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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Venerable Brookhurst Is No More

March 9th, 2014 Comments Off on The Venerable Brookhurst Is No More

Anaheim’s Brookhurst and Brookhurst Loge Theatres were razed on 2/27/14 . Given the numerous struggles the site had experienced in recent decades, this news was seemingly long overdue. Yet, there remains a sense of shock and sadness in seeing the inevitable come to pass. From the glory days, as one of Orange County’s premiere single […]

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Exotic Adventure At The Fox West Coast

October 11th, 2013 Comments Off on Exotic Adventure At The Fox West Coast

Today’s picture captures Santa Ana’s Fox West Coast Theatre decorated for the 1934 adventure film “Wild Cargo”. A pseudo documentary, “Wild Cargo” depicted exotic animal trapping by big game hunter/celebrity Frank “Bring Em’ Back Alive” Buck. In reality, the harrowing adventure was shot, under highly controlled and staged circumstances, on the Malayan estate of the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!).         

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A Shrine To The Other Hollywood

March 14th, 2013 Comments Off on A Shrine To The Other Hollywood

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 […]

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Grauman’s Doorman Lock Martin

February 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Grauman’s Doorman Lock Martin

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; […]

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