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March 28, 2011 | By Susan King
The grand Pantages Theater began its storied life as an Art Deco movie palace on June 4, 1930. Originally, the theater designed by B. Marcus Priteca and built by vaudeville giant Alexander Pantages presented vaudeville acts between screenings of first-run movies. Pantages sold the theater to Fox West Coast Theaters in 1932, and 17 years later Howard Hughes ? who, legend has it, haunts its offices ? bought it for his RKO Theatre Circuit. The theater was also home to the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959.
Julia Rooney Clinton, the vaudeville singer and dancer once dubbed the "princess of hoofers," has died of complications of old age. She was 102. Miss Rooney died last Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. "You only had 12 minutes, and when you got out there, if you didn't grab your audience right now, you didn't get them," she reminisced about vaudeville in a 1983 Times interview. "We got them," she said, "because the minute we hit the stage, we were fun, we were fun."
August 18, 1991
I just read Josh Getlin's profile of me ("The Ed Koch Show," June 27). I will limit my comments to one overwhelming factual error on the part of Mr. Getlin. He says that I "once criticized news anchorman Dan Rather for allegedly insulting Saudi sensitivities during the Persian Gulf War." That is totally (at) variance with what happened. I prepared a commentary saying that both Rather and CBS owed the American soldiers and their families an apology for having revealed that the soldiers were being entertained in traditional American vaudeville fashion with women participating in the show.
December 10, 2010 | Deborah Vankin
Do you know Neil Hamburger? I think he's very funny. He writes such cutting jokes. I'm a fan of characters and I like things that are a little beyond reality. I like a little razzle-dazzle. Have you ever seen him? He's this guy named Gregg Turkington, who's this cool hipster guy who plays this old vaudeville kind of salty, greasy [guy] ? he wears a suit and tells these one-liners, as people usually boo or are confused. He has a show at Spaceland once a month. And he was just on tour with Tim and Eric.
August 25, 2002 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Like errant tankers and small planes drawn inexorably into the Bermuda Triangle, the famous, the lovely and the powerful still feel the centrifugal pull at the intersection of Beverly and Doheny, home of the original Chasen's restaurant. L.A.'s ultimate celebrity watering hole is today a Bristol Farms market in West Hollywood, but the old glamour lives on in the Bristol Cafe, a small eatery between the deli and the sushi bar where customers can slide into an original Chasen's booth and order the famous Chasen's chili, a household word since 1962, when Elizabeth Taylor had 10 quarts shipped to Rome during the filming of "Cleopatra."
January 22, 1997
A Brea Youth Theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will run through Feb. 1 at the Curtis Theater. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, an eclectic mix of vaudeville, country and 1950s-style rock-and-roll, will be performed by a cast of about 100 local youths. Performances are Fridays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with one Thursday matinee at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for children.
September 8, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
The San Diego Guild of Puppetry, headed by Puppet Lady Marie Hitchcock, presents performances every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m., and on the third Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park. Cary Prescott's puppets are frequent guests on the KFMB-TV (Channel 8) show "Let There Be Light," on Sundays at 6:30 a.m., where Forest Pathfinder and friends once helped the show's host, Dick Duncan, win an Emmy Award for a special puppet-populated program.
January 6, 1993
Gerald L. (Jerry) Dolin, 79, a conductor and composer who began writing music for vaudeville houses in San Francisco when he was 19. His hit song "Panama" was one of the first popular songs with Latin American emphasis. Over the years he was conductor, arranger and composer for Frank Loesser, Esther Williams, Eleanor Powell, Eartha Kitt and Donald O'Connor, among others. He came to Hollywood with Loesser to work on the MGM film "Neptune's Daughter."
August 18, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If you know about Vitaphone shorts, the news that a newly restored selection is ready for public viewing courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive is all the information you need. If you haven't heard of them, be prepared for a genuine time machine experience that will revolutionize your thinking about the way sound came to Hollywood. Though conventional wisdom has it that Al Jolson singing and talking in 1927's "The Jazz Singer" is where sound all began, in fact, Warner Bros.
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