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The footage on the DVD clocks in at 1 minute 33 seconds. I told you about that freeze frame!
Interestingly, “The Bellboy” itself was black and white. Then he tours for a color film and the tour is in black and white.
Bob, you did a great job because the footage does not look it’s age. Has it really been 44 years? I will guess approx 4 minutes were used but hard to tell because I kept freeze framing it. I could tell it was edited as it faded to black at the end. The theaters that can be seen are the Kings, Premier and 46th St. I wonder if the “Ladies' Man” footage is on that disc of that film?
There is a shot of the marquee in the special features section of this week’s DVD release of “The Bellboy”.
This theater, as well as several other Loew’s theaters, can be seen in very nice color footage on the new DVD release of Jerry Lewis' “The Bellboy”. Lewis is seen touring Loew’s theaters in the area and making personal appearances trumpeting the release and he had someone document the event. No auditoriums are shown but there are very nice marquee shots. As a side note, the second feature at each location was “Tarzan the Magnificent.”
Golden Gate Theater, East Los Angeles
Beverly Theater, Beverly Hills
The former Washington Mutual location across the street is vacant. Maybe they are going to convert it into a theater? Sorry, starting to become cynical.
The Carson Twin began life as a twin and ended it that way. As I remember it was always independent and a terrible place to see a movie. The auditoriums were very small and uncomfortable. The building was simply shaped like a box and never really gave an air of permanence. It should be mentioned that not only the theater but the entire dilapidated shopping center it was in were demolished. Many of the websites I saw say the Carson Twin Tarantino attended was in Scottsdale, AZ but this section of Carson had an area known as Scottsdale Townhomes and even a Scott Park. As Tarantino was known for haunting the South Bay area I believe this was the place.
The Temple City Cinemas were closed by Edwards (Regal) Cinemas. They were refurbished and reopened as an independent. However, with 24 screens a few miles away in Alhambra and with another large AMC multiplex just opened a couple of miles the other way in Arcadia I don’t see how they will survive. You would think 44 or so screens within approx 7 miles of each other would be overkill without even mentioning the screens in Pasadena just to the North.
There is a very small (maybe 50 seats) theater in Long Beach showing straight porn called the Front Door. It sits between a church which used to be a large single screen theater and an auto parts store. They run DVDs, not film, as did most of the last surviving adult theaters.
This theater is currently presenting the live stage production of “Alma”.
Scaffolding surrounds what’s left of this building. I fear demolition has begun.