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5115 Hollywood Blvd WAS the Century Theater to which I am referring. It was near the corner of Hollywood and Normandie. I lived around the corner from the theater on Normandie when I worked there in 84-85 with 3 other gents who also worked at the Century. The theater burned a couple years later. Somewhere I still have membership cards which were used there as well as photos of myself with friends inside the theater. The theater is gone but the memory of it is still with me.
The Century theater was in fact a King theater. When I was employed there, my boss was Mr Beehler, who also had the Century Theater (also King) in San Francisco. Both places were kept in prestine condition.
I was employed by the Century Theater from June of ‘84 until April '85. I had just moved to L.A. from my hometown in nowhere TX and a friend of mine was the accountant for the theater. I have very fond memories of that place and at the age of 19 I thought I had arrived when I put on the tux (the dress code at the time). I met many people at that theater and to this day I still have links with several of them. I did not care for the films themselved but this grand old theater had much more history than anyone imagined. There was back room with old creeky steps to offices which evidently had not been used in decades. These offices, which contained posters and marquee letters from heydays past, I was lucky to have been let in to have a look around. I also remember seeing old locked doors on either side of the back of the theater as well as up in the projection room(s). There again, was another life of this theater probably left untouched for many years before. It seems to me the theater was burned some years after I left it. Today I am sad to read that it has been completely demolished.