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Downtown | Hollywood | Westside | [more] L.A. Movie Palaces | Theatres In Movies
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L.A. Theatre Tours and Events

 Upcoming events:

 L.A. Conservancy's "Last Remaining Seats"  June 3 to June 24

Tickets are on sale. Details about the series appear on the Last Remaining Seats page of the Conservancy's website.  The Warner Grand in San Pedro (seen here in a Hunter Kerhart photo) gets two films this year with nautical themes.

Everything else is on Broadway at five different historic theatres.

"L.A. Confidential" (1997) Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m. Orpheum Theatre. For more information on the theatre see the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the Orpheum.

"Laura" (1944) Wednesday, June 7, 8 p.m. Million Dollar Theatre. For more information on the theatre see the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the Million Dollar.

"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954) Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m. Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro. For more information on the theatre see the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the Warner Grand.

"On the Waterfront" (1954) Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro

"La muerte de un burócrata" (Cuba, 1966) Wednesday, June 14, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre. For more information on the theatre see the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the Palace.

"Easter Parade" (1948) Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m. Los Angeles Theatre. For more information on the theatre see the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the Los Angeles.

"Wings" (1927) Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m. United Artists/Theatre at Ace. For more information on the theatre see the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the United Artists Theatre.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m. Orpheum Theatre

"Jaws" (1975) Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m. Orpheum Theatre

Also see the Conservancy's Special Events page for information about backstage tours and other programs offered in conjunction with the series.

Theatre Historical Society 2017 Conclave

The THS will be having their national conclave in Los Angeles from June 26 through July 1. Tours will include the exploration of about 30 historic theatres plus other special events. Details are on the Theatre Historical Society website.  The registration and welcome session is Monday afternoon June 26 at the Omni Hotel.

Theatre tours on the tentative schedule include: Million Dollar, Regent Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre, Palace Theatre, State Theatre, Warner/Pantages downtown, Globe Theatre, Tower Theatre, Rialto Theatre / Urban Outfitters, Orpheum Theatre, United Artists Theatre, Mayan Theatre, Belasco Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese, El Capitan Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Warner/Hollywood Pacific Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Vista Theatre, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse/Avalon Theatre, Fox Westwood Village Theatre, Bruin Theatre, Crest Theatre, Fox Wilshire/Saban Theatre, Music Hall, Fine Arts Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Wiltern Theatre.

Matt Lambros is hosting the "afterglow" day which is Saturday, July 1-- and priced separately. See his rundown for the day on an After the Final Curtain post. Note that he's offering codes for discounted registration as well. The current schedule for the day includes the Variety Arts, the Leimert / Vision, the Rialto in South Pasadena, the Raymond, the Uptown and the Westlake. Lunch in Pasadena will be included.

League of Historic American Theatres 2017 Conference

My what a busy summer. The national convention of the LHAT will also be in Los Angeles. Their dates are July 16 through 18. There will be over 40 workshops and talks along with about 14 theatre tours.  See their schedule and theatre tours pages for details.

Their website's Annual Conference and Theatre Tour page notes: "The League's annual conference is the largest annual gathering of historic theatre professionals, community leaders, and service providers and suppliers, attracting participants from across the U.S. and Canada for idea sharing and network building. Professionals, volunteers and devotees join together for four days of networking and peer information exchange, tools & techniques sessions, and tours of local historic theatres, plus events, banquets and receptions."

Occasional Events:

 Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation offers "all-about" tours of historic theatres as well as providing logistical support for other events in various venues.  Their tours offer a chance to explore the non-public areas of many of the theatres.

Information about upcoming tours appears on the LAHTF website. Also keep up to date with the LAHTF Facebook page.

Los Angeles Conservancy

The L.A. Conservancy offers walking tours of the Broadway theatre district every Saturday morning. Depending on schedules, the tour may include visits inside one or more of the theatres. There are also other tours of various historic Los Angeles neighborhoods.

The Conservancy's "Last Remaining Seats" series of screenings in historic theatres every June offers another chance to see the buildings. There are occasionally other special screenings and events.

Recurring theatre tours:

The Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
The theatre generally offers a tour once a month showing off both the 1925 vintage house as well as the wonders of the newly expanded stage facilities, seen here in a view on their website. They're free but you need to reserve -- the group each time is limited to 20. Their web site has a backstage tour page about the event.

Check upcoming tour dates on their website's calendar page
See the Alex Theatre page on the [more] L.A. Movie palaces site for lots more about the theatre.

