“Forgotten Hollywood”- LA Commits To Theater Preservation

Posted on April 2, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   I want to thank my friend Laura Williams for providing me with robust information on the Downtown Los Angeles commitment to Golden Age cinema. Among her findings:


Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Logo~ Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation – Here’s a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring, and sustaining the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres. Many were built in the first half of the 20th Century. Among the locales under the banner of LAHTF include the Shrine Auditorium, Wilshire Ebell TheatreEl Capitan Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, and Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena.

   Just yesterday, LAHTF was on hand to witness the late night installation of the new state-of-the-art IMAX laser projectors in the historic Chinese Theatre. The projectors are about twice the size as the old IMAX Digital.


WT35-Broadway-annie~ Los Angeles Conservancy / Broadway Historic Theatre & Commercial District Walking Tour – Once the entertainment epicenter of Los Angeles, Broadway was home to dozens of major retail and clothing stores, as well as twelve movie palaces built between 1910 and 1931. Although the theatres no longer regularly show films (special event venue, filming location, and retail are among the current uses), their elegant presence remains.

   This is primarily an exterior tour that visits the interiors of one or more of the following: the Los Angeles TheatreTheatre at the Ace (formerly United Artists Theatre), and the Orpheum Theatre. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, these tours are usually held on Saturdays at 10a.


LA Conservancy logo~ Los Angeles Conservancy / Last Remaining Seats – An annual seasonal program of special screenings of classic motion pictures at many of these historic theatres. Tickets for our 2015 season are now on sale exclusively to Conservancy members for $16. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 8th at 10a for $20.

   The 2015 Summer slate includes Psycho / Million Dollar Theatre (6/10); City Lights / Los Angeles Theatre (6/13); How to Marry a Millionaire / Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (6/20); Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory / Orpheum Theatre (6/24); Raiders of the Lost Ark / Theatre at the Ace (6/27). Each screening is at 8p. By the way, City Lights is being shown at the original location where it premiered in 1931, which is historically quite cool!


   It’s obvious there is a groundswell of support in preserving the historic areas and aspects of Hollywoodland.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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