Hollywood American Legion Post 43 Theater

2035 N. Highland Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Exterior of the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 building, 2019.

The Hollywood American Legion Post 43 Theater was built and opened on July 4, 1929. It was designed by architects (brothers) Joseph Weston & Eugene Weston, who were members of Post 43. Located on N. Highland Avenue to the north of Hollywood Boulevard and south of the Hollywood Bowl. Following a restoration/renovation, it opened as a movie theatre on April 14, 2019 when it screened a 70mm print of Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” as part of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. It is equipped to play 16mm, 35mm & 70mm film and digital presentations.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CStefanic
CStefanic on March 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

This is extravagant and exciting. From the pictures of the theatre on the organization’s website, it appears to be taking on the classic movie house style.

CStefanic
CStefanic on April 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

I attended the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival this past weekend (4/11-14) and caught the “Sound of Music” screening in 70mm (I also caught Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose” from a 35mm print as well). I can say whole heartedly that this new venue is a step above any other in the city (and there are some pretty great ones).

The seating is exquisite. For the large size of the auditorium, the seating is a block of space, with small sections therein divided. There is not a bad seat in the house, either. The screen size isn’t a grand IMAX or any such, but it’s a perfect recollection to the screens of the palaces of the 20s – 40s. Appropriate for any classic film being screened.

Even more stunning is the sound system. The acoustics are outrageously spot on – with every sound and note of music you are supposed to hear, coming through in fine detail.

It’s worthy to note too, that there is a swank bar, billiards room, and poker room located on the level below the theatre, with restrooms that have been restored to their original decor (complete with mouthwash, tall standing urinals, and a big grooming mirror). There is a lobby with a concession stand that serves not only the expected popcorn, candy and fountain drinks, but you can get a packed sandwich, salad, or bags of chips to boot. And all are pretty inexpensive.

The theatre is managed by Bill Steele, who I’ve been acquainted with through my regular attendance at the New Beverly Cinema, and the projectionist is one of the union guys who also projects for the Egyptian and Aero Theatres.

It was a terrific experience, one that maintains it’s own feel and vibe and I certainly hope repertory screenings are a regular thing in the future.

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