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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998
Vibrant would hardly be the word to describe the heart of North Hollywood these days. The area around Lankershim and Magnolia boulevards looks more like a disaster movie set than the center of the thriving theater and arts district its supporters envision. But that's changing. Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $3.8 million to the nonprofit group trying to restore the El Portal Theatre--the centerpiece project in the NoHo Arts District.
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February 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The ante is upped measurably for the latest all-star benefit show staged by the Wild Honey Foundation: a varied assemblage of singers and musicians, mostly Los Angeles-based, who will perform two of the Beatles' most highly regarded albums, “Revolver” and “Abbey Road,” on Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, a venue nearly quadruple the size of the site of last year's show. “This is the biggest show we've ever done,” said organizer Paul Rock. “The Wilshire Ebell holds about 1,200, which is giant for us. Last year's show was at the El Portal [in North Hollywood]
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2000
Things haven't exactly been easy for El Portal Center for the Arts, North Hollywood's vaudeville and silent movie hall turned playhouse. Just as the old movie palace was about to reopen in 1994, it was upstaged by the Northridge earthquake. Six long years of repair and restoration passed before it opened its doors in January. More recently, it suffered a staffing shake-up when its board of directors declined to renew founding artistic director Jeremiah Morris' contract.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2013 | By Susan King
It's a hectic week for James Franco. But then again, what week isn't? On Saturday, Franco premiered his latest directorial effort, "Child of God," at the Venice International Film Festival, and on Sunday he was back on the red carpet there for the screening of "Palo Alto," Gia Coppola's film in which he stars. Then on Labor Day evening, Comedy Central is airing its roast of the actor/director/poet/artist/novelist that was taped on Aug. 25. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 And on Friday, the Playhouse West Film Festival is presenting "An Evening with James Franco and Jim Parrack" as its opening-night event at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
With a surprisingly fresh series of plays waiting in the wings, El Portal Center for the Arts is preparing to burst into the ranks of L.A.'s mid-sized theaters. El Portal is a former movie palace on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood that's being transformed from earthquake debris into a new 390-seat theater plus two smaller spaces, thanks to $5.8 million in federal recovery money.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2002 | Don Shirley
El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood will become the home of Playhouse Pictures Studios, a company that plans to produce scripts as plays on the 360-seat El Portal main stage and then develop them into modestly budgeted feature films, company officials have announced. The company will be run by a trio consisting of former Pasadena Playhouse owner David Houk, former Landmark Entertainment chief financial officer Ronny Angel and agent and entertainment attorney Lee Muhl.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2003 | Don Shirley
A sequel to the long-running "Late Nite Catechism" will be among the offerings at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood next year as part of a new subscription series there to be called San Fernando Valley Playhouse. The series of three solo shows and one with two actors will be produced by Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities and offer some of the same productions that will be presented in the group's series at Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Maripat Donovan's new solo, "Catechism II ...
