Music Hall Theatre

9036 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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JWH
JWH on August 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm

At its peak in the mid- to late-1960s, the Walter Reade Organization operated two flagship movie houses in Beverly Hills, California. The Beverly Hills Music Hall on Wilshire Boulevard hosted many first-run foreign films and prestige releases, including the world premiere of John Cassavetes' “Faces.” The Music Hall was the exclusive exhibitor in the region of the 1968 Russian production of “War and Peace.” (see photos) All the movie industry elite turned out for that long-running “hard ticket” engagement, including Katharine Hepburn, Warren Beatty with Julie Christie, Mike Nichols, Joanne Woodward, James Coburn and scores of others. Theater staffers were required to wear Russian tunics on duty, and the doormen wore full-length Cossack coats, fur hats and accessories. The second Walter Reade cinema in Beverly Hills was the Beverly Canon, which also exhibited the company’s licensed foreign films and was the site of world premiere screenings, including Peter Bogdonovich’s “Targets.”

CStefanic
CStefanic on August 8, 2018 at 10:42 am

I quite agree. Every time I have been by the Music Hall or even attended a rare screening there, the auditoriums are almost bare. I heard that Sharon Stone and Faye Dunaway have frequented the theater, but never see them there.

Homeboy
Homeboy on May 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm

I go often and have yet to see the theater full. They can’t be making any money. To save this theater, that sits on desirable Beverly Hills land, formulate a plan now before it becomes actively threatened. By that time, it’s often hard to turn things around.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm

I’m surprised this venue is still around.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Architect J. Arthur Drielsma designed the renovation of the Music Hall for Herbert Rosener that is featured in the 1960 Boxoffice article that Tinseltoes linked to earlier. The project involved completely rebuilding the gutted interior as well as redesigning the front.

So far, Laemmle has managed to keep this house open a year beyond its reported closing date. The slack real estate market probably has something to do with that.

frenchjr25
frenchjr25 on January 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

The Music Hall also has a place in TV history. Betty White’s very first sitcom, 1952’s “Life With Elizabeth”, was produced here.

Richie_T
Richie_T on January 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

My bad… saw a piece on the news about the closing of the Music Hall due to lease issues… seemed like the theater was closing THIS weekend… drove past today and it looks like business as usual.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on January 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Yeah, and they have showtimes extending past the weekend…

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Really? The Laemmle site shows may bookings for the Music Hall in the Coming Soon portion on thier Website.

Richie_T
Richie_T on January 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

Sad news. Theater to close this weekend.

silver
silver on March 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

In response to a suggestion on their Facebook page of having later screenings, Laemmle replied: “Unfortunately, Beverly Hills municipal code prohibits us from starting movies after 10pm.” That’s not a great help when trying to entice younger movie goers.
Plus BH’s parking rules and enforcement are Draconian.

It’s terrific Laemmle got a one year lease reprieve. But I’d bet the landlord is just buying time until the economy turns around to put retail/office space there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Yes,great news,the pictures I saw show a beautiful Theatre.

BradE41
BradE41 on March 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This was posted on Facebook today:

Good news, everyone! We finalized a one-year (minimum) extension of operation for the Music Hall in Beverly Hills!
Now we need your advice. Only increased support by the community surrounding the Music Hall will keep it open. What would make you more likely to attend the theater? Extended hours? Changes in programming?… Leave your wish list in the comments below or on our website: http://laemmle.com/generalinfo.php

KJB2012
KJB2012 on January 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I suspect the rent rise is just a ploy to close the theatre. Beverly Hills hasn’t been theatre/cinema friendly for a long, long time. Of course I underestand the problem. The Bev Hills folks just don’t have the MONEY to spend $10-15 for a movie ticket. How sad! HA!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

This is reportedly likely to close in April, 2011:
View link

William
William on January 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

The city of Beverly Hills lost the beautiful Art-Deco Warner Theatre back in 1989 and the local landmark Beverly Theatre in 2005.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thanks vokoban.Sad.

vokoban
vokoban on December 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

If anyone doesn’t believe me, take a look at this…the only thing that matters in Beverly Hills is money, money, money.

http://www.johnlautner.org/wp/?p=499
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.

vokoban
vokoban on December 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Very ironic,socal09.Very nice marquee in the 2010 photo.

socal09
socal09 on December 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

How ironic that this theatre in danger of closing, is almost directly across the street from the Academy of Motion Picture headquarters.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I had hoped the one good thing that would come out of the Beverly Center 13 and the Fairfax closing would be the Music Hall doing better second-run business. Guess not.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

The Beverly Hills Patch reports the Music Hall will likely close in early 2011 if Laemmle isn’t provided cheaper lease terms, even though their current lease is under market value. Doesn’t look good: View link

vokoban
vokoban on September 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

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