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Navigating Your Tour of Historic Los Angeles Theatres

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Downtown L.A. Historic Theatres

The survey page gives a rundown on the 20 major surviving theatre buildings in the Downtown Theatre District. There are links to pages about each of them for more detail. You might also want to consult alphabetical rundowns on pages for Hill St. and farther west, the Broadway Theatres, Spring St. Theatres and Main St. and farther east. Those pages give you more detail, including discussions about all the theatres that have vanished. In addition, there's a downtown alphabetical theatre list with alternate names and a theatre list by address.

Historic Hollywood Theatres

Hollywood wasn't just about the movies. Starting in the mid 20s it was also a center for legitimate theatre and musical revues at four newly built playhouses. You'll find an alphabetical list of the theatres in the district on the Hollywood Theatres overview page that includes a bit of data on each and links to pages for more details. Down below this list there's also an alternate name directory. Also of possible interest is a separate page with a list of theatres by street address.

 Westside Theatres

The Westside started booming with retail and housing in the mid 20s and the theatres followed. Many theatres along Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills, and in other neighborhoods became prime venues for everything from small foreign films to major roadshows. It's a huge territory. The Westside Theatres overview page gives you both a list by neighborhood as well as a survey arranged alphabetically. Also see the list of Westside Theatres: by street address and the Westside Theatres: alphabetical list page which includes alternate names.

Westwood and Brentwood

Westwood Village was the third significant theatre district to evolve in Los Angeles, after Downtown and Hollywood. With the construction of the UCLA campus beginning in the late 20s there was a chance to develop a unique shopping and entertainment district for faculty and students. By the 1970's the area had evolved so that Westwood had the largest concentration of first run screens of any neighborhood in Los Angeles. The Westwood and Brentwood Theatres overview page will give you a tour of the area.

Theatres Along the Coast

Santa Monica had a vibrant theatrical life even in the days when it was a small town isolated from the rest of Los Angeles. And that's just the beginning. The Along the Coast section will give you links to discussion of theatres in Ocean Park, Venice, Hermosa Beach, San Pedro, Long Beach and other communities.

[more] L.A. Movie Palaces

This section fills in all the other areas of Los Angeles County. Hundreds of terrific theatres were being built by the studios and independents all over the L.A. area in the 20s and into the 30s.  You'll find coverage of theatres north and east of Downtown as well as in Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona, Whittier, Long Beach and many other far flung locations.   Some of those listings have been upgraded and appear on this site, many other links will take you to pages on an older site hosted on Google. The index page has links to all these theatres organized by area.

Searching by theatre name

If you don't find it in the right hand column, head for the Main Alphabetical List, which also includes the various alternate names each venue has used. This list includes those pages recently updated for this site (in bold face) as well as the write ups on an older website. For a narrower focus you'll also find separate lists for Westside and Downtown. As well, there are lists by name on the 10 survey pages for more limited areas like Pasadena, North of Downtown, Long Beach, etc. that are listed on the [more] Los Angeles Movie Palaces page.

Searching by address

If you know an address or street head to either the Main Theatre List by Address, the San Fernando Valley List by Address, the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona and Whittier List by Address or the Long Beach List. If what you're looking for isn't there, you should find a link to take you to a more localized list by address for Downtown, WestsideHollywood, etc. Also see the survey pages for more limited areas that are listed on the [more] Los Angeles Movie Palaces page.
 

1922-1926 - Egyptomania: Bard's/Academy - Pasadena | Bard's West Adams | Egyptian - Hollywood | Egyptian - Long Beach | Garfield | Vista Theatre | Warner's Egyptian - Pasadena |

1927 - Exotic destinations: Grauman's Chinese | Mayan Theatre

1930 - 1932 - The best L.A. County Art Deco wonders: Fox Pomona | Four Star Theatre | Fox Wilshire / Saban | Leimert / Vision Theatre | Pantages | United Artists Long Beach | Warner Beverly Hills | Warner Grand San Pedro | Warner Huntington Park | Wiltern Theatre

1935 - 1939 - Moderne marvels: Academy - Inglewood | Arden - Lynwood | Bruin Theatre | El Rey - Wilshire | Gordon/Showcase Theatre | La Reina Theatre | Tower - Compton | Vogue - Hollywood | Vogue - Southgate |  

