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January, 2014. Check out downtown Los Angeles now. It’s on fire. Apartments going up everywhere. Whole Foods coming soon downtown. 7th St. at Grand is restaurant row. Hot downtown restaurants at 4th and Main (Baco Mercat, Bar Ama, Orsa & Winston)The Arts District is booming with construction and restaurants, huge One Santa Fe mixed use, coffee bars. Best of all, the Ace Hotel just opened on Broadway with the old adjacent United Artists Theatre restored, marquee lit and being booked for events and performances. The Rialto Theatre next to the Orpheum was taken over by Urban Outfitters but the marquee was restored to its neon glory. New Broad Museum opening soon. Upscale retail slowly opening around Broadway and 9th by the Orpheum, United Artists, Rialto axis. More new hotels, retail, housing, transit coming and the theatres slowly, steadily being restored or re-used. LA loves those 12 theatres on Broadway.
There’s a C I N E R A M A fest coming to the Dome in Hollywood in the fall of 2012? What? Wow! Ant dates? EVERYTHING???
In american classic images photos 1980’s new marquee really sucks. The 60’s one with JOANNA is so cool. How could they remove it?
Very cool nights at the Westwood in the 60’s; LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, BELLE DE JOUR, REPULSION, RED DESERT etc.
Yes, CLEOPATRA played road show at the Ohio. Others besides, SOUTH PACIFIC, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, the TEN COMMANDMENTS were BEN-HUR, WEST SIDE STORY, EXODUS, STAR!, DOCTOR DOLITTLE, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, KING OF KINGS. I think BEN HUR had the longest run.
If you’re at Sunset and Vine near the Cinerama Dome, the Hungry Cat up behind Borders Books on Vine is a great place to eat. Magnolia on Sunset is also good.
I was in college there in the 60’s and uI remember seeing MARNIE, THE PINK PANTHER, BONNIE AND CLYDE,etc. The original neon marquee and signage was beautiful. The new makeover looks like junk.
Sorry, but I think the original marquee was much nicer and historically significant. the new one is flashy but too plastic.
This was a very nice theatre with a huge screen. i saw BEN HUR and WEST SIDE STORY here with totally packed houses. They’d drop us kids off, and pick us up later after the show. ON THE BEACH, many others. It did have a great wide marquee.
I SAW MANY MOVIES AT THE mercury as a child and teen WAR AND PEACE (!) DADDY LONG LEGS, but usually went to the Berea. The Mercury had a nice style. What was really cool was the circular Peter Pan restaurant beside it in the parking lot. The Guggenheim of middleburg Hts. Too bad the only architecturally significant building in thne area are gone.Well, I hear Halle’s is still there at Souithgl;and. I’m in LA now so only occassionally get to check it out.
The Vogue was so cool! I saw first run of BLOW UP there in a packed house. lAlso saw ELVIRA MADIGAN and OLIVER! there among others
The Colony did not play “sub runs” before the reserved seat runs of MY FAIR LADY, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, GOODBYE MR. CHIPS, FINIAN’S RAINBOW, THE BIG FISHERMAN etc. The Colony was the classy premiere showcase for the best foriegn films in Cleveland.It had a several month premiere run of LA DOLCE VITA as well as Antonioni’s LA NOTTE, PURPLE NOON and many others. It was then called the Colony Art for a few years. i remember seeing DOCTOR ZHIVAGO there dressed in a suit with my date home from college for Christmas, and then going to the super cool Stouffer’s Shaker square for dinner, worrying if i had enough money to cover our dinner.
I loved Loew’s Stillman.It was classy and luxurious.it closed because all of the downtown theatres were hurt by first run movies beginning to play the suburbs and then newer theatres, and white flight to the ‘burbs. All of downtown was dying by the late 60’s. The department stores closed year by year: Halle’s , Sterling Linder, Bailey’s, Taylor’s, Higbee’s, the May Co. I remember standing in a huge line going way down Euclid to see PSYCHO at the Stillman when i was a kid. Very exciting. the showings were sold out. Big showes at the Stillman besides GWTW, and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA were GIGI and long runs of BUTTERFIELD 8, THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG, THE APARTMENT, RAINTREE COUNTY.
I saw GOLDFINGER in those big crowds at the Hipp. i was home from college for Christmas i think. It was so packed we sat in the balcony. Also saw BECAUSE THEY"RE YOUNG there (Dick clark, Tuesday Weld, wow!) Big hits at the Hippodrome were IMITATION OF LIFE (World premiere), PILLOW TALK, PORTRAIT IN BLACK, TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR.