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Theatres By Architect

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C.S. Albright

Apollo/Star Theatre, 5544 Hollywood Blvd. (1921)




Clifford Balch

Boulevard Theatre, 4549 Whittier Blvd. (1923, 1937 remodel)

Dome Theatre, Ocean Park (1925) 

Fox Theatre, Pomona (1931)

Four Star, 5112 Wilshire (c.1931) - with Walker & Eisen

United Artists, Long Beach (c.1931) - with Walker & Eisen

United Artists, Inglewood (1931) - with Walker & Eisen

United Artists, East L.A. (c.1931) - with Walker & Eisen

United Artists, Pasadena (1931) - with Walker & Eisen

[Balch also worked with Walker & Eisen on United Artists Theatres in El Centro and Berkeley.]

Los Feliz Theatre, 1822 N. Vermont Ave. (1934)

Hollywood Theatre, 6764 Hollywood Blvd. (1936 remodel -- with S. Charles Lee)

Esquire Theatre, 419 N. Fairfax Ave. (1937)

El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. (1937)

La Mar, Manhattan Beach (1938)

Gordon/Showcase Theatre, 614 N. La Brea Ave. (1938)

5th Avenue Theatre, Inglewood (1939)

Magnolia Theatre, Burbank (1940)

-- also see the listing for Clifford Balch on the Pacific Coast Architecture Database.



Claud Beelman

Philharmonic Auditorium, 5th & Olive (1930s exterior remodel)

Linwood Dunn Theatre/Pickford Film Center, 1313 Vine St.

Among other buildings, Mr. Beelman is known as the architect of the Eastern Columbia Building 1930).



Behr Browers Architects     Website: www.behrbrowers.com


Grauman's Chinese, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. (2001 renovations)

Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (2001)



Edwin Bergstrom

Metropolitan, 6th & Hill (1922, building)



Blair Ballard Architects / BBA     Website: www.bbarchitects.com 


Grauman's Chinese, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. (2013 Imax renovations)



Boller Brothers, Carl Boller

Inglewood Theatre, Inglewood (1923)

Largo Theatre, Watts (1923)

Montrose Theatre
, Montrose (1923)

Tracy Theatre
, Long Beach (1925)

Atlantic Theatre, Long Beach (1942)



Arthur Drielsma

Vogue Theatre, 6675 Hollywood Blvd. -- 1959 remodel



Eisen and Eisen 

Globe Theatre, 202 E. 5th St. (1908)

Grand Theatre, 730 S. Grand (1908)

-- also see later listings for the successor firm Walker & Eisen



Gogerty and Weyl

Hollywood Playhouse/Avalon, 1735 Vine St. (1927)

Henry L. Gogerty (1894-1990) and Carl Jules Weyl (1890-1948) also designed many other Hollywood buildings. Gogerty did many as solo projects after his partnership with Weyl was dissolved in 1928. See the Archiplanet listing for Henry Gogerty. You-Are-Here has photos of many  Gogerty and Weyl buildings. Sharon Knolle has photos of Gogerty's Plummer Park buildings on Flickr. Some projects include:

Mountain States Life Building/Yucca Vine Tower - 1928 - 6305 Yucca Ave.
Bernard Luggage 1638 Vine St. - 1928
Blaine Building - 1925 - 6601 Hollywood Blvd.
Fred Thompson Studios (Cat and Fiddle) - 1928 - 6530 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood News Cherokee Ave.
Owens Studio Building (Hollywood Toys) 6560 Hollywood Blvd. - 1926
Dance Studio / Capitol Records - 1930 - Yucca and Vine
Original Brown Derby Restaurant - Vine St.
Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale - 1928- 1310 Air Way
Fiesta Hall & Great Hall -- Plummer Park, West Hollywood



Hodgetts & Fung (Craig Hodgetts, Ming Fung)  Website: https://hplusf.com/

ImaginAsian/Downtown Independent, Main St.

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  (1998 remodel)
 


Myron Hunt

Ambassador Theatre

Vine St./Ricardo Montalban, 1615 Vine St. (1926) -- with H.C. Chambers



Gordon Kaufmann

Earl Carroll Theatre, Hollywood (1938)

Palladium, 6215 Hollywood Blvd. (1942)



Kremple & Erkes

Hollywood Theatre, 6764 Hollywood Blvd. (1913) 



Ezra F. Kysor 

Merced Theatre, 420 N. Main St.
-- also see see Morgan listings for Kysor and Morgan


G. Albert Lansburgh

Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway (1911, with Robert Brown Young)

El Capitan Theatre, (1926, theatre only -- building by Morgan, Walls and Clements)

Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway (1926)

Shrine Auditorium, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd.  (1926, auditorium only
-- building by John C. Austin and A. M. Edelman.

