205 N. Canon Drive,
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The Hitching Post Theatre was opened November 23, 1946. The Beverly Canon Theatre opened on April 8, 1947 with Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire in “Blue Skies”.
The Beverly Canon Theatre was located a half block from where the Warner Beverly Hills Theatre sat (now a parking lot). It was also around the corner from the Beverly Theatre on North Beverly Drive. It ran revival films for several years. It was used as a small stage theatre name Solari Theatre from January 5, 1977 until March 28, 2004. It was demolished in September 2005.
One historical note courtesy of Ed Haselwood:
“When CBS premiered ‘The Wild Bunch’, director Sam Peckinpah became so angry at how his film was butchered he scheduled a single, free screening of the uncut European version at this theater. When he arrived with the print, the crowd cheered.
Inside, upon meeting Peckinpah, I told him this was my favorite film and I had seen it many times. He replied “Well, now you’ll see the film I made!”
Also there were Warren Oates, Strother Martin (who remembered me from a previous meeting) and L.Q. Jones. It was a wonderful afternoon."
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