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Ritz Theatre (Demolished)

In the mid-1920s, anticipating development in what would become the Miracle Mile, West Coast Theatres commissioned architect L. A. Smith to build the Ritz as the 176th theatre in its chain.

The building was also part of a block-long commercial development that included offices, stores, and "bachelor" apartments.

Soon renamed the Fox Ritz Theatre, its interiors were rich with Spanish and French Baroque ornamentation. It originally seated 1,750 and included a 42-by-30-foot-deep stage for live performances. It was among the first theatres in Los Angeles to be equipped for "talking pictures."

The Beaux Arts-style building was extensively remodeled after World War II. It was sheathed in concrete, glass, and steel to fit the postwar modern aesthetic, though its ornate rooftop electric sign remained.

The theatre served various uses over the decades, from live performance to film to a stint as the Lindy Opera House in the 1960s. It was used for a while by producer Mike Todd as a private screening house.

The building was razed in 1977 for a parking lot. The site is now part of the massive development at Wilshire and La Brea that also replaced the historic Columbia Savings building.

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Alex Theatre

The Alex Theatre is Glendale's premier theatre and performance venue. Although originally designed by architects Lindley & Selkirk in a Classical Revival style with an entry forecourt, in 1940, the theatre façade was remodeled into a spectacular Moderne edifice by noted theatre architect S. Charles Lee, and was renamed the Alex.
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Belmont High School

Belmont High School garnered national attention for the role it, along with four other Los Angeles high schools, played in the East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts (Blowouts) of March 1968. In the 1990s, Belmont High was one of the nation's largest schools with over 5,000 students.