Alex Film Society

Alex Film Society Classic films as they were meant to be seen: on the BIG, silver Screen! The Alex Film Society presents, at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre, programs of classic feature films, cartoons, newsreels and short subjects together with guest appearances by notable personalities.

Our mission is to entertain and educate the audience while demonstrating to film owners that there is a market for classic films and the financial risks involved in film preservation are worthwhile.

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Such great news, Deana!!  We can't wait! ❤
11/04/2021

Such great news, Deana!! We can't wait! ❤

Hi Pallies,
I’m proud to announce that after 6 1/2 years of hard work, our documentary
“Dean Martin – King of Cool” will make its broadcast premiere November 14 as a part of the program for DOC NYC at the SVA Theatre in New York City and then it will be aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on November 19 at 8PM Eastern Standard Time.

Our documentary gives so much amazing insight into my dad…with interviews from the likes of: Bob Newhart, Angie Dickinson, Norman Lear, Florence Henderson, Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin, and SO many others.

Don’t forget … Friday November 19th at 8PM Eastern on TCM… "Dean Martin - King of Cool"

Alert ‼️
11/02/2021

Alert ‼️

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles has learned that this Item will be discussed today at the 2pm PLUM meeting of the City today Nov 2. It includes a recommendation to re-zone Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for High Medium Residential. This is item 14 on the agenda. Write to the committee members if you oppose. Email addresses and the sample letter are in comments or call into the meeting at 2pm.
21-1230
Environmental Impact Report (EIR), No. EIR No. ENV-2020-6762-EIR and State Clearinghouse (SCH) No. 2021010130, and related EIR Findings, Statement of Overriding Considerations, Mitigation Monitoring Program (MMP), and related California Environmental Quality Act findings; reports from the Department of City Planning (DCP), Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC), and Mayor relative to the Housing Element Update for the period 2021-2029, Recommended Actions contained in the Supplemental Report from the DCP dated October 29, 2021; Resolution to certify the EIR and adopt the EIR Findings, Statement of Overriding Considerations, and MMP; and, Resolution to amend the Housing Element of the City's General Plan, pursuant to City Charter Section 555 and Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 11.5.6, to revise existing and establish new citywide priorities, policies, goals, and programs for the City to accommodate the City’s required housing needs allocation as determined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the Southern California Association of Governments in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. (At its meeting held on October 27, 2021, the Housing Committee approved the LACPC report, dated October 21, 2021 in the Council file.)

Applicant: City of Los Angeles

Case No. CPC-2020-1365-GPA

Environmental Nos. ENV-2020-6762-EIR; SCH. No. 2021010130

Related Case: CPC-2021-5499-GPA


Fiscal Impact Statement: No
Community Impact Statement: Yes

For, if Amended: Rampart Village Neighborhood Council

Against: Westside Neighborhood Council

https://lacity.primegov.com/Portal/MeetingPreview?compiledMeetingDocumentFileId=14193

Photo: Mentalfloss

11/01/2021

The Ghost of Grauman’s Chinese Theater

For his last of four theaters, Sid Grauman planned something so unique and magnificent inside and out that it would outshine all other theaters in Los Angeles. He and architect Raymond Kennedy chose a Chinese temple as inspiration and created a soaring 90-foot pagoda adorned with a 30-foot dragon and ceremonial masks and topped with an ornate copper roof.

But it is the forecourt that makes this the most famous movie theater in the world. That’s where Grauman displayed his most ingenious idea—concrete blocks with the hand and foot prints of the stars. Grauman also built salons for private parties after a premiere or the Oscars where he and his famous friends could celebrate comfortably.

He hid buzzers near lamps in the lobby to signal people inside to open the secret panel. Sadly, these rooms have long been sealed and all buzzers disconnected; but for some, that doesn’t matter. For weeks, an employee heard buzzers in his upstairs office. He thought it was an errant office intercom.

Eventually, he realized it was the buzzers for the secret salons coming from inside the sealed rooms. And the theater has a resident ghost, Fritz. Fritz, it seems, worked for the theater, though no one’s sure when.

