May 9th, 2002

caillebotte_man at his window

Los Angeles' Downtown Movie Palaces, and a Couple of Links

My earliest memories of the movie theatres of downtown Los Angeles are hazy. I know that before I was six years old, when we moved some distance away from a main bus line, we made frequent trips downtown, and these trips usually included a matinee at one of these theatres. But my only clear memories of them are of the R.K.O. Hillstreet, at 8th and Hill, and the Warner, one block up Hill street on the corner of 7th. In both cases, what I remember is mainly the lighting in the ceiling. Both theatres had large reveals with indirect lights in them in those parts of the auditoriums under the balconies. I was fascinated by those glowing spaces.Collapse )