Holly Cinema

6523 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

June 26th, 1970 grand opening ad in photo section.

RickB
RickB on August 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Google Street View from February 2014 shows a “For Lease” sign on the Scientology store at this address.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

The Studio Theatre was to have been the first of ten houses of its type for Hughes-Franklin Theatres according to this item from Building and Engineering News of December 5, 1931:

“CALIFORNIA— Harold B. Franklin, president of the Hughes-Franklin theatres. 7051 Hollywoood Blvd., announces that plans are under way for nine new theatres, similar in size and type to the recently completed Studio Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard and Hudson Avenue, to be built in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, San Diego, Oakland, Stockton and San Jose. Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Dallas, Texas. They will have seating capacities ranging from 300 to 500 and will have the automatic features provided in the Hollywood Theatre. S. Charles Lee, 2404 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, will be the architect.”
I don’t know if any of the other theaters were built.

Twistr54
Twistr54 on May 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I worked at this theatre in 1981. I started at the end of the Caligula run.

hollywoodtheatres
hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

DOCUMENTARY ON CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CINEMAS – Lookn for interviewees, photos, videos of old hollywood

Hello,

I’m and independent filmmaker working on a documentary about old movie theatres in hollywood (Iris, Warner, Pacific, Hollywood, Vogue, Grauman’s Chinese, Egyptian etc..) that have had an impact on the hollywood community, both as a symbol of Hollywood as well as the historical and heritage effects it has had on “hollywood” as an industry. We are profiling theatres that are currently functioning as well as the obsolete. If you worked in these theatres back in the day (during their highlights) and have interesting stories to tell, photos to show, video to talk about I would like to hear from you. Many older movie houses are being demolished due to new developments and it is important to help future generation know and understand how these movie palaces have helped shaped the Hollywood we know today. If you have any photos or videos with personal stories you’d like to share, please contact me (323) 876-0975 – – You must owns the materials you are willing to share (taken the picture- recorded the videos, written the letters, etc…)

If you do have materials you’d like to send that may help in accurate information, you are welcome to send it to me.

Jorge Ameer
Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

Here is a January 1939 ad for the Colony from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ntn524

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

Aside from the theater looking much more run down today, it hasn’t changed all that much.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm

It looks like the theater has always occupied the right or east side of the building, with retail or some other enterprise on the west side. This is despite the fact that one building has always encompassed both businesses.

richjr37
richjr37 on January 21, 2009 at 7:36 am

As a kid,i saw “Bugsy Malone” and “The Big Bus” as a double feature in 1976 at the Holly.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Here are some early 1930s views from the UCLA collection:
http://tinyurl.com/98q3hh

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Has anyone noticed that the Scientologists now own at least a half dozen buildings in Hollywood, some of them quite large? They must be doing OK.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

John Oblinger or Steve Gates, what happened to him? Did one of you guys pop him? hehehehe

Twistr54
Twistr54 on October 6, 2008 at 11:34 am

I loved working at this theatre, and the Paramount (El Cap) also.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 21, 2008 at 8:57 pm

The former Holly can be seen in the background in these two 1992 photos from the LAPL:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045163.jpg
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics47/00043452.jpg

patinkin
patinkin on November 9, 2007 at 7:13 pm

I always hated these Mansard roof facades. It seems many theaters were “modernized” with these in the 60s. Yuck!!!

patinkin
patinkin on November 4, 2007 at 8:09 pm

Do you guys remember an usher by the name of Jerri Hovey who worked there during the Caligula years? And there was another unsher there, I think the popcorn girl,Patti, Patty? She looked like a model.They had some hot girls there at that time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2007 at 7:39 am

Here is a 1954 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/yqxpk9

vegasite
vegasite on October 11, 2007 at 10:35 am

I managed this theatre in 1971 and 72 and was a complete hoot! Being the small fry of the chain, we would get smaller films: “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”, “Harold and Maude”, “Love Story” and actually got to premiere “The Last Picture Show”. I was amazed how many people demanded a refund because it was black and white.

On occasion we were called upon to help out bigger openings at the “Paramount” (El Capitan) for “The Godfather”, “The Cowboys” and so on, plus further afield at the “Baldwin” in Baldwin Hills for the opening of stinkers like “Cool Breeze”.

The “Academy” was chopped into thirds with the “Holly” taking the middle slice. It wasn’t evenly split and the center of the theatre was off kilter to the left a bit which necessitated putting (I think) five seats on the left side of the aisle and three on the right. There were shops installed on either side. To the left, was a jewelry shop that was regularly held up giving us front row seats to the SWAT team.

But them were the days, at night the sidewalks were a parade of hippies, pot, tourists, Hari Krishnas and old character actors. We were always changing hands and never for the better. During the “Kung-Fu” years, the “Holly” took a dreadful beating, with seats cut up and once the drapes set ablaze. For awhile we tried “Adult Films” like “The Eroticon” and sister theatre “The Century” became a gay house.

The Manager’s office was in the basement.

José the projectionist was from Argentina and ever so clever. He had a television rigged inside of an old speaker box on the wall. By opening the front of the speaker box, the TV would come on. Should anyone open the projection room door, the speaker box would close and TV turn off, thus management never caught him watching TV.

After I left, the theatre had a gala celebration for the 25th Anniversary of “War of the Worlds” and “When Worlds Collide”.

patinkin
patinkin on August 31, 2007 at 11:00 pm

What sticks out in my mind from the “Caligula” era, was that the Holly was one of the few theaters chosen to run the pic exclusively. There was one theater in New York , one in San Francisco, and one in Chicago, I believe. Guccione refused to release it to video for at least the first 3 years of release , and needless to say, it caused a huge unrequited demand. Until of course the managers, ushers and sundry employees of the Holly staged a fake robbery of the 35mm projection print in order to let a fellow in the Valley make ¾" video dupes. Rumour has it the Holly employees were payed over $80,000 by the video duplicator. Funny, most of them quit shirtly after this caper.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Here is an LA Times ad from February 1975:
http://tinyurl.com/ysqsh2

andrewgage
andrewgage on March 22, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Wow… what a shame. The Studio Theatre was really cool looking with the horizontal banding and the awesome circular neon pattern in the marquee. Sad to see that wonderful deco bon-bon bit the dust to make way to build that grotesque faux-Mansard monstrosity with the oversized carriage lamp stuck on it. My god… what were they thinking?