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Golden Age of Hollywood – Vintage photos of the flamboyant Movie Theaters in Los Angeles

Ian Smith

Nowadays, movie theaters are equipped with everything that can improve the movie-watching experience: 3D, 4D, and other super high tech features. However, the theaters of yore had maybe provided the movie goers only with a  2-dimensional screen, but they had something the nowadays-cinema doesn’t, classiness and crowds of people eager to see a new motion film.

There is something truly beautiful about movie theaters of the past that makes us nostalgic, they tend to have a specific flamboyance that the nowadays cinemas visibly miss.

We’ve stumbled upon a ravishing collection of photos that document the movie theaters in the golden age of Hollywood.

So, here, borrow our time machine and take a look at how movie palaces looked like in their heyday.

 

A crowd gathers for a premiere at the Warner Theater on Hollywood & Wilcox

A crowd gathers for a premiere at the Warner Theater on Hollywood & Wilcox

 

A much-quieter Hollywood Blvd. in front of Grauman's

A much-quieter Hollywood Blvd. in front of Grauman’s

 

A nice color photo of Grauman's Chinese Theater, which opened in 1927

A nice color photo of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which opened in 1927

 

A premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater for the Marlene Dietrich film 'Morocco' in 1930

A premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater for the Marlene Dietrich film ‘Morocco’ in 1930

 

'Cleopatra' also screened at the Vista

‘Cleopatra’ also screened at the Vista

 

Creepy

 

Funny Girl plays at the Egyptian in 1968

Funny Girl plays at the Egyptian in 1968

 

Grauman's Egyptian Theater in 1924. Note the streetcar tracks on Hollywood Blvd

Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in 1924. Note the streetcar tracks on Hollywood Blvd

 

a comedy being filmed on location outside the Egyptian Theatre in 1926

a comedy being filmed on location outside the Egyptian Theatre in 1926

 

Hollywood Blvd. in 1936. Notice the exterior of the Pantages Theater on the right

Hollywood Blvd. in 1936. Notice the exterior of the Pantages Theater on the right

Although,  megaplex  is nowadays the ubiqitous option for watching a movie, we are happy to say that some of these gorgeous movie theathers have been preserved from the Golden Age of Hollywood like :The Egyptian, Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Movie theater magnate Sid Grauman at the Egyptian Theatre with two _usherettes._

Movie theater magnate Sid Grauman at the Egyptian Theatre with two usherettes.

 

People walk under the marquee of the Hollywood Theater sometime in the 1930s

People walk under the marquee of the Hollywood Theater sometime in the 1930s

 

Shirley Temple attends the premiere of _The Little Princess' at the Carthay Circle Theatre in 1939

Shirley Temple attends the premiere of The Little Princess’ at the Carthay Circle Theatre in 1939

 

The Carthay Circle Theatre

The Carthay Circle Theatre

 

The Cinerama Dome looks much more dramatic without the Arclight complex behind it in the 1960s

The Cinerama Dome looks much more dramatic without the Arclight complex behind it in the 1960s

 

The courtyard of the Egyptian

The courtyard of the Egyptian

 

The crowd at the grand opening of Grauman's Egyptian Theater in 1922

The crowd at the grand opening of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in 1922

 

The dazzling interior at the Pantages

The dazzling interior at the Pantages

 

The Egyptian's facade changed over the years

The Egyptian’s facade changed over the years

 

The El Portal Theater was located in North Hollywood

The El Portal Theater was located in North Hollywood

 

 

The exterior of the Mar-Cal Theatre, 1935

The exterior of the Mar-Cal Theatre, 1935

 

The film title 'Hells Angels' is displayed on the columns of Grauman's puts this photo at 1930

The film title ‘Hells Angels’ is displayed on the columns of Grauman’s puts this photo at 1930

 

The Fox Theater in Westwood

The Fox Theater in Westwood

 

The grand opening of Bard's Theater in 1923; now, known as the Vista Theater

The grand opening of Bard’s Theater in 1923; now, known as the Vista Theater

 

The lavish balcony at the Pantages

The lavish balcony at the Pantages

 

The Mann Bruin is right across the street from the Fox (and, conveniently, next to Diddy Riese, too; though it wasn't open in 1938)

The Mann Bruin is right across the street from the Fox (and, conveniently, next to Diddy Riese, too; though it wasn’t open in 1938)

 

The Pantages lobby. Sheesh

The Pantages lobby. Sheesh

 

The Pig 'n' Whistle is still there

The Pig ‘n’ Whistle is still there

 

The raven-haired protest the Marilyn Monroe flick, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' in front of the Chinese Theater

The raven-haired protest the Marilyn Monroe flick, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ in front of the Chinese Theater

 

The sweeping interior staircase at the Pantages

The sweeping interior staircase at the Pantages

 

The theater is still a popular spot for film premieres, as it was in the late 1930s

The theater is still a popular spot for film premieres, as it was in the late 1930s

 

The Vista at night, 1938

The Vista at night, 1938

 

Ticket prices listed in the foyer of the El Capitan Theater in 1935

Ticket prices listed in the foyer of the El Capitan Theater in 1935

 

Two women on a ladder by the marquee of the Egyptian Theatre

Two women on a ladder by the marquee of the Egyptian Theatre

(Photos via the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)