UPDATE 17 June, 2019 – Star Theater is demolished.
It is a dark day in La Puente. S. Charles Lee’s one-of-a-kind Star Theater was demolished this morning to make way for 22 condos. LAHTF is working behind the scenes to try to save the Star Sign, but the theatre is gone.
The architects for CAP UCLA’s renovation of the Crest Theatre were announced today, 25th March 2019.
CAP UCLA notes that BAR Architects has a deep-rooted connection to the Crest Theatre dating back to the late 1980s when they were selected by Disney to renovate the 1940s theatre.
LAHTF will continue to consult with the CAP UCLA team as plans evolve.
To read the CAPU UCLA press release click here.
On Sunday 24th February LAHTF screened the world's most famous film awards show LIVE in the Chaplin Theater at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood!
On 20th October LAHTF celebrated the 30th Anniversary of DIE HARD at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. A screening of a pristine 35mm archival print of the movie was followed by a Q&A with the film's screenwriters, Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, moderated by Jeff Goldsmith, publisher of Backstory Magazine and host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast series. Click here for photos from the event.
"Apple premieres plans for store and event space in historic downtown L.A. theatre"
Click here to read LAHTF’s statement on the proposed conversion of the Tower Theatre to non-theatrical use.
Click here to read a summary of, and see photos from, the Tower Theatre project presentation made to the Cultural Heritage Committee on 2nd August 2018.
LAHTF is proud to have facilitated the first public access to the State Theatre in over 20 years at our recent pre-renovation ALL ABOUT the State Theatre event on April 29, 2018. Over 150 interested members and followers joined us to be toured around all areas of the theatre. LAHTF members were additionally granted access to a special area of the theatre building: the 1921 cafeteria space in the basement of the building, a hidden gem which retains many of its 1920s features. Click here for photos from the event.
LAHTF held the first ever ALL ABOUT behind-the-scenes tour of the Earl Carroll Theatre on February 24, 2018. Attended by over 200 enthusiastic members and followers, we were given complete access to the interior spaces of the theatre. Our coalition partners (Hollywood Heritage, L.A. Conservancy, and Art Deco Society of LA were invited as our guests and recognized for their efforts, and Essex Property Trust, the owner/developer with whom we negotiated for over 2 years, graciously allowed us the access for the tour. Click here for photos from the event.
The 4th Night On Broadway on January 27th 2018 was a huge success with an estimated 250,000 in attendance, visiting six of the historic theatres on Broadway in addition to the many other attractions! LAHTF volunteers staffed information stations and shared the history of the theatres and the Broadway Theatre District with thousands of attendees. A big thanks to our fantastic volunteers!
Plans are in the works for the next Night on Broadway in 2020.