CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1999
The man convicted of the 1997 contract murder of a silent movie theater owner will avoid death by lethal injection, it was announced Wednesday. The district attorney's office said it had decided not to retry the death penalty phase for James Van Sickle, who was convicted of orchestrating the killing of Lawrence Austin, the 74-year-old owner of the Showcase Silent Movie theater in the Fairfax district and Van Sickle's live-in companion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1999 |
The man who orchestrated the murder for hire of a silent movie theater owner will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J.D. Smith sentenced James Van Sickle, 36, to life without the possibility of parole. His sentence matches that of the 21-year-old he hired to carry out the killing. Van Sickle was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Jan.
April 14, 1999
The March 24 Food section offered a "delicious" article I couldn't "pass over" ("The Soul of Fairfax Avenue"). Amen! Canter's restaurant, located on Fairfax Avenue, the most sociological street in Los Angeles, may be a bane to weight-watchers but a delight to those who enjoy bagels and lox and all the other goodies which attract Southlanders, both Jewish and non, to Fairfax, the area of my youth. Tragically, the famed "silent movie theater" may never reopen [since a murder in 1997]
October 18, 2001
* "Freaks," Tod Browning's 1932 talkie banned for three decades after its making, will play on Oct. 26-28 at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 Fairfax Ave., L.A., (323) 655-2520. $9.* Butoh specialist Oguri adds a new installment to his experimental, two-year "Height of Sky" project on Oct. 26-28 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, (310) 306-1854. $10. * Rhapsody in Taps celebrates its 20th anniversary on Oct. 27 at the Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., L.A.
January 25, 1997
The Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax has been for many years a charming, welcome respite from the outside world, an insular rarefied haven for those of us who are aficionados of a very special art form ("Academy Archivist Seeks to Save Silent Film Showcase," Jan. 24). And no one more typified this bygone era of glamour and mystery than the lionized figure of Laurence Austin. His royal visage and regal bearing were magnetic. When he walked to the front of the theater to announce the night's program, he would proudly march down the aisle to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" and it seemed so right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2005 |
Bob Enevoldsen, 85, a West Coast musician best known for his exuberant jazz trombone playing, died Nov. 19 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills. In the 1950s, he worked with Shelly Manne at the famed Hermosa Beach jazz club the Lighthouse and performed with Bobby Troup's trio and Terry Gibbs' big band. He also played with Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan and other leading West Coast figures.
January 21, 1990
Sam Hall Kaplan's tasteful article ("Sensitivity Needed to Retain Fairfax Area's Sense of Place," Dec. 17) surely contained the sensitivity needed to truly understand and appreciate the "true" uniqueness of the Fairfax District, and ironically I read it between spoonfuls of my matzo ball soup at Canter's. Having spent much of my youth in the area, I recall much of its historical past, beginning with Fairfax High. "Sandwiched" between the many attorneys, doctors, dentists, accountants and other "achievers," this particular high school can boast such famed alumni as Ricardo Montalban, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sherman, David Janssen, Herb Alpert and Phil Spector.
February 3, 1997
It is hoped that the tremendous outpouring of sympathy and outrage at the senseless death of Laurence Austin will indeed bring about some means of keeping the Silent Movie Showcase alive ("Silent Movie Showcase Should Be Living Memorial," by Jim Gates, Counterpunch, Jan. 27). This was one of the great undiscovered treasures in Los Angeles--an evening at the theater with films that simply were unavailable anywhere else, with live music that really brought the images on the screen to life.
April 27, 1992 |
As the abandoned Letty of "The Wind," this Wednesday at Silent Movie Theater (611 N. Fairfax), actress Lillian Gish uses her fragile face and body and wild, yearning eyes to devastating effect. Around her, the empty Texas prairie stretches menacingly, and the wind howls, gradually uncovering the grave of the rapist she's killed and buried outside. . . . Both a memorable Western drama and a searing psychological horror story, the 1928 "The Wind," is, with the exception of Gish's D. W.