1946 - 1951 - Skouras-style: Crest - Long Beach | Culver Theatre | Fox Inglewood | Fox Venice | Loyola Theatre |

1948 - 1951 - Skouras-ized older theatres: California - Huntington Park | El Portal | Fox Westwood Village | Mesa Theatre |

1942 - 1970 - The most interesting Mid-Century Modern designs: Baldwin Theatre | Cinerama Dome | General Cinema - Sherman Oaks I & II | La Tijera Theatre | National Theatre | Pan Pacific Theatre | Paradise Theatre | Towne - Long Beach |

Happy touring! Please contact me if you spot errors, links that don't work, etc.  

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Centro Theatre

 7764 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 91702 | map |

Opening: c.1935. The location was on the east side of the street seven blocks south of Florence Ave. Thanks to Sean Ault for sharing this c.1960 shot from his collection. 

The former theatre is on the right, at the time of the photo turned into the Savoy Skate Palace. On the left it's Swingtime Cleaners at 7811 S. Central. Central Liquors across 78th St. is at 7727, White Front Stores is at 7651. They're all in the 1961 phone book. Sean notes that March 1963 was the end of rail service.
 
 

A detail from Sean's photo. Where did they get this marquee? Who knows? Maybe it came from the Savoy Theatre up the street at 5326 S. Central.

 Joe Vogel did some research:

"The County Assessor’s office gives an original construction date of 1927, and an effectively-built date of 1935, for this building. Judging from the Google Maps satellite and street views, it looks like this might be a case of a theatre being built behind an earlier commercial building that was remodeled, or added to at one end, to provide an entrance to the auditorium. That would make 1935 the probable opening year.

"... the theatre entrance, now blocked up, was probably at the southern end of the building where the moderne tower is. I'm inclined to think this was an addition rather than a remodeled section of the earlier building. The photos show the cracks that reveal the shapes of the now-sealed shop windows on the old part of the building, with those angled corners at the tops, characteristic of many 1920s commercial buildings but seldom used by the 1930s."

In 2010 Don Solosan added:

"I walked around this building today and agree with Joe. It looked like the theater entrance was by the tower. There was even a circle design molded in the sidewalk there, with faint remnants of paint."

Seating: 804. A later number was 650. The auditorium ran parallel to Central Ave. with the entrance under the tower. 

At various times it was operated by Southern California Amusement Company and Vinnicof Theatres. 
 
 
 
A 1941 item about the theatre in the neighborhood paper the Souihwest Wave. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating it. 
 
 
 
A 1941 Southwest Wave ad for the Centro and other Vinnicof Theatres, advertising as Southtown Theatres. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating it. 
 
 

It was listed as the Centro in the 1942 city directory and was still running as late as 1950. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating this 1950 L.A. Times listing.

Closing: The date's unknown. It was turned into the Savoy Ballroom in 1954. 
 

Well, they get it almost right. This Southwest Wave news item from June 1954 says the new Savoy Ballroom was the site of the "Century theater." Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating this.

In the 1961 phone book it was listed as the Savoy Skating Palace. The storefront space fronting on S. Central later became a church.

 

A 2007 shot by Ken McIntyre. 


 
Looking north across the former theatre entrance and the storefronts. It's a 2007 photo by Bob Meza. It's one of seven exterior views on the Cinema Tour page about the Centro. 
 
 

The screen end of the building in 2007. It's another photo by Bob Meza. Thanks! 
 
 
 
The complex in September 2014. The entrance for the church using the storefront space was behind the streetlight. That's E. 77th Place on the left, a view south on Central Ave. on the right. Image: Google Maps
 

The storefront portion of the building had been demolished by the time of this April 2015 image from Google Maps

Status: The auditorium portion of the building was demolished in 2016. There's now a mini strip mall on the site.

More information: See the Cinema Tour and Cinema Treasures  pages about the Centro.

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16mm revival houses

This is an attempt at a survey of 16mm venues that were running silent films and other vintage Hollywood product during the 1940 to 1975 period. Many of these locations were very short-lived. The list is organized according to their year of opening.  

