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Historic Hollywood Theatres: an overview

Welcome to Hollywood!

Hollywood starting making sense as a film exhibition area around 1910 with the rapid residential expansion westward and the booming film industry.

It wasn't until 1922 and the opening of Sid Grauman's first Hollywood theatre, the Egyptian, that Hollywood started to rival downtown as a location for star-studded premieres and first-run exhibition. Grauman's second location, the Chinese, added to the allure of the district and other exhibitors not already represented added to the growing strip of theatres.

Legitimate theatre was also well represented with houses such as the Music Box (now called the Fonda), the Hollywood Playhouse (now the Avalon) and the El Capitan opening as live venues. The last of the Hollywood movie palaces to open, the Pantages, has gone legit -- it's now a Broadway house with its movie days long over.

You can start your Hollywood theatre tour with the alphabetical listings below. Scroll down below that and there's an alternate name directory. Also see the separate Hollywood theatres by address list showing how the buildings are arrayed in the district. If you're interested in Hollywood history, you'll find some useful links on the Theatre History Resources page. A few tour options are listed on the Theatre Tours and Events page. Of course for those historic theatre that are operating, the best way to show support is to by a ticket to a show.

See you at the movies!

-- Bill Counter

Historic theatres in Hollywood running movies: Grauman's Chinese | Cinerama Dome - well, maybe again soon | El Capitan | Egyptian - reopening late 2022 | Hollywood Legion Theatre | Vista - reopening late 2022 |

Newer theatres running movies: Arena Cinema | Arclight - soon? | Chinese 6  | AMC Sunset 5 |

Mostly intact and open for business: Hollywood Playhouse/Avalon (music club) | Palladium (concerts) | Vine St./Ricardo Montalban (legit) | Music Box/Fonda (music club) | Pantages (legit) | Warner Hollywood | Well, that last one is a big hope for the future.


The Hollywood Theatre Overview


ArcLight Cinemas
6360 Sunset Blvd.

A 14 screen complex that, along with a 24 hour fitness, several restaurants, and other tenants, wraps around the backside of the Cinerama Dome. For more information see the ArcLight Cinemas page.


Arena Stage/Egyptian 2-3
1625 N. Las Palmas Ave./6712 Hollywood Blvd.

It was opened in 1979 by United Artists Theatre Circuit. These theatres were in an existing concrete block store building facing onto Las Palmas Avenue and not connected to the main building. It closed, along with the rest of the complex, in 1992. In recent years it has been called the Arena Stage and used as an 85 seat legit playhouse and class space by a drama school. From 2010 until 2017 it also had another run as a venue for independent film called the Arena Cinema. The photo is from 2010. For more information see the Arena Stage / Egyptian 2 & 3 page.


Arena Cinelounge Sunset
6464 Sunset Blvd.

It opened in April 2017 as a 48 seat venue for independent films operated by Christian Meoli. The space is off the lobby in an office building three and a half blocks west of the Cinerama Dome. The Sunset operation is an offshoot of the earlier Arena Cinema based in the Arena Stage building on Las Palmas formerly housing the Egyptian 2 and 3. For more Information see the page on the Arena Cinelounge Sunset.


Bijou Theatre
7059 Hollywood Blvd.

This opened in 1971 or possibly a bit earlier. In 1976 it was called the Odeon. It was a storefront theatre running classic Hollywood film programs on 16mm. Later it morphed into a porno house. The theatre was located about a block west of the Chinese in a remodeled and expanded building that is now home to the Scientology organization's Author Services. The 2011 photo is from Google Maps. For more information see the Bijou Theatre page.


Earl Carroll Theatre
6230 W. Sunset Blvd.  

It opened December 26, 1938 as the home of Earl Carroll's lavish "Ziegfeld-style" revues. Later known as the Moulin Rouge, the Aquarius Theatre and the Hullabaloo -- among many other names. The photo is a 2010 view. The architect was Gordon B. Kaufman, with interiors designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and Kaufman. The initial seating capacity was 1,000, set up in a dinner-theatre format.     

It was until recently a production studio for Nickelodeon. It now has a new tenant and is scheduled for a renovation as a concert venue. The building's new owners are doing exterior restoration work and have built an apartment and retail complex in the parking lot to the west. For more information see the pages on the Earl Carroll: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | stage | stage basement | sceneshop |


Century Theatre
5115 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened in 1922 as Hunley's Theatre, later re-named the Century. The Meyer & Holler design sat 750.  It was a class operation for years under management of Century Theatres, Statewide, and Loew's. It ran as a first run site into the mid 1970's. The 1922 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library. The theatre was demolished after a fire in the late 1980s. For more information see the Century Theatre page.


Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Blvd.

This complex opened in 2001 as Mann's Chinese 6 Theatres. The 6 plex is on the third floor of the Ovation mall adjacent to the Grauman's Chinese. The 2007 photo is of the theatre's entrance upstairs in the mall. For more information see the Chinese 6 Theatres page.


Chinese Twin
6915 Hollywood Blvd.

This 1,500 seat complex just east of Grauman's Chinese was opened in 1979 by Ted Mann. It was demolished in 1999 for construction of the Hollywood and Highland complex, which contains the Chinese 6 and the Dolby Theatre. That mall is now called Ovation. Thanks to Stephen Stanton for the 1981 photo. For more information see the Chinese Twin page.


Cinerama Dome
6360 Sunset Blvd.

It opened November 11, 1963 with a reserved seat 70mm run of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." The theatre, originally with 937 seats, was a design by Welton Becket and Associates for Pacific Theatres. It's now part of the ArcLight complex that's behind it. The photo is from 2007. For more information see the Cinerama Dome page.


Continental Theatre
5308 Melrose Ave.

It opened in the early 40's as the Melvan. Later it was known as the KTLA Studio Theatre and the Encore before becoming the Continental. The theatre closed in the 1980s and was demolished for a new building for Raleigh Studios. The photo is by Gary Graver. For more information and a few photos see the page for the Continental Theatre.


DGA Theater Complex
7920 Sunset Blvd.

The Directors Guild of America Theater Complex has three auditoria with capacities of 600, 155 and 38. The building is on the south side of the street just west of Fairfax Ave. For more information see the page about the DGA Theater Complex.


Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.

This venue opened in 2001 as the Kodak Theatre. The photo is from 2007. Dolby took the naming rights in 2012 following the Kodak bankruptcy. The 3,400 seat three-balcony house is a design by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group. It hosts concerts, Broadway shows booked by the Nederlander Organization and the annual Oscar presentations. For more information and many photos see the page for the Dolby Theatre.


Linwood Dunn Theatre
1313 Vine St.

The Linwood Dunn Theatre at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pickford Film Center is a plush 286 seat theatre hosting revivals, rare archival screenings and programs related to various aspects of movie making. The facility is well equipped for all standard film formats including 70mm. It's a 2007 photo. You'll find more information on the page about the Linwood Dunn.


 
6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Sid Grauman opened the theatre with Hollywood's first red carpet premiere for "Robin Hood" on October 18, 1922. It was then known as Grauman's Egyptian or Grauman's Hollywood Theatre. Originally with 1,741 seats, the house was a design by Meyer and Holler. The American Cinematheque got the building in 1997 and reopened in 1998 after renovations. It was then down to 616 seats plus a 78 seat basement screening room. The photo, showing off the Cinematheque's palm trees, is from 2007. 

The theatre is now owned by Netflix and getting a multi-million dollar renovation. Upon reopening, the Cinematheque will be booking the house on weekends offering a mix of revivals, foreign films, indies and various festivals. For more information see the Egyptian Theatre pages: Egyptian overview | street views 1922-1954 | street views 1955-present | forecourt | lobby areas | auditorium | booth | backstage | Egyptian 2 & 3 |

El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened May 3, 1926 as a legit theatre. Morgan, Walls & Clements did the building, G. Albert Lansburgh was the theatre architect. It got a moderne re-do in 1942 and was rebranded as a film house called the Paramount Theatre. It was lushly restored in 1989-1991 by Disney and Pacific Theatres and, again called the El Capitan, plays first run Disney product. The image is from 2007. 

For more information see the El Capitan pages: El Capitan overview | street views 1925 to 1954 | street views 1955 to present | ticket lobby | lobbies and lounges | auditorium | backstage |


El Centro Theatre
804 N. El Centro Ave.

The building was constructed in 1910. By 1914 it housed a theatre called the El Centro, later known as the Ivy Theatre and the New Theatre. At some point it became a garage. In 1946 the theatre building and a store building to the south were turned into a legit venue called the Circle Theatre. In 1974 the original theatre space was turned into the Cast Theatre. Then back to the El Centro name for both spaces. The photo is from 2010. It was sold in 2012 to two theatre companies and then closed. A lengthy remodel turned the building into what appears to be a residence. There's more information on the page about the El Centro Theatre.


El Patio Theatre
7080 Hollywood Blvd.

