Music Hall Theatre

9036 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2013 at 10:30 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 6:31 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Renovations described in this 1960 trade article: boxoffice

Richie_T
Richie_T on January 9, 2012 at 3:31 am

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 9, 2012 at 1:18 am

Yeah, and they have showtimes extending past the weekend…

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 7, 2012 at 10:10 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 3:58 pm

Sad news. Theater to close this weekend.

silver
silver on March 5, 2011 at 4:26 am

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 2, 2011 at 2:43 am

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

BradE41
BradE41 on March 1, 2011 at 8:47 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 10:53 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 10:04 pm

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

William
William on January 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

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 11:18 pm

Thanks vokoban.Sad.

vokoban
vokoban on December 30, 2010 at 4:53 am

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 30, 2010 at 4:50 am

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 30, 2010 at 4:47 am

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

socal09
socal09 on December 30, 2010 at 4:28 am

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 10:57 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 10:56 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 9:48 pm

(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.

vokoban
vokoban on September 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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

DanielBates
DanielBates on February 12, 2006 at 1:21 pm

I managed the Music Hall for the Laemmles for five years, beginning in 1975. (And, my thanks to Richard von Busack for his kind remarks.) Like the Los Feliz beforehand, the Music Hall was truly celebrity city, located as it was two blocks away from the headquarters for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: I saw Natalie Wood close-up (you get that way, when you’re tearing tickets) twice, and she was truly exquisite! Oh, I could go on and on: Steve McQueen, Jeff Morrow (a personal friend), William Castle, Diana Ross, Charlton Heston, Groucho Marx—the list is truly endless. Our biggest headache was the American Film Theatre, which sold its tickets by computer from a New York base, which continually screwed up! Ahhhh, the good old days!