Several of these locations are still in business. See our Classic Film Screenings page for a list of some additional venues and organizations currently offering vintage films. 
 

Windsor House  [1940-1941]

14016 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks 91423 | map |  

Opened: For a year in 1940 and 1941 silent movies on 16mm were a regular Monday night thing at this restaurant. It was owned at the time by Bud Abbott, of Abbott and Costello fame. The location is on the south side of the street between Woodman Ave. and Beverly Glen Blvd. The c.2023 image from Westmac, the broker handling the property, appears on a PDF about the property that was located by Ranjit Sandhu.

Ranjit notes that the programming was done by playwright Herb Sterne, presumably using prints from his personal collection. It was fairly regular thing between May 1940 and May 1941. Sometimes the titles for the week were noted in ads but it seems that the screenings relied more on mentions in columns of movie news.  
 

A May 27, 1940 item in the Valley edition of the Hollywood Citizen-News for a "Nickelodeon Night" program that included "Fatty and Mabel Adrift," "His Prehistoric Past," "Her Indian Hero" and "Shadows of Doubt." Thanks to Ranjit Sandhu for locating this item as well as the others on the page for this venue. 
 
 

A mention of a program in the Monday, June 24 Citizen-news. 

 

 
An item in the July 1 Citizen-News. 
 

An ad in the Saturday July 6, 1940 Citizen-News.  

 

News tidbits in the July 22, 1940 Citizen-News. That night at the Windsor House it would be David Belasco's "Tiger Rose" along with Charlie Chaplin in "East Street."
 

A news item and an ad Ranjit located in the December 16, 1940 Citizen-News on the day of Windsor House screenings of "Romola" with William Powell and Ronald Colman. 

Closing as a film venue: May 1941 appears to have been the end. On May 5 they ran "White Tiger" with Priscilla Dean and Wallace Beery along with "The Grinning Gringo," starring Douglas Fairbanks.

More information: See Ranjit's Revival Cinemas page on his site about Buster Keaton's "The General" for a more complete list of titles that were run at this venue. 

 

The Movie Parade / Nickelodeon / Comoedia / Highland Playhouse [1940-1949]

1737 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood 90028 | map |

Opened: This 16mm revival venue was in an upstairs hall in a building that had been around since at least 1907. The location was the west side of the street in the block north of Hollywood Blvd.  



A c.1950 view of the block. The Movie Parade had been on the 2nd floor of the darker of the two similar buildings on the left, the one with the Gruen watch sign for a bar called Highland House. The smaller vertical sign down lower said "cocktails." It's a photo by Weegee appearing on the International Center of Photography website. Thanks to Dave Cutter for locating this for a post on the Photos of Los Angeles private Facebook group. 

As the Movie Parade, it closed in 1942. It was later revived as a legit/film space called the Coemedia, running perhaps until the end of 1947. Then there was some sort of afterlife as Jack Walklin’s Highland Playhouse.  

Status: The building was demolished in 1963. The site is now occupied by the Ovation mall. 

More information: See the page covering this Highland Ave. location of The Movie Parade for more dates, ads and articles.
  

The Movie Parade  [1941]

1455 Gordon St. Hollywood 90028 | map

Opened: The building dates from 1931 and at one point was known as the Academy Review Theatre. In 1941 it got the name The Movie Parade when Eddie Kohn ran a summer series of silent films on 35mm under the auspices of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The 2019 image is from Google Maps. The space continues to be used as a screening room, now part of the Sunset Gower Studios. 

More information: See the page about this Academy Review/Movie Parade space.


Silent Movie Theatre [1942 - present ]

611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles 90036 | map |

Opened: February 1942 by John Hampton and his wife Dorothy as the Movie. This pre-opening view from Marc Wanamaker's Bison Archives. appears on the W&PA Museum page Early L.A. City Views (1925+) page 3. It's also on their Early L.A. Buildings (1925+) page 4

After the opening the plywood panel across the front where a marquee should have been said Old Time Movie. In a 1943 article the Times called it the Old Time Theater. It didn't get the Silent Movie Theatre name until later.

Status: It's still in business, now running as a revival house called Brain Dead Studios.

