Thursday, January 26, 2017

"Live By Night"

The second half of Ben Affleck's "Live By Night" (Warner Bros., 2016) is set down south. The south end of Los Angeles for some scenes anyway. Here we're filming a scene in front of the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Thanks to Larry Diaz for his January 2016 photo. His set of five photos appeared on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.

Another view of the "Live By Night" filming from Larry Diaz. It's a prohibition era saga of bootleggers getting away from trouble in Boston and heading to Florida and encountering new obstacles to their business success. The film stars Mr. Affleck along with Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller.

To see the Warner in the film you have to wait until the last five minutes. Ben has left the rackets and his wife (Zoe Saldana) is killed by bullets from a crazed ex-sheriff (Chris Cooper). He's left with his young kid. So every Saturday they go to the movies.

Buying a ticket at the Warner for himself and his kid.

Watching the newsreels of Hitler and his troops.

A look back toward the crowd.  Not the first film shot at the Warner to put a fake projection booth at the rear of the main floor. Ben muses to the kid that despite the newsreels he doesn't think there will be another war. But, in a little goof a commentator on IMDb noticed, the date on the feature they see is 1941. In a surprise for Ben's character it turns out that the screenwriter for the film they're to see is his brother who had left for Hollywood years earlier.

See the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the Warner Grand Theatre for many photos of the theatre, a 1931 building designed by Seattle architect B. Marcus Priteca that's still going strong as a live performance venue.

On IMDb: "Live By Night"

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