Sinister Shrine to Cinema's Icons of Darkness
Hollywood Gothique Says:
More than an exhibition of horror movie figures and props, Icons of Darkness functions as a sinister shrine for a pantheon of cinema’s greatest monsters, madmen, villains, and superheroes. There sheer scale of the display is overwhelming, and the presentation is arranged in a way that shows off the exhibits to wonderful effect. The result was essential viewing for haunt-seekers and cinephiles in 2020 – or it would have been, had the event not been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately, it is back for 2021, in a new location, where it is guaranteed to rank among this year’s best Halloween Museums, Galleries, and Tours.
Hollywood and Highland Mall
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
2021 Update: Opening at Last! The Halloween 2020 debut of this horror-themed collection at the Montalbán was cancelled because of the pandemic. Fortunately, the exhibition has found a new home at Hollywood and Highland, where it is finally available to the public.
Dates & Hours: Daily from September 27, 2021 through February 28, 2022 – 11am to 10pm
Tickets: $30 for adults, $15 for children, $25 for military veterans
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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Montalbán underwent major modification to remove theatre seats, creating an exhibition hall on its ground floor, where Icons of Darkness was housed in September 2020 during previews for its planned opening. Health precautions were in place; temperatures were checked at the entrance, and masks were required inside. Tickets were sold in timed to allow for easy social distancing. Besides the exhibition on the main floor, there was a zombie bar on the mezzanine and midway style games (scary versions of course) on the rooftop.
Unfortunately, after press previews, the venue was unable to secure permits to open. The event was “delayed,” then quietly cancelled. Fortunately, a year later, it found a new home at the Hollywood and Highland Mall, where it opened in September 2021.
About the Collection
Valued in the tens of millions of dollars, Richard Correll’s collection includes more than 3,000 pieces, 65% of which are be on display in the Montalban. We expect Icons of Darkness to be a one-year-only event, because Correl’s long-term goal is to house them in a “Horror Hall of Fame” museum, perhaps in New York.
Although Icons of Darkness is Correll’s first exhibition, a small percentage of the figures have been seen before, at the home haunt Correll puts on every Halloween in Hancock Park (which is likely not to take place in 2020, since he is busy with the exhibition).
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