More information: See the page about the Silent Movie Theatre.


Old Movies / Old Time Movie Theatre [1945]

484 S. San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles 90048  | map |

Opened: January 15, 1945 as Old Movies with "Tillie's Punctured Romance" and a Charley Chase comedy. The building is on the east side of the street five blocks north of Wilshire. A 1941 tenant of the building had been the Aeoneon Institute of Higher Thought.
 
At the time of the opening the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax was dark with it's co-owner, John Hampton in jail for refusing to serve in the Army.   
 
 
 
A January 6, 1945 ad in the Hollywood Citizen-News. Thanks to Ranjit Sandhu for locating it for the page about Revival Cinemas on his site about Buster Keaton's "The General"
 
 

A March 1945 ad for Erich von Stroheim's 1923 film "Merry-Go-Round." 
 
 
 
Beginning in May 1945 it was advertised as Old Time Movie Theatre. This May 8 Citizen-News fictitious name statement located by Ranjit reveals that the business operator was Harold A. Kuschner. 
 
 
 
"Phantom of the Opera" with Boris Karloff. It's a May 1945 ad located by Ken McIntyre.
 
 

An item located by Ranjit Sandhu in the June 5, 1945 Citizen-News. 
 
 
 
Colleen Moore in "Little Orphan Annie." It's a June 22, 1945 Citizen-News ad.  
 

A July 1945 Citizen-News ad for Ben Turpin and "Wife's Relatives." 

Closing: It was running at least into October 1945. 

The last ad Ranjit Sandhu located was in the October 22, 1945 Hollywood Citizen-News for a screening of Rudolph Valentino in "His Wonderful Chance." See Ranjit's Revival Cinemas page for a more complete list of titles exhibited at this location and links to ads via Newspapers.com.

Status: The building survives. As of 2024 it was the office of Dugally Oberfeld, a residential developer.  
 
 
 
Looking north on San Vicente. The building that was occupied by the theatre is toward the right, behind the orange traffic sign. Image: Google Maps - 2022
 
 
 
Old Time Movie  [1946]
 
5440 Hollywood Blvd.  Hollywood 90027  | map |

 
Opening: March 29, 1946 with Clara Bow in "Dancing Mothers" and Lon Chaney in "Nomads of the North." This was in a building on the south side of the street just east of Western Ave. 
 
We're looking west toward Western in this c.1935 view from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. A decade after this shot the theatre operation opened in a space in a row of single-story storefronts beyond that telephone pole on the left. Across Western on the left it's S. Charles Lee's 1928 Central Casting building. The Apollo/Star Theatre was down a bit farther at 5546 Hollywood Blvd. That's the Rector Hotel in the foreground on the right. Also see a pre-1928 shot.
 
 

A March 29, 1946 Hollywood Citizen-News ad located by Ranjit Sandhu. It's unknown who was operating this venture or, other than borrowing the name, if it had any connection with Harold Kuschner's 1945 operation at 484 S. San Vicente. 
 
 

A July 11, 1946 Citizen-News ad for something with Norma Shearer along with Irene Rich and Monte Blue in "Lucretia Lombard," "Smoky Comes Through," an Our Gang comedy, a serial and another comedy short.   
 
 

A July 27, 1946 Citizen-News ad for "Miss Bluebeard" and other offerings. 
 
 

An August 8, 1946 ad for "My Lady of Whims," "The Cat and the Canary," and other shorts.

Closing: It appears that August 1946 was the end of it. Thanks to Ranjit Sandhu for the research on this short-lived location. August 8 was the last ad he found.

Status: The building it was in has been demolished. There's a new building and a Metro entrance on the site. 

More information: See the 1946 listings on Ranjit's Revival Cinemas page for a list of titles, dates, and links to ads. 



Old Time Movies / Old Movies Club  [1946-1947]

Yucca St. at Wilcox Ave. Hollywood 90028 | map - approximate |
 
Opening: November 26, 1946 was the first ad located by Ranjit Sandhu in the Hollywood Citizen-News.  The location was a block north of Hollywood Blvd. and three blocks west of Vine. The Warner Hollywood was a block to the south. 
 
