Theatres in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles and the movies grew up together, and a natural extension of the picture business was the premium presentation of the product—the biggest, best, and brightest theatres imaginable. The magnificent movie palaces along Broadway in downtown Los Angeles still represent the highest concentration of vintage theatres in the world. With Hollywood and the movies practically synonymous, the theatres in the studios' neighborhood were state-of-the-art for showbiz, whether they were designed for film, vaudeville, or stage productions. From the elegant Orpheum and the exotic Grauman's Chinese to the modest El Rey, this volume celebrates the architecture and social history of Los Angeles's unique collection of historic theatres past and present. The common threads that connect them all, from the grandest movie palace to the smallest neighborhood theatre, are stories and the ghosts of audiences past waiting in the dark for the show to begin.
ISBN: 9780738555799
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Suzanne Tarbell Cooper is the coauthor of Arcadia Publishing's Los Angeles Art Deco and Long Beach Art Deco. Amy Ronnebeck Hall is the coauthor of Los Angeles Art Deco. Marc Wanamaker, the author of more than a dozen books, owns Bison Archives, one of Southern California's largest repositories of historic photographs, from which these rare images were selected.
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