On this evening, seventy five years ago, Santa Ana’s West Coast Theatre held their gala reopening, following a month long remodeling. . Thankfully, the West Coast still stands today, in remarkably good shape. While currently home to a church, there have long been rumors that the congregation is looking to move on to a larger facility, [...]
Entries from November 2010
November 30th, 2010 No Comments
November 27th, 2010 No Comments
Twenty five years ago, Edwards opened a trio of theatres on the Southern California market, just in time for the holiday season of 1985. All three venues offered the latest in multiplex amenities and met with instant success, but each experienced differing fates, following Edwards’ millennium implosion. . Exemplifying the mid/late 80′s multiplex movement, the Charter Centre 5, Foothill Center 6, and Village [...]
November 20th, 2010 No Comments
For those theatre-centric individuals looking for something to do today, Regency Theatres is hosting a holiday movie carnival in Westwood from 9 AM to 1 PM. In addition to standard carnival faire, the event includes tours of both the historic Bruin and Village theatres. .
November 13th, 2010 No Comments
Today’s picture exemplifies the unidentified and forgotten bits of cinema history that are floating around out there. While sold to me as a “paperweight”, this chunk of metal is actually a piece of the structural steel that went in to building Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. A left over punching from the manufacturing process, the piece was affixed to [...]
November 7th, 2010 1 Comment
Today’s picture is a bit of a cinema documentation rarity, capturing one of the Fountain Valley Drive-In’s restrooms (circa late 1960′s). Hardly surprising, restrooms were/are seldom documented for posterity. This particular photo comes from a 1969 “Motion Picture and Theatre Presentation Manual” discussion on proper sanitation facilities. .
November 6th, 2010 1 Comment
Pictured below is a promotional foldout postcard, sent to a San Bernadino theatre operator in 1907, from the Miles Brothers Exchange. The Miles Brothers Exchange was an industry defining business model that both revolutionized film distribution and made full time movie theatres possible. In the early 1900′s there was an exploding interest in motion pictures, but exhibitors [...]
November 5th, 2010 No Comments
Apologies for the sporadic and lackluster posts as of late. I’m just wrapping up the bittersweet task of converting to digital projection at my full time pursuit. . Pictured above are two of the Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 35mm projectors that were removed to make way for our theatre’s leap in to the digital [...]