July 10, 1987
"A Farewell Tribute to Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth" will reopen the Vagabond Theater next Friday. One of Los Angeles' pioneer art and repertory theaters, the Vagabond, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., has been refurbished by veteran exhibitor Louis Federici after having been closed more than a year.
May 17, 1991
The Vagabond Theater, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., one of the city's oldest specialty film theaters, has reopened with a double feature composed of "Woodstock" (1970), the Oscar-winning documentary of the landmark rock festival, and "Quadrophenia" (1979), which combines drama--a seaside clash between Mods and Rockers--with rock music inspired by the Who; it marked the screen debut of Sting. Information: (213) 387-1659.
November 11, 1990
. . . Going Hollywood? Footballer-turned-thespian Brian Bosworth--a.k.a. "The Boz"--has legally changed his last name to Boz worth. . . . Jay Leno will provide the voice of the title character in a redubbed, camped-up version of the '50s B-film "Hideous Sun Demon"--now called "What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon?" It debuts at the Vagabond Theater on Wednesday. . . .
June 10, 1990 |
The 3-D Film Festival, originally due to end Thursday at the Vagabond Theater, has been extended through Sept. 6. Thereafter, the producers hope to continue showing such pictures at the venue indefinitely, making the Vagabond perhaps the first, full-time 3-D film theater anywhere.
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September 22, 2004 |
Russ Meyer, a master of sexploitation filmmaking who was called "king of the nudies" or "King Leer" for such soft-core pornography classics as "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and "Vixen," has died. He was 82. Meyer, who also directed the major studio release "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," died Saturday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, according to his company, RM Films International Inc. Spokeswoman Janice Cowart said Meyer had suffered from dementia and died of complications of pneumonia.
April 12, 1989 |
The Vagabond Theater on Wilshire Boulevard is presenting through Saturday Gloria Swanson's 1928 silent version of "Sadie Thompson" along with "Sunset Boulevard." One of the finest of the late silents yet long unavailable, "Sadie Thompson" has for years been missing its final reel. Two years ago Kino International underwrote a restoration, supervised by Dennis Doros, in which production stills were used to fill out the missing footage. Having left Paramount for United Artists, Swanson was determined to put her clotheshorse days behind her. It was director Raoul Walsh's inspired idea that Swanson should do a screen version of "Rain," a legendary portrayal of the shady lady stranded in Pago Pago, based on a Somerset Maugham short story.