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Gala Premiere for 'Anne Frank''; Hockey at the Arena? March 27, 1959

March 27, 2009 |  6:00 am
Hey, look! It's one of those weird foreign compacts they used to sell in the 1950s. Of course, for $2,195 you could get a Chevrolet Biscayne with money left over.
"Red Roses for Courage" was the theme of the premiere for "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Egyptian Theater.

"For once, in an era in which the phony is so often paraded as the real, the glorifying that went on outside the theater was surpassed by the grandeur of the story being unfolded, being unfurled like a testament to the dignity of man on the screen inside. 'The Diary of Anne Frank' is a great, great motion picture," The Times' Philip K. Scheuer wrote.   

1959_0327_sports Los Angeles officials were warming to the idea of a hockey team in the new sports arena.

The Western Hockey League hoped to move teams into San Francisco and Los Angeles and the Coliseum Commission seemed to welcome the idea, even boosting the minor league as an eventual equal to the National Hockey League.

WHL president Al Leader, in Los Angeles for a news conference with Coliseum Commission officials, had big plans.

"With larger arenas and larger crowds the owners would be in a position to pay the salaries needed to attract the top stars of ice hockey and keep them," Leader said. "Within five to seven years we could become a major hockey league and if that comes the National Hockey League would welcome a playoff world series of hockey."

--Keith Thursby