October 23, 2004
We Dare to Enter 'House of Frankenstein' at
Glendale's Movie Palace, the Alex Theatre
The Alex Film Society screens classic films in an absolutely spectacular venue--Glendale's 1925-vintage Egyptian-inspired movie palace, the Alex Theatre. And each fall, we attend the AFS' Halloween-themed program. This year, the program was built around the 1944 Universal Studios classic, "House of Frankenstein."

As always, the AFS supported the film with an informative newsletter, a lobby exhibit of relevant movie artifacts, a cartoon screened before the movie, and a special introduction to the theatre for the Mass Comm 101 group.

We drew about 65 students and guests for this MC101 field trip. Here are some of the early arrivals.

Everything about the Alex is charmingly and authentically retro. Here is the marquee, although during the daytime you don't get to appreciate all the neon.
Here's what the theater looked like in 1959.

 
Back to the neon memtioned above. At left is a shot of the Alex's classic neon spire at night.

 

One of the fun things to do at the Alex is to just hang out and spend some time in the theater's glamorous forecourt.
Because it is historically-protected, you can't take food and drink with you into the Alex. However, concessions are sold before the program in the forecourt.

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