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Best Movie Theatres in LA?

Hokosho
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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#1
Posted: 4/18/19 at 6:03am

Anything historical or interesting?

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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#2
Posted: 4/18/19 at 7:16am
The curtains!

At the Chinese, the main theatre has luscious red drapes. After the trailers, the curtains gently close, then reopen fully before the feature begins.
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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#3
Posted: 4/18/19 at 1:34pm
The El Capitan and Chinese are stunning old movie palaces. The Vista is old school charm. The Dome in Hollywood is fun as well and unique. But the most Hollywood of all is actually the Hollywood Forever Cemetary which is quite the unique experience.
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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#4
Posted: 4/18/19 at 1:53pm

Touboi's list is pretty spot-on. I'll just add the great movie palaces in Downtown LA marching down our version of Broadway. The Los Angeles, Orpheum and Rialto are grand old legit houses that often screen classic films, and the Ace Hotel has a spectacular old movie house/ theater next door that hosts headliners of all kinds including movie festivals.

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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#5
Posted: 4/18/19 at 3:31pm

Sadly, most of the most glorious palaces are long gone.  The Warner Cinerama sits empty but could be restored - gorgeous.  The Chinese is not the Chinese that I grew up with - it had a major redo when the reconfigured it for IMAX.  The Carthay Circle was spectacular - gone.  The Village is still in Westwood and is nice, as is the Bruin, but I wouldn't call either one a palace. Both Beverly Hills movie theaters, the big ones, are gone - The Beverly and the Stanley Warner Beverly Hills, which, like the Ritz on Wilshire Blvd. is now a parking lot.  The Saban was formerly the Wilshire  - where Sound of Music played for two years, but it's still beautiful.  There are very few single screen theaters left in LA - all the single screens I attended regularly as a child are gone with the wind.  While there are a few gorgeous downtown theaters left, some of the best were torn down, while others became retail outlets.  I suppose it's pretty much the same in any city anywhere, but especially the major cities.

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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#6
Posted: 4/18/19 at 6:28pm
The New Beverly is now owned by Quentin Tarantino and often shows 35mm prints from his collection. He’s there often and they have a truly eclectic line up.
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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#7
Posted: 4/18/19 at 6:50pm

The Torgan Family operates the theater.

Quentin Tarantino owns the building.

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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#8
Posted: 4/18/19 at 9:30pm

For the first few years after Sherman Torgan died, it was indeed operated by his son and is still managed by him. At this time however, Quentin is the head programmer. http://thenewbev.com/about/

Updated On: 4/18/19 at 09:30 PM
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Best Movie Theatres in LA?#9
Posted: 4/18/19 at 9:36pm

tourboi said: "The El Capitan and Chinese are stunning old movie palaces. The Vista is old school charm. The Dome in Hollywood is fun as well and unique. But the most Hollywood of all is actually the Hollywood Forever Cemetary which is quite the unique experience."

I have been to El Capitan for Oz the Great and Powerful and Frozen