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June 29, 1995 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opening Friday in an exclusive engagement: Showtime II. The story stars basketball legend Earvin (Magic) Johnson, the former Los Angeles Laker who created Showtime on the court with his dazzling skill and magnetic charisma. But this time, Johnson is going from hoop dreams to screen dreams.
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HEALTH
October 11, 1999 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The news was a devastating body blow: Earvin "Magic" Johnson was retiring from the Lakers because he had contracted the virus that causes AIDS. Stunned fans did not want to believe that Magic, who had bathed admirers in his luminescent smile while bringing "Showtime" to the Lakers, had fallen prey to a disease that was all too often still discussed in whispers in 1991. Magic, though, joined the growing chorus of those who spoke loudly and clearly: "We don't have to run from it," he said of HIV.
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BUSINESS
October 3, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Magic Johnson Theatres Announces Expansion Plan: Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson said he wants to build on the success of his pioneering Magic Johnson Theatre in Los Angeles by adding 14 movie theaters around the country in the next 18 months. The expansion would bring the total number of Magic Johnson screens to more than 200.
NEWS
December 25, 1998 | ZERLINE A. HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drawing on the model he used successfully in Los Angeles' Crenshaw community, Earvin "Magic" Johnson is planning to open a theater complex in a predominantly black neighborhood bordering the nation's capital. The $85-million project is targeted for completion in late 1999 in Maryland's Prince Georges County on the current site of the U.S. Air Arena.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
March 19, 1995 | ERIN J. AUBRY
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.
NEWS
December 25, 1998 | ZERLINE A. HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drawing on the model he used successfully in Los Angeles' Crenshaw community, Earvin "Magic" Johnson is planning to open a theater complex in a predominantly black neighborhood bordering the nation's capital. The $85-million project is targeted for completion in late 1999 in Maryland's Prince Georges County on the current site of the U.S. Air Arena.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every week for five months, Earvin "Magic" Johnson's business team met with the Community Redevelopment Agency to map out a multimillion-dollar shopping center sorely needed in the Crenshaw district. Those meetings, the developers believed, were fruitful: The firm even awarded exclusive rights to a Los Angeles real estate company to search for such "big box" retailers as Target or Home Depot to occupy space in the sagging Santa Barbara Plaza. Suddenly and without warning, the meetings stopped.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1998 | GREG JOHNSON
It's rare for a professional athlete long retired from the sports world to score with commercial and product endorsement deals. It's even more unexpected when the player in question is Earvin "Magic" Johnson, whose endorsement career stalled in 1991 when he abruptly abandoned his National Basketball Assn. career after testing positive for HIV. Defying the odds, Johnson has returned to celebrity spokesdom.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1998 | LEE ROMNEY and GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Magic Johnson Theatres opened a state-of-the-art movie complex at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 2 1/2 years ago, there were enough hopes to pack the house. The $11-million complex--planted in underserved Crenshaw by former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson--would help the mall lure big-name stores and upscale shoppers who had long taken their business outside the neighborhood, city and mall officials believed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1998 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mighty Titanic was going under, passengers were jumping overboard and the ship's string quartet was playing. Suddenly, a woman seated in a crowded section of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza's movie complex shouted at the screen: "Forget playing! I'd get my ass in one of those lifeboats." The comment brought a moment of laughter, the kind of audience participation that moviegoers have come to expect at the 12-screen Magic Johnson Theatres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1997 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An honest movie advertisement would read like this: Coming to a theater near you! (Unless you happen to live in Watts. In that case there is no theater near you. And to see this movie you must hop on a bus or get in your car and trek out to Hawthorne or over to University Village or farther.) No ad or trailer would ever say it, but theatergoers who live in Watts know: Near is actually quite far, and it has been for 30 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1997 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An honest movie advertisement would read like this: Coming to a theater near you! (Unless you happen to live in Watts. In that case there is no theater near you. And to see this movie you must hop on a bus or get in your car and trek out to Hawthorne or over to University Village or farther.) No ad or trailer would ever say it, but theatergoers who live in Watts know: Near is actually quite far, and it has been for 30 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his basketball career again behind him, Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears to be looking for a new title to win: king of late night. Sources at Fox's TV syndication arm, Twentieth Television, have confirmed a report in Daily Variety that the former Los Angeles Lakers star has agreed to host and executive-produce a new late-night talk-variety series. Details of the program remain sketchy, other than that Johnson will host the show and produce with his longtime agent, Lon Rosen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
POP/ROCK Daddy Michael: It's true: Michael Jackson is a father. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center spokesman Ron Wise confirmed that Jackson's wife, Debbie Rowe, left the hospital with a healthy newborn son Thursday around 8 a.m. It was not known whether Jackson was with Rowe when the baby was born, reportedly about 1 a.m. It also was unknown whether the baby had been named. Jackson, 38, and Rowe, 37, were married Nov. 15.
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