Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rita Hayworth in Salome at the Hill Street Theater, Los Angeles, 1953

A friend gave me an LA Times Home Section Magazine dated April 12, 1953.  Just inside was this rather expensive looking full-color advertisement for Rita Hayworth's latest Columbia release.  The RKO Hill Street was a massive theater in downtown Los Angeles, with 2,890 seats.  It was closed in 1963 and was torn down in 1965.  A parking garage now occupies the space.  Fortunately for Los Angeles, however, most of the rest of the downtown movie palaces still not only exist but have been or are in the process of being restored.  One notable holdout is the Warner, now a jewelery mart.  The other two theaters mentioned in the advertisement are still in existence.  The RKO Pantages on Hollywood Blvd. is a very successful legit theater.  The 4 Star, on Wilshire Blvd, has seen better days and is said not to be around much longer.

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