The following press release is from the El Portal Theatre in NoHo:
In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's untimely death in August of 1962, the Forum Theatre at the El Portal Theatre Complex will be renamed THE MONROE/FORUM THEATRE. The ribbon cutting and renaming of the theatre is scheduled for 6 pm Saturday, August 4th in the lobbies of the El Portal.
The theatre is also honoring this famous movie icon with the internationally acclaimed stage production of Marilyn: Forever Blonde starring Sunny Thompson at the El Portal Mainstage, August 2 – 5, 2012.
A little known fact is that the former Norma Jean Baker (soon to become Marilyn Monroe) attended 6th Grade from 1937 – 1938, at Lankershim Elementary School – located directly behind the then famous first run movie palace "El Portal Theatre", where she often attended matinees with her guardian. (Editor's Note: See this previous story for more about Monroe at Lankershim Elementary - )
The new Monroe/Forum has been outfitted with a "lipstick red love seat" and seldom seen collector’s items of Monroe’s black and white photos.
Press, local dignitaries, El Portal owners and management, Hollywood celebrities and the Marilyn Monroe Fan Clubs will be invited for photo ops. Champagne and red velvet cupcakes sprinkled with candy diamonds will be served. At 8 pm the curtain will go up on Marilyn: Forever Blonde on El Portal Mainstage.
CALENDAR SCHEDULE :
Saturday, August 4 at 6 pm
Renaming and Ribbon Cutting for The Monroe Forum Theatre
Champagne Reception for Press, and guests.
at the El Portal Theatre 5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Marilyn: Forever Blonde starring Sunny Thompson
8 pm - El Portal Mainstage