Saturday, July 7, 2012

Buena Vista Street History: Carthay Circle Theatre, 937 Carthay Circle

Origins of name: The complex is named after the real-life Carthay Circle Theatre in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is a faithful recreation of the exterior of the movie palace, about three-fourths the size of the original, and even retains the original's carpet design.
Fictional back story: Disney's first full-length animated film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," plays nightly inside this theater, in "stunning multiplane color," a Carthay billboard advertises. The theater offers "specially priced matinees Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays."
Street address: The 937 address number pays homage to 1937, the year "Show White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre. In the 1930s, the theater was a glitzy movie palace operated by Fox Theatres; it was torn down in 1969.
What it really is: High-end restaurant and lounge called Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, plus a second, private lounge called 1901. (The year 1901 is the year of Walt Disney's birth.)

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