NEWS
August 1, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The final three shows in the main-stage subscription series at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood have been canceled by producer Stan Haberman, leaving 2,030 subscribers in the lurch. Haberman said he doesn't have the funds to continue the series and does not plan to offer refunds, which would amount to about $80 to $90 per subscriber, because the tickets originally were purchased for a series that would have been produced by the defunct El Portal Center for the Arts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
El Portal Center for the Arts--the nonprofit that leased North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre--is insolvent because of debts that may reach as high as $3 million, stemming from the organization's conversion of the 1926 movie palace into a live performance center during the last decade, according to former board members. But the organization's programming will continue under different auspices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Lowell Joint School District has decided to reclaim a site where a private school now stands. Carden School is on property at 200 N. Nada St. that belongs to the Lowell district. The area was the site of El Portal Elementary School, a public school until 1975 when El Portal and Lowell Elementary in Whittier were closed because of low enrollment. Carden signed a 21-year lease, which expires this year, to use the El Portal site.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
Adam Carolla was driving through North Hollywood, where he grew up, when he stopped his car in front of a gray Victorian home. "This was where I lived as a kid," he said last week, as his car idled on the street. "It looks nice now, but don't be fooled. In 1974, it did not look like that. I lived in the service porch in the back. The meter reader used to come in my room to read the meter. It's not like, 'Oh man, I have all these great memories there' or anything like that. It was just poor and depressing."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2008 | Charlotte Stoudt
In 1950, a couple of nice Jewish boys with a passion for black culture met up in Hollywood and changed popular music forever. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller not only found the sweet spot between smooth pop and raw blues, they were also among the first songwriters to produce their own songs. The duo's control over their material inspired everyone from Burt Bacharach to the Beatles: "We don't write songs," Leiber famously said. "We write records." Now their wildly successful revue, "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller," which ran for more than 2,000 performances on Broadway, plays in a terrific revival at the El Portal.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2008 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
"Girl's Room" at the El Portal is a lot like the packaging on a DVD. Lots of shiny plastic distracts from just how tiny the device inside actually is. Not that Joni Fritz's multi-generational dramedy doesn't pack a fair share of entertainment value, beginning with its two stars, Carol Lawrence and Donna McKechnie, who originated their roles during the play's 2007 run at the Queens Theatre in the Park in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2008 | Eric Bailey
The landmark building that housed the old-time general merchandise store for the Yosemite company town of El Portal burned to the ground early Monday. The El Portal Market burned down in a 5 a.m. blaze, according to a spokesman for Yosemite National Park, the biggest employer in the small town just west of the park's entrance on California 140. Built in the early 1930s to serve park visitors traveling to Yosemite via the railroad, the old marketplace was a throwback to a different era. It served as a general store and community meeting place.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2007 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
So much dance, so little time. Granted, Southland stages were bursting with hot movers and shakers over the weekend, but it's a shame more audience members didn't turn out for presenter Deborah Brockus' ongoing choreography showcase, "Spectrum: Dance in L.A." Opening the 24th edition -- a two-day mini-festival at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre -- Saturday night's dozen offerings, including six premieres, proved an exhilarating, if occasionally bumpy, ride.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Kenji Yamaguchi likes turning altered states of consciousness into contemporary showpieces -- especially when the dancing can be an expression of fear or some other all-consuming impulse.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Last week's backstage drama at El Portal Center for the Arts, which focused on departing artistic director Jeremiah Morris, overshadowed some good news for the theater: A long-delayed grant to help finish the renovation of the North Hollywood theater recently arrived, after months of waiting. The amount is $750,000. The original plan was for this money to come from the Community Redevelopment Agency.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
The people who run El Portal Center for the Arts in North Hollywood recently surveyed their audience--or the 2,000 theatergoers who filled out forms--to learn what types of shows they prefer. Leading the list: big musicals. Unfortunately, El Portal isn't large enough or sufficiently well-endowed to do big musicals. The least popular type of show: world premieres. Oops. Two of the four shows in El Portal's current main-stage season are world premieres.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2006 | F. Kathleen Foley
Fans of the late Dodie's Smith's 1948 novel "I Capture the Castle" -- and we are legion -- have a treat in store at the El Portal's Forum space, namely Smith's own adaptation of her book about the eccentric Mortmain family, an impoverished, eccentric clan that lives in a crumbling castle in 1930s Suffolk. The Mortmains' exploits are told through the ardently romantic perspective of 17-year-old Cassandra (Rebecca Mozo), whose readings from her journal serve as a neat expositional device.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2005 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
You know something's askew when the tabla player bounds on stage and says, "How you all doing tonight?" Indeed, the Velveeta factor had already surfaced at the El Portal Theatre on Friday when Bellydance Superstars and the Desert Roses opened with "Entrance of the Stars," a parade of hip-wiggling maidens who resembled the talent portion of a regional beauty pageant.
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