Apparently despondent, he hanged himself inside, behind the movie screen. Since then, his presence has been felt throughout the theater. Everybody knows him and no one is frightened.

11/01/2021

Hi Pallies!

I’m happy to announce that this holiday season, PBS will air for the first time, the “Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Family Christmas Show” from December 21, 1967.

I recently got together with my sister Gail, Tina & Nancy Sinatra in Studio A at Capitol Records
where we filmed our memories of recording this wonderful show. Segments will be added to the original uncut show to make a 90-minute special.

It was fabulous getting together with my life-long girlfriends.

You’re going to love it!

Love,

Deana Martin

Check your local PBS listing 👉 https://to.pbs.org/3Cszruw
More Information please read the article from BroadwayWorld 👉 https://smarturl.it/BroadwayWorldArticle

10/31/2021

I am thrilled to announce that PBS will air The Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Christmas Show this holiday season. Tina & I and Gail & Deana Martin recently got together to reminisce at Capitol Studios for the special 90-minute show.

Filming this special was so much fun and it makes me very happy that audiences will be able to view the full show again for the first time since it originally aired on December 21, 1967. It begins airing as early as tonight in some PBS markets.

Read the article from BroadwayWorld -> https://bit.ly/3jPB0v9

Check your local PBS listing -> https://to.pbs.org/3Cszruw

📸: Martin Mills

10/30/2021

Boris Karloff recording his lines from the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon.

Timeline Photos
10/28/2021

Timeline Photos

The Three Stooges pose for a photo with three park rangers in Yellowstone, 1969. 📸

10/27/2021

Most photos of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre are, naturally enough, taken from Hollywood Blvd looking. So after posting yesterday’s photo of their 7-foot doorman, I was pleased to find this one taken on the forecourt of footprints in cement looking out across Hollywood Blvd to the Roosevelt Hotel on the Orange Drive corner. We can see half of the sign for their “CINEGRILL” cabaret room, as well as the awning that used to stretch from Grauman’s front door to the curb. I also love seeing those long-gone stores that used to face the theater – one of them made custom lamp shades! From the back of the CinemaScope sign we can see that this photo was taken during the two-week run of “The Seven Year Itch” in July 1955.

Timeline Photos
10/25/2021

Timeline Photos

Actress Kim Novak photographed in Los Angeles, 1955. (Photo by Earl Leaf) 📷

10/25/2021

The intricate facade and marquee of the Los Angeles Theatre, located at 615 S. Broadway, 1961. Showing is the film, "Go Naked in the World," with Sophia Loren, Tony Franciosa and Gina Lollobrigida. Source: LAPL

Photos from Vintage Los Angeles's post
10/24/2021

Photos from Vintage Los Angeles's post

10/23/2021

We love Brad! ❤🎬🍿🍰🎁 And Happy Belated Birthday, Jerome‼‼

10/23/2021

Happy 99th Birthday to Grauman's Egyptian!
It opened October 18, 1922 with "Robin Hood" -- and Hollywood's first red carpet premiere. Hey, Netflix! Even if the theatre isn't ready to reopen let's do a big 100th Birthday Party next year in the forecourt. This photo from a 1926 "Don Juan" premiere is on our page about the famous forecourt: https://losangelestheatres.blogspot.com/2017/02/egyptian-forecourt.html

The Egyptian was the first Los Angeles theatre to be wired for Vitaphone and hosted the west coast premiere of Warner's feature "Don Juan," opening August 20, 1926 for about a three month run. Initially they ran the silent version, then did a second premiere for the one with an added Vitaphone sound and effects track. This premiere shot was used by Warner Bros. in promoting the film. Thanks to Richard Adkins of Hollywood Heritage for sharing the photo.

10/23/2021

Bela Lugosi at home in L.A. with one of his dogs. Bela would have been 139 years old today.

10/22/2021
If you missed one of these delicious bites, why not get the “Watch TCM” app while you’re biting your time!
10/22/2021

If you missed one of these delicious bites, why not get the “Watch TCM” app while you’re biting your time!