 
 
Initially not even giving an address. It's the ad from the November 26, 1946 Citizen-News.
 
 
 
A December 20, 1946 Citizen-News ad for "As You Like It" plus a Bob Hope comedy.  
 
 

A December 30, 1946 ad for "Only Angels Have Wings" and "Lady Windermere's Fan." 
 
 

Not a good sign. This was the January 3, 1947 ad.

Closing: January 1947. Thanks to Ranjit for the research. He notes that there was not any reopening.

Status: Well, the building it was in may still be around but we don't have an exact location.

More information: Scroll down to the 1946 listings on Ranjit's Revival Cinemas page for more titles, dates, and links to ads.
 
 

The Coronet Theatre [1947-present]

366 N. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles 90048 | map |

Opening: 1947. The c.1958 photo by Danny Rouzer is from the Tim Lanza Collection. Paul Ballard's Hollywood Film Society found a home at the Coronet in the late 1940s. In 1950 Raymond Rohauer took over the operation with his "Society of Cinema Arts" and "Coronet Louvre" programming with daily screenings of silents, foreign films and experimental works.

More information: It's now a venue for concerts and comedy shows. See our page about the Coronet Theatre.  
 
 
 
Flicker: Old Time Movies  [1949]
 
10909 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood 91601  | map |  

Opened: April 1949. Thanks to Ranjit Sandhu for the research. The site is on the north side of the street two blocks east of Vineland Ave. 
 
In an April 8, 1949 Citizen-News ad they were offering Clara Bow in "Primrose Path" along with a commemorative biopic of F.D.R. On April 15 they advertised "Orchids and Ermine" with Colleen Moore along with Mary Pickford in "The New York Hat," a Will Rogers short, and a serial.

Closing: May 1949. Ranjit speculates that they didn't do well because of the strange location. The last ad he was able to locate was on May 13 offering "Burlesque on Carmen" and "The Nickel Hopper."

Status: Unknown. Perhaps the building on the site is the one used briefly as a theatre. It's now a smog test business.
 
More information: Scroll down to the 1949 listings on Ranjit's Revival Cinemas page for more titles, dates, and links to ads.  
 
 
 
Flicker Silent Movie Theatre  [1949-1950]
 
6726 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood 90028  | map |  
 

Opened: 1949. The location was on the south side of the street between McCadden Place and Highland Ave., just west of the Christie/Drake/Hollywood Inn Hotel. The Flicker Theatre entrance can be seen on the right in this detail from a Marc Wanamaker collection photo appearing on the Hollywood Historic Photos site. That's McCadden Pl. on the left.
 
The theatre was in the east storefront of the original hotel building, constructed in 1917 as the Glidden. The expansion building on the left was constructed in 1922. The hotel had been renamed the Drake in 1945. At the time this photo was taken in November 1949 the theatre was running "Topsy and Eva," starring the Duncan Sisters. The film's first-run engagement began June 16, 1927 at the Egyptian, a block to the east. It had been Sid Grauman's last presentation there.
 
Seating capacity: Unknown. Presumably very small.
 
It was noted by Marc Chevalier in comments to a post about the venue on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page that for several earlier club/restaurant tenants the Flicker's storefront seen in the photo had just been the entrance down to a larger space in the basement of the newer 1922 Christie building to the east. 
 
Marc says that just beyond the sidewalk line there was a stairway "which led down, then turned east, and went further down… into the cavernous basement directly beneath the (still existing) Christie Building. In the late 1920s, that basement was a chop suey restaurant named the 'Oriental Cafe' …but in 1932, it became the 'Club New Yorker,' a fashionable cabaret which specialized in male and female impersonation acts. Very popular with the movie biz crowd, it lasted only a couple of few years. In 2012, I was able to sneak into that basement when the Christie Building was being renovated. Sadly, the basement had become a hollow shell, stripped of every detail."
 
A 1933 photo shows the stairway down to the basement of the Christie's 1922 expansion building from what was later the Flicker storefront. The basement space was later repurposed as Ciro's. Its opening was noted in "Ciro's Opens to Good Success," an item in the February 17, 1934 issue of Filmograph. It's on Internet Archive. Next it was "Streets of Paris." In the 1947 phone book they were using a 6726 address.
 
