May 7, 1995
Magic Johnson Theatres is offering residents and business people the chance to leave a lasting impression on the Crenshaw community--literally. Personally inscribed tiles--2,600 of them--are being sold for $50 to $400 to cover a walkway at the theater, which is due to open at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in mid-July. Proceeds from the "Pave the Way" campaign will benefit Crenshaw and Dorsey high schools, Audubon Middle School, the Crenshaw YMCA and other educational and community organizations.
July 16, 1995
The Magic Johnson Theatres complex attracted record crowds when it opened recently at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The 12-screen movie facility fills a void in the Crenshaw district, which has surprisingly few movie houses. The area's last first-run theater, the Baldwin Hills, closed in bankruptcy shortly after the Northridge earthquake of January, 1994. Earvin Johnson, the retired Laker basketball star, deserves credit for daring to seek change.
July 14, 1998 |
Magic Johnson Theatres will build a second multiplex cinema in the Los Angeles area, a 14-screen, $20-million complex in the city of Carson, according to company and city officials. The 70,000-square-foot project will be the only indoor movie theater in Carson, where company founder and former Los Angeles Laker basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson has supported efforts to build a stadium for professional football.
March 19, 1995 |
Construction of the Magic Johnson Theatres may still be in the early phases, but the project has secured at least one crucial piece of interior decorating. Inglewood artist Charles Freeman has won a contest sponsored by theater representatives to design a huge mural honoring "Four Great Moments" in the former basketball star's career. Freeman, a seasoned muralist who has 10 works displayed around the city, depicts Johnson as a basketball legend, Olympic athlete and businessman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1995
Thank you for your Oct. 31 article regarding the benefit reception for Mayor Richard Riordan at the Magic Johnson Theatres. However, having read the article I feel there is a definite need to clarify my position and purpose for the event. Although I had just returned from a prior commitment out of the country and was unable to attend, I was nonetheless completely supportive of it. Riordan has been very supportive of our projects in the past and we see him as a positive person in our community.
February 6, 1996 |
Before there was video, searching out foreign films beyond the usual European variety in Los Angeles was a real adventure. For Japanese movies, you had to go to the old Toho La Brea or the Shochiku. The Picfair Theatre offered a feast of Indian movie musical epics. After its life as L.A.'s best retrospective house, the Fox Venice was the place to go for Iranian cinema. And you can still catch new goodies from China, Hong Kong and Mexico at several venues from downtown to San Gabriel.