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May 21, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lola Flores, an international symbol of fiery Latin entertainment, died Monday of lung cancer at her home on the outskirts of Madrid. Family sources told National Radio that she also had recently contracted pneumonia. She was 72. Known as "the Pharaonic One" or "Lola of Spain," Dolores Flores was born in 1923 in the southwestern town of Jerez de la Frontera. She began her singing and dancing career in Andalusian bars at the age of 10.
September 15, 1990 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Following are reviews of selected screenings in the Los Angeles Festival's final weekend: The Passion According to Berenice Mexico Saturday at 6 p.m., Million Dollar Theater, 307 S. Broadway Repression, passion, seduction and betrayal are the themes of this 1976 Jaime Humberto Hermosillo film: common enough subjects in Latino literature, but rarely done on film with the mix of icy sophistication, cool eroticism and burning imagination we see here.
May 8, 1994 | JAKE DOHERTY
A Downtown gallery is giving 12 of the city's most lavish landmarks a chance to take a bow. The free exhibition, "The Final Curtain: Endangered Movie Palaces of Downtown Los Angeles," opens Friday and features more than 30 color photographs of the ornate interiors of the magnificent movie palaces. The Broadway theater district is home to the nation's largest concentration of historic movie theaters, including the Cameo, Roxie, Mayan and Los Angeles, all built between 1910 and 1931.
October 30, 2003
As a geographer and a docent who gives regular downtown tours, which include the building mentioned in "The Spirit Lives On" (Oct. 23), I would like to point out a few errors. No. 1 and foremost, the building in question is the Million Dollar Theater. There just happens to be office space above the theater, which was common practice in the construction of theaters at that time. They were originally built to be studios but were never used for that purpose. The MWD was not the first to use the offices.
June 12, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE
For six months in 1926, Gaylord Carter watched MGM's "Ben Hur" almost every night as he played the silent film's musical score on the Million Dollar Theater's house organ. Wednesday night at the Orpheum (another relic from the Downtown movie district), the 88-year-old organist will again get the chance to see what he describes as one of his favorite films--and he won't even have to work the show.
March 24, 2005 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
With the flush of Oscar fever still fresh, I got the urge to delve into L.A.'s cinematic past and figured there's no better way to start than with a prowl through several of our historic movie palaces. The Los Angeles Conservancy makes it fairly easy, inexpensive and extremely entertaining with its weekly walking tour of the Broadway Theater District downtown.
Amalia Mendoza, one of Mexico's best-known singers of mariachi and ranchera music, popular for her recordings and concerts on both sides of the border, has died. She was 78. Mendoza, known for the tears in her voice that brought sweet sadness to listeners' hearts, died Monday in Mexico City of a disease that caused progressive paralysis of her lungs.
August 24, 1987 | From United Press International
Political leaders and entertainment figures attended a special screening of "La Bamba" Sunday to kick off a Richie Valens Music Scholarship, part of a larger effort to reinvigorate the downtown area known as the Broadway Corridor. Metropolitan Theaters Corp. chairman Bruce Corwin, which owns the Million Dollar Theater on Broadway where the screening was held, presented a $5,000 check to Felix Castro, head of the Youth Opportunities Foundation, for the scholarship.
Milton Charles, one of the last of the silent-film organists whose understated, often improvised accompaniments added to the eloquence of the plush theaters of long ago, has died. His daughter, Stephanie Brown, said her father was 94 when he died Friday in Corona. "He had been in good health and giving monthly concerts (at the retirement home where he had been living) until September," she said Monday.
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