Monday, May 30, 2016

"The Canyons"

 With the big clock in the lobby, was this the inspiration for the ArcLight?  "Do you really like movies? When's the last time you went to see a movie in a theatre?... A movie that really meant something to you?" asks Lindsey Lohan in Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" (IFC Films, 2013).
This shot of the abandoned Grand 12 plex in New Orleans is in the opening credits for the film, which begins and ends with desaturated views of abandoned movie theatres. The film, written by Bret Easton Ellis, is a thriller about some sad people on the fringes of the film business.

See our page on the ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 Sunset Blvd., for more data on the complex.

A wide angle look at the long-closed Fox Inglewood also appears in the film's opening sequence. See our page on the Fox Inglewood for many interior views. Shut for decades, it's a strange time capsule of Skouras-style architecture.  

A wide angle shot of the X Theatre, 5959 Hollywood Blvd., in the opening sequence.  Head to our page about the X Theatre for more about the building.

This shot of the Regent pops up in the middle of the film. The Regent, a survivor of a once vibrant theatre district on Main St., has recently been reborn as a music club. See our Regent Theatre pages for history and photos.

On IMDb: "The Canyons"

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