Wilshire Theater becomes a new home

Billy Crystal

Those arriving at the Wilshire Theater to applaud Billy Crystal, on hand with his sensaysh “Billy Crystal — 700 Sundays,” were greeted by this sign in the theater’s lobby:

“Welcome to our new home — The Wilshire Theater, Center for the performing arts, culture and Jewish life. The west coast version of New York’s 92nd Street YMHA. Join us in preserving and revitalizing this historic community theatre. A home for Rabbi David Baron’s Temple of the Arts, Judaism through music, drama, art & dance. L.A.’s biggest entertainment & arts synagogue — A Home for the Temple of the Arts.”

The purchase of the theater by the Temple was consummated after three years of negotiations, Rabbi Baron reported. The Nederlander Organization has leased the theater for the Billy Crystal run (through Feb.18) and it is anticipated further productions will continue the relationship between the Temple and Nederlander. Crystal begins his stand tonight, having missed a preview performance on Wednesday when he was downed by the flu.

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  1. leonard says:

    I understand letting Gibson speak to the Jewish community. But why on Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur is a time for the Jews to seek atonement from G-d; not a time for Mel Gibson to seek atonement from the Jews!

  2. Rory Allen says:

    from
    Rory Allen
    Director/Author
    World Clasic Film Concepts
    Durbanville 7550
    Cape Town,
    South Africa
    To Rabbi David Baron
    Temple of the Arts
    Dear Rabbi Baron,
    A good idea to invite Mr
    Gibson to the Tabernacle…as an Irish Catholic at heart if not in practice, and as a former British soldier with long service in the Middle East I became very drawn to study Egyptology , the riddles in the Bible and the Crusades- leading to people like Maimonidies, and others.
    From this I realise we stand at a crossroads. The war route will lead to Armageddon.
    I specialize in researching and writing epic, true historic scripts. I resolved five years ago to write the story of the end of the Third Crusade, in the aftermath of which Europe was brought from its Dark Ages with the transference of Eastern
    technologies, learning, sciences, arts and inpiration, giving rise to
    the building of the great
    cathedrals, temples and churches, to the foundation of societies and ways of trading- benefits brought by both muslim and jew, and by those former knights and soldiers, turned healers and builders.
    This is a picture in which
    we can all cooperate in
    the making. In itself this
    will bring blessings.
    I have secured a well-known Irish Producer , John
    Phelan who will bring Ireland into the
    equation in its co-production.
    Since the Torah, the Bible
    and the Quran state that
    faith without works is dead, I believe this as a
    work will surely help
    to heal. We need this.
    Yes, surely, I need to place my scripts for my livelihood, but this goes
    way beyondthat consideration.
    I would like to have Mr
    Gibson read my script with
    a view to his directing and
    acting in it.
    Its title is
    “The Jerusalem Protocol”j
    My agent is TSA Inc NY
    (VP Sherry Fine)
    I believe you will see the
    value in a film which is a
    co-production between
    producers in America,the UK Israel,Palestine, Syria,
    Egypt,Libya and France,for
    example.
    I believe this can be achieved. I know war at
    first hand. And a little
    about art. When the two
    met after the signing of the
    pact between Richard 1 and
    Sala-Udh-Dhin, with guidance
    from Maimonides, Europe was transformed.
    Here we have a chance to do the replay.
    Please, if you will, speak
    with Mr Gibson,and convey my
    best wishes to him with a suggestion that he may be
    interested to produce and
    direct as I feel he is so well placed to interpret this story.
    I will gladly email the script.
    Thank you for the good work the Temple is doing.
    Looking forward to hearing
    from you.
    With Kindest Regards
    Shalom, Salaam, et Deo
    Gratia.

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