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I would really like to get in touch with Joe who wrote a comment about this theater and mentioned he sold the Herald Examiner in front of Franks bar. I remember the bar well and there must have been three bars on that short block on Washington Blvd, across the street from RKO studios (Culver, Desilu, etc.). If anybody else would like to reminisce, please contact me.
After the Meralta burned down and after attending the movies at the old Culver City City Hall, I was fortunate enough to have attended the opening of the Culver Theater in ‘47. The movie was Red Stallion. I remember that the Culver, unfortunately, was the site of some of my most forgettable movie experiences. The Meralta, The Palms, and Picfair had many more pleasant experiences in movie watching. Maybe it was just the time frame of fine moviemaking. I’m looking forward to the Kirk Douglas Culver Theater’s presentations.
The Palms Theater was the first time I was introduced to Our Gang Comedies and it was so cool because they were my age. Now I have DVDs of them and a lot of the pictures were made in Culver City since they were made at Hal Roach Studios which was directly across the street where I was born on Washington Blvd. In response to Joe’s comments, I also sold Examiner, Times Newspapers in that era and would like to get in touch with him since we most likely had the same boss. The Palms was an alternative theater when the Meralta burned down and then the Culver City Hall became a temp theater til the Culver Theater, with its statuesque tower opened up in ‘47 (I was there for its grand opening). The Kirk Douglas Culver Theater has just had a new grand opening. Cool.
I remember seeing an Abbott and Costello ghost movie and it was scary and and funny at the same time. also a movie with a white guy and black guy (can’t remember their names) singing and dancing the song “Me and My Shadow” which wouldn’t be politically correct in our times. Seems we never saw a bad movie at the Picfair and remember seeing “Story of G I Joe” there too. We went to the Meralta, Culver City City Hall (after the Meralta burned down) and Palms Theater and went to the grand opening of the Culver Theater in ‘47. And now the Kirk Douglas Culver Theater just had another grand opening.
Would like to remenisce with people about that era and city.