Several of my friends and I gussied up and gathered at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo to catch the 1931 version of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff. The movie was preceded by a couple of Laurel and Hardy shorts.
The Old Town Music Hall is a quaint little theater that showcases both silent and early sound films as well as concerts. While we didn’t get to hear it, the theater is home to a Wurlitzer pipe organ saved from the Fox West Coast Theater in Long Beach. The theater, originally called the El Segundo State Theater, was built in the 1920s, but the organ wasn’t installed until 1968.
The interior contains a quirky collection of art. Not exactly a movie palace, but nostalgic none the less. Had I paid attention to the calendar, I might have seen earlier that Janet Klein was playing there that night and made other arrangements. I love her!
After the movie, we walked down the street to the Purple Orchid, a tacky and fabulous tiki bar. I stuck with the tiki drink menu, which were all tasty and well-done. Gotta love drinks with plastic monkeys and paper umbrellas. Between us we tried to create a brigade of monkeys, but didn’t invest the time, or the gullet, needed to put on a full-scale attack.
Speaking of tiki and tropical fabulousness, next post shall bore you with my adventures in Hawaii.