May 12, 1997 |
Word spread rapidly late last week that, because of logistic problems at the Shrine Auditorium and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the venerable Oscar ceremony may be moved to Long Beach or Costa Mesa in 1999. The awards event, in its 69-year history, has never been held outside the immediate Los Angeles area. Long Beach is about 25 miles from downtown L.A. and Costa Mesa nearly 20 miles farther.
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May 10, 1997 |
Will Oscar part the Orange Curtain? Will the golden boy board the Queen Mary for moviedom's grandest night of the year? At the moment, it's neck and neck. Officials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, hoping to find a better place to stage their Academy Awards shows, toured the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Long Beach Convention Center this week.
December 19, 1996 |
Whodunit? Who plopped a perfectly enjoyable touring production of "Deathtrap" starring Elliott Gould, Mariette Hartley and the adorable Marilyn Cooper into the huge Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center? Even a decent-sized audience looked tiny and forlorn in the acreage of seats, and the stars seemed deflated at curtain-call time. Ah well.
August 12, 1996 |
Their styles differed dramatically, but their broad themes were basically the same--slash government, balance the budget and do away with politics as usual--as Ross Perot and Richard D. Lamm each made a case Sunday to be the new Reform Party's 1996 presidential nominee. Although Lamm received a respectful and at times enthusiastic reception, Perot clearly was the favorite of those who attended the nationally televised speeches at the Long Beach Convention Center.
July 18, 1996 |
The Pace Theatrical Group, which produces the Broadway series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, will be producing a similar series of nationally touring shows at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Except for "Deathtrap," a nonmusical that would not fit OCPAC's Broadway agenda--all of the shows set for Long Beach have been presented in Costa Mesa, some several times and two as recently as last season.
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June 21, 1996 |
Ross Perot, seeking maximum voter participation for his fledgling Reform Party, will convene the party's first nominating convention on two Sundays in mid-August, first in Long Beach and then in Valley Forge, Pa., party officials said Thursday. The group is to hear speeches from its prospective presidential candidates on Aug. 11 at the Long Beach Convention Center and announce its nominee Aug. 18 at the Pennsylvania site, with voting by mail, telephone or computer to occur between the two dates.
May 16, 1996 |
Candace Gingrich, sister of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will ride through the streets of Long Beach on Sunday as grand marshal of the 1996 Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade, at 11 a.m. Sunday. A longtime advocate for women's rights, Gingrich, who has a bachelor's degree in sociology, became a spokesperson for lesbian and gay rights after her brother was elected.
January 5, 1996 |
Squalid tenements tower over the stage; mist-enshrouded sewers stretch into infinity; barricades of rubble divide a city, and mountains of meticulously soiled rags adorn a starving population. Misery on this big a budget can mean only one thing--the national tour of "Les Miserables" is on its arc de triumph through the Southland, including performances through Sunday in Long Beach.
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December 15, 1995
The recent expansion of Long Beach Convention Center has won its designers a special award from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Judges praised the center's newer features, including a glass-enclosed concourse that runs the length of the complex. "This is a very successful and exciting project that puts all other convention centers to shame," a statement from the AIA jury said.