CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 |
The Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, a classic Art Deco venue with a celebrity-studded past, has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, the philanthropist who also is buying the Beverly Hills Courier. Built on Wilshire Boulevard in 1936 as the Regina, the compact, single-screen theater served for years as a venue for small premieres that drew Hollywood A-listers. In 1948, it was renamed the Fine Arts Theater and showed the premiere of "The Red Shoes. " Among the invited guests were Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner and Shirley Temple.
May 14, 1989 |
"Miami Vice" star DON JOHNSON has bought a home in what is known as "the Beverly Hills Post Office" area. The house was built in 1941 for, the seller says, the late actor Bert Lahr, who played the cowardly lion in "The Wizard of Oz." Johnson's new 1.3-acre property doesn't have a yellow brick road, but it does have a nine-room English Colonial house, strolling paths, trees, gardens and a tennis court--all behind gates. The house was designed by the late architect Paul Williams, according to the seller.
November 2, 2013 |
The star power under a tented ballroom enclosing a blocklong stretch of Beverly Hills' Crescent Drive was intense. Kevin Spacey, Jodie Foster, Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore and 1,000 or so other influencers came out in glittering gowns and tuxes for the Oct. 17 opening gala of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But when the time came to toast the night's most powerful person, all eyes were on a woman few have seen in person, though her name appears on several major Los Angeles buildings.
March 14, 2004 |
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to get the young people to pay attention to something, a decent respect of the laws of publicity requires that celebrities should declare the causes which should impel them -- in this case, to the voting booth. So might the Founding Fathers have declared at the recent kickoff party for Declare Yourself, a nationwide campaign to encourage young adults to participate in the 2004 elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2010 |
The Beverly Hills school board is expected to decide Tuesday whether to end a permit program that has allowed nearly 500 students who don't live in the city to attend its top-flight public schools. But because this is 90210, the proposal is not without drama -- including accusations of elitism, snobbery and exclusion. Since the issue heated up this school year, tempers have reached a boiling point, with both sides trading insults and name-calling. Essays and even a video have turned up on websites such as the Huffington Post.
October 17, 2013 |
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will officially open its doors Thursday evening with a black-tie gala co-hosted by Robert Redford, Brad Pitt and Jamie Tisch, as well as its namesake, who gave $25 million to build what is nicknamed “The Wallis.” On Thursday morning staffers rushed through the $70 million, 2.5-acre site at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive, getting the two buildings -- the renovated, expanded...
HOME & GARDEN
June 11, 2011 |
Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock has purchased a Beverly Hills-area estate for $22.95 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. Set on more than 4 park-like acres and surrounded by an expansive lawn, the stately two-story house looks more East Coast than Westside. The main house, built in 1940, has a screening room, a library, a basement, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Grounds include a swimming pool and a pool house, and 270-degree views run from city lights to the ocean. Among previous owners of the house is Hard Rock Cafe cofounder Peter Morton, who sold the property late last year for $15.5 million, according to public records.
November 8, 1987 |
Grayhall, the 39-room mansion owned for years by the first mayor of Beverly Hills and later by actor George Hamilton and then international financier Bernard (Bernie) Cornfeld, is on the market--again. Sherry Green at Rodeo Realty has the $6.85-million listing. "I represented Mr. Hamilton when he sold it to Mr. Cornfeld about 16 years ago, and now I am representing Mr. Cornfeld," she said. The property is owned by Grayhall Inc., which Cornfeld heads, but developer Steven M.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010 |
No bomb here. Actors Jeremy Renner, who played the leader of an explosives disposal unit in the critically acclaimed film "The Hurt Locker," and co-investor Kristoffer Winters found a buyer for their restored 1924 Greek Revival in the Hollywood Hills area after five months on the market. It sold for more than $4 million. The four-bedroom, 4 1/2 -bathroom two-story has a library with a bar, a wine room, an eat-in kitchen with two islands and a screening room in 5,800 square feet.
September 6, 2013 |
Wayne Brady, who hosts "Let's Make a Deal," has made one himself with the purchase of a condominium in Pacific Palisades for $1.75 million. The unit features French doors opening to terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views. There are three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,227 square feet of interior space. Brady, 41, started hosting the new "Let's Make a Deal" in 2009 and is once again on the comedy improv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," which started back up this year.