Sunday, April 24, 2016

"The Day Of The Locust"

The film version of Nathanael West's 1939 novel "The Day of the Locust" (Paramount, 1975) has a  scene with Karen Black and the guys supposedly going to the movies in Glendale. Well, in the novel they go to Glendale. In the film they say they are but the scenes were actually shot at the Fox Ritz on Wilshire Blvd.  The film also features William Atherton, Donald Sutherland and Burgess Meredith.

Trying to get a poster of out of one of the display cases.

Breaking the glass seems to be the answer.

Note the manager in the background -- he's heard the commotion.

Without the poster, two of our party head to the exit.

Getting the poster.

Sauntering toward the door.

An escape. 

Note that great deco design work on the theatre's doors. Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for the screenshots. You can see the clip of the sequence filmed at the Ritz on YouTube.

See our page about the Fox Ritz for more about the theatre. Now gone, it was a 1926 design by L.A. Smith for West Coast Theatres.

The Chinese Theatre exterior shows up during a premiere turned riot at the end of the film. The shooting was actually done on a set rather than at the theatre.  Thanks to the great site Films In Films for the screenshot.

The New York Times Magazine issue of August 22, 1975 had a story, "Hollywood Presents Hollywood," a long account of the development of the film and a visit to the set.

Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for the cover image with the performers in front of the boxoffice on their set. Kurt will entertain you with a magnificent amount of Chinese Theatre lore on his Grauman's Chinese website.

Also see our pages on the Chinese Theatre more information about this legendary building.

On IMDb: "The Day of the Locust"

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