Who would have imagined? The United Artists was closeted for years with no photos allowed. Access only for Sunday church services "by reservation."
And now, due to the building being for sale and Hillsman Wright of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation showing the place off as he looks for rescuing angels, we are inundated with glorious photos. It's a religious miracle.
First we had the 82 photos by real estate agent Pat Lile (who has the listing) appearing as an album on the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page.
Then there was an LAist story by Zach Behrens on "United Artists... Can it be Saved?" that featured crack photographer Don Solosan's new video as well as 9 of his stills.
And on the LAHTF Facebook photo album there are now over a hundred more photos (so far) by Wendell Benedetti (bravo!), Mr. Solosan (more good stuff) and a large collection by Hala Pickford.
And, of course, you can always head to my United Artists Theatre page where I've got links to these new treasures as well as some links to the few vintage photos that exist.
It's all wonderful. LAHTF has been working on programming plans for the theatre if an interested new owner appears. The search is on!