The Haunted Movie Theaters of Hollywood
It seems that spirits or ghosts seem to enjoy not only the theater but also watching movies. It appears that many of these ghosts have chosen to haunt Hollywood movie theaters. They can be former actors or actresses or even staff members of the theaters.
Mann’s Chinese Theater
One of the best recognized landmarks all over the world and especially in Hollywood is the building formerly known as Graumann’s Chinese Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard. Showman Sid Graumann built the theater in 1927 to host the premiere of the epic film “King of Kings” directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The building was designed in an Oriental style and actresses and actors could leave behind their foot and hand prints in …show more content…
Four Warner brothers, Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack risked everything in the late 1920s for the first talkie film “The Jazz Singer”. It was an iconic moment because now movie theaters would have to be equipped with sound. The brothers were hoping to have the theater ready for the premier of the movie. Sam Warner was the one supervising the installation of the sound system. When Sam realized that the theater would not be ready for the premier he stood in the lobby and cursed the place. Because of this “The Jazz Singer” had its premiere in New York City on October 6, 1927. None of the Warner brothers could attend and 24 hours before the premier Sam Warner suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died in Los Angeles. Finally six months later the Warner Pacific Theater opened its doors showing a long forgotten film called “The Glorious Betsy” starring Conrad Nagel. Al Jolson was the emcee that night and a plaque honoring Sam Warner was placed in the theater …show more content…
It was purchased in 1949 by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes as part of his national theater chain when he bought RKO Pictures. After purchasing the theater Hughes set up two offices on the second floor and would use them whenever he was in Hollywood. In the mid-1950s he sold all of his RKO stock and abandoned the offices. Pacific Theaters bought the Pantages in 1967, restoring the theater to its original splendor. While working on the second floor staff members have reported feeling a presence especially in the conference room which was once Howard Hughes’ office. There has been a certain coldness in the room and a wind has whipped through. Banging and bumping sounds could be heard and when a wind goes through the room one can smell cigar smoke. An apparition of a tall man has been seen thought to be Howard
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Duke looked for people with unique playing styles to bring into his band and perform. Such musicians included Bubber Miley who was one of the first to introduce using a plunger as a mute, Joe Naughton who gave the world his trombone growl, and Johnny Hodges who was a famous alto saxophonist (Kallen 40). Duke’s recruitment of unique jazz sounds helped spread the popularity and exposure of the music. This was even more effective as Duke’s work was shown on such a large stage as Broadway. With Duke’s bandleading a lot more people were introduced to the sound of jazz.
“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song” a wise quote from the one and only, Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong was one of the most important musicians throughout the early to mid 1900’s. He struggled but eventually made a name for himself at a young age and became one of the worlds most cherished jazz musicians. Being a famous black man during his time was unheard of, and so he had to protect that. At the peak of his fame the Little Rock crisis occurred, and throughout the rest of his life an entire civil rights revolution occurred.
Today in class we viewed the fifth episode of Ken Burns Jazz documentary, Swing Pure Pleasure. In the late 1930’s Swing became the new Jazz among the young teenage Americans. With its popularity came fame for band leaders and bands. Bands started touring, band leaders were seen as rock stars, and swing became the obsession of many young Americans. This new fame wasn’t all flashing lights many bands and band leaders faced hardships in their career.
One of the most popular genres of music known to mankind today is the music of jazz. During the mid 1910’s, many of the nation 's population were living in the urban areas causing for ethnic diversity and a era for people to learn to express themselves. The 1920s brought many advancements to today 's society especially in music. Jazz was making its debut in the 1920s, which is why it is known as the ‘Jazz Age’. From the 1920 's through the late 1950 's jazz was shaped from the absolute entirety of African American.
It opened in 1912, with two stories, and the capability to seat 1,500 people. During the Harlem Renaissance, it was used often. This is because among the many arts that were growing in Harlem during the 1920s, theater and music were greatly affected. In terms of theater, the Lafayette Theater was employed by many African American actors, some of them belonging to the Lafayette players. Also, some big performers made it there, like Bessie Smith, Ethel Walters, Moms Mabley, and Duke Ellington.
The concert was held in an exceedingly luxurious environment which put everyone in the audience in a jubilant mood. The audience would tap their feet along to the catchy rhythm, then would cheer with an electrifying applause after each piece was performed. The band continued to draw the crowd’s attention by having every musician on the stage play their own solo in each song. When Byron Stripling and the Jazz St. Louis Big Band performed the last piece in their set of the night they ended it with every musician on stage shouting “Clark Terry” to end the exquisite
She sang as if withholding a secret, drawing in each and every listener to catch a glimpse of her tragic life with her quiet and intense tone. However, she didn’t reveal too much and kept her audience wanting more. This invoked complex emotions in the audience, for they admired her natural talent as well as pitied the toll of drug use on her vocal chords. Her minimalist style of conveying the message of a piece without emphasizing her individual talent inspired future musicians. The influence of Holiday’s music was far reaching, including Diana Ross, who played Billie Holiday in the film “Lady Sings the Blues” (Morgenstern 258).
In life, there are few things as organic as jazz music. With its raw sound and scrappy roots, one cannot help but feel life head-on whilst witnessing players produce such a sound right before their eyes. Its origins and arch are a product of the United States’ national culture and identity. Jazz exists not only as a deeply rooted form of art but as a cultural marker, particularly during its commercial peak in the first half of the 20th century. Its impact transcends borders, and it is one of the most beloved musical genres worldwide.
In 1927, the release of Alan Crosland’s film The Jazz Singer revolutionized the movie industry with the first feature length movie to utilize synchronized sound. Prior to this innovative film the industry was primarily focused on what are now known as “silent films,” which would often be accompanied in the theatre with live music or sometimes even a recorded soundtrack. The accompanying music would set the mood for these dialogue-less films, and in many ways convey more intricate aspects of the story that could not be expressed through the cinematography alone with the technology at the time. With the utilization of synchronized sound in cinema, the industry adapted a new type of film known as “talkies,” which were just as often musical movies
Today there are three theatres still standing in Rome and some are in better conditions than others. When people think of Roman theatres they often tend to forget how grand they really are. Instead, many tourists believe that they are just as simple as their Greek counterparts, which is simply untrue. The ancient Romans did not hold back when it came to creating their world renowned
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players,” (Shakespeare), meaning the whole world is like a stage show and humans are the actors. The quote proves that life can imitate art even when it’s not recognized, art is everywhere you look, in places you never thought to look. Theater is represented in any imaginable way, so why is it not good enough for a simple required subject in school? Fine arts such as drama, dance, and art programs get cut from high schools due to the expenses that go into them. People say theater is not needed for the future, no help in the “real world”, and it’s not a life skill.