Hollywood Legion Theater

Hollywood Legion Theater The only historic theater in Hollywood owned & operated by veterans has undergone a major renovation to become a state-of-the-art cinema and event venue.
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American Cinematheque
10/23/2019

American Cinematheque

Happy 83rd birthday to director Philip Kaufman! Don't miss your chance to see him in person at one of our upcoming screenings -- we think THE RIGHT STUFF at Post 43 will be a particularly special evening.

at the Aero Theatre:
11/8: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK / THE WANDERERS
11/9: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS / THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID plus Q&A
11/10: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING plus Q&A

at the American Legion Post 43 - Hollywood, CA:
11/11: THE RIGHT STUFF Veteran's Day screening plus Q&A

Full details: http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/all-the-right-stuff-the-artistry-of-philip-kaufman

'This is a dream come true'
04/13/2019
'This is a dream come true'

'This is a dream come true'

Hollywood Post 43's newly renovated theater, which 'represents hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions made by veterans,' helps open Turner Classic Movie Film Festival.

ICYMI: We are proud to share that our friends at Turner Classic Movies: TCM have announced that the Hollywood Legion The...
03/08/2019
American Legion Post 43 - Hollywood, CA

ICYMI: We are proud to share that our friends at Turner Classic Movies: TCM have announced that the Hollywood Legion Theater will be a new venue for the TCM Film Festival April 11-14 alongside hollywood landmarks like the Chinese and Egyptian theaters! #newkidontheblock #notthatnew #tcmff #film #35mm #70mm #letsmovie #hollywood #veterans #post43

http://filmfestival.tcm.com/venu…/legion-theater-at-post-43/

ICYMI: Our friends at Turner Classic Movies: TCM announced yesterday that the Hollywood Legion Theater has been added as a new venue for the TCM Film Festival April 11-14 alongside hollywood landmarks like the Chinese and Egyptian theaters! #newkidontheblock #notthatnew #tcmff #film #35mm #70mm #letsmovie #hollywood #veterans #post43

http://filmfestival.tcm.com/venu…/legion-theater-at-post-43/

Alcons Audio
01/15/2019

Alcons Audio

Alcons Gains A New Legion Of Fans At Hollywood’s Post 43

Founded in 1919 by First World War veterans working in the motion picture industry, the American Legion’s Post 43 became a Hollywood icon, with members including Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan and more. A major project to update the post’s auditorium has put it back at the center of the Los Angeles community, with Alcons Audio playing the starring role.

Movies have always played a key role in the life of Post 43. As veteran Bill Steele - Post 43 member and the upgrade’s project manager - says, it has always been “that much more showbiz” than any other American Legion post. Several years ago, Post Commander Fernando Rivero saw the opportunity to re-establish Post 43’s role as an important part of the local community by transforming it into a state-of-the-art, 500-seat movie theater and live venue.

“It had great potential to be a rental facility, a cultural venue and to let the public see this amazing space we have,” says Bill. “The plan was to modernize it as a technically-advanced cinema, but to retain the ability to host various events, meetings and live music, with everything done in the context of its history and honoring its architecture.” Ambitiously, on the cinema side the desire was also to make it suitable for digital, 70mm, 35mm and even 16mm film showings.

“Hollywood is a very demanding audience, because they've heard it all,” says Bill. “We really wanted the best possible sound, a high end system that would go above and beyond all others.

A major challenge was how to deliver high quality sound for every perceived use in a large, reverberant space, where the Egyptial Revival style architecture was going to be highlighted by taking it back to its original concrete. Fortunately Bill is an audiophile and a fan of the open, transparent sound of ribbon drivers. His introduction to Alcons Audio was at the annual International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) seminar in LA.

“I was really intrigued by how Alcons had overcome the limitations of past pro-ribbon designs,” says Bill. “David brought over some Alcons nearfield monitors and, without any acoustic treatment, they sounded amazing straight out of the box. David’s demo showed that the Alcons pro-ribbon system would help to minimize unwanted reflections, because the speakers are so directional. Along with the dynamics, transparency and power handling, frankly it blew everyone away.”

The chosen system needed to deliver high end PA functionality as well as exceptional movie sound… and David proved that Alcons checked that box as well. “I set the bar pretty high for what we wanted and Alcons fulfilled all our criteria, with a fair bit in reserve,” says Bill. “We listened to a lot of systems, but Alcons was the only one that stood out.”

In the meantime, Peter Grueneisen of LA-based nonzero architecture - a company renowned for its high-end acoustic spaces - was brought in to help the architectural restoration and with taming the acoustics.

“We worked with Arup at the start to model the space, which helped us to choose the acoustic treatment. An entire year was spent building the infrastructure, to make sure we had the best playing field for the speaker system,” says Peter. “The fact that Alcons pro-ribbon systems are so focused was a huge help. It meant that it all fell into place very well. For a space that is so acoustically challenging, there were no major problems.”

The chosen Alcons system comprises five CR4 tri-amped large-format screen systems, 16 CRS12 large-format reference surround, 12 LR7 micro line-array modules and four CB362 high-output full-size subwoofers, powered and controlled by six Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers. Installed by LA-based Stay On Screen, it delivers the best solution for both movie screenings and live events.

