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Thanks Eric….those are pretty amazing photos. You should add them to the photos on this page.
Here are a few photos I took today of the Roxie:
Here’s a photo that a friend gave to me. I scanned it before I put it in the frame. I don’t think I’ve seen this one yet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vokoban/6261222632/in/photostream
Here’s another thing about Skatium but two door down. I guess their business license was suspended in 1980: http://2zing.com/ca271630/skatium-inc
Good find RonP! This is most likely the same place:
(June 23, 1954 LA Times)
By Cal Whorton
If you want a laugh that’s even better than a ring full of huffing and puffing grapplers, then I suggest you catch Howard (Hangman) Cantonwine in his latest role of skater. Cantonwine, former football player at Iowa who estimates he’s wrestled in at least 6000 matches, is off on a new business venture. He’s just opened the doors of his Skatium on W Washington Blvd. neat Arlington.
I was actually fooled by this one. I thought it was an old theater until I looked it up. Here are a few pictures from yesterday:
(Nov. 29, 1933 LA Times)
PREVIEW FOR BENEFIT
In addition to a feature preview being shown, Rosa Disraeli, lyric soprano, will sing several selections at the benefit theater party next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Melrose Theater, 4315 Melrose avenue, by Beth Jacob and the West Side Ladies' Auxiliary of Mr. Sinai Home for Chronic Invalids.
Here is a picture of this theater from a few days ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vokoban/5465477287/
If anyone doesn’t believe me, take a look at this…the only thing that matters in Beverly Hills is money, money, money.
The city of Beverly Hills has no historic preservation laws (such as the Mills Act, which allows owners of historic and designated properties to receive tax credits for restoration expenses), or landmark ordinances which, in cases like this, would allow the necessary time to explore alternatives to demolition.
It’s too bad it’s in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills has absolutely no regard for historic buildings. They will tear them down on a whim.
(Sept. 2, 1923)
Elite Theater, 3818 S. Park Avenue
Sept. 2-3-Thomas Meighan in “Conquest of Canaan."
Sept. 4-Lois Weber production, "Too Wise Wives."
Sept. 5-6-Theodore Roberts in "The Old Homestead."
Sept. 7-8-Douglas MacLean in "Passing Through.”
(June 29, 1918)
A benefit performance for the American Women’s Hospitals will be held this afternoon at the Elite Theater, No 3818 South Park avenue. The arrangements are under the direction of Mrs. Leon A. Davis and Mrs. Bella A. Hallbrook.
Maybe Avalon used to be name South Park.
Anyone know if this is the same theater?
(March 9, 1914 LA Times)
38th and South Park
N.W. THOMAS, Proprietor
(Feb. 15, 1915)
And Motion Picture Operators' School
38th and South Park
Vaudeville and Universal Service
(Oct. 12, 1941)
Motor Vehicle Department to Conduct Drivers' School
Excerpt….If anything about the traffic rules or how to drive correctly bothers you, you will be interested in a Drivers' Safety School to be started by the Department of Motor Vehicles. This school will be conducted Wednesday of this week and also Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5 from 10 to 12 a.m. at the Elite Theater, Wilshire Blvd. and Doheny Drive.
The theater’s name was Music Hall at least by 1948.
(Feb. 3, 1948 LA Times)
MUSIC HALL, 9036 Wilshire-BR.2-3593
Sleep, My Love
Here is a 1958 photo of the Uptown. It was in a term paper I found at an estate sale:
Here’s a photo of the Forum from 1958. It was part of a term paper I found at an estate sale: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vokoban/4975409891/
Here are a couple of ‘then/now’ pictures I did of the building:
Bill, The doors are usually open during the day but there is also usually a guard. Sometimes they will let you roam all over the building and sometimes just the ground floor. There is something really spooky about that building if you’re alone. It’s beautiful inside and has been in tons of movies. There is a huge swimming pool in the basement that they used for those alien egg things in the movie Cocoon. I think the doors are open because people rent it out for weddings and events. As far as I know, it has never been a hotel. I never understood why they changed the name sometime in the 90’s, I think.
Thanks, will do. I wonder which Reseda theater the article is speaking of….
(July 3, 1927 LA Times)
RESEDA TO GET FIRST THEATER
RESEDA, July 2.-Reseda is to have its first motion-picture theater-a building that is to cost $35,000. This is the announcement made by N. Scheinberg and M.P. Horwitz, owners and operators of the Van Nuys Theater, and the Madrid Theater at Owensmouth. The Reseda house will be erected on Reseda Boulevard, north of Sherman Way. The Sloan Building Company of Los Angeles will have charge of construction. Plans will be by Roy Reeves, Van Nuys architect. Scheinberg and Horwitz are well-known Van Nuys men. Following their success at Van Nuys, they built the Owensmouth house a few months ago, with the promise that a similar playhouse would be erected in Reseda.
I wonder if the original facade of the building is buried somewhere under the current facade.
Never mind….I guess the Egan was a live theater that later became the Musart. It was at 1320 S. Figueroa.
Anyone know anything about the Egan Theater? I don’t see it on here.
(July 31, 1926 LA Times)
Figueroa At Pico
WHITE COLLARS The Barnum of Them All
NOW 120TH WEEK
MATS. WED. & SAT.. 50cents to $1
July 1, 1915, LA Times:
SEE IRVING CUMMINGS
In The Greatest Of All Photoplays
The Diamond From The Sky
738 W. Pico St., L.A.