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Is there an e-mail address that I can forward 2 photos
of the Vogue Theatre during the 60’s? One is the lobby
during the movie “Two Women” The second is myself “64
at the projection room. firstname.lastname@example.org
I worked at Vogue theatre as an assistant manager from
1963 till 1965. During that time, Eugene Klein purchased the “Fox West Coast Theatres” and named the
company “National General Theatres” (Mann Theatres came much later.)I still remember the day they planted
the little bushes in front of the theatre. We knew it
someday they’ll cover our marquee. Alas, they over lasted us. Sotos Kappas
In 1966-67 I was proud and fortunate to be employed as assistant mgr at the LIDO Theatre. During those days our company had just changed name from Fox West Theatres to National General. Movies such as “The Blowout” “A Man & A Woman” “Shop on Main Street” “Elvira Madigan” and so many more would open there and played for months. (We didn’t change movie every week those days.) Movie stars such as Kim Novak,
Paul Newman – Joanna Woodward, Bing & Mary Crosby, Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Robert Wagner, Robert Goulet, Eddy Williams and so many more, visited the LIDO. After LIDO I was promoted to Manager at several other theatres until the Company changed to Manns Theatres. I will never forget the LIDO and the changes we did with the mgr, the late Richard Kates. We displayed expensive paintings at the lobby. We installed a water fountain upstairs next to the telephone booth,and dressed up the inside of the booth with French posters. It was “An Art Theatre.” I’m sad that we didn’t take any photos of the LIDO Theatre, during those days. A very special theatre!
From 1961 till 1963 I worked as an usher at the RKO theatre on 58th
Street and 3rd Avenue in New York City. Moving in 1963 to Hollywood California, I ushered and later on managed theatres for Fox West Coast Theatres, which later on it became National General Theatres and presently, Mann Theatres. Some of the theatres I worked, were the “Vogue theatre” “The Hollywood, Hollywood theatre” “Fine Arts” “Fox Wilshire theatre” “State Theatre” “Guild theatre” “the Lido theatre” and “the Village theatre."
Sadly, "Pay TV” (Gable Television) destroyed most of those gorgeous theatres…