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DonSolosan commented about Globe Theater on Aug 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Here’s a video of the ceremony to relight the restored marquee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7dGJJV1DrA

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DonSolosan commented about Wiltern Theater on Aug 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be touring the Wiltern on August 17th. Take a Peek:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqw1WSwb6Zs

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

@LoveCinema — the six screens that were added are in a building next door to the Chinese. They didn’t impact the seating in the Chinese at all.

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DonSolosan commented about Monroe Theatre on May 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

I was just looking at the 1985 photo. The building has the date at the top — 1912. I think someone saw a part of that number and guessed it was the street address…

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DonSolosan commented about Monroe Theatre on May 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I agree, Joe. The Monroe was across the street (east side of Duval) and down a bit from the Key West Picture Show, which was at 620 Duval.

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DonSolosan commented about Yale Theater on Feb 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Now a vitamin shop.

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DonSolosan commented about Mayfair Theatre on Feb 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

There’s just a fence around the front of the building now. No retail yet; don’t know if the residential portion is available for rent…

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DonSolosan commented about AMC Criterion 6 on Feb 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Sadly, the blade and marquee have been removed…

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DonSolosan commented about El Capitan Theatre on Jan 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

@GeorgeC, that “big question” should include “do we preserve the historic elements of these buildings, because we don’t know what the future holds”? The El Cap is a good example — they’re using the stage and proscenium to great effect…

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DonSolosan commented about Vision Theatre on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Recently, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation toured the Vision/Leimert theatre following the successful completion of stage 1 of its restoration. If you missed it, you can get an Insiders Peek here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gputY94V2yU

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DonSolosan commented about Leimert Park (Vision) Theatre on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Take a look inside the Vision Theatre in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles following stage 1 of its restoration, and get a preview of stages 2 and 3.

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DonSolosan commented about The Orpheum Theater - Los Angeles on Oct 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

Ahh, the golden voice of Steve Markham!

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DonSolosan commented about Santa Monica Place plans for new movie theater on Oct 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

I recently heard that the new mall is not doing too well — I wonder which store or stores will close to provide the space for this.

Also, not surprised to hear that the Criterion 6’s closing didn’t result in an uptick at the other theatres on the Promenade… in my opinion, they were the best screens down there.

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DonSolosan commented about "Jazz Singer" Curtain on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm

This is my third and final video about vintage theatre curtains. Warner Bros. corporate archivist Leith Adams shows the lucky audience at a Last Remaining Seats show a piece of movie history.

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DonSolosan commented about Azteca Theatre on Aug 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

MagicLantern, you must have been looking at an old photo. The street view now is dated 2011, and the name is gone.

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DonSolosan commented about Vision Theatre on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:41 am

Art1956, because Vision is the most recent name of the theatre. Leimert is listed as a previous name.

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DonSolosan commented about Belasco Theatre on Jun 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

LawMann, I think it’s possible, but unlikely. The seats have been removed and the floor leveled to make it into a nightclub/live performance venue. Not only on the main floor, but also in the balcony. True, LRS screened a movie at the Wiltern and had to bring in folding chairs for the main floor, but the large balcony was intact. With limited seating in the balcony, I don’t know what size audience the Belasco could handle—and that’s a key factor in picking venues for LRS.

Something you might consider: join the LRS committee and make a pitch for using the Belasco. They will consider it. I pushed for screening “King Kong” at the Shrine where the Kong on display scenes were filmed. Unfortunately, the financial details didn’t make sense, and it was shown at the Los Angeles instead. Maybe you’ll have better luck than I!

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DonSolosan commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I went by the other day. The construction barriers are still up. There’s a marquee and blade sign (no name) on the front of the building now, but I’m not sure where they came from. Maybe they found the blade sign somewhere in the building; it wasn’t hanging up before this conversion. Also, the marquee is different (original 2-sided, now 3-sided), and the “Box Office” and “Alumni Bar” signs that were on either side have not returned.

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DonSolosan commented about NuWilshire Theatre on Jun 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

Well, the general idea was that the theatre could be restored at some future date, but they didn’t install the type of floor that can easily be removed (ala some of the theatres downtown). They dug down to create underground parking and put in a new floor. So I don’t think the act can be undone without a huge expense…

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DonSolosan commented about NuWilshire Theatre on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Yes, they stripped the building down to the walls, leveled the floor, etc.

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DonSolosan commented about Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on May 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

The auditorium is in danger of being demoed. The city doesn’t have the funds to update/improve it.

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DonSolosan commented about Mayfair Theatre on May 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I think it’s covered in the older comments, but this is yet another mixed retail/residential building that will keep the facade of the theater. The building is almost done. The last time I went by, the facade was in good shape, but all the signage, etc., had been stripped. I don’t know what, if anything, they are planning on putting back.

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DonSolosan commented about NuWilshire Theatre on May 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

The owners threw out Landmark so they could reconfigure the building for retail use, so it’s hard to see them going with another exhibitor. On the other hand, it has been empty for over 5 years…

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DonSolosan commented about National Theatre on May 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I was in Westwood about a week ago and saw men working in the lot where the National stood, so it looks like they might actually be ready to build something there… five and a half years after they tore it down.

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DonSolosan commented about Criterion Theatre on Apr 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Nixols and Navan, the Criterion Theatre was (mostly) demolished. The Criterion 6 which stands there now (and has its own page here, where this discussion is ongoing) is the historic facade of the old building on a brand new structure.

Also, where did you get the idea that they’re going to demolish this? The article only talks about converting the building…