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!).
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May 25th, 2013 No Comments
March 14th, 2013 No Comments
The celebrity prints immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese have been a Hollywood landmark and “must see” tourist stop for nearly a century. However, unbeknownst to most, the Chinese isn’t the only theatre in Hollywood where notables have left their mark in concrete. A little over a mile away, there stands another collection of forecourt prints, which [...]
February 19th, 2013 No Comments
Today’s unique picture captures Grauman’s Chinese Theatre doorman (circa 1949), Joseph Lockard Martin Jr. Better known by his stage name, Lock Martin, the 7’1” – 7’7” (accounts vary on his height) actor worked in various public relations/promotional roles and appeared in a handful of movies, before being hired as Grauman’s doorman in the late 1940’s; [...]
November 1st, 2012 No Comments
Earlier this month, the inevitable came to pass, as the Edwards Tustin Marketplace 6 closed after twenty-two years of service. Opened in the Summer of 1990, the Tustin 6 was once part of a highly popular entertainment hub, featuring Tower Records and Bookstar. However, the theatre’s glory days proved short lived, with the construction of [...]
July 31st, 2012 No Comments
This month marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the long gone Fountain Valley Drive In. While grand opening boasts of “world’s largest” and “most spectacular” were typically exaggerated exhibitor hype (check out the Westminister 4 for a humorous example), Fountain Valley truly lived up to the marketing spin.
June 21st, 2012 No Comments
Regency Theatres has taken over operation of the former Edwards Westminster 10 and will mark the transition with a grand reopening celebration this weekend, 6/22 – 6/24. The twenty year old theatre, located on the former site of Edwards Cinema West (66’-91’), had been in decline for quite some time and, while not facing any [...]
June 6th, 2012 No Comments
On this day in 1933, Richard Hollingshead (along with Willie Warren Smith, Edward Ellis, and Oliver Willets) opened the world’s first drive-in theater, in Camden, New Jersey. Built for $30,000, the aptly named “Drive-In Theatre”, featured inclined slots for 400 cars and a “60 foot talkie screen”; unlike later drive-ins, sound was produced via large [...]
May 31st, 2012 No Comments
In recognition of the 85th anniversary of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (May 18, 1927), I wanted to share a couple of pictures from the grand opening dedication/“King of Kings” premiere program. As with the Grauman’s Egyptian program, I will be posting a PDF file of the full program soon.
May 28th, 2012 1 Comment
The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation conducted another one of their fascinating “All About” tours this past weekend; covering Grauman’s Chinese this time around. Among the numerous non public areas featured was the theatre’s subterranean level. While presently serving as a standard basement (storage and support system duties), prior to the theatre’s late 50’s “Windjammer”/Cinemiracle [...]
March 6th, 2012 No Comments
The excellent Orange County history site O.C. History Roundup currently features a post about the 1979 destruction of downtown Anaheim, including several pictures of the Anaheim Fox Theatre’s demolition. The post and pictures can be viewed here.