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Before we get to this week’s new releases, I’d like to draw your attention to a worthwhile documentary project on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo. If you’re reading this column, you probably have some interest in classic Hollywood and the history of Los Angeles. If so, check out After 68, a documentary on the rise and fall of L.A.’s historic Ambassador Hotel.
The Ambassador and its adjacent nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove, was one of the key hot spots in Los Angeles, particularly throughout the 30s and 40s. It hosted two Academy Award ceremonies, was frequented by pretty much every major star you can think of, and was used as a filming location for everything from The Graduate to Tobe Hooper’s Toolbox Murders, which is how I was able to visit it. [...]