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"State"-ing the case to restore a classic: See it next Sunday



At times, it's hard to guess which downtown theater palaces hosted premieres of Carole Lombard films such as "To Be Or Not To Be" (above). But since it was a United Artists production, chances are good that it opened in downtown Los Angeles at this theater at 7th & Broadway, shown in 1938:



Note that while the marquee refers to "Loew's State," it then was owned by Fox West Coast Theaters, which bought the theater from Loew's, its original owner, in 1924 -- three years after it opened. United Artists took it over in 1941.

We wrote about the State earlier this year (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/884285.html), noting it was the first major downtown venue to run Spanish-language films, then ceased showing movies of any kind in 1997. For the past two decades, it has served as a church for the Hispanic community:



But examine that marquee now:



The congregation moved out at the end of 2017, and there are plans to restore the State into some sort of performing arts venue. And a week from today, you can tour the 97-year-old facility, which in its heyday had an interior looking like this:





The event begins at 10 a.m. April 29 (doors open at 9:45), and you can examine the behind-the-scenes operations from its cinematic glory days. It's sponsored by the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation; tickets are $20 for the general public, $10 for LAHTF members. Buy a ticket or learn more at https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=203494dca21bc9ae128f1cb2160febe3&t=tix&vqitq=6f2ff639-6bc5-4c20-9764-0a17925cf3ef&vqitp=2739e1d9-9590-46b6-b925-cf92939d1c30&vqitts=1524410616&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=7ef32e00b9a5da3ebdd4d9800ba556f7. Those of you in town that weekend for the annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival might want to venture downtown to check it out.

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