Category Archives: Theaters

Oct. 15, 1907: Fire Threatens Orpheum

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 15, 1907 Los Angeles On a rainy night in Los Angeles, a fire broke out in the four-story brick office building at 235 S. Spring St. housing the Orpheum Theater and … Continue reading

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October 1947: Spike Jones at Philharmonic Auditorium

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. BY EDWIN SCHALLERT Hitting the bull’s-eye squarely in the center with the title of his show, which he calls “Musical Depreciation Revue,” Spike Jones last night … Continue reading

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Oct. 12, 1947: Father Charged With Beating Son, 2, for Talking During Movie

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project in response to a post by Kim Cooper. Judge Arthur Guerin told Sheppard W. King III that the beating he gave to his son was … Continue reading

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Oct. 14, 1897: ‘La Boheme’ Receives American Premiere in Los Angeles

    Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. San Francisco has long claimed the first American performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” in March 1898 and is given credit for that distinction in … Continue reading

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Sept. 27, 1907: Child Welfare Officer Cites Ringling Bros. for Underage Performers

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 27, 1907 Los Angeles Ringling Bros. manager Charles Davis said farewell to Los Angeles, leaving $50 ($1,026.18 USD 2005) and some choice words for local authorities. Child welfare officer Robert W. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Hamburger’s Department Store, Arrow Movie Theater

A postcard of Hamburger’s Department Store is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $2.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. The classy, oversize May Co. Department Store located at 801 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Aug. 13, 1947: ‘Cuando Lloran los Valientes’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Imagine my surprise to find that The Times reviewed Mexican movies, usually in critiques signed “G.K.,” who praised this classic of Mexican cinema starring Pedro Infante, … Continue reading

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July 30, 1947: Peaches Strange at the Follies Burlesque

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. She was born Mildred Strange in Oklahoma in 1910. Raised by her uncle, a Methodist minister, she taught Sunday school in Shawnee, east of Oklahoma City. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Jury Selection Begins in San Diego Slavery Case

Above, Cab Calloway is at the Million Dollar Theater with “Ding Dong Williams.”  June 26, 1947: Jury selection begins in San Diego in the case of Alfred and Elizabeth Ingalls, who are accused of holding Dora L. Jones as a … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: When Hollywood ‘Toned Down’ Black Actors

Nina Mae McKinney, above, was “toned down” for MGM’s movie cameras in filming “Hallelujah,” Harry Levette said. June 19, 1947: Harry Levette, a longtime Sentinel columnist, sports editor and publicist, reflects on the Lafayette Players. The Lafayette Players was established … Continue reading

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June 21, 1947: ‘The Drunkard,’ L.A.’s Favorite Melodrama

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In the summer of 1933, expecting nothing but a brief run and modest ticket sales, two theater people from Carmel, Preston Shobe and Galt Bell, hatched … Continue reading

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A Theater Rises on Broadway

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 2, 1907 Los Angeles The Hamburger Department Store announces plans for a theater just south of its new building on South Broadway at 8th Street, designed by the architecture firm of … Continue reading

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May 24, 1907: LAPD Motorcycle Officers Charge Driver and Passengers With Speeding

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. May 24, 1907 Los Angeles Otis Skinner, the actor starring in “The Duel” at the Mason Opera House,” is under arrest because of a curious regulation in which passengers of a speeding … Continue reading

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April 29, 1907: Blanche Hall Draws Crowds to Burbank Theater in ‘When Knighthood Was in Flower’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Los Angeles theatergoers are transfixed by the new production of “When Knighthood Was in Flower,” Paul Kester’s adaptation of Charles Major’s 1898 novel, forming a mile-long line to buy tickets at Morosco’s … Continue reading

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March 15, 1907: In Which We Begin

Note: This is the beginning of the 1907 blog, which I began March 15, 2006. This followed the original cycle of the 1947project, begun by Nathan Marsak and Kim Cooper on March 13, 2005. As I began to write my … Continue reading

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In Which a Ghostly Visitor Returns

Note: This post and the next were the finales of my crawl through 1907. Keep on reading because we will circle around with posts from 2006. March 15, 2007 Los Angeles “Well, dear boy, I suppose you thought you were … Continue reading

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March 14, 1907: A Now-Forgotten ‘Carmen’ Passes Through L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. March 14, 1907 Los Angeles Harry C. Carr, future author of “Los Angeles: City of Dreams,” visits Fely Dereyne, who is starring in the San Carlo Opera Company’s touring production of “Carmen.” … Continue reading

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March 6, 1907: Actress Drinks Beer in S.F. Play; Irish Besiege Theater

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. March 6, 1907 San Francisco (VIA Associated Press) The Irish of San Francisco are furious over a play at the Davis Theater called “The Belle of Avenue A,” which features a character … Continue reading

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Jan. 19, 1907: A Conductor Throws Caution to the Winds

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Jan. 19, 1907 Los Angeles Despite his ill health, Harley Hamilton drove himself to conduct a concert by the Los Angeles Symphony because he believed so much in bringing the music of … Continue reading

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Alive!

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Dec. 7, 1906-Dec. 22, 1906, Bakersfield Jan. 1, 1907 Los Angeles For 15 days, miner Lindsay P. Hicks lay trapped by a cave-in that killed his five companions tunneling in a mountain … Continue reading

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