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jwells commented about Nitehawk Cinema on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:10 am

Theater capacities are 92 seats, 60 seats and 28 seats.

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jwells commented about Majestic Bay Theaters on Aug 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Independently owned triplex with one large theater, two smaller theaters. (approx. 245 seats, 75 seats, 70 seats)

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jwells commented about Roseway Theater on Aug 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

The theater has 330 seats since its remodel.

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jwells commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Aug 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Here’s an aerial view of what is on the roof:
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It was built for basketball and soccer.

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jwells commented about Visual Arts Theatre on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Gene Stavis told me the revised seating was going to be 480 for the main theater and 280 for theater 2. That was last year while they were still under construction.

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jwells commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:10 pm

31 OCT 2008 … JUSTICE: A CROSS THE UNIVERSE (L.A. PREMIERE)
11 Nov 2008 … CHRISTMAS ON MARS: A FANTASTICAL FILM FREAKOUT FEATURING THE FLAMING LIPS (L.A. PREMIERE)
18 Nov 2008 … TIMECRIMES

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jwells commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Oct 24, 2008 at 2:45 am

Here is that 1930’s photo side-by-side with present day Vine Street (October 2008). Unfortunately the W Hotel construction and billboards obscure the buildings somewhat. My photographer tried her best to get a similar angle.

And no Ken shoe purchase is not required.

Special film screenings have been extended through the end of the year.

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jwells commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Oct 8, 2008 at 8:58 pm

On August 8th, 2008, The Montalban became the temporary home of Nike Sportswear’s unique retail and special events theatre. As part of this theatre has been cleaned, painted and upgraded. New sound and lighting as well as 35mm film and HD video projection have been installed. A massive 55x26 screen recovered from one of San Diego’s single screen theaters, most likely the Valley Circle, was installed in The Montalban. Artist Geoff McFetridge was commissioned to create large scale murals on the roof and south side of the building and installed a unique wallpaper motif in the second floor mezzanine room.

From a press release: Margarita Cannon, the theater’s creative director explains, “One of the great challenges in having a landmark theatre is reversing the aging process. Nike Sportswear brought in ideas and artists, and now the Montalbán has new life to share with our community.”

Movies came back to the Montalban in a major way with weekly Cinema Tuesdays series, which features premieres, advance screenings and sneak peeks of innovative films from around the world:

12 Aug 2008 … BEAUTIFUL LOSERS (LA PREMIERE)
19 Aug 2008 … TOKYO OLYMPIAD
26 Aug 2008 … ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT
09 Sep 2008 … SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO
09 Sep 2008 … 3X3: THE WINDRUNNER SHORTS (WORLD PREMIERE)
23 Sep 2008 … MEGUNICA (U.S. PREMIERE)
30 Sep 2008 … ROCKNROLLA
07 Oct 2008 … ASHES OF TIME REDUX
14 Oct 2008 … LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
21 Oct 2008 … SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
28 Oct 2008 … PART OF THE WEEKEND NEVER DIES (U.S. PREMIERE)

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jwells commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Oct 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Here is the corrected link to the great photo of the theater as the Studio from the USC archive.

Here is the metadata and description of same photo.

I’d like to shoot a current photo (for a then and now) from the same spot, since the Montalban, Broadway Hollywood and Taft buildings are all still standing.