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Glendale's Tuesday Afternoon Theatre

This looks like it was a great building. I must confess an obsessive interest in theatres opened by women's social clubs. I've worked in several (in Seattle and Detroit) and find them an interesting sub-genre of theatre construction.

In L.A. the two best known are the Variety Arts (by the Friday Morning Club) and the Wilshire Ebell (Ebell of Los Angeles). There was also an Ebell Theatre in Long Beach about which I know nothing at this point.

The Tuesday Afternoon ladies started their club in 1898 and perhaps their best known work was the founding of the Glendale Public Library. In 1923 they built their clubhouse and theatre on N. Central Ave. in Glendale. The auditorium ran movies for much of its life as the Arcade Theatre, the Show Stop Theatre and the Villa Glen, a classics operation running in the 70s.

The photo here of architect Alfred Priest's building is an undated view from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. On the Library's website: full size view

You can see the listing for the Tuesday Afternoon Theatre on the ever-expanding Glendale Theatres page. Sadly, the building has been demolished.

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