The building dated from 1914, as the home of the Woman's Club of Hollywood. The c.1934 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. By 1945 the Club had moved and the premises were operating as a legit venue known as the El Patio Theatre. By 1960 it was running at the Music Box Theatre. The closing date is unknown. The building has been demolished. There's a 1972 vintage office building on the site. For more information see the page about the El Patio Theatre.


Filmarte Theatre
1228 Vine St.

It opened in 1926 as the La Mirada, named for the cross street.  It was renamed the Filmarte in 1928. This 900 seat West Coast Theatres operation featured foreign films and revivals. Later it was used as a TV studio for the Art Linkletter and Steve Allen shows. The photo is a 1957 shot from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. It was gutted and rebuilt as office space a fire in 1990. For more information see the page on the Filmarte.


Fox Theatre
6508 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened in 1918 as the Iris, a replacement for an earlier Iris Theatre located near the Warner. Frank Meline was the architect and contractor. It was renamed the Fox after a remodel in 1968. Clifford Balch did a 1934 deco remodel. S. Charles Lee gave it a quite different look in 1955. The current facade dates from 1968. The photo is a 2007 view. Originally it was advertised as 1,000 seats. Perhaps it really was 814. It was later down to 647. The Fox was closed in 1994 by Mann Theatres and reopened in 2009 as Playhouse Hollywood, a nightclub. For more information see the Fox Theatre page.


Galaxy 6
7021 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened in 1992 as the General Cinema Galaxy 6. Later it was operated by AMC. Thanks to Richard Wojcik for the 1995 photo. Total seating capacity was 2,400. It closed in 2003. The space now houses an LA Fitness branch and retail tenants. For more information see the page about the Galaxy.


Grauman's Chinese
6925 Hollywood Blvd.

The debut was May 18, 1927 with Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings." Meyer & Holler were the architects with Raymond Kennedy as the principal on the project. It had 2,058 seats in 1927, all on one level. Later 1,492 was the capacity. It's now down to 932 following the Imax conversion. The Chinese is till a major first run venue and the site of many premieres. The photo is a 2007 view.

For more information see the pages on Grauman's Chinese: Chinese overview | street views 1926 to 1954 | street views 1955 to present | forecourt | lobby | lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | upstairs boxes and offices | booth | stage | basement | attic | Chinese Twin | Chinese 6 |


Hawaii Theatre
5941 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened May 6. 1940. The photo is from opening night. It was also known for a period as the Hawaii Music Hall. Architect Clarence G. Smale, along with theatre designer Carl Moeller, created an interesting environment with volcanoes, waterfalls and more. It sat 1,106, all on one level. The theatre closed in July 1963 and was gutted for use by the Salvation Army. For more information see the Hawaii Theatre page.


Hitching Post Theatre
6262 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened as the Tele-View Theatre perhaps in the summer of 1939. Renamed the Hitching Post in 1941, it then ran double feature westerns. You had to check your cap gun in the lobby. The theatre was later known as the Paris and lasted into the 50s. Seating capacity was approximately 350. The building was demolished in the mid-1950s. The W Hotel complex is now on the site. The photo is a detail from a postcard located by Bill Sasser. For more information see the Hitching Post Theatre page.


Holly Theatre
6523 Hollywood Blvd.

This one opened July 31, 1931 as an "automatic theatre" called the Studio in what had been a store space. In 1936 it got a remodel and was then called the Colony. It was known in the 50s as the Hollywood Music Hall and the Academy. The theatre was re-named the Holly in the 1960s. It was an S. Charles Lee design originally seating 304. The theatre space was gutted after closing and is once again was used as retail space. The photo is a 1956 view from the Sean Ault collection. For more information see the Holly Theatre page.


Hollywood Theatre
6764 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened in 1913 as Hollywood's second theatre. The Idle Hour had been the first. The architects were Kremple and Erkes. The Hollywood was operated for years by Fox West Coast, later NGC and Mann. It was frequently used as a moveover house from the Chinese. S. Charles Lee and Clifford Balch did a remodel in the 30's and replaced the original white brick facade. Seating capacity near the end was 750. It closed in 1991 and was remodeled as a Guinness Book of Records museum. The signage and facade are the only features remaining. The photo is a 2010 view. For more information see the Hollywood Theatre page.


Hollywood Community Theatre
1742 Ivar Ave.

It opened in 1918 as a remodel of an existing building. The theatre group was active at least into 1928. The building has been demolished. For more Information see the page on the Hollywood Community Theatre.


Hollywood Legion Theatre
2035 N. Highland Ave.

