Monday, October 3, 2016
Looking up N. Fickett toward Cesar Chavez Ave. in a shot from Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down" (Warner Bros., 1993) with Michael Douglas. He's a guy unhappy about many things, including the Los Angeles traffic. The theatre we're looking at is the Brooklyn -- Cesar Chavez Ave. used to be Brooklyn Ave. The film also features Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey and Tuesday Weld.
Thanks to Craig Bryan for posting this one on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page, where he pairs it with a current view. Here in 1992 the theatre, then a swapmeet, is called the La Barata. Craig has a Scenepast Facebook page where he uses screenshots for "then and now" comparisons. You can also get the Scenepast app on the Apple store.
The theatre, with an address of 2524 E. Brooklyn Ave. when it opened in 1926, was originally called the Lido. A view today from the same perspective as the screenshot would reveal only an empty lot. See our listing for the Brooklyn Theatre on the East L.A. Theatres page for more about the building.
On IMDB: "Falling Down"