Can't decide if you're team Dracula or Frankenstein? Well some Hammer Horror might help!

These iconic characters revived in the '60s and '70s are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Nice tribute to Joan Maurer (Moe's daughter) from the Three Stooges C3 Entertainment❤
10/20/2021

Nice tribute to Joan Maurer (Moe's daughter) from the Three Stooges C3 Entertainment❤

10/18/2021

Every bride wants to look her best. Here's Elsa Lanchester putting on her makeup on the set of "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935).

10/18/2021

Aerial view of a Pacific Theaters' Cinerama Dome (center), located at 6360 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood; view is looking southwest. Vine St. is diagonally at lower left; Ivar Ave. is diagonally, middle right to upper left; Cahuenga Blvd. is diagonally middle right curving to upper left; Wilcox Ave. is upper right to top left corner; Sunset Blvd. is diagonally, bottom left to upper right; De Longpre Ave. is diagonally, middle left to upper right; Fountain Ave. is diagonally upper left to top right corner. The RCA Building (later home to the Los Angeles Film School) is at right and the Sunset Vine Tower is present at bottom left. Photograph dated June 20, 1965. Source: LAPL

The Pacific Theaters' Cinerama Dome was designed to present widescreen Cinerama films and was originally developed by Saul Pick. It was adapted by the noted architectural firm of Welton Becket and Associates and opened on November 2, 1963 with the press premiere of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". Built in only 16 weeks, the domed roof is comprised of 316 pre-cast concrete panels, most of which are hexagonal, and each weighing approximately 3,200 lbs., with a wide screen measuring 32 x 86 feet. The Cinerama Dome, the first and only theater of its kind in the world, has been host to over five decades of premieres and blockbusters; it was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on December 18, 1998.; The 1963 18-story International Style Sunset Vine Tower, designed by architect Douglas Honnold of the firm Honnold & Rex, was the first skyscraper built in Los Angeles after the city repealed its 14-story building height limit.

Happy Birthday!  We love you Angela Lansbury‼️❤️🎈🎉
10/18/2021
Beauty and the Beast | Angela Lansbury Live Performance

Happy Birthday! We love you Angela Lansbury‼️❤️🎈🎉

Accompanied by composer Alan Menken, Angela Lansbury surprised guests with a special performance of "Beauty & The Beast" in the 25th Anniversary screening at...

Cantinflas and David Niven flying high in Mike Todd’s Academy Award winning film Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Acc...
10/18/2021

Cantinflas and David Niven flying high in Mike Todd’s Academy Award winning film Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Accepting the best picture award at the Oscar festivities on March 27, 1957 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Todd ran halfway up the aisle, turned around and ran back to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, to give her a kiss. One year later, on March 22, 1958, Mike Todd died in a plane crash on his way to Manhattan.

On this day in 1956, "Around the World in 80 Days" opened. 🎦

Photos from Vintage Los Angeles's post
10/18/2021

Photos from Vintage Los Angeles's post

Timeline Photos
10/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Behind-the-scenes shot of Russ Tamblyn and Jane Powell during the filming of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS ('54).

10/17/2021

In 1919, four of the biggest names in Hollywood – Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and director D.W. Griffith – formed their own production company, United Artists. They took over an independent studio at Santa Monica Blvd at Formosa Ave and dubbed it the Pickford–Fairbanks Studios, which is the large white building we’re seeing in this 1920 photograph. We’re looking southeast, so the road running from left to right is Santa Monica Blvd, and that strip in the upper left corner is Formosa. And all around it land, land, empty land! The studio is still around, operating under a slew of different names and owners—Samuel Goldwyn was one—and is now simply called The Lot.

