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I read an interview that said the manager of the Lyric welcomed the conversion to an adult theater because he was tired of kids, families, and Elvis movies!! He sure got his wish, the Pussycat audiences were v-e-r-y quiet and well behaved (in the lobby, at least). I don’t like porn, but those movies like “Magic Spectacles” and “Heavy Equipment” have a gimmick that I wish I could have seen when they were released.
I want to go back to the 1950s, when people thought these places would always be there. “Closed/Demolished” over and over…
This site is the absolute best; however, I must admit that I have taken advantage of it and have sniped, but mostly when someone has sniped me first. Now that I have watched that romantic epic, “American History X,” for the Nth time, I realize that it does, indeed, take too much out of someone when they have animosity toward another person.
When the new, updated, commented theaters are listed on the home page, is it possible to also list the city and state where each theater is located? Thanks.
I hope that everyone has a great holiday season and new year. I love reading about theaters and the experiences we have had in them; thank you, everyone, for contributing.
The 5th Ave. had a large auditorium, and the restrooms are located on a second floor, above the concession stand. I used to stand by the projection room and watch the projectionists work (they usually left the doors open). Inglewood was a beautiful city until the Goddamn blacks ruined it. No, not racist, just realist.
It’s just rotting away. Sometimes I wonder if the people who contribute to this site are the only ones who care. No wonder I retired and became misanthropic.
I went here countless times with my dad, sister, brother, and my best friend, Steve McDoulett. We saw “The Power” plus “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Fluffy” plus “Spencer’s Mountain,” and many others. Hey, Steve, I understand you’re in Oklahoma; contact me directly at
This was Steven Spielberg’s favorite theater to attend when he was attending CSU Long Beach. Maybe he could be tapped for some moolah to save this theater.
I drove by this location the other day, and it is closed. The cities of Ontario and Montclair had been trying for years to close the strip club down; it looks like they finally succeeded. There used to be a bus bench on the corner, and it said “Jesus is watching you.” I used to see that sign, feel immediate guilt, and drive faster so God wouldn’t think I was going to go in.
It never ceases to amaze me. People destroy their history, then they pat themselves on the back for being ‘progressive.’ I see no reason to patronize Barnes and Noble any more. I’ll send them a detailed letter explaining why, but I won’t get any response, as usual. The companies never respond. Why should they? I’m against progress.
What a great-looking drive-in, and with speakers!! I wish I could win a huge lottery and buy some digital equipment for these theaters. Maybe digital isn’t so great after all. What’s going to happen to the film exchanges and employees all over the country? Progress isn’t always beneficial to the country; so many of these theaters have been closed and torn down and few people seem to care. I hope this drive-in can stay open.
Westways Magazine (AAA) published an article written by a woman who used to attend the Victory Drive In. I can kick myself for not saving the article because it was her first-hand account of the drive in, and it described how much she enjoyed going there. It may have been published around the seventies; if anyone has it, I would really appreciate receiving a copy of it. I will pay not-so-handsomely for the article. Thanks!!
If they’re selling sheets and condoms at the concession stand, and the auditorium contains sofas and love seats, this place isn’t being used to watch porn; it’s used for people to have sex. Why else would they sell sheets – to compete with Wal-Mart?
Thank you, everyone, for this debate. Finally, after four months, my insomnia is cured!!
I can remember every film I saw at the Rialto, including a revival of “Polyester,” where they handed out the scratch-and-sniff cards. When Landmark ran the theater, it was always clean, and the presentation was first rate. If they tear this one down, they are out of their minds; this theater needs an ‘angel’ to help with financing to bring it up to code.
The Rialto had a good audience well into the eighties and early nineties when Landmark ran it as a calendar house with a daily program change. I couldn’t get up there enough; there were so many good films. After it was a calendar house, it became a first-run venue. I saw “My New Partner,” “Letter To Brezhnev,” “Working Girls,” “Sid and Nancy,” and “Wild at Heart,” all first run at the Rialto.
The theater isn’t haunted. That’s me sneaking into one of the theaters, along with my mom and grandmother, who didn’t want to do it, but, hey, she’s in a wheelchair, so she doesn’t have much of a choice!
Oh, great. Another one gone, and one of the best. I loved the Tiffany, especially during the summer of ‘71, when they had an all seats 49 cents policy. I saw “Where’s Poppa?” and “Joe.” I went almost every week, during my senior year in high school. Then, when it reopened in 1977, I went back, again and again. What will they replace it with? Is Larry Flint opening a store called The Hollywood Beaver Shot? I wouldn’t doubt it.
Cliffs – If you can get over here during the week, it isn’t so crowded; however, you have to deal with the traffic. The 210 freeway might be better than the 10.
A former roommate of mine works in Lincoln Plaza. It seems like he sees every film that shows in the theaters. He keeps up on exhibition and distribution more than I do, and he said that Woody Allen’s films remain popular in NY almost exclusively.
Also, he said that Woody Allen’s involvement with his stepdaughter led to people rejecting his films. I saw “Celebrity” in a 30-plex on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, 1998, and every theater was sold out, except “Celebrity.” There were 8 people in the theater when the lights went down, and 3 left when the film ended.
What a shame; he’s an incredibly gifted writer and director, but that ‘scandal’ has permanently damaged his appeal to movie audiences.
To hdtv267: Sorry to see your discomfort.
My cousin is a doctor, and she read your posting. She said it could be either hemorrhoids or a ten-pound ball bearing that you have been carrying in your ahh-nuuus (Borat) ever since the 70s.
It is still listed as ‘closed’ because the webmaster or whoever changes the status hasn’t changed it yet. There are quite a few of these on this site. Don’t let it get your panties in a twist; sooner or later, it will get changed, and the world will be a perfect place once again.
To hdtv267: No, it wouldn’t be a good thing to associate Letterman with a porn theater. Believe it or not, most people see porn as sleazy, and the station is not going to make the association.
On Jun 17, 2012, you said that you were departing this website; however, you’re still here, making negative comments and attacking other members.
Could you please take your cancerous ass out of here as soon as possible? It will put you out of our misery.
When I worked in film distribution, I booked movies into this theater. They didn’t have a marquee; they had a M – A – R – Q – U – E – E !!
“Scroll down before you leave stupid comments, you nitwit.” That’s what you said to moviebuff82 on the Balboa Theater, San Francisco, entry.
Whenever you don’t like what you read, you attack the writer and ask the moderators to remove that writer from this site. You have also accused the “alleged moderators” (your words) of not doing their jobs. You are advocating censorship, and that’s what the “let’s celebrate our differences” crowd does to suppress information that they disagree with. The Nazis did it to the Jews, my four grandparents were murdered as a result, and I’ll be damned if I sit here and let you get away with it.
To The Site:
If anyone else has become the target of this “man’s” venom, contact the moderators and provide examples. Just click on his name to get a summary of his “comments.” When you refuse to be intimidated and provide rebuttals to his verbal diarrhea, he will back off – that’s what cyber bullies do.
I love this site. I’m on here every day to see recent entries and comments, and I won’t stop posting here – ever. If he continues to attack me, I’ll come right back.
To hdtv267: I liked reading what chassmith and the other people had to say. Take some advice from the politically correct liberals: If you don’t like it, turn it off or don’t read it, and let us make our contributions without you causing adolescent problems.
I fail to see how your personal attacks throughout this site are contributing to anything. The moderators will decide who is “contributing something to the conversation” and “staying on topic.”
As the criminals used to say in the B movies: “Shut cha trap, honey!”