Imagine stepping out for a night at an exquisite location, a location
emanating grandeur and opulence, in anticipation of pampered entertainment.
A night at the movies. From the Los Angeles Broadway district to Hollywood
and Westwood, Los Angeles did not need to take a back seat to any city
in the area of extravagant theatres. However, times have changed, and
24 cinema multiplexes are now prevalent throughout each and every neighborhood.
Here's a look back at many of the area's old historic theatres, many that
held great significance. Some may even be still showing movies or plays.
Check some of them out here at Roadside Peek'sGrand Theatres section.
Fox Theatre Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The Fox Theatre brand name has always been synonymous for grand looking
theatres. See some of them here at Roadside Peek'sFox
Los Angeles Theatre, Broadway Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Theatre District in Los Angeles contains some of the most extravagant
and opulent theatres found anywhere. From the Los Angeles and Orpheum to
the Mayan, the Broadway area theatres were a sight to be seen from 1890
to the post-war 1950's. A few of these theatre are still open. Others
are now swap-meet like shops or churches. Still others are closed down,
perhaps for good.
Costa Mesa, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Classic Theaters around the Southern
California area include some, like the Golden Gate, damaged and closed
due to earthquakes. Others are closed down due to lack of guests. Still
others are affected by the huge influx of multi-screen cinemas of recent
year. As these megaplexes take over neighborhoods, venerable single-screeners
are feeling the squeeze in customers and profits. Perhaps one day we will
look back at the golden-age of the single-screener, and remember the spaciousness
and uniqueness of each theatre.
Fox Village Theater
Westwood, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Village... a university town with some of the best known single-screen
theaters in the area. From Mann's Fox Village to the Mann National, the
best of the first run movies play here in Westwood. Movie stars are sometimes
seen here during openings of blockbuster hopefuls. On a historical note,
the Fox Village is one of the few remaining from the famous "Fox"
vintage line of movie theatres.
Glendale, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
This special section of Grand Theatres features a look at the ones which
glow at night. Yes, the Neon Theatres that catch your eye.
Hollywood, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
a place of glitz and glamour. And not to mention neon. Hollywood
Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard include the venerable Mann's Chinese
Theater and Pantages. Sunset includes the well-known and famous Cinerama
Dome, soon to undergo significant renovation on the interior.