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Here is a very interesting (and lengthy) video on the history of the Alex Theater.
Yes indeed, that is the interior of the Warner Brothers Downtown theater in the opening scenes on 1968’s “Funny Girl”. While Barbra Streisand is sitting alone in an orchestra seat, shots are taken from the stage looking out and from an upper balcony looking down. Also, in the 1933 film “Lady Killer”, James Cagney briefly plays a Warner Bros theater usher. There is a short sequence shot on the roof of the Warner Brothers Downtown theater (usher inspection). Also a quick view of the marquee – even though it says “Strand” -it is clearly the Warner Brothers Downtown in all its blazing glory
Mar/Apr 2011, interior seen in a Nikon commercial. Looks like a latin night club.
Yes, that is the Orpheum Theater in all those AARP Medicare
Supplement Card commercials seen on TV nowadays.
Clinton was used as a location for the 1958 movie “The Long Hot Summer” and the Joy Theater can be seen in the background in one of the early scenes around the town square.
Here is a 1940’s photo of the Vogue Theater. A link to Cinematour:
1937 view of the Alex (then Alexander) stage. LAPL collection.
1937 Christmastime view of Brand Blvd, Glendale. The California Theater can be seen at the right. LAPL collection.
Click to see a couple photo’s of the large electric sign mentioned above, spanning the forecourt.
1956 – http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014606.jpg
1953 – http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014683.jpg
To see an early exterior view of the Warner Bros Beverly Hills Theater, complete with tower (LAPL collection) go here:
To see a 1931 view of the Warner Bros Beverly Hills Theater auditorium (LAPL collection) go here:
Artist’s sketch of the Academy Theater after the 1957 remodel (LAPL collection)
To see a 1972 view (LAPL Collection) of the Rialto marquee click here:
In 1949 Los Angeles' Broadway was ablaze with flashing neon and no Broadway theater had a flashier marquee than the Orpheum.
To see a night time view of the fantastic Orpheum Theater marquee click here:
To see a 1945 exterior view of the Fox Alcazar click here:
To see a 1988 photo of the Star Theater exterior click here:
To see a 1952 view of the Fox Uptown’s marquee click here:
To see three 1942 views of the Fox Uptown interior click here:
To see a 1931 exterior view (grand opening) of the Warner Bros Western click here:
To see a 1931 interior view of the Warner Bros Western click here:
To see a 1950s photo of the Tower Theater marquee when it was known as the Newsreel Theater click here:
To see a 1938 photo of the Loew’s State marquee click here:
To see a 1921 photo of the Loew’s State under construction click here:
To see a 1921 photo of the Loew’s State interior click here:
To see a 1945 photo of the RKO Hillstreet marquee click here:
To see an interior view of the Hillstreet Theater at the time of its 1922 opening click here:
To see another 1922 view of the Hillstreet Theater auditorium click here:
To see a 1938 photo (LA Public Library) of the premier of “In Old Chicago” at the Four Star Theater go here:
To see a 1932 photo of the Warner Bros. Downtown theater marquee go here: http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014819.jpg
To see a 1953 photo of the Paramount Downtown’s final marquee (LA’s longest) go here: http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015540.jpg
To see a sad 1961 photo of the Paramount Downtown during demolition go here: http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015542.jpg
Grauman’s Chinese was where CinemaScope was introduced in Hollywood with the premier of “The Robe” in 1953, followed by most of the widescreen 20th Century-Fox epics of the period. During the peak Cinemascope years a hugh electric sign/marquee spanned the forecourt. It was quite spectacular but obliterated the famous entrance. It was replaced by two flashy but more conventional marquees on either side of the forecourt. These too have been removed.
The Temple Theater was located in the nine story Masonic Temple building on the east side of Brand Blvd just north of Colorado Street. The theater was fairly large, even had a balcony, but by the late 1950’s it had become rundown, seedy, and cheap showing triple features for 49 cents.