The Egyptian Theatre 
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

The American Cinematheque offers tours of Sid Grauman's first Hollywood movie palace, opened in 1922. See the Egyptian pages here on this site for more about the theatre.

Usually it's one Saturday each month at 10:30 am. You get a docent-led tour going backstage, into the dressing rooms, the "singer's boxes," and more.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors,  $9 general admission. Reservations are not required.  Check the Egyptian Theatre calendar for dates.

El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 

You can now get a tour any day at this classic 1926 legitimate theatre turned movie palace. See the El Capitan pages here on this site for more about the theatre. There's a 30 minute tour at 8:30 am any morning ($15) that gets you into backstage areas as well as the auditorium, lobby, and a look at the Wurlitzer.

Or a 15 minute led "express" tour ($5) offered throughout the
day that just gets you a history discussion and a walk through of
lobby and lower lounge areas. Reservations are not required.  Call 1-800-DISEY6 for details or see the El Capitan website for the latest updates. There's a tour information flyer on their site, also available as a larger format tour info pdf.


Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a Meyer and Holler design from 1927. See the pages about the Chinese here on this site for more about the theatre. They offer tours throughout the day, every day.

You get a chat with a guide, spend some time in the lobby looking at exhibits and then wander down the side aisles of the auditorium and peek in (if a show is on). Or if your tour time hits an intermission, you get more of an auditorium tour. The Chinese Theatre website has a page on tour information.

The Pantages / Warner
7th & Hill Streets, Downtown

The Warner Theatre is open weekdays for a walk-through anytime. It's a design of B. Marcus Priteca and opened in 1920 as a venue for the Pantages vaudeville circuit. Warner Bros. acquired the theatre in 1929.  It's now a jewelry mart on the main floor but most of the decor is intact. Cost: free. Just walk in either the front door (there's not much left of the lobby) or use the stage door on 7th St.

Check out the Warner pages on the Historic Downtown Theatres website for more photos and history.

Theatres running classic films:

Aero Theatre  Santa Monica   event schedule

Alex Theatre  Glendale  theatre website | alex film society site

Arclight Cinemas Hollywood and other locations  theatre website

Bing Theatre/LACMA  Wilshire Blvd.  film program overview | schedule listings

Cinefamily / Silent Movie Theatre  611 N. Fairfax Ave.   theatre website

Cinespia - Hollywood Forever Cemetery + screenings in downtown theatres   website

Linwood Dunn Theatre - AMPAS  1313 Vine St. Hollywood  AMPAS website | event calendar

L.A. Conservancy - June series in classic theatres   website | "Last Remaining Seats"

Egyptian Theatre  6712 Hollywood Blvd.   AMPAS website | event schedule

Sauuel Goldwyn Theatre - AMPAS  8949 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills  AMPAS website | event calendar 

New Beverly Cinema 7165 Beverly Blvd.  theatre website

USC Department of Cinematic Arts  events schedule

Billy Wilder Theatre / Hammer Museum  10899 Wilshire Blvd. Westwood  Hammer Museum events | UCLA Film Archive events

Film festivals:

AFI Fest - November 9 - 16, 2017 at the Chinese and Egyptian  website | venue info 

Cinecon Classic Film Festival  - August 31 - September 4, 2017 at the Egyptian  website | on Facebook

COLCOA French Film Festival  ("City of light / City of Angels") - April/May in Hollywood    website 

LA Film Festival / Film Independent - June 12-22, 2017 at the Arclight  organization website | LA Film Festival

TCM Classic Film Festival - in April at the Chinese, Egyptian and other venues  website

Film awards programs: 

Academy Awards / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - February  AMPAS website

Golden Globes / Hollywood Foreign Press Association - January  organization website

Film Independent Spirit Awards - February  organization website

Blogs and sites about the movies:

Awards Daily

Big Screen Biz - forums and advice for theatre owners

Boxoffice - the consummate trade magazine since 1920

The Carpetbagger - awards season dispatches from the New York Times

Critic Wire

Deadline Hollywood

Jim Hill Media - entertainment news with a focus on Disney

Hollywood Reporter

Lee's Movie Info - trailers, release dates, grosses and more

Leonard Maltin

Los Angeles Times - entertainment news -

Movie City News - "Hollywood's Homepage"

MovieWeb - trailers and news

New York Times - arts section

New York Times - movie section

The New Yorker - culture section

Observations on Film Art - David Boardwell

Variety - film news, reviews and more

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