Warner Hollywood, 6433 Hollywood Blvd. (1928)

Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Blvd, (1931, theatre only -- building by Morgan, Walls and Clements



S. Charles Lee

Tower Theatre, 8th and Broadway (1927)

Fox Wilshire Theatre (now the Saban), Beverly Hills (1930)

Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway (1931)

Studio/Academy/Holly Theatre, 6523 Hollywood Blvd. (1931 + a 136 remodel)

Sunkist Theatre, Pomona (1931)

Fox Florence Theatre, 1536 E. Florence Ave. (1932)

Tower Theatre, Compton (1935)

Vogue Theatre, 6675 Hollywood Blvd. (1935)

Hollywood Theatre, 6764 Hollywood Blvd. (1936 remodel -- with Clifford Balch) 

Gentry Theatre, S. Los Angeles (1937)

La Reina Theatre, Sherman Oaks (1937)

Vogue Theatre, Montebello (1937)

Vogue Theatre, South Gate (1937)

Alpha Theatre, Bell (1938)

Canyon Theatre, Tujunga (1938)

Rosemead Theatre, Rosemead (1938)

Tumbleweed Theatre, El Monte (1939)

Academy Theatre, Inglewood (1939)

Temple Theatre, Temple City (1940)

Vern Theatre, 2811 E. Olympic (1940)

Admiral/Vine Theatre, 6321 Hollywood Blvd. (1940)

Bundy Theatre, 3414 Pico, Santa Monica (1941)

Arden Theatre, Lynwood (1942)

Star Theatre, La Puente (1947)
  
Reseda Theatre, Reseda (1948)

Picwood Theatre, 10872 W. Pico (1948)

Fox Theatre, Inglewood (with Carl Moeller, 1949)

Bay Theatre, Pacific Palisades (1949)

La Tijera Theatre, Westchester, (1949)

Garmar Theatre, Montebello (1950)


 
Albert C. Martin

Jade/Wonderland Theatre, 315 S. Main St. (c.1908)

Liberty Theatre, 266 S. Main St. (c.1910)

Adams Theatre, 1898 West Adams Blvd. (1914)

Million Dollar Theatre, 3rd and Broadway (1918, building)

Town Theatre, 444. S. Hill St. (1920)

Boulevard Theatre, 1615 Washington Blvd. (1925)



Mesbur + Smith

Fairfax Theatre (80s remodel)


Gordon/Showcase Theatre, 614 N. La Brea Ave. (1985 remodel)



Meyer and Holler

Granada/Oriental Theatre, 7425 Sunset Blvd. (1921)

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  (1922)

Cabrillo Theatre, San Pedro (192)3

California/United Artists, Pomona (1923)

West Coast, Long Beach (1925)

Fox Fullerton, (1925)

Grauman's Chinese, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. (1927)



Carl Moeller

Hawaii Theatre, 5941 Hollywood Blvd. (1940) -- with Clarence Smale



Octavius Morgan and Ezra F. Kysor

Grand Opera House, 110 S. Main St. (1884)



Morgan and Walls

Arcade Theatre, 534 S. Broadway (building and theatre, 1910)



Morgan, Walls and Clements

With the addition of Stiles O. Clements, the firm had became Morgan, Walls and Clements.

El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. (building only, theatre by G. Albert Lansburgh, 1926)

Belasco Theatre, 1050 S. Hill St. (1926)

Music Box Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd. (1926)

Masque Theatre/Vagabond/Hayworth,  2511 Wilshire (1926)

Mayan Theatre, 1038 S. Hill St. (1927)

Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire (building only, theatre by G. Albert Lansburgh, 1931)

Leimert/Vision Theatre, 2241 W. 43rd Pl. (1931)



William L. and Hal Pereira

El Capitan Theatre, 6338 Hollywood Blvd (1942 remodel)



B. Marcus Priteca

Pantages Theatre, 7th & Hill, later the Warner (1920)

Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. (1930)

Warner Beverly Hills (1930)
 
Warner Huntington Park (1930)

Warner San Pedro, now the Warner Grand (1931) 

Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills (1937)



Rockwell Group

Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (2001)



Clarence G. Smale

Hawaii Theatre, 5941 Hollywood Blvd. (1940) -- with Carl Moeller



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)

-- also see the Pacific Coast Architecture Database listing for L.A. Smith.
-- see the Cinema Treasures list of theatres Smith was involved with.



Walker and Eisen

Scenic/Roxy Theatre, Pomona (1920)

Temple/El Rey Theatre
, Alhambra (1921)

Roosevelt/Fox Parisian, 803 S. Vermont (1922)

Rialto/Valley Theatre, El Monte (1923)

United Artists Theatre (1927) -- with C. Howard Crane

Four Star Theatre, Wilshire Blvd. (c.1931) -- with Clifford Balch

United Artists, Long Beach (c.1931) -- with Clifford Balch

United Artists, Inglewood (1931) -- with Clifford Balch

United Artists, East Los Angeles (c.1931) -- with Clifford Balch

United Artists, Pasadena (1931) -- with Clifford Balch

Platt Electric Building, 834 S. Broadway (1927)  | LAPL photo |

Hotel Normandie, Koreatown (1928) | LA Curbed article |



William Lee Woollett

Million Dollar Theatre, 3rd & Broadway (1918, theatre only -- building by A.C. Martin)

Rialto Theatre, 812 S. Broadway (remodel, 1919)

Metropolitan Theatre, 6th & Hill (1923, theatre only, building by Edwin Bergstrom)

Strand Theatre, Long Beach (remodel, 1920s)



Harry Wright

News-View/Ritz Theatre, 6656 Hollywood Blvd. (1939)


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