Last weekend we went to the new Landmark Theaters at the Westside Pavillion on Pico @ Westwood. Wow! Gorgeous theaters. Very fancy shmancy. Looks like the owners are trying to replicate the feeling of exclusivity found at Hollywood's Arclight. The Landmark is known for showing smaller, art films and not the usual blockbuster movies. We needed a good, modern art house on the Westside. So many of the art film theaters are old, have broken seats, bad sound, etc. The new Landmark is really beautiful. It's next to a refurbished Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the same complex will soon house a restaurant. There is no parking fee in the garage. Access is easy. The interior is light and airy. I've never seen such a huge concession stand...lots of choices. There is a bar and lounge that opens at 4pm everyday. We saw "Once." It was good, but not incredible like it was hyped-up to be. We sat in one of the "living room" theaters which consists of about 20 black leather love seats and armchairs. It was a little tooooo comfortable. I started to doze off a bit during the beginning of the film. We will definitely go back to the Landmark. I'd like to check it out at night and have a smart cocktail in the lounge.
This location is nostalgic for me. I grew up about a mile from here. BEFORE the Westside Pavillion was built, the blocks between Kelton Ave. and Overland Ave. were filled with mini-mall-type stores, the Picwood Theater and the Pic-Wood Bowling Alley. I spent many Saturday afternoons at the movies, then later at the bowling alley with my friends. I remember when the current Macy's (former May Co.) was built at the corner of Overland and Pico. It was so much more modern than our usual May Co. at Wilshire and Fairfax. The mini mall just west of the May Co. housed stores such as See's Candy, The Little Folk Shop, J.J. Newberry's and Eileen Feather Reducing Salon and a small Von's. There have been many, many changes on Pico Boulevard during my lifetime.
Pico Blvd. in the Good Ol' Days!
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