On November 4, 1953, Marilyn Monroe was the star at the premiere of "How to Marry a Millionaire" – at the Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills. The Art Deco tower and its theater, by the architect S. Charles Lee, opened on September 19, 1930 – previously discussed here in detail. Now it seems dead.
On a dark, quiet Monday it seemed given over to ghosts, standing alone, with something nightmarish about it. The streets were empty. And currently playing – Love, Janis – "a potent, fresh and enormously crowd-pleasing evocation of the legacy of Janis Joplin" – and that would be the woman who died in 1970, a few miles north. Sometimes Los Angeles is just creepy.