Via LAist comes word that Sherman Torgan died yesterday after suffering a heart attack while bicyling in Santa Monica.
My only personal interaction with Sherman was about three years ago when I was looking for a movie theatre to shoot outside for a zero budget short film I was making. A couple other theatres had asked for a few hundred dollars for the one hour shoot. Sherman, however, pointed out that he didn’t own the sidewalk, and even though we ended up shooting a bit of the lobby and ticket booth, still refused to take any money even when offered.
More importantly, he owned and managed L.A.’s greatest revival house for nearly thirty years.
The theatre is listing its screenings as “cancelled until further notice” thru July 23rd, which includes the Gremlins/Howard the Duck double feature mentioned earlier.