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The Mesa Theatre
The Mesa, at 5807 Crenshaw Blvd., was a 1926 design by Lewis A. Smith for West Coast Theatres. The 1400 seat theatre got its name from the street it was on, formerly called Angeles Mesa Drive. The photo is an early view from the Los Angeles Public Library. The Mesa closed in 1963, had a fire in 1964 and was demolished in 1965. See our page on the Mesa Theatre for more photos.
Also by Lewis A. Smith:
Wilshire/Embassy Theatre, 331 S. Western (1921)
Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Dr. (1923)
Academy Theatre, Pasadena (1925)
Bard's West Adams, 4413 West Adams Blvd. (1925)
Beverly Theatre, Beverly Hills (1925)
Carmel/Paris Theatre, 8163 Santa Monica Blvd. (1925)
Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena (1925)
Highland Theatre, 5604 N. Figueroa (1925)
Fox Uptown, 1008 S. Western (1925)
San Carlos, 2917 N. Main (1926)
El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. (1926)
Fox Belmont, 126 S. Vermont (1926)
Fox Ritz, 5214 Wilshire (1926)
Imperial Theatre, Long Beach (1926)
Lido/Brooklyn Theatre, 2524 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. (1926)
Manchester Theatre, 322 W. Manchester Ave. (1926)
Olympic Theatre, 313 W. 8th St. (1927)
Pacific Coast Architecture Database has a listing for L.A. Smith. Also see the Cinema Treasures list of theatres Smith was involved with.