“The Alcons pro-ribbon solution overcomes so many limitations of other cinema systems. There is something very special about being in a movie theater and being hit with high levels of undistorted sound. Very few systems can do that and I’m really excited about it,” says Bill. “It means no ear fatigue for the listener, gives us exceptional headroom and, with the CR4s, the sound is just tremendous when all five channels are activated..

“Alcons pro-ribbon systems are also extremely well made, with tremendous attention to detail and their customer service is top notch. It was much more than just a sale to them, they went way above and beyond what was expected, doing a lot of work to make sure everything was exactly right. With all of these positive qualities, Alcons offers exceptional value for money.”

“I’m really happy that we have one of the best-sounding rooms in town. It’s clean, intelligible and it has a lot of headroom,” adds Stay on Screen proprietor Levi Joos, “I’m proud of the fact that for the next 20 years people will come to Post 43 to enjoy movies with the very best sound.”

“We wanted to reinvent the space as a really high end movie theater and performance space. Without question Alcons delivered that, " concludes Bill.

For more information, please visit www.hollywoodpost43.org and www.alconsaudio.com .

American Legion Post 43 - Hollywood, CA
11/07/2018

American Legion Post 43 - Hollywood, CA

Super excited about this feature on #post43’s amazing transformation in today’s The Hollywood Reporter #THRNextGen issue! On newsstands now. Check it out!

We need your help finishing this ambitious theater renovation!!! Please visit our crowdfunding page and support our seat...
10/11/2018
Hollywood Legion Theater

We need your help finishing this ambitious theater renovation!!! Please visit our crowdfunding page and support our seat campaign TODAY!

https://classy.org/campaign/hollywood-legion-theater/c157375

Help support the renovation of the 90-year-old theater at the historic Hollywood American Legion into a state-of-the-art cinema and event venue that will be a community destination for film and cultural programming, support veteran causes and raise the profile of issues affecting American vet

An ambitious $4M renovation has transformed this 90-year-old auditorium into a state-of-the-art movie palace, boasting s...
10/09/2018

An ambitious $4M renovation has transformed this 90-year-old auditorium into a state-of-the-art movie palace, boasting superior acoustics with the most advanced digital picture and sound technology combined with meticulously restored 35mm & 70mm film projection capability. This stunning room has been designed to the strictest technical requirements for motion picture exhibition, plus the ability to host quality live music and comedy performances, Q&A panels, television specials, summits and corporate presentations. The Legion Theater is an unparalleled and versatile venue perfectly suited for any event. Inquire at [email protected]

Photos: Taiyo Watanabe Architecture Photography
Architects: nonzero \ architecture

An ambitious $4M renovation has transformed this 90-year-old auditorium into a state-of-the-art movie palace, boasting superior acoustics with the most advanced digital picture and sound technology combined with meticulously restored 35mm & 70mm film projection capability. This stunning room has been designed to the strictest technical requirements for motion picture exhibition, plus the ability to host quality live music and comedy performances, Q&A panels, television specials, summits and corporate presentations. The Legion Theater is an unparalleled and versatile venue perfectly suited for any event. Inquire at [email protected]

Photos: Taiyo Watanabe Architecture Photography
Architects: nonzero \ architecture

Hollywood Legion Theater's cover photo
10/09/2018

Hollywood Legion Theater's cover photo

Hollywood Legion Theater
10/09/2018

Hollywood Legion Theater

THEATER HISTORY: "Veteran film composer Dimitri Tiomkin composed and conducted the music for the film. His soundtrack re...
07/18/2018

THEATER HISTORY: "Veteran film composer Dimitri Tiomkin composed and conducted the music for the film. His soundtrack recording, with the Warner Brothers Studio Orchestra, was recorded in the auditorium of American Legion Post 43 - Hollywood, CA; Billboard reported that the acoustics in the Hollywood Legion were "far superior to most studio space in Hollywood and similar to that of the best concert halls." During the week of April 21, 1958, Columbia held open sessions for The Old Man and the Sea at the Legion Hall. The soundtrack was later released in both stereo and mono by Columbia Records."

"The Old Man in the film is a Cuban fisherman who has gone 84 days without a catch. His only friend is a young teenager whose name is Jabby who has been barred by his father from accompanying the Old Man out to sea. On the Old Man's 85th day out, he finally hooks a huge marlin, which he then tries to bring in and haul in from far out from shore. For three days and nights he battles the fish, which is portrayed in the film (as it had been in Hemingway's novella) as a trial of mental and physical courage that becomes the ultimate test for him of his worth as a man."

The soundtrack can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kd_zfpxiLo

01/29/2018
Hollywood Legion Theater

Work continues apace! Sandblasting and painting complete in the auditorium and acoustic panels are going in. Still on track for Spring completion. Stay tuned and don't forget to buy a seat and get your name or that of a loved one engraved on the back of the new theater chairs. More info at legiontheater.org.

https://vimeo.com/252255174

View from the projection booth at scaffolding s acoustic paneling begins to go up!

