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Aaron N McAbee
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From: Seattle, WA
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 - posted May 01, 2006 03:10 PM      Profile for Aaron N McAbee   Email Aaron N McAbee         Edit/Delete Post 
I want old and new theaters that are easy to walk. I want to be able to swing a dead cat and hit two theaters. What city should I go to? Also, I want old films, also know as better films, showing up on the big screen.

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Glen Carr
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You must have fallen out on your head from top of projection room ..

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Bill Gabel
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When you recover from your fall.

What about HOLLYWOOD ? Well you have in operation the Chinese Theatre plus the 6 plex next door, across the street the restored El Capitan Theatre with the original organ from the Fox Theatre in San Francisco. Then the somewhat restored Egyptian Theatre. And then over on Sunset Blvd. near Vine the world famous Cinerama Dome in the ArcLight complex. At select times during the months the ArcLight complex and the Egyptian Theatres feature select older and better films on the big screen. And if you like Broadway type shows over at Hollywood Blvd. & Vine the Art-Deco gem the Pantages Theatre. Also along Hollywood Blvd. you will find the former Hollywood, Vogue, New View, Fox and the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatres. (all are closed to movie viewing now, the Music Box is a concert venue) The former Warner Theatre (aka Hollywood Pacific complex) sometimes shows special screenings. And the last stop for any movie on Hollywood Blvd. is the Vine Theatre. (Still showing double features)
Also the home of the Academy Awards shows is the Kodak Theatre at Highland and Hollywood Blvd.

And if you want to explore the fronts of the great Broadway Theatres in Downtown Los Angeles. All you have to do is take the Red Line subway from Highland or Vine Street stations to Downtown and walk one block east and your on Broadway. There you can see the Los Angeles, State, Palace, Tower, Rialto, Orpheum, United Artists, Cameo, Arcade, Roxie, Globe, Olympic and Million Dollar Theatres. All on one street except the Olympic is around the corner from the Tower. Sorry no movies there at this time.

As for NYC , if you like Broadway, those are the best theatres in operation to visit. But if you are in the New York area. Go visit the work-in-progress Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City (a short Path ride from Manhattan). There show classics during the year. [thumbs up]

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Jeff Arellano
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Also off the Red Line:

Wiltern

AMC/Loews Universal 18

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Bill Gabel
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The Art-Deco Wiltern Theatre is currently a concert venue. But when it was a movie theatre it was a fun place to see and work.

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Adam Martin
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Hollywood = *yawn* [Frown] Westwood is the impressive collection of theaters to see.

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Christopher Crouch
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Also in Hollywood, you have The Silent Movie Theatre, on Fairfax.

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Bill Gabel
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The problem with Westwood is it has lost much of it's charm of the years. Have worked all the theatres in Westwood. The Village Theatre is still the best in this area with a Big picture and LOUD sound. (Sometimes too loud). The theatre is of 1931 vintage, but had been remodeled three times to it's current state. The Bruin across the street is a nice 800 seat size theatre, but the only thing left of the original theatre is the marquee. Everything has been remodeled and covered over. The National Theatre which I like much better than the Village for presentations. Is in much need of a remodel/updating now. The Mann chain does not know if they will renew the lease. The Regent is a former store long ago. The Festival Theatre started out as a Ralphs supermarket decades ago, and was converted into a theatre in the 1970's by UA and remodeled four times after that. The seats came out of the old Plitt Century Plaza after Cineplex cut-up the main house. The Crest Theatre was Disney's Westwood first run location. It's a fun retro designed theatre, but the screens is alittle to small for the house. Now the Avco Center, when GCC cut the main house into two. That was it for the house, it was a nice wide theatre but the screen should have been alittle higher and larger.

Westwood is not a bad place, but for someone who worked it during the last great time at those theatres. Its nothing new, just a few single screens sitting near each other. Alittle like Hollywood. Hollywood Blvd. when I worked it, all the theatres were running films.

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Brad Erickson
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Westwood once was, but there is very little to do other than seeing a film to occupy your time there.

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Ron Newman
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are all of the restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, record stores, etc. gone now?

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Brad Erickson
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There are many food places in Westwood, but the great book and record stores are gone. Other than the Village, Bruin and soon to be gone National there is no reason to go to any of the other theatres. For the most part I will go there to see a film at one of the big 3 theatres but that is about it.

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Ron Newman
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what happened to the Crest? I thought they were still open.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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They are but,for some reason,the LA Times has no listing for them in the indie theatre section.

"Akeelah and the Bee" is playing there.

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