Fabulous shot from the set of The Lady Eve (1941) directed and written by the stupendous Preston Sturges. Starring Barba...
10/16/2021

Fabulous shot from the set of The Lady Eve (1941) directed and written by the stupendous Preston Sturges. Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, and filmed at Paramount Studios and the LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia

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Connie Humberger, a Founding Board Member of the Alex Film Society, died at her home in Glendale on May 25, 2021 at the age of 91. The only child of Spaniards Maria Rivas and Andres del Tiempo, her birth name was Co**ha Dolores del Tiempo. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1947, attended Los Angeles City College, and worked for Pacific Telephone in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1951, she married and moved to Glendale where she resided until her death. Connie began working for the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) in the late 1960s. Fluent in Spanish, she first taught English as a Second Language at Horace Mann Elementary School, then went on to work on CETA and bilingual education programs. Connie had a deep love for the city of Los Angeles and its built environment, especially City Hall and the downtown theatres. So, after leaving GUSD, she spent more than 20 years working for the Los Angeles Conservancy (LAC). During her tenure at LAC, she was the Volunteer Coordinator, managed the Downtown Walking Tour program, and was a founding member of the Last Remaining Seats Committee. Connie was passionate about life and had many interests, including art, architecture, theatre, travel, cooking, and good causes. She was involved with The Glendale Historical Society’s (TGHS) efforts to preserve the Alex Theatre, volunteered as a docent for TGHS and LAC, and was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and the Alex Film Society. Connie was warm, positive, generous, and enthusiastic, making friends wherever she went. A wonderful friend to others, Connie’s life was in turn enriched by a large circle of friends. She was predeceased by her husband William Humberger and is survived by her daughter, Andrea Humberger. There will be no memorial event per Connie’s wishes. Memorial gifts may be made to the Los Angeles Conservancy (www.laconservancy.org/donate ) or the Maria and Teresa Rivas Scholarship fund at the Glendale College Foundation (www.glendale.edu/about-gcc/foundation-community/donate-now). F
It’s so cool to see that so many people are interested in preserving film and taking an active part as audience members! Since I’ve had so much free time lately I’ve been trying to watch more independently-made films in order to support smaller artists and found this really great streaming service called Film Festival Flix. They have a huge collection of indie cinema available on VOD from studios such as Drafthouse and Kino Lorber. I just watched a really great romantic comedy on there called “Starting from Scratch” which shows what happens after the main characters fall in love, aka divorce and an audit. It does such a great job in utilizing the tropes of the genre while also bringing a realistic and relatable side to the story which I thought was really unique and refreshing! The platform also hosts famous Film Festivals that you can attend virtually which I think is a great alternative to the real thing during times like these. I’ve been finding some really terrific indie gems but haven’t even scratched the surface of what they have so if you happen to find any films on there that are particularly interesting please feel free to leave me some suggestions!
Finding communities such as these always give me hope for helping other aspiring filmmakers or people who just want to be involved. There is a new sci-fi thriller I watched last night that left my friends and I on the edge of our seats. The film follows Joel, a failed tech venture capitalist, who desperately becomes involved with a startup tech company by investing his own, and his in-law’s money into it. I believe the film speaks to how sometimes being privileged, that some people can be blinded by some of the immoral practices that take place in modern society. I personally had a thrilling time watching this film and believe it was worth the watch. The film is now streaming on VOD!
Los Angeles Theatres Happy 94th Birthday to the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd, Glendale! It opened as the Alexander on September 4, 1925. The Greek Revival atmospheric design by Arthur G. Lindley and Charles R. Selkirk was a project of C.L. Langley, whose holdings later got rolled into West Coast Theatres. The 1940 photo of the entrance before S. Charles Lee did his moderne re-do is from the UCLA S. Charles Lee Papers Collection. The Los Angeles Theatres page of exterior views has more photos: https://losangelestheatres.blogspot.com/…/07/alex-theatre.h…
More classic Warner Bros. films 1930-40's.
Thank you, glad to be here!
So I'm trying to figure out how many of the Halloween showings my father and I have been to. But I was only able to put a list together up to 2005. Would you happen to know what films were shown between 2001 and 2004? And the year they were shown so I can complete my list? From 2005-2017 we've seen all but Beetlejuice and in 2013 when the theater was under renovations. So that's definitely 11 we've been to.
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I don't see the Three Stooges Event on the calendar at the Alex Theatre this year. Are you planning to have it again? It is so much fun!