California Fool's Gold's Guide to Los Angeles's Revival Cinemas

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 22, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment
Hollywood Cinerama, Los Angeles, 2003.
Hollywood Cinerama, Los Angeles, 2003 (image credit: Hiroshi Sugimoto)

No city on Earth is more closely associated with motion pictures than Los Angeles. 10% of all movie theaters in the entire country are located in California and Los Angeles County is home to over 100 of them. Although most of Los Angeles's theaters, like those throughout the country, showcase only the latest Hollywood product, there are also specialty theaters which show art films, adult films, classic films, experimental films, foreign films, independent films, revival films, &c. I've previously written about Southern California's drive-in theaters (For Ozoners Only) and overlooked commercial foreign language cinemas (Los Angeles's Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene). This is my guide to the repertory cinemas or revival houses. 

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California Fool's Gold -- A Westside Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 18, 2011 09:46pm | Post a Comment

Aerial shot of the Westside
A view of the Westside from my dirigible

Around the world, the mere mention of the word "Westside" prompts people to throw up a "W" hand sign, in imitation of many west coast and west coast-affiliated (Tupac was, after all, a native of East Harlem) pop-rappers of the 1990s (to his credit, Snoop Dogg has always repped his Eastside, as does Compton Eastsider The Game). Within LA, the Westside refers to a wealthy, largely white region of the county (or alternately to South LA's Westside to much of LA's black population). It is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains region to the northwest, the Pacific Ocean to the West, the South Bay to the south, the aforementioned South LA westside to the southeast, and Midtown and Hollywood to the east.

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The Taking Of Beverly Hills

Posted by phil blankenship, April 25, 2007 07:06pm | Post a Comment

1991 semi-classic ACTION flick starring Ken Wahl (TV's Wiseguy) as a renegade NFL player (and Beverly Hills resident) who, with the help of cop Matt Frewer (Max Headroom!), has to save himself, save his city, save his neighbor's $$, AND get his girl back from the very evil Robert Davi (Jake Fratelli from The Goonies!) and Lee Ving (Holy shit! From the punk band FEAR!). 

The off-the-wall concept details a toxic spill hoax that causes the complete evacuation of Beverly Hills so the criminal crew can execute 'an epic scheme to loot the entire city!'  Thankfully, Wahl was getting too busy in the hot tub to pay any mind to the evacuation orders! Out of the hot tub & into the fire, Wahl battles the bad guys (well armed with heavy weaponry & even a TANK) & uncovers the the criminals' true motives. 

If you've ever wanted to see Beverly Hills shot up, smashed, blown up and generally destroyed, THIS is the movie for you!  Needless to say, my roommate Corydon & I were INTO it.  However, Hillary & my cat Samantha looked more like this by the end:

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