 

A matchbook from the club that Marc Chevalier located. And thanks to Marc for finding this passage on page 264 of Gregory Paul Williams' epic book "The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History." It's on Google Books:   
 
 
The structure that Flicker went into was initially called the Glidden Building, constructed in 1917 for owner W.B. Glidden. In addition to retail spaces on the street level it housed the 66 room Glidden Hotel. The project got a mention in the construction news column of the December 1, 1917 issue of The Hotel World. It's on Google Books. The item was old news by the time they printed it: 

 
The designers of the Glidden Building were Eilet P. Parcher and Edward A. Strong, with offices across the street at 6723 Hollywood Blvd. They were mentioned in the October 12, 1917 issue of Southwest Builder and Contractor in an item about the project's tile work. It's on Google Books. Haldane Christie bought the Glidden Hotel in 1919 for $200,000 and announced plans for his "skyscraper" expansion, noted in the December 6, 1919 issue of Holly Leaves
 
The sale also made the December 27, 1919 issue of The Hotel World. The Glidden Hotel was renamed the Christie and is seen as such on plate 40 of the 1921 Baist Real Estate Map. It's on the David Rumsey Map Collection website. In the 1940s both buildings were owned by Phil Goldstone with the hotel operated by Matheson Investment. The property made the December 7, 1944 L.A. Times with "Christie Hotel, Hollywood, to Change Hands," an article noting that Robert P. Schreiber had signed a 20 year lease worth $1 million and would be the new operator of "Hollywood's first 'skyscraper' hotel" after January 1, 1945. It was soon renamed the Hollywood Inn. 
 
The Glidden Building storefront just west of the eight-story Christie Hotel expansion had earlier been the location of a set of stairs down that connected to the newer building's basement. Once in the early 40s the stairs had been closed off to make more storefront space and then reopened. It's assumed that the stairs had been filled in again and the area turned into rentable retail space before Flicker arrived on the scene.
 
It's unknown if the Flicker operation in 1949 and 1950 had anything to do with the same person who had operated an earlier North Hollywood venue called the Flicker. Thanks to Ranjit Sandhu for the research on this location. He comments that they weren't advertising in the papers initially so the opening date of this Hollywood Blvd. location is unknown. 
 
 

Reed Porter noted noted in the September 5, 1949 issue of the L.A. Mirror that they were running the 1925 Rudolph Valentino film "The Eagle." It sounds like he only did a drive-by and didn't visit the new theatre. Thanks to Ranjit for the clipping. The Pico Theatre at this time was running a mix of exploitation films, revivals and recent Russian releases.  
 
 

An item about a showing of "The Son of the Sheik" that appeared in the October 7, 1949 issue of the L.A. Times. 

It could be that the Flicker did their pre-opening remodel without a building permit and got a visit from the building department. Or perhaps they decided to upgrade the premises and make it look less makeshift. Thanks to Ranjit for locating Permit #24959 for the 6726 space, issued on October 19. 
 
The permit specifies work only in the 3 story building west of the main hotel for a "16mm M.P. Theatre" including: "Install partition for candy stand -- Install seats -- construct projection booth and false stage in front of space (for effect only) -- construct partition at bottom of stairs. Install exit signs." That partition at the bottom of the stairs presumably was to close off access to the basement next door.     



The storefront used as the Flicker is indicated in red and shown with a 6728 address in this detail from page 1048 of volume 10 of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map that's in the Library of Congress collection. On the LOC site it's image 46. The map had been updated as recently as late 1949. Note the curvy new marquee of the Egyptian, over on the right at 6712.
 
This map gives no indication that the east storefront of the former Glidden Building still had stairs down to the newer Christie basement next door. Indicated in green at the rear of that space is what we do get: a connecting door that then existed between the two buildings on both the first and second floors. The first floor door is still there, now with a new little box as the entrance to it, protruding into the vacant lot to the west. 
 
Closing: October 1950. 
 

"Flicker Closes" was the announcement in this October 9, 1950 ad appearing in the "Independent Theaters - Your Daily Guide to the Best in Entertainment" section of the Hollywood Citizen-News. Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for locating it. It's not known whether the proprietor, whoever he was, ever relocated to another location.
 
