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The Galaxy 6 in 1995. It's a photo from Richard Wojcik on Vintage Los Angeles.
Opened: November 29, 1991 by General Cinema as the Hollywood Galaxy. It was also known as the General Cinema Galaxy 6. The presentation quality was excellent with three of the houses being equipped for 70mm. The 70mm houses had Cinemeccanica Victoria 8s and were THX certified. The others had Victoria 5s. All the theatres had curtains.
GCC went into bankruptcy and the theatre was taken over by AMC (along with other GCC properties in Los Angeles) and operated as the AMC Hollywood Galaxy 6. The site of the Galaxy complex was once the famed Garden Court Apartments (1916), home of many stars over the years. It had been demolished about a decade before the Galaxy was built.
Seating: 2,400 total. The three largest houses (the ones equipped for 70mm) had about 520 seats each.
Status: Closed in 2003 after difficulty competing with the newer ArcLight and Mann Chinese 6 complexes. The space now houses an LA Fitness branch and other tenants.
A night view of the Galaxy thanks to Bob Bayles. It was on his now-vanished website cinemaphotogallery.com.
Thanks to Filmmaker 1971 for his great marquee view appearing on the Galaxy 6 page of Cinema Treasures. Also see a night shot by Philip Dincecco on the General Cinema Memories Facebook page.
A look at the Galaxy complex taken by Marcel from across the street. The 1995 photo appears on the Cinema Treasures page about the Hollywood Galaxy.
A 1997 view of the boxoffice area by Scott Neff. See the Cinema Tour page on the Galaxy 6 for more exterior photos. Note that here we're showing the famous GCC red, white and blue color scheme.
A 2002 look east toward the Chinese from Woody/Trash World on Flickr.
A closer view of the complex. Thanks to Woody/Trash World for the 2002 photo.
Behind a cloud of exhaust, we get a view of the Galaxy as Joe Pesci and Christian Slater head down the street in Barry Levinson's "Jimmy Hollywood" (Paramount, 1994). The film also gives us a peek at the El Capitan and spends a lot of time in the then-closed Egyptian. See the Theatres In Movies post for more shots from those scenes.
The boxoffice of the Galaxy is seen in "Thirteen" (Fox Searchlight, 2003). A street level view of the building appears near the beginning of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (20th Century Fox, 1992).
The former Galaxy Theatres location in 2010. Photo: Bill Counter
Thanks to Stan Taffel for this 2015 look down from the Roosevelt Hotel toward what had once been the Galaxy 6. It's a photo that originally appeared on the Hollywood Heritage Facebook page.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Galaxy for many stories and a selection of exterior photos. The Cinema Tour page on the Galaxy has some photos additional photos from Scott Neff.
There are numerous photos of the complex on Michael Coate's page about the Galaxy on the site From Script To DVD. The website Silver Screens features a two page 1999 Los Angeles Theatres piece with two exterior photos of the Galaxy by Don Ceppi.
Paul Rayton, currently head projectionist at the Egyptian, wrote an article about THX and the specific equipment at the Galaxy while the was the head projectionist there. It appears on the site In70mm.com. | part one | part two |
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