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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)

Iris / Fox Theatre, 6508 Hollywood Blvd. (1934 remodel)

Meralta Theatre, 9632 Culver Blvd. Culver City (1935 remodel)

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)

Lido Theatre 8507 Pico 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.



Richard M. Bates, Jr.

Westlake Theatre, 638 S. Alvarado St. (1926)



Welton Becket

Pan Pacific Auditorium, 7600 Beverly Blvd. (1935) - by Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket


Pan Pacific Theatre, 7554 Beverly Blvd. (1942)  -- the theatre was by William L. Pereira, the rest of the "Pan Pacific Village" that included an ice rink, bowling alley and cafe was by Wurdeman and Becket.

Capitol Records (1956)

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Cinerama Dome 6360 Hollywood Blvd. (1963)

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (1964)



Claud Beelman

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

Hollywood Theatre, 6764 Hollywood Blvd. (1936-8 remodel work - unconfirmed) 

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

Mr. Beelman is perhaps best 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)

Stadium Theatre, 8906 W. Pico Blvd. (1931)

Atlantic Theatre, Long Beach (1942)



Edward J. Borgmeyer

Forum Theatre, 4050 W. Pico Blvd. (1924)



Arthur Drielsma

Vogue Theatre, 6675 Hollywood Blvd. (1959 remodel)



Jack Edwards

Tiffany Theatre 8534 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood (1966)



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



Steven Erlich

Culver / Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City (2004 renovation) 



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



Alfred Grayson

Ramona/Studio Theatre, 2139 Sunset Blvd Echo Park (1914)



Henry George Greene

Century Plaza Theatres 2040 Avenue of the Stars (1972)

Shubert Theatre 2020 Avenue of the Stars (1972)



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



Sumner P. Hunt

Wilshire Ebell Theatre 4400 Wilshire Blvd. (1927) -- with Silas R. Burns



Gordon Kaufmann

Earl Carroll Theatre, 6230 Sunset Blvd. (1938)

Palladium, 6215 Hollywood Blvd. (1942)



Richard D. King

Hermosa Theatre


Fox La Brea

Chotiner's Ravenna Theatre, 233 N.Vermont (1925)



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)

Cinema Theatre, 1122 N. Western Ave. (1939) 

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)

Iris / Fox Theatre, 6508 Hollywood Blvd. (1955 remodel)


 
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)



Mayberry and Parker

Playhouse Theatre / Teragram Ballroom, 1234 W. 7th St. (c.1913)



Elimar E.B. Meinardus  

Meltose Theatre, 4315 Melrose Ave. 1924)



Frank Meline

Iris / Fox Theatre, 6508 Hollywood Blvd. (1918)



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)

Hunley's / Century Theatre, 5115 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)

The firm was founded in 1906 as the Milwaukee Building Co. The Pacific Coast Architecture Database has a page for Meyer & Holler with a list of some of their projects.



Marcus P. Miller

Midway Theatre 3138 W. Pico Blvd. (1939)



Carl G. Moeller

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

Culver Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City (1947) -- with Albert R. Walker



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)



Raphael Nicolais

Clinton Theatre, 526 N. Western Ave. (1938)



George T. Nowark

Doheny Plaza / Writers Guild Theater 135 S. Doheny Dr. Beverly Hills (1970)



William C. Pennell

Fairfax Theatre, 7907 Beverly Blvd. (1930)



William L. Pereira

Pan Pacific Theatre, 7554 Beverly Blvd. (1942)

The rest of the "Pan Pacific Village" was by Wurdeman and Becket. Wikipedia has a list of other buildings designed by William Pereira. 



William L. Pereira and Hal Pereira

El Capitan Theatre, 6338 Hollywood Blvd (1942 remodel)



Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket

Pan Pacific Auditoriun, 7600 Beverly Blvd. (1935)

Pan Pacific Theatre, 7554 Beverly Blvd. (1942) -- the theatre was by William L. Pereira.  Wurdeman and Beckett did the rest of the complex that included a bowling alley, ice rink and cafe.

The firm with partners Charles F. Plummer, Walter Charles Wurdeman and Welton David Becket became Wurdeman and Becket following Plummer's death in 1939. The Pacific Coast Architecture Database has an entry for the firm.

 

B. Marcus Priteca

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

Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. (1930)

Warner Beverly Hills 9404 Wilshire Blvd. (1931)
 
Warner Huntington Park (1930)

Warner San Pedro, now the Warner Grand (1931) 

Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills (1937)



Frank Rasche

Loma/Paramount Theatre, 5528 Santa Monica Blvd. (1921)

Marquis Theatre, 9038 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood (1925) 



Rockwell Group

Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (2001)



Clarence G. Smale

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



Lewellyn J. Smith

Rampart Theatre, 2625 W. Temple St. (1924)



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)

Uptown Theatre, 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.



Frank L. Stiff

Victoria Theatre, 2570 W. Pico Blvd. (1913) 



Albert R. Walker

Culver Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City (1947) -- with Carl G. Moeller



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 |



John Weidman

Granada Theatre, 9000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood (1967)



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)



Wurdeman and Becket
-- see the listings for Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket and Welton Becket



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