CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2004
In their heyday before World War II, the Fox movie theaters stood as neon-lighted beacons over hundreds of cities big and small. It was the era of the silver screen, before television, and movie theaters were a center of city life: places for Friday dates, Saturday matinees for the kids, a chance to escape everyday life into a western or a screwball comedy. And the movie was only part of the experience. The Fox chain was known for the striking architecture of its theaters.
November 8, 1996 |
Larry Bishop, the writer, director, co-producer and featured performer of the gangster farce "Mad Dog Time," is the son of comedian Joey Bishop, and was in his teens when his dad and his pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford--the "Rat Pack"--were in the prime of their middle-age adolescence.
July 14, 2013 |
It's rare for small theaters in Southern California to grow into midsize theaters because of the expense and risk that come with expanding from a storefront to a house of 100 seats or more. But the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills, among the smallest at 49 seats, is contemplating a leap that would live up to the company's name. The Chance, which started in 1998 as Spare Change Productions in wry acknowledgment of its then-minuscule resources, is thinking of tripling its seating in the near future.
November 1, 1996 |
"Beautiful Thing," which is two-thirds of a good film, is a tender coming-of-age love story set in London's Thamesmead Estates, which has bold, dramatic architecture that bespeaks of social progress but has the same lack of privacy and small quarters typical of housing projects. Living side by side are teenagers Jamie (Glen Berry) and Ste (Scott Neal), neither of whom likes school or playing rugby, although Ste loves sports and is a good swimmer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1995 |
In its first year as a venue for plays, concerts and the performing arts, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza made nearly half a million dollars more than sponsors expected, financial reports show. City finance Director Bob Biery said part of the surprise $454,000 windfall can be attributed to a short season. Original budget estimates were based on 12 months of operation, and the building was only open for nine months of the fiscal year.
May 2, 1990 |
The Edwards Cinema chain and the film distributor Cinecom were telling different stories Tuesday about Edwards' decision not to open the movie "Last Exit to Brooklyn" at the chain's Lido Cinema in Newport Beach on Friday.
October 14, 1986 |
If Mark Rodriguez has his way, hundreds of Orange County car owners will soon be cruising into the Anaheim Drive-In theater, and walking home. On Nov. 1, Rodriguez will launch the Orange County Automart--booking it into the drive-in from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 and every weekend thereafter, he hopes. Drive-in theaters long have been a hot spot for giant swap meets, generally featuring antiques, food, clothing and auto and motorcycle parts.
April 12, 1996 |
Meet Frank, Barbara, Martin, Gale, Jerry, Linda and, of course, Denise. Please. Because even though they're all great friends, they won't meet one another. Not in person. Not ever. "Denise Calls Up," one of the surprise treats of last year's Cannes Film Festival, is an unconventional burlesque of the modern age. It's about lives lived through telephones, modems, faxes, computers, conference calls and answering machines. Consider it a call-waiting comedy.
May 6, 1988 |
Disputes between a movie's distributor and its exhibitor rarely get a public airing. So it was unusual last week to see Richard Ingber, marketing president of the independent distributor New Century/Vista, quoted on the front page of Daily Variety. He was venting his frustration over some Southern California movie-theater operators who, after just one week's run, pulled the new fantasy-suspense-horror picture "Lady in White" from their theaters.
May 15, 1998 |
"Clockwatchers," which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, is the estrogen version of a celebrated alumnus of that year's festival, "In the Company of Men." It explores how the soulless machinery of the workplace can destroy the spirit and reduce worker drones to, if not exactly the amoral monsters of Neil LaBute's scabrous work, then at least unpleasantly petty bickerers.