The Doors Reopen For A Hollywood Icon
Every Hollywood icon should have a residence fitting of their grandeur and contributions to the world of production, and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is no exception.
In 1938, the ASC purchased the former residence of movie star Conway Tearle, built in 1903. In the early 2000s, Owen Roizman, A.S.C., chaired a committee that initiated a renovation of the interior of the building, a project that would take four years to complete and include the involvement of four ASC presidents: Victor Kemper, A.S.C., Richard Crudo, A.S.C., Daryn Okada, A.S.C., and current president Michael Goi, A.S.C.
Roizman worked with a committee comprised of ASC members, architects, and set decorator Cheryl Carasik, who volunteered her services to ensure the refurbished rooms met the demands and needs of modern advancements while maintaining a connection to the building’s rich history.
“Our goal was to make a number of improvements, however, first and foremost was our priority to maintain the integrity of the building. It’s been a labor of love by everyone involved, and I feel you will be happy with what we achieved,” Roizman told the crowd that gathered at the Clubhouse’s reopening and dedication ceremony.
Before the ground was dedicated and the ribbon cut, Goi addressed the attendees. In addition to recognizing the financial contributions whose names grace various sections of the Clubhouse, he reminded everyone there’s more to come. A 3D screening room is still under construction, and a second building behind the Clubhouse is being renovated, with the intention of being used as an ASC outreach center.
“Above all, my hope is that the members truly use this as their Clubhouse, and come by for more than just meetings,” said Goi. “It’s during the casual interactions that enormously great ideas come forth.”
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler applauded the ASC for their dedication to “restoring the Hollywood glory.” Los Angeles Councilman Tom LeBonge also shared his praise of the ASC and equated the Clubhouse to a classic Hollywood film.
“Looking at the efforts made on this building reminds me of the last line in ’The Wizard of Oz,’” said LeBonge. “There really is no place like home.”
Renovations include a modernized conference room, completely updated screening rooms, and a meeting area outfitted with historical artifacts such as a Kinetoscope projector designed by the Edison Company in the 1890s. Additionally, 1,500 square feet was added to the structure to accommodate larger groups. Great care has been placed in each room to not only promote the advancements of contemporary cinematography, but also pay tribute to the achievements that have been made during the past 100 years.
After touring the renovated facility, cinematographer and four time ASC Award nominee Robert McLachlan, A.C.S., was pleased to have made the trip from Toronto where he’s currently shooting “Human Target” to celebrate the occasion.
“I remember my first issue of American Cinematographer; it featured the work done in the movie ‘2001.’ At that time I never would have imagined I would become part of this prestigious organization,” said McLachlan. “What’s been done to the Clubhouse is great. It’s really a special place. Outside the Clubhouse we may be all going for the same jobs, but inside these walls, we all stick together and work to help each other. There is a strong comradery here.”
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