Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Kevin Spacey has just come out of the Frolic Room next to the Pantages Theatre in "L.A. Confidential" (Regency / Warner Bros., 1997). The film, directed by Curtis Hanson, is loosely based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel. It's pre-restoration at the Pantages. Note that we still have the "modernized" treatment of the ticket lobby area.
A classic marquee shot a moment later. A clip of the scene is available on YouTube. Thanks to "Pantages Theatre IMDB," a 2015 article on the Pantages blog, for the link to the clip. Also in the film: Guy Pearce, David Straithairn, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell and Ron Rifkin.
Check out the pages about the Pantages Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres website for lots of history and hundreds of photos of different areas of the building.
Beyond Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey we have a fine view of the El Centro Theatre running "When Worlds Collide." Sorry, but it only looks like a theatre for the film. The 1929 vintage building is at 5620 Hollywood Blvd., two short blocks west of Western Ave. Designed by John and Donald Parkinson, it was initially a bank and is known as the California Bank Building. It's now used by a film production company. Thanks to Mark Frasier for the screenshot posted as a comment on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.
There's also unconfirmed word that we get a look up Brand Blvd. in Glendale for a distance shot of the spire of the Alex Theatre. Want to check that out in the film and advise?
On IMDb: "L.A. Confidential"