National Geographic : 1966 May
Heap of talent: Carol Chan ning collapses over David Mc Callum in feigned exhaustion during a show that brings on stage the Spirit of '76, cabaret girls, fur-hatted Russians, and a Bavarian band. The scene highlighted CBS's "An Evening With Carol Channing." Arrival of television in the 1940's at first hurt the movie in dustry deeply, but as more and more studios began filming tele vision shows, Hollywood gained new prominence in the world of entertainment. Today television brings the film capital more than $460,000,000 a year. oil and oil products pumped to and from tankers. Flying over what sprawl ing Los Angeles arbitrarily calls its downtown area, we passed clusters of state and federal buildings in the new Civic Center and came on a view dear to the hearts of all Angelenos-the great honey comb of light marking the superb new Music Center, an architectural masterpiece coveted even by San Fran cisco (page 600). San Francisco, in fact, has more than the Music Center to consider in its cultural race with Los Angeles. I talked about this one day with Richard F. Brown, un til recently the director of another major landmark, the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard. The museum is a magnif icent blending of practical design with the grace of a marble temple. I strolled through elegantly simple rooms of Cezannes, Botticellis, and Van Dycks to Mr. Brown's glass-walled office. Dues-paying Patrons Stimulate Art I remarked that the museum certainly should settle any doubts about Los Angeles' love for the arts. Mr. Brown shook his head. "There shouldn't be any doubts at this late date. Los Angeles has valued great art for 602 years and attracted it with any number of fine institutions-the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery over in San Marino, for one. And that's not just a native Angeleno boasting," he said with a smile. "I'm an im migrant from New York, myself. "But the main thing about our new muse um is that it's supported by more than just a handful of great fortunes. Today we have some 30,000 dues-paying members-school children, dentists, bus drivers, carpenters."