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I hate to say this, but I’ve only been in the Cinerama Dome once in my entire life to see the premiere of Spider-Man in 2002. I thought it was just amazing when going inside. On the downside, I do remember this one man with a cowboy hat sitting in front of me almost ruining the entire experience, but I think he either moved or took it off, to which I was relieved. The ceiling was so cool and I’m about to check out the pictures posted on here to get some nostalgia. Long live the done! I mean, I practically have no excuse for not going back there since I frequent the Arclight a lot and do in fact live in the Los Angeles area.
James Bond Island!
Well, they got rid of the entrance of the theatre and all. Now it’s just a flat entrance in the front.
NuWilshire as of July 21st, 2009
Wow, well the NuWilshire was being worked on just a few days ago and here is an image of the action that’s been going on. It’s a shame that they gutted the entire place. I read recently that the owner in charge of the construction (I want to break his neck) said that he knows the theatre is important to this city and that he is going to preserve the outside and make it likable to everyone. Well, this is not the case. If that were the case, he would have let the National Landmark Committee let the theatre be preserved and untouched on the outside. However, the Daily Press said that he was able to stop the passing at like the last minute so now he can change whatever he see’s fit. He says he will keep the marque to proove his love for the theatre. Please…
I can’t stand what that guy said about the theatre! He could care less about how wonderful and important it is to preserve it. He’s getting what he wanted. Also, isn’t it ironic that all of a sudden he is talking to the press, when he declined to speak about it back in November 2007?
It closed back in 1993, but around 2008, they refurbished the establishment and now it’s a bank.
I mean, the marque was the only thing that was said to be refurbished. I’m not sure about anything else. It might be like Zucky’s but instead of it being a bank, will be a new jean store…God knows we need more jean stores in Santa Monica…
It was a mistake to close the NuWilshire, because number 1: we were making a ton of money off tickets and concession, and 2: with how bad the economy has gotten, I doubt the NuWilshire will ever have a store in it anytime soon. I mean, I remember practially two years ago, the Santa Monica Daily Press said that the NuWilshire was going to have it’s front refurbished, and that has yet to happen.
I tried calling the Conservancy but they weren’t around. I guess I’ll have to call some time after the holidays now. But yeah, after going to the website, it looks as if they just focus mainly on property and things of that nature. I thought they had like a headquarters that showcased historical items that the public would be free to come see.
I’m contacting the Conservancy right now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention Don!
Yeah, I might just do that. Oh, and about the shoestore, it’s now in Venice. I believe the Venice Board Walk or somewhere on Main Street.
Yeah, unfortunetly you’re right. I guess it’s just a matter of time before the theater is no longer with us…I still have posters and old menus from the theatre. I’m thinking about getting rid of it, so if anyone would like to meet up with me, we can negotiate a price, or something.
Apparently a friend of mine said that the guy in charge at the laundromat was shot one night and that’s why it closed. It’s hard to believe…
Yeah, and I’ve seen this guy too. He’s a real pompus-ass. He drives a white Mercedes, goes around in a pink shirt and expects people to place a red carpet where ever he goes. I remember one time he came in during working hours, and he kept asking me to unlock the backdoor behind the state so the guys he brought along with him could see what was back there. I said I had to work.
Well, the theatre is still sitting there. Just another eye sore of Santa Monica. You’d think they would at least start putting the jean store by now, but it’s been abandoned for officially a year now…It better become a City Landmark or something. Ughh…I can just imagine the city tearing it down. Damn economy…
I love seeing movie theatres that are still in business after so many years. It really keeps the history of the past alive. It’s fantastic! If only the NuWilshire Theatre was still around…Ughh…I miss working there.
Yesterday I stopped by there, and there were these two signs on the gate saying how the walls covered in graffiti were a shame and that they were basically the work of illigal immigrants. It was very racist. When I went back, the signs were gone.
I never got a chance to call the owners. And even if I did, there wouldn’t really be anything I could do in terms of what was planned. And about the doors, good luck!
The first film I saw there was 1999’s Blair Witch Project. And being someone who hasn’t worked there, or been inside there for the next eight years, I have strong feelings for this place. Once I came there, it was like another home to me. I’m glad it lasted well passed 1994, however it would have been easier to cope with it’s changes had it been destroyed from the earthquake and not just a dead house. And considering the possibility of it becoming a theatre again, I highly doubt it.
Yeah, we sure did give it away as fast as you can say “movies”.
Yeah! I’m sure he disagreed with the idea of it passing as a Landmark and is probably going to do as little as he can to help preserve it. Meanwhile, you know he is some ruthless person who doesn’t even live in Santa Monica. Probably Malibu or the Palisades.
Here are a few pictures I took of the theatre.
This was last weekend:
This I took today…
Man…talk about an eyesore! :(