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The Los Angeles Theatre (at 615 S. Broadway), built in 1931 in the French baroque style of Louis XIV, it was a virtual Hollywood cathedral. Famous for its huge crystal fountain in the lobby, the Los Angeles Theatre was considered one of the four or five finest movie palaces in the world. Not an inch of the interior was left undecorated, from the elegant stage curtains and ornate balcony, to the intricately-carved ceiling of its lobby. It is spectacular. When the Los Angeles Theatre was about to go under during the Depression, Charlie Chaplin paid an exorbitant amount of money to keep the posh 1,967-seat theater afloat, so that he could have the grand premiere of his masterpiece “City Lights” there. The Los Angeles Theatre recently closed and is currently sitting idle, except for occasional film shoots. In October of 1998, a major scene from the Andy Kaufman biopic, “Man On the Moon” (starring Jim Carrey) was filmed there. They duplicated Kaufman’s famous 1979 concert at Carnegie Hall, with over 1,000 extras.

Camera; Olympus E 620, Zuiko lens

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