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4 items from 2012


Movie House of Worship: Lexington’s Historic Kentucky Theatre

4 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“Movie House of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, guest submitter Shannon Scott shares one of her favorite historic theaters. Her comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor.   Name: The Kentucky Theatre Location: 214 E. Main Street, Lexington, Ky Opened: October 4, 1922. The first program was a parody of The Sheik, a newsreel and the Norma Talmadge romance The Eternal Flame. No. of screens: 2 Current first run titles:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Robot and Frank. Repertory programming: Throughout the year, the theater schedules special screenings of repertory titles. This year has seen new prints of Ghostbusters, The Leopard and Carousel and rare prints of Charade, The Manchurian Candidate and Johnny Guitar. A »

- Christopher Campbell

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Video: Stewart on Otr AFI Fest Red Carpet: Marylou Ahead of Her Time Then and Now

4 November 2012 1:21 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund: AFI Fest 2012 On the Road red carpet Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, two of the leads in Walter SallesOn the Road, and producers Charles Gillibert and Rebecca Yeldham were present at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest Saturday screening of Salles’ film adaptation (written by José Rivera) of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel. The On the Road screening — and U.S. premiere — was held at the equally iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, L.A.’s preeminent site for movie premieres since superstar Norma Talmadge [...] »

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Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino, Pearl White: Niles Essanay

25 April 2012 6:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

You want action? Movie-movie action? Then forget The Avengers, which opens in the Us on May 4. The following day, head instead to the Niles Essanay Film Museum in the northern Californian town of Fremont, where they’ll be screening two action-packed flicks: Laughing at Danger and "The Tragic Plunge," episode 7 of the serial The Perils of Pauline. Haven’t heard of either one? Well, Laughing at Danger was an independent production released in 1924. It stars Richard Talmadge (no relation to sisters Constance Talmadge and Norma Talmadge), who, according to some sources, was quite popular in the Soviet Union, of all places. As for the serial The Perils of Pauline, it was a humongous success in 1914, turning Pearl White (photo) into a major screen star. Actually, more than that. White became a near-legendary movie icon, one whose adventures have been copied, remade, and rebooted ever since. In fact, I wouldn’t »

- Andre Soares

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Historic Mary Pickford Building Destroyed

6 April 2012 11:16 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Pickford Building: The Lot aka Pickford-Fairbanks Studios Los Angeles just got uglier. Despite protests, the Mary Pickford Building on West Hollywood's The Lot has been destroyed by its current owner, the Cim Group. (See video below.) The Lot, as previously reported on this site, was built in the 1910s, when it was known as The Hampton Studios. Silent-era superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks purchased the place, which they renamed the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios. That's where Pickford's and Fairbanks' 1920s blockbusters — Robin Hood, Rosita, Sparrows, and The Thief of Bagdad among them — were shot. Renamed the United Artists Studios, it also became the workplace for the likes of Charles Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, and others. Independent producer Samuel Goldwyn also worked on the lot, where he made most of his later films: Frank Tuttle's Roman Scandals with Eddie Cantor, Titanic's Gloria Stuart, and »

- Andre Soares

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