Monday, January 26, 2009

American Cinematheque Announces Art Deco Era Hollywood History

American Cinematheque Celebrates "Art Deco Era" history with special Hollywood History programs in January & February

This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

Saturday, January 31 - 2:00 PM
THE STORY OF HOLLYWOOD: An Illustrated History, 90 min.
Author Gregory Paul Williams will present a slide show and talk about his award-winning book THE STORY OF HOLLYWOOD An Illustrated History (BL Press LLC) as part of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles lecture series. Illustrated with over 800 vintage images from the author's private collection, some never-before-published, "The Story of Hollywood" takes readers on the ultimate armchair tour of one of the most famous places on earth. Williams will sign books following the lecture. "Other books have traced the history of movie making in Los Angeles and the cultural history of Hollywood, but this ambitious and handsome new volume is the most thorough examination of the town itself I've ever seen." -- Leonard Maltin. Art Deco Society and American Cinematheque Members $5. General admission $10. Student/Senior $8.

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours
Sid Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre originally opened on October 18, 1922 with Hollywood's first star-studded movie premiere. The film was ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks and of course screen hero Fairbanks was in attendance with his actress wife Mary Pickford, known far and wide as "America's Sweetheart." The Egyptian quickly became the location of A-List premieres in the silent era. The theatre's popularity waned after master showman Sid Grauman left to open the Chinese in 1927 and was revived much later with MGM's lavish roadshows in the 1950s. FUNNY GIRL was the last of the big premieres at the Egyptian in 1968.

Our popular behind-the-scenes Tours of the Egyptian focus on the rehabilitation of the theatre and the marriage of modern technology and historic preservation. Tours will be offered at the usual 10:30 AM time slot on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, followed by a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD.

Our docent led tours are one hour long and go into areas of the theatre normally not open to the public. Special for Valentines Day (Feb. 14) is our regular tour with an emphasis on 1920s silent film Sweethearts, Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks. A sweet treat will be provided to all tour-goers while supply lasts. The tours are followed by a screening of our one hour Valentine to Hollywood, FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, made in 1999 to exclusively show at the Egyptian Theatre.

Saturday, February 14
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
For the total "Old Hollywood" experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours).Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10. Website

Sunday, February 15
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
For the total "Old Hollywood" experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours).

Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: Tour & movie: $10. Wesbite

This attraction film is presented following our popular behind-the-senes tours. It screens exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre. Produced by the American Cinematheque, the film celebrates a century of movie-making history and the eternal allure of Hollywood glamour.The unique story of Hollywood, the bountiful farming suburb, turned movie capital of the world,is told through interviews with some of today's best known stars and filmmakers and is narrated by Sharon Stone.

"To people all over the world, Hollywood has always represented glamour and the hope of success and celebrity, and countless people arrive every year to pursue these elusive but not impossible dreams," says director Todd McCarthy. "This film is designed to make Hollywood history come alive and to evoke the distinct periods that produced so many different and cherished films, and to illustrate how Hollywood was influenced by significant social and cultural changes in the world."

Altogether, FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is comprised of over 400 images from archives and feature films. This 35mm movie features film clips from over 75 American films, footage dating back to the earliest days of the industry,behind-the-scenes glimpses of studios and films in production, rare home movies of the stars, tantalizing peeks at Hollywood nightlife and its famous clubs and remarkable historical material that reveals the ever-changing face of Los Angeles over the years. More about FOREVER HOLLYWOOD.

Saturday, February 28 - 2:00 PM
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, in partnership with American Cinematheque, is delighted to host an afternoon with Therese Poletti, author of Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger. This special lecture and book-signing, developed specifically for the ADSLA, will focus on Pflueger's work designing some of California's most beautiful and iconic movie palaces, including Oakland's beloved Paramount. In addition to discussing Pflueger's work and wide-ranging influence, she will also share the story behind the architecture -- Pflueger's commissioning and support of muralist Diego Rivera and his association with photographer Ansel Adams and sculptor Ralph Stackpole -- all punctuated by beautiful archival photography mixes with stunning new photography. Ms. Poletti will sign books following the lecture. American Cinematheque and Art Deco Society members $5. General Admission $10. Student/Senior $8. Website

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All About the Globe-Morosco Theatre

From the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF):

Saturday, February 7, 10:30 am. Doors open at 10:00 am.
744 S. Broadway at 8th Street. Enter from 8th St. rear alley.

