Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Another shot of the truck with the theatre in the background. There's an accident when the kids' car overturns when trying to avoid the the truck. Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Ethereal Reality for posting these screenshots, and others, as Noirish post #59815. He notes that the 16 minute film can be seen on YouTube.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Karen Black drives by the Campus Theatre, 1020 N. Vermont Ave., in "Cisco Pike" (Columbia, 1971). This bit in the upper left is about all we get to see, other than a small section of the readerboard a moment earlier revealing that they were running the 1970 release "Soldier Blue." Karen's not happy about having to pick up her boyfriend, Kris Kristofferson, stranded after he's fled to avoid the cops when a drug deal turned out to be a setup. This was Kristofferson's first movie.
Bill Norton directed the film, which also stars Gene Hackman, Harry Dean Stanton, Viva, Joy Bang and Roscoe Lee Browne. The cinematography by Vilis Lapenieks features lots of time in Venice, nice shots of the ruins of POP, and many scenes in other locations on the west side of L.A.
See the page about the Campus Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site. It opened in 1939, a design of S.E. Sonnichsen. It's still around, but rebuilt in a major way as a music venue.
On IMDb: "Cisco Pike"
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Jenny Wright is strolling Hollywood Blvd. in "I, Madman" (Trans World Entertainment, 1989). Over on the right that's Mann's Chinese Twin, 6915 Hollywood Blvd. The original 1927 vintage Grauman's Chinese is beyond. That's part of the Paramount Theatre marquee just above Jenny's head.
The film is about a killer from the 1950s pulp novels Jenny's character has been reading who comes to life. It also features Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook and Stephanie Hodge. It was directed by Tibor Takács. The cinematography was by Bryan England.
The Tiffany Theatre makes an appearance in "Wavelength" (New World Pictures, 1983). This science fiction adventure stars Robert Carradine, Cherie Currie and Keenan Wynn. Mike Gray directed. The cinematography was by Paul Goldsmith.
Thanks to Eric Schaefer for spotting the theatre in the film and getting the screenshot. He comments:
"In this sequence the heroes are transporting escaped aliens along Sunset Blvd. This movie has yet to receive a proper video upgrade, hence the poor quality."
Saturday, January 14, 2023
See the pages about Grauman's Chinese Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of the 1927 vintage building plus hundreds of photos.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Dreya's husband, played by David De Simone, confronts Addie and tells her to break off the affair she's been having with Dreya. Dreya later leaves him and as the film ends is heading to Vegas where Addie's new job is.
Thanks to Lindsay, of I Am Not a Stalker fame, for spotting the theatre in the film. She has a great selection of shots from the many films and TV shows that have been shot at the Variety and the adjacent Club Fais Do-Do.
See the page about the Variety Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for more about the building's history and additional photos.
On IMDb: "The Gymnast"
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
The Sepulveda Drive-In Theatre in Van Nuys gets a cameo in "The Bank Shot" (United Artists, 1974). Gower Champion directed this caper film based on a novel by Donald Westlake. It stars George C. Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Clifton James and Bob Balaban. The cinematography was by Harry Stradling, Jr.
See the page about the Sepulveda Drive-In on the Los Angeles Theatres site for information about the venue and more photos.
On IMDb: "The Bank Shot"
Monday, December 12, 2022
We get some nice footage looking west toward the Pantages Theatre throughout the opening credit sequence of "Exposed" (Republic, 1947). George Blair directed this crime drama starring Adele Mara as a beautiful female detective. The film also features Mark Roberts, Lorna Gray, Robert Armstrong, William Haade and Bob Steele. It was written by Royal K. Cole and Charles Moran. The cinematography was by William Bradford.
See the pages about the Pantages Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for many photos and a history of the 1930 vintage vaudeville and film house.
On IMDb: "Exposed"
Sunday, December 11, 2022
This over-the-top Broadway show number titled "Me" happens at the top of "Death Becomes Her" (Universal, 1992). The signage on the backlot theatre exterior said we were at the Fairbanks Theatre. Meryl Streep plays aging star Madeline Ashton in "Songbird," a musical adaptation of "Sweet Bird of Youth." The number was filmed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4400 Wilshire Blvd.
"She's sensational." A look to the rear of the house as Bruce gives the show a standing ovation.
See the page about the Wilshire Ebell Theatre
on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of the building and many
photos. The bottom of the page also has a rundown of the many films
that have used the theatre.
Monday, December 5, 2022
The opening credit sequence for "No Down Payment" (20th Century Fox, 1957) starts with glorious shots downtown of L.A.'s new freeways. As a couple drives to their new home in the suburbs there's a parade of billboards for new housing developments. The Bay Theatre is seen on the right in this view looking east that we get after they turn off the freeway. It's at 15140 Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades. Some of the houses the film uses were actually in Woodland Hills.
Another shot a moment later.
See the page about the Bay Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site. It was a 1949 S. Charles Lee design. The building is now a hardware store. The page also has information about the nearby Bay Theatre in Rick Caruso's Palisades Village development. It's a 5 screen venue that opened in 2018.
The full film is on YouTube.
On IMDb: "No Down Payment"
Sunday, December 4, 2022
There's also quite a bit of focus devoted to the Royal Theatre on Santa Monica Blvd., including many shots of the satirical use of film titles on the marquee during the Covid shutdown.
See the pages about the Fine Arts and the Royal on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of these houses. The film also offers brief glimpses of or discussions about many more theatres that are now, or once were, in the circuit including the Franklin, Playhouse 7, Music Hall, Monica and Los Feliz.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
A production still of Clark Gable on the stage of the Philharmonic Auditorium, 5th and Olive. Thanks to Paul Ayers for sharing this photo from his collection on a Facebook post. Paul notes that Gable was taking a smoke break prior to filming the finale of "Possessed" (MGM, 1931). The Auditorium was being used as the site of a political rally.
Shots from the scene in the film:
The final clinch on the stairs in the rain after Gable runs after her. "If I win I want to be with you. If I lose I want to be with you."
See the page about the Philharmonic Auditorium on the Los Angeles Theatres site for a history of the building and many photos. The 2,670 seat theatre opened in 1906 and was demolished in 1985.
On IMDb: "Possessed"
This film has nothing to do with the 1947 film of the same title, also starring Joan Crawford.