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December 13, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY
Actors Alley is making plans to move up the theatrical ladder--pending approval by the City Council. The North Hollywood group hopes to renovate the El Portal Theatre on Lankershim Blvd. with the help of a $50,000 matching grant and a $200,000 loan, both from the Community Redevelopment Agency.
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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."
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October 21, 2009
Ovation Award nominations: A Quick Takes item in Tuesday's Calendar about the Ovation Award nominations said that El Portal Theatre's revival of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" received eight nominations Monday. It received 10.
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November 26, 2009
Stage set for Acropolis fix Greek authorities say they will partially restore the ruined marble theater under the Acropolis, where the works of Euripides and other classical playwrights were first performed about 2,500 years ago. The Culture Ministry said Wednesday that the $9-million program was set for completion by 2015 and would include extensive modern additions to the surviving marble seats of the Theater of Dionysos. Built on the southern slopes of the Acropolis Hill, the theater was first used in the late 6th century BC. It hosted the opening performances of tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, as well as Aristophanes' comedies.
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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.
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November 8, 1995
More than $12,000 has been raised for restoration of the El Portal Theatre, leaving about $1.49 million more to go to fully recapture its Depression-era stature. The funds were raised at a "builder's bash" Saturday that drew 350 visitors to the three-venue theater center in North Hollywood, said Bob Caine, managing director of the Actors Alley performance company.
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February 5, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
An eclectic group of productions lead the 39th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards' nominations for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater in 2007, announced today. Up for outstanding production honors are "The Quality of Life" at the Geffen Playhouse; "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings," presented by Elephant Theatre Company in association with VS. Theatre Company; "Trying," presented by the Colony Theatre Company; Center Theatre Group's "13"; and "Theatre@Boston Court's "dark play or stories for boys.
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June 26, 2008 | Diane Haithman
Roger Bean's 1950s-era pop musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes" is headed for New York. The show -- which played for 19 months at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre and begins an eight-week run at Laguna Playhouse on July 12 -- will open at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre on Sept. 14. "That long run in L.A. was so important for the momentum, for the feeling that we could do it, and can do it, and find an audience for it in New York," Bean said Wednesday. "Wonderettes" producers are in discussion with "some members" of the original four-woman North Hollywood cast to continue in the New York production, but casting has not been set.
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July 26, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency has approved a new program in North Hollywood that provides grants of up to $7,500 to first-time home buyers. And, despite objections from its public advisory panel, the agency also approved $20,000 for refurbishing the landmark El Portal Theatre.
NEWS
October 21, 2009
Ovation Award nominations: A Quick Takes item in Tuesday's Calendar about the Ovation Award nominations said that El Portal Theatre's revival of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" received eight nominations Monday. It received 10.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2008 | Diane Haithman
Roger Bean's 1950s-era pop musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes" is headed for New York. The show -- which played for 19 months at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre and begins an eight-week run at Laguna Playhouse on July 12 -- will open at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre on Sept. 14. "That long run in L.A. was so important for the momentum, for the feeling that we could do it, and can do it, and find an audience for it in New York," Bean said Wednesday. "Wonderettes" producers are in discussion with "some members" of the original four-woman North Hollywood cast to continue in the New York production, but casting has not been set.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
An eclectic group of productions lead the 39th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards' nominations for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater in 2007, announced today. Up for outstanding production honors are "The Quality of Life" at the Geffen Playhouse; "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings," presented by Elephant Theatre Company in association with VS. Theatre Company; "Trying," presented by the Colony Theatre Company; Center Theatre Group's "13"; and "Theatre@Boston Court's "dark play or stories for boys.
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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.
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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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