The event is free and open to the general public.

Join us after the event for lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria.

The Morosco Theatre, designed by Morgan, Walls, & Morgan and Alfred Rosenheim, opened on January 6, 1913, bringing full length dramatic productions to LA’s Broadway. Two of the greatest names in American theatre were involved in building and operating the theatre – Oliver Morosco and the Belasco family. In the Depression, the 1400 seat theatre was renamed the President, then switched from stage productions to movies and newsreels. Eddie Cantor and Earl Carroll were associated with the Morosco early in their careers. The Globe name was added in 1947. A brutal conversion to retail space in 1987 ended the theatre’s 74 year run. Club 740 now utilizes the theatre as a very successful nightclub. Under Ralph Verdugo’s direction, many areas of the theatre have been renovated and upgraded.

Learn more about Oliver Morosco, Belasco and Henry Duffy and Broadway’s first legit house (1913) in a presentation by theatre historian and activist Ed Kelsey.

Tour the far reaches of this unique theatre – from the boiler room to the projection booth, from backstage to the balcony. Discover hidden treasures covered by later renovations. Learn how adaptive re-use gave a new life to this amazing theatre.

Hear what the future holds for this incredible theatre from the visionaries who are making it happen.

Activate and Advocate – You can become an important player in saving and using Southern California’s historic theatres. Find out how by attending.

Many people are fascinated by the architecture of fantasy so beautifully on display in Southern California’s great historic theatres. People are also curious about how the theatres work. What does it look like backstage? What do the performers see when they look out across the footlights? Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation's "All About" series gives the public an insider's look at these wonderful theatres and share parts of their histories - good and bad - as a way to encourage people to become actively involved in protecting and ensuring their futures.
The LAHTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and supporting the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres. For more information visit .

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Los Angeles: The Improbable City"


History Department, Richard J. Riordan Central Library

Sunday, February 8, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
The Mark Taper Auditorium of Central Library
Reception Following the Presentation

"Los Angeles: The Improbable City"
John E. FisherAsst. General Manager, L.A. City Department of Transportation
John Fisher will relate why nobody predicted that Los Angeles would someday become a major city, let alone a metropolis and the second-largest city in the country: No navigable river, no natural port, lack of transportation and communication linking it to the population and financial centers on the East Coast. He will detail how at least the transportation problem was solved.

Mr. Fisher is a Los Angeles native. He attended California State University, Long Beach, where he received a B.A. in Civil Engineering and an M.A. in Public Administration. He has been with the LADOT for 36 years, and is in charge of traffic operations of the city's street system. He is involved in several professional societies and advisory groups at the state and national levels, and has written on the subject. His interest in historic preservation and history led him to research the undocumented history of transportation in Los Angeles. The results can now be accessed on the LADOT website,, under "Transportation Topics and Tales." Mr. Fisher is a member of many organizations, among them LACHS, Los Angeles Conservancy, Pasadena Heritage and the Art Deco Society.


Central Library is located on Fifth Street between Grand Avenue and Flower Street.Parking available from 1:00 p.m. on for $1 with library card (obtainable that day) and validation in the Library Garage. Entrance to garage on Flower Street (one-way south), between 5th and 6th streets.

QUESTIONS? 213/228-7000 during library hours, or 323/936-2912.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

LAHA Meeting on Heritage Tourism: 1/31/09

On Saturday, January 31 from 10:15am until 12noon, the L.A. Heritage Alliance will be holding their first quarter LAHA meeting. This important meeting will feature Michael McDowell of the LA Visitors & Convention Bureau who will discuss ways to understand and capture the L.A. tourist market. He will share some of the latest details of tourists in L.A., offer ways in which you can market your organization to them, and present a free partnership idea for marketing with the Visitor's Bureau. This is an important step in meeting the L.A.H.A. mission of promoting our collective heritage in a collaborative way. You won't want to miss this!

We will also be discussing the L.A. Heritage Day (set for Sunday,March 22, 2009) and giving you all an update on our signature annual event. Information and an application for participation will be sent shortly to organizations.

