Memorial Service Set for Former L.A. Times Film Critic Charles Champlin

Charles Champlin - P 2014

Charles Champlin - P 2014

The arts editor, who died in November, will be remembered on March 7.

A memorial service for Charles Champlin, the former Los Angeles Times film critic and arts editor, will be held on March 7 at 11 a.m. at the Directors Guild Theater, 7920 Sunset Blvd., in Los Angeles.

Champlin, who died at age 88 on Nov. 16 at his home in Los Angeles, joined The Times as its entertainment editor in 1965, began his chief film critic role two years later, and continued to write for the newspaper until 1991.

He hosted such TV shows as Citywatchers (with co-host Art Seidenbaum), Film Odyssey and Champlin on Film for Los Angeles public station KCET, PBS and Bravo. The books he authored included The Flicks: Or, Whatever Became of Andy Hardy, A Life in Writing: The Story of an American Journalist and My Friend, You are Legally Blind, in which he recounted his struggle with macular degeneration.

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.