08/08/2017
Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records

HISTORY: "In addition to his grasp of numerous musical styles, [Tutti] Camarata had a fine ear for sound quality. Dissatisfied with recording facilities on the Disney Studio lot, he set about finding better acoustics in the Los Angeles Area... Camarata's quest for sound perfection eventually took him to an American Legion Hall on Hollywood's Highland Avenue. After clapping his hands to check the acoustics, he told [Jimmy] Johnson, "We've got to try this place!" It was a dream situation for Disney. Not only was the hall perfect for recording, the company did not have to pay rent. The board members of the nonprofit Legion post, startled as they were, merely asked for a contribution to their post fund. The first album recorded there was the highly innovative 'Folk Songs from the Far Corners'..."

First of all "Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records" has a few errors in the life of Gloria Wood. Gloria died March 23, 1995 of complications of Diabetes, not 1998 as the book stated. She DID NOT SING IN DON JUANS group...that was her sister Donna Wood ...The group is called Donna and her D...

The Hollywood Legion Theater will exhibit state-of-the-art 4K digital cinema and 35mm and 70mm film with stunning pictur...
07/24/2017
Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience

The Hollywood Legion Theater will exhibit state-of-the-art 4K digital cinema and 35mm and 70mm film with stunning picture and sound by experienced projectionists for a top shelf cinematic experience in a historic setting! #film #35mm #70mm #Dunkirk #hollywood

http://www.indiewire.com/2017/07/netflix-christopher-nolan-theatrical-distribution-1201857805/

Christopher Nolan chided Netflix over their lack of theatrical distribution, but the streamers aren’t the reason so many movie goers will see an inferior version of “Dunkirk” this…

You can see this film at Post 43 tomorrow night.  Be sure to RSVP and get your free tickets online.
08/03/2016
All Warrior Network

You can see this film at Post 43 tomorrow night. Be sure to RSVP and get your free tickets online.

You'll be hearing a little more about this epic movie in the coming days!


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07/06/2016
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We are pleased to announce that American Legion Post 43 - Hollywood, CA has retained Peter Grueneisen, FAIA of nonzero \ architecture for the design and acoustic remodel of the Hollywood Legion Theater. Design development is underway, and we look forward to the next evolution of the Legion Theater as a state of the art cinema and event venue in this historic setting--a vibrant community center operated by U.S. war veterans as it has been since 1929! Visit http://www.legiontheater.org/ to sign up for updates and to donate to support this ambitious project!

The only historic theater in Hollywood owned and operated by veterans of the US military is undergoing a major renovation to become a state-of-the-art cinema and event venue. American Legion Hollywood Post 43 is a 501c(19) nonprofit veteran service organization. Follow our progress and help make his...

06/20/2016

Here's a glimpse back at one of our newsletters, which ran an article titled, "PROJECTION COMMITTEE by Allen J. Pinker, Chairman"

"This will be the first report of the projection room committee. Just so that all comrades will be able to know who is who, and that credit will be given to all, for without their help I could never have been so successful in securing the first class projection room that Hollywood Post No. 43 now has.

Most of you know that until Feb. 7, 1938 we were without adequate equipment to show talking pictures. I felt that the patriotic pictures that most of the studios are now making would be a great factor in the education of youth (and also some of the elders). With this in mind we started out.

Our Commander, Willard Stewart, handled the Fox Studio and was successful in securing two Peerless Arc Lamps to furnish light. Those at 20th Century Fox who so willingly helped him were Ray Corey, William Weisheit, E.H. Hansen, F.L. Metzler, and Tom Young.

From Warner Bros. Studio we were able to secure complete sound and projection equipment, including sound screen, through the generosity of a man who believes in Americanism and the American Legion--a man who is vitally interested in Americanism and peace, H.M. Warner.

To these comrades and non-members who gave us their untiring help, I wish to express on behalf of the Post, our deep appreciation. We shall send our personal thanks by way of letter to Nathan Levinson, Bryan Foy, Carrol Sax, Gordon Hollingshead, Harold McCord, Ralph Dawson, Benny Marsk, Jack Manning, Lew Hess, Nick Frickhofen and Gordon Bennett.

From R.K.O. Studio I wish to thank Roy Otto and J.E. Montgomery.

To Western Electric Corp. our thanks to C.C. Brett and P.B. Almquist.

To Nathan Levinson, we owe our special thanks and appreciation, as his final O.K. was necessary before equipment was turned over. He is now a member of our Post.

And Comrades, a big hand to the men who spent Sundays and ights installing the equipment, and it took plenty of hard work--John Stuart, Oliver Sigurdson, Charles Boleyn--and Bob Miller who did such a grand job supervising and putting the final tests on the sound.

And to Comrade P.A. Horton, chairman of our Americanism Committee, we owe our sincere thanks and appreciation for the time, effort and contacts he made to help put our projection room over.

Comrades, if you still feel able to climb the stairs, your projection room is in the penthouse--you are always welcome, so come up and see us some time.

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I can't wait to see this when it's done!!!