CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2004 |
Maria Antonieta Pons, 82, a Cuban-born actress who helped define the 1940s tropical dancer movie genre known as rumbera, died Friday at a Mexico City hospital of natural causes. The Havana native had made her home in Mexico for more than six decades. Pons performed in more than 50 motion pictures, including the rumberas "Noche de Ronda" in 1942 and "Mujer del Puerto" in 1949. She also danced in stage productions, including shows at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
May 21, 1995 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
September 15, 1990 |
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 |
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.
June 12, 1994 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1987 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2004 |
J. Edward Martin, a structural engineer who helped shape the face of downtown Los Angeles as a partner in one of the city's historic architectural firms, has died. He was 88. Martin died Monday of old age at his home in Bradbury, according to a statement from his family's architectural firm, AC Martin Partners. Since it was founded in 1906 by Martin's father, Albert C. Martin Sr.