Status: The Glidden Building that the Flicker was in was demolished sometime before 1958. The site is a vacant lot west of the 1922 vintage Christie Hotel expansion building, both properties now owned by the Scientology gang. The surviving Christie building was constructed in 1922. It was a design by Arthur R. Kelly for Haldane H. Christie, former Michigan auto parts manufacturer turned L.A. real estate developer. It was later called the Drake Hotel and then the Hollywood Inn.  

The stairs from just beyond the sidewalk line down to the basement of the 1922 building were revealed again after the site of the 1917 building became a parking lot. They survive, now with a wrought iron fence around them. See two 2012 Marc Chevalier photos: looking in from the street and down from the first landing. In the second shot the bricked-in opening leading into the Christie basement is on the left. 
 


The two Christie Hotel buildings in 1923. It's a photo from the Marc Wanamaker collection that appears on the Hollywood Historic Photos site. The photo can also be seen in the McAvoy/Bruce Torrence Historic Hollywood Photographs collection, their #HA-005-1. 
 
 

The buildings in 1928. We're looking east in a shot taken by George D. Haight that's in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. That's the roof of the Egyptian half way up on the right edge of the image. 
 
 

A pre-1932 look at the storefront just west of the newer Christie building when it was the entrance to the Oriental Cafe "with dancing." Thanks to Marc Chevalier for locating the image. He notes that the cafe was in the basement of the 1922 hotel expansion building to the east.
 
 

The storefront west of the main Christie Hotel building in 1932 when it was used as the entrance to Jean Malin's Club New Yorker. Thanks to Marc Chevalier for locating the photo from the Wanamaker collection via the Hollywood Historic Photos site. He notes that the stairs down to the club space under the Christie began just beyond the gate we see. Also see a September 1932 ad Marc located for the club. It was using a 6728 address.



A 1933 photo Marc Chevalier located via Getty Images that shows stairs down just inside the entrance.  



The basement of the Christie in the Club New Yorker days. It's a photo located by Marc Chevalier that appears with an Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Facebook post: 

"Once upon a time (well, 1932), the luxurious Hotel Christie building at 6724 Hollywood Boulevard transformed its deep, enormous basement from a chop suey restaurant into a lavishly decorated Art Deco cabaret. Renamed the 'Club New Yorker,' it was the first of the then-called 'pansy nightclubs'  — specializing in 'female and male impersonation acts' — to achieve enormous popularity in Los Angeles, especially with Hollywood stars. 
 
"The interior’s decor and murals were designed by Jack Schulze, Fox Studios' art director. Sadly, all of its Deco elements were completely stripped away many years ago… leaving the room a hollow, dirt-floored shell for decades."

 

A 40s card with the storefront west of the newer portion of the hotel in use as the Christie Grill. It's in the California State Library collection. 
 
More information: See Ranjit Sandhu's Revival Cinemas page for a list of titles, dates, and links to ads.
 
 
 
Nickelodeon Old Time Movie Theatre  [1954-1955]
 
11938 Ventura Blvd. Studio City 91604 | map |  

Opened: July 12, 1954 with the Duncan Sisters in "Topsy and Eva" along with shorts featuring Colleen Moore, Lionel Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.  
 
The location was on the south side of the street between Carpenter Ave. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. That's just east of the current Trader Joe's.  A June 21 listing in the L.A. Times Independent Theatre Guide, listing it just as Nickelodeon, had said "Opening Soon."
 
 
 
A July 11, 1954 article from the Valley Times. Thanks to Ranjit Sandhu for locating this for his Revival Cinemas page. 
 


The L.A. Times listings for San Fernando Valley theatres in the July 12 Independent Theatre Guide.

 
 
"The Lost World" and "Tumbleweed" were advertised on August 11, 1954. This listing listing was the last one for the Nickelodeon that Kurt Wahlner could find in the L.A. Times.  
 
 

Running "Birth of a Nation" in August 1954. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating this Valley Times ad as well as other items here on the page for a thread about the theatre on the Photos of Los Angeles private Facebook group. 
 
 

An October 1954 Valley Times ad spotted by Ken.  
 
