Grauman’s a Night Club?? Say it isn’t so?!

Are they kidding with this stuff??  Many thanks to BILL KNOWLTON for passing on this unbelievable story from the NBC Los Angeles affiliate.  It just can’t happen.  If Historic Preservation means anything, this will be nipped right now.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Graumans-Chinese-Theater-to-Become-Nightclub-121815054.html

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  1. Gary Parks

    How about this (and maybe they’re planning on it): Refurbish the old stage and dressing rooms and have a flyable screen. I know this would make for a smaller screen, as the present one actually slices into the old stage and the rooms beneath it. A variety of presentations could be done on the stage, and–if it’s necessary–a large section of removable seats could be used in front. I fail to see why people–even young people–want to pay hefty ticket prices, only to STAND for the duration of a show, unless they’re actually dancing, but that’s another story. What bothers me most is the potential for the obligatory racks and racks of self-consciously technical-looking sound and light equipment that might be hung from the walls and ceiling. The days when all equipment was hidden, leaving only the EFFECTS visible magically to the audience, are long gone. They were dying by the time of Woodstock. One could hope for careful hiding of such features (as has been perfectly done at San Jose’s CALIFORNIA and Palo Alto’s STANFORD theatres), and then the stage could be used for live acts, whether nostalgic, edgy, or multicultural, with minimal change in the look of the auditorium.

  2. Gary Parks

    How about this (and maybe they’re planning on it): Refurbish the old stage and dressing rooms and have a flyable screen. I know this would make for a smaller screen, as the present one actually slices into the old stage and the rooms beneath it. A variety of presentations could be done on the stage, and–if it’s necessary–a large section of removable seats could be used in front. I fail to see why people–even young people–want to pay hefty ticket prices, only to STAND for the duration of a show, unless they’re actually dancing, but that’s another story. What bothers me most is the potential for the obligatory racks and racks of self-consciously technical-looking sound and light equipment that might be hung from the walls and ceiling. The days when all equipment was hidden, leaving only the EFFECTS visible magically to the audience, are long gone. They were dying by the time of Woodstock. One could hope for careful hiding of such features (as has been perfectly done at San Jose’s CALIFORNIA and Palo Alto’s STANFORD theatres), and then the stage could be used for live acts, whether nostalgic, edgy, or multicultural, with minimal change in the look of the auditorium.

  3. Ken P.

    While a lot of the media has jumped on the Grauman’s turning in to a nightclub story, the actual “insider” rumor states that the Chinese 6 will be converted in to a nightclub, not Grauman’s. The only thing the rumor states about the classic theatre is that the new owners are interested in making it a a multi use venue (movies AND live events). If they are able to obtain approval for such a change, it would take a hefty investment and a lot of work (the stage area basically doesn’t exist anymore).

  4. Ken P.

    While a lot of the media has jumped on the Grauman’s turning in to a nightclub story, the actual “insider” rumor states that the Chinese 6 will be converted in to a nightclub, not Grauman’s. The only thing the rumor states about the classic theatre is that the new owners are interested in making it a a multi use venue (movies AND live events). If they are able to obtain approval for such a change, it would take a hefty investment and a lot of work (the stage area basically doesn’t exist anymore).

  5. Thanks for the clarification, Ken. That’s a much less inflammatory scenario.

  6. Thanks for the clarification, Ken. That’s a much less inflammatory scenario.

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