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Sunday morning found me roaming the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Don't ask. Better 9:30am than 9:30pm, right?

Here amidst the gold buyers, Quinceanera dressmakers, pawnshops, and Starbucks outlets stand the shells of what used to be some of the mightiest movie palaces on earth. What Broadway must have looked like in the '40's. You probably needed sunglasses at night to avoid neon blindness.

The 2,200 seat Los Angeles Theatre appears to be the only one of the bunch that's still in operation.

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denfrank June 26, 2013 @ 7:46 a.m.

Saw The Exorcist at Nat. Theater of Westwood Jan. 18, 1974. I was 14, the only kid at a 1 a.m. just-added showing, packed with half-drunk adults not knowing what they were in for. My Mom/Stepdad allowed me to join them since I read the book with them and they thought, no way, it had to be watered down. When the opening title burned on someone let out a little goofy scream and the packed house was up for grabs, laughing. An hour later, it was a different story. All news items of crowd hysteria are true. Stepdad never recovered, a God fearing fundamentalist, born again on that fateful day. Later it was the go-to place for Blazing Saddles and Phantom of the Paradise, much lighter fare, something to truly to believe in. A birthday screening of Blazing Saddles with friends at that age was beyond heaven. Otherwise, it was a 2 month wait for it to get to the Valley, long before wide releases in shit boxes. http://cinemasightlines.com/cinemas_cinemaviews3.php Now its condos and shops, WTF, right?

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