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The Empire makes a guest appearance in “Cowboys Vs. Dinosaurs” (2015) when dinos run rampant in the town of Livingston, MT. I’ve added a frame cap to the photos page.
A shoe store has moved into the downstairs retail. The blade sign says “Shoe Palace” on it, with logos on the marquee.
Saw Hail, Caesar! in #6 today. Turns out they only built 12 screens, not 14 as was being reported in the papers. Also, 1 and 7 are the largest auditoriums, each seating about 266.
RJ, you saw Force twice in the same day?
A Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Insider’s Peek.
The problem I have with the Dome is legroom. There’s isn’t enough for me. I do go the Village and the Vista on occasion.
Black box theaters? Only in a pinch…
For a while, I kept hearing reports on how 2D screenings were giving serious competition to the 3D ones — but now no one seems to be tracking that. I was hoping 3D would die off, or that what Cliffs said would happen: stagger shows for those of us who don’t like 3D. No luck. It’s too bad because the Chinese is showing movies that I’d like to see, and I’d like to support them. Guess I’ll have to take my business elsewhere…
On Friday, a crew was installing new neon.
Performance Bike has opened shop. One thing that happened in the past few months that I hadn’t noticed before is that they cleaned up the marquee and repainted it green and white. The neon tubing has been removed, however.
Went past this theater a couple of weeks ago (I no longer live in the neighborhood) and saw something in the windows about a bike store moving in…
I walked by the other day and the portion of the building that held the theaters has been stripped down to the beams.
Here’s a video of the ceremony to relight the restored marquee:
Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be touring the Wiltern on August 17th. Take a Peek:
@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.
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…
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.
Now a vitamin shop.
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…
Sadly, the blade and marquee have been removed…
@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…
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:
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.
Ahh, the golden voice of Steve Markham!
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.