederlander group was in the theater about two years ago. They did an extensive engineering evaluation of the building and either came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t work, or perhaps couldn’t come to agreement with the Pacific’s owners.
There’s still the issues of: asbestos, no heat, poor air conditioning, opening the balcony again, the elevator(s), handicapped access, parking, all new wiring, etc.
If you add in modifying the trapezoidal stage, jackhammering the orchestra pit and current booth space, refurbishing the “cast” rooms, new seating, and generally bringing the place up to contemporary standards it would cost a fortune that even assistance from the Hollywood Redevelopment agency couldn’t support.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on August 6, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Clearly the Warner would be great for Broadway shows. It’s restoration would fill in that gap on Hollywood Blvd between the Chinese et al at the west end and the Pantages in the east.

William
William on August 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

The Wilshire Theatre has a regular style stage house, while the Pacific’s sit at an angle like the old Fox Figueroa Theatre. The Pacific’s stage area is much larger, but the Figueroa shows the same angle.

This shot is what ken mc posted from USC’s site.

http://tinyurl.com/2s6q8x

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 6, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Enlarging the stage has become common practice across the country. How does the stage of the Pacific compare to the stage at the Wilshire? The Orpheum in San Francisco actually increased the stage by coming forward rather than backward because there was no
room where the Pacific has room to expand backward.I would think that this would be a win for the Redelopment Agency and the City but they would have to work out the small details. The central part of Hollywood Blvd needs a push in the right direction and the Pacific could be a key in its revival and meets the criteria for preserving Hollywood heritage at the same time.brucec

William
William on August 6, 2007 at 11:40 am

The stage is large but would need tobe enlarged, like the Wiltern. The theatre sits on an angle inside of the building. So the stage area would have tobe upgraded for a Broadway type show.

KramSacul
KramSacul on August 6, 2007 at 11:24 am

How large is the backstage area?

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 6, 2007 at 10:41 am

Why don’t Pacific and the Nederlanders get together and restore this theare for Broadway shows to compliment the Pantagees down the street. Its larger than the Wilshire that the Nederlanders sold recently. When the Pantagees has long runs such as “Wicked” than can present the rest of the season in the Pacific Warner. Broadway is booming which will filter down to the road in key cities such as Los Angeles. The City needs three locations for Broadway shows. There is enough product for the Music Center,Pantagees and Pacific Warner. I always thought the Wilshire was the wrong location and size for the large scale musicals and the Pacific Warner the better choice and its within a theatre district on Hollwood Blvd.I am sure the City would kick in some funds for the restoration of an Historic structure and would help with the current revival of Hollywood Blvd.brucec

DIANARMARKS
DIANARMARKS on July 7, 2007 at 9:31 am

Hello again, I was thinking about returning to theatre management.
Any leads?

vcarville
vcarville on July 6, 2007 at 12:12 am

I used to come here in the 80s, saw goodmorning vietnam, short circuit, pretty woman, colors, and I think big business. Usually, I saw the movies in the upstairs balcony, (where you could hear the other movies playing too) but when you saw them at the 1st floor theatre, it really was fantastic. It was so beautiful, and I remember the downstairs lobby and the decrepit bathrooms. But I really loved the theatre, I was so sad when it closed. It’s really was spectacular…

William
William on June 5, 2007 at 6:25 am

ken mc: the Comfy chair shot is from the Pantages Theatre (1929).

BhillH20
BhillH20 on June 4, 2007 at 5:10 pm

Sure was. Just for the record, that photo is the mens lounge in the Hollywood Pantages Theater…