9055 Santa Monica Boulevard,
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I know of this theater only because I was an entertainment journalist at the time of its opening (the early 1970s), and I was assigned to write a story.
The concept was unique in its time: a classic motion picture dinner theater: food and classic movies. The opening attraction was the uncut version of the Judy Garland “A Star Is Born”. I have no memory of D'Anton’s fate. It may have disappeared quickly, or it may have thrived for a while. I do remember it being in the neighborhood of the West Hollywood Safeway market on Santa Monica Boulevard. The Safeway market is now enjoying an upscale reincarnation as a trendy Vons Pavilion market.
As I remember D'Anton’s did not have traditional movie theater seating, but seating closer to what you find in restaurants. The clientele was largely gay and lesbian, reflecting West Hollywood’s population.
How I wish I had a copy of the story I wrote at the time. Would love to see a post from someone who remembers this unique treasure.
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