We'll be meeting at the historic L.A. Central Library at 10:15am in Meeting Room B thanks to Linda Moussa of the History Department. We are meeting at this time so that people can arrive JUST AFTER 10am so everyone can park for the extreme value of $1 all day in the lot at 524 South Flower Street (Garage). See Directions and Parking below for more details.

Finally, please share this with other historical societies,preservation groups, and museums so we have a good turn out on January 31st for the presentation.

Please RSVP if you'll be attending by email or by calling 213-247-3993.

Central Library Directions & Parking:For directions to the library, visit

Public Transportation: The Metro Blue Line and Metro Red Line both have stops near Central Library. Most buses which come downtown stop near the Central Library. Check the website for rates, routes and schedules.

Parking: The Los Angeles Public Library does not own or operate public parking facilities in the vicinity of the Central Library. In an attempt to assist users in locating reasonable parking, the Library has negotiated reduced rate parking at the lot listed below. Validation rates are in effect ONLY during the hours the library is open to the public. They cannot validate parking for cars entering prior to the Library's opening or remaining after the Library is closed. If visitors enter or leave the garage when the library is closed, they will be charged the Market Rate for the entire visit, even with library validation.

Parking validation is available at the Library Information Desk (first floor), patrons can obtain validation upon presenting a LAPL library card. The validation is a barcode imprinted on the parking ticket. For more information on $1 Parking, visit:

About the L.A. Heritage Alliance: The L.A. Heritage Alliance's mission is to increase communication & collaboration among heritage groups in Los Angeles. All museums, historical societies, preservation organizations and cultural groups located in the Los Angeles region are invited to participate in the quarterly meetings that address specific topics to enhance the ability of these groups to preserve and promote our collective heritage. The L.A. Heritage Alliance also is responsible for special projects like the annual "L.A. Heritage Day." More can be found at

Historical Resources January Newsletter

The Los Angeles Planning Department's Office of Historic Resources has released it's latest newsletter.

Inside the January issue, articles includes:
SurveyLA Launches Pilot Survey Program
New Preservation Ordinance Moves Forward
Getty Survey Report Released
New SurveyLA Volunteer Coordinator
Los Angeles Gets High Marks in Preservation Report Card
Wilshire Park Becomes 24th HPOZ
Nominations Sought for First HPOZ Awards
Mills Act Program Changes for 2009
Los Angeles' Newest Historic-Cultural Monuments

Monday, January 12, 2009



Heritage Alliance’s Second Annual L.A. Heritage Day Sunday, March 22, 2009, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Heritage Square Museum Free with flyer available at

LOS ANGELES -- The L.A. Heritage Alliance will host its Second Annual L.A. Heritage Day on Sunday, March 22, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Square Museum. L.A. Heritage Day reconnects the public with greater Los Angeles’ vast range of cultural institutions and resources, with activities for kids of all ages and tours of historic structures at the museum. The event is open to the public; admission is free for members of participating heritage groups with flyer and anyone who downloads the flyer from, and $5 without the flyer.

The event is expected to draw 80 heritage groups and 800 guests for a range of programs including children’s activities, living history interpretation, a panel discussion on historic preservation, and much more. Participating groups include the Los Angeles Conservancy, Hollywood Heritage, West Adams Heritage Association, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Cultural Heritage Foundation of Southern California, Santa Monica Conservancy, and Autry National Center.

For an area widely misperceived as having no “real" history, the Los Angeles region has more than 200 historical organizations, societies, and museums dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich and varied pasts of various regions, industries, and individuals.

The L.A. Heritage Alliance is a network of preservation groups, museums, and historical societies launched in 2008 to unify and leverage their efforts. "We’re working together to preserve the rich history of greater Los Angeles," says Brian Sheridan, one of the organizers of the L.A. Heritage Day and L.A. Heritage Alliance. "Though we've been successful as individual groups, as an alliance we can work smarter and more efficiently to preserve our heritage.”

Heritage Square Museum is located in Highland Park, just northeast of downtown Los Angeles. This living history museum tells the story of Los Angeles’ development through historic structures that were relocated to the site to save them from demolition. The museum is located at 3800 Homer Street, off the 110/Pasadena Freeway at Avenue 43. For more information, visit