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Entries Tagged as 'History'

The West Coast Usher Corps. of 34′

June 5th, 2014 Comments Off on The West Coast Usher Corps. of 34′

Today’s photos depict the ushers of Santa Ana’s West Coast Theatre, circa 1934. Originating from a photo album sold at an Altadena estate sale, the pictures were alleged to have been taken by the theatre’s owner. By 1934, the West Coast was under the ownership of Fox West Coast Theatres, so the ownership reference may […]


The Wax Figures of Grauman’s Chinese

April 19th, 2014 Comments Off on The Wax Figures of Grauman’s Chinese

Anyone who has visited Grauman’s Chinese has surely taken notice of the wax figures which stand watch at the theatre. If you’ve taken the official tour, you may have even been told of the many celebrities who have rubbed the figures’ sleeves for “good luck” and been afforded the opportunity to partake of the tradition […]


Sid at the Oscars

March 2nd, 2014 Comments Off on Sid at the Oscars

In recognition of this evening’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony, here is a picture of Sid Grauman being awarded his honorary Oscar for “raising the standard for film exhibition of motion pictures” at the 21st Academy Awards, held on March 24, 1949 (roughly a year before his death on March 5, 1950). In addition to being […]


Happy Holidays

December 25th, 2013 1 Comment

Sid Grauman in the Chinese Theatre forecourt (photo courtesy of Jefferey Hawkins).


Old Fashion Disruption

November 21st, 2013 Comments Off on Old Fashion Disruption

The glowing screens and electronic chirp of cell phones are a uniquely modern disruption to the movie going experience. However, as this cinema slide (circa 1915) illustrates, theatre patrons of a century ago faced their own unique disruption.


Grauman Estate Auction

August 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Grauman Estate Auction

I’ve been conducting research for a pending post on the last years of Sid Grauman’s life. Among the interesting items I have run across is this 1950 newspaper advertisement for his estate auction.  While I’m sure a great many of his former belongings are long vanished or forever separated from their history, one can’t help […]


Cycloramic: The Magic Screen of the Future

July 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Cycloramic: The Magic Screen of the Future

Those who attended Corona Del Mar’s Port, during the theatre’s inaugural years, were treated to “The Magic Screen of The Future”. Branded with a somewhat schlocky name and grandiose marketing, at the time of its’ 1949 launch, the Starke Cycloramic Custom Screen was promoted as offering a brighter, more uniform, picture, via the exclusion of […]


Forgotten Cinema: Westbrook Twin

July 13th, 2013 Comments Off on Forgotten Cinema: Westbrook Twin

This past week marked the 40th anniversary of Garden Grove’s long forgotten Westbrook Twin. Opened on July 3, 1973, the 800 seat Westbrook Twin was typical of the quick build, “no frills”, design, which was prevalent throughout the 1970’s. Serving as more of a territory place holder for the Edwards chain, than true movie going […]


The Grand & Miss Jones

July 4th, 2013 Comments Off on The Grand & Miss Jones

A 1941 program from Anaheim’s Grand Theatre, featuring the Jean Arthur Comedy “The Devil and Miss Jones”. Some thirty-five years later, a very different “Miss Jones” feature would screen at the theatre, via the adult film “The Devil in Miss Jones”. While the two films hold nothing in common, outside of their titles, they provide […]


Behind the Scenes at a Legend

May 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at a Legend

Today’s pictures come from a 1927 “Scientific American” feature on New York City’s legendary Roxy Theatre (1927-1960); depicting a few of the industrial caliber support features that went in to running the massive venue (the 5,920 seat Roxy even had a “completely equipped” hospital!).