 

The special Cinemaspook screen was unveiled for the 1954 Halloween season "This is Spookerama" showing of "Nosferatu" and other ghoulish delights. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating the article.  It appeared in the October 30 issue of the Valley Times.
 
 

A February 1955 double feature of "Tarzan of the Apes" with Elmo Lincoln along with Clara Bow in "Dancing Mothers." Thanks to Ken McIntyre for spotting the story. 
 


A "Wild West" program in February 1955. It's another item located by Ken McIntyre. 

Closing date: It was running as late as March 1955. The closing date is unknown. 

Status: The building that the Nickelodeon was in still survives. 
 
 

The former Nickelodeon is seen as the Laurel Tavern in this view west toward Laurel Canyon Blvd.    Image: Google Maps - 2023
 
 

The Riviera/Capri/New Beverly [1958-present]

7165 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles 90036  | map |

Opened: The building had been a legit house since the 50s but only started running movies in 1958 when Robert Lippert remodeled it into 300 and 200 seat twins. Raymond Rohauer took over the twin theatre operation in 1959. They were 35mm houses but presumably he also did some 16mm revival screenings there as well. He had earlier been doing a variety of eclectic programming at the Coronet Theatre. The photo is from a 1959 article in Boxoffice.

More information: See our page about the New Beverly
 
 
 
Cinematheque 16  [c.1962-1973]
 
8816 1/2 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood 90069 | map |
 

Opening: In the early 60s this 16mm house was running "nudie-cutie" but then moved into experimental fare under Robert Lippert's ownership. Later they ran silent films and revivals of films from the 30s and 40s. In 1974 it went to porno and after that became a legit venue. The June 1966 photo by Ed Ruscha is from the Getty Research Institute collection. It's on their "12 Sunsets" site.
 
More information: See our page about the Cinematheque 16. There was also a Pasadena Cinematheque 16 but it appears that they ran just experimental films, not vintage Hollywood product. 



Classic - Art  [1966-1972]
 
8257 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood 90046  | map
 
Opened: 1966. The location was on the north side of the street between Sweetzer and Harper. 
 
 

"Beautiful - New." A March 1966 ad located by Ken McIntyre.  
 
 

An April 1966 ad.
 
 

A May 1966 L.A. Times ad. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating this and other ads for this venue for a thread on the Photos of Los Angeles private Facebook group.


 
Running Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits" and Antonioni's "Red Desert" at the Classic Art in May 1967. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for digging out this column of Hollywood theatre ads. 
 

Heading into being a full time porno operation. A September 1968 ad.

Closing: 1972 was the end of this one.
 
 

Old Town Music Hall  [1969-present]

140 Richmond St. El Segundo (Los Angeles) 90245 | map |

Opened: In the 1920s, at times known as the State and the El Segundo Theatre. It became a silent movie venue in 1969 after a remodel and installation of a pipe organ. Initially it was 16mm, later going to digital. Thanks to Claudia Mullins for the 2018 photo.

More information: See our page about the Old Town Music Hall.  
 
 

Bijou Theatre  [1971-1977]

7059 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood 90028  | map |

Opening: It started in 1969 as a porno venue and became a revival house in 1971. There was a relapse in 1973 but it was back to running revivals again from 1975 until 1977. The Bijou is on the left in this detail from a c.1971 photo in the Kurt Wahlner collection. At the time, they were running "Psycho" and "The Birds."

More Bijou information: See our page about the Bijou Theatre

Other revival theatres: A number of regular 35mm houses occasionally flirted with revival programming in the 40s and 50s. See our pages about the Cinema Theatre on Western near Santa Monica Blvd., the Sunset Theatre on Western near Sunset, the Tele-View Revival/Hitching Post across from the Pantages, and the Admiral/Vine Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. just west of Vine. 

In addition to the 16mm venues covered here see Ranjit Sandhu's Revival Cinemas page for a discussion of other locations where silent films were screened in the 40s and 50s including Wilbur Jerger's 1949 "Great Films Festival" at the Westwood Community Club, screenings for the Beverly Hills Great Films Society, at Mission Village Fiesta Hall, Beverly Hills High School, Horace Mann School and others.  

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