It opened in 1929 in an Egyptian Revival style building designed by Weston and Weston. It received a multi-million dollar renovation in 2018 and hosts film screenings and special events. The 484 seat facility is equipped for 35, 70 and digital. For more information see the page about the Hollywood Legion Theatre.


Hollywood Playhouse/Avalon 
1735 Vine St.

This legit theatre opened January 24, 1927 as the Hollywood Playhouse. Later it was known as the El Capitan, the Hollywood Palace and the Jerry Lewis Theatre. Gogerty and Weyl were the architects. Originally the house sat 1,178. It's currently a music venue, the Avalon Hollywood. It's a 2007 photo. For more information see the Hollywood Playhouse page.


Hollywood Playhouse
1445 N. Las Palmas Ave.

This small legit operation just south of Sunset Blvd. on Las Palmas has had a number of names including Hollywood Center Theatre, Writers' Club Theatre and the Hollywood Playhouse. The seating capacity was 220. As of 2019 it was for lease. The 2008 photo is by Andreas Praefcke. For more information see the page on the Hollywood Playhouse.


Idle Hour / Iris Theatre
6524 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened in late 1910 or early 1911 as the Idyl Hour, Hollywood's first movie theatre. It was called the Acme for a brief spell in 1912 and then evidently went back to the Idle Hour name. By 1914 it was the Iris Theatre. In 1915 they moved to a new storefront just east of where the Warner would later be built. Another move in 1918 was to 6508 Hollywood Blvd, now the Fox. Perhaps the building that once housed the Idle Hour / Iris is the one still on the site. It's now used for retail. For more information see the page about the Idle Hour / Iris Theatre
 
 
Iris Theatre
6417 Hollywood Blvd.

This location opened in 1915 after a move from 6524 Hollywood Blvd. This was a storefront in a new building just east of the site now of the Warner Bros. Hollywood. The Iris folks then moved into another new building at 6508 Hollywood Blvd in 1918, which in 1968 became the Fox Theatre. This block of 1913 storefronts, later housing KFWB and various retailers, was demolished in 1995. The photo is from 2010. For more information see the page about this second Iris Theatre.


Ivar Theatre
1605 Ivar Ave.

It opened in 1951 as a legit theatre seating 350. It had a fine career hosting many off-Broadway produvtions before turning into a burlesque house in the 1970s. It's currently being used for classes by a film school. The photo is a 2007 view. For more Information see the page on the Ivar Theatre.


Las Palmas Theatre
1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.

The building was originally a market and was remodeled in 1936 into the Hollywood Little Theatre. It was a noted legit venue for many years. The Hume Cronyn production of "Portrait of a Madonna" starring Jessica Tandy played here. Carol Channing made her west coast debut at the Las Palmas in "Lend an Ear" directed by Gower Champion. The seating capacity was 600. The Las Palmas ran adult films in the 1970s. The theatre was later used as a music club and is now running as a nightclub called Sound. It's a 2007 photo. For more information see the page on the Las Palmas.


Ricardo Montalban / Vine St.
1615 Vine St.

It opened January 19, 1927 as Wilkes' Vine St.,  a legit operation. Later it was just called the Vine St. Theatre. In 1931 it became the Mirror, a film house. Soon renamed the Studio Theatre, it ended up in the hands of CBS in 1936. In 1954 it became the Huntington Hartford Theatre and was later the James A. Doolittle. The 1,00 seat house was a design by Myron Hunt. 

It reopened in 2004 as the Ricardo Montalban with a resident troupe featuring works for young people. It now hosts a variety of legit theatre events and occasional film screenings. The facade has been restored to its 1927 appearance. It's a 2007 photo. For more information see the page on the Ricardo Montalban Theatre.
 

1455 Gordon St. / 1737 N. Highland Ave.  

This revival house stated in 1940 at the Gordon St. address, just south of Sunset. The image is a 2020 Google Maps view of the building, surviving but remodeled. By September 1941 the operation had moved to the west side of Highland Ave., a block north of Hollywood Blvd. That site is now part of the Ovation mall. For more information see the page on the Movie Parade.


Music Box / Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened October 18, 1926 as the Carter DeHaven Music Box Theatre, a design by the firm of Morgan, Walls & Clements. While running movies in the 40s and 50s it was known as the Guild, the Fox and later as the Pix. When converted back to a legit operation by the Nederlander Organization in the 1980s it was known as the Henry Fonda. Later known as the Music Box @ Fonda, then the Music Box again. It's now called the Fonda. 

It had 980 seats at one time but now there are no seats on the main floor and reduced seating in the balcony. It's very much alive as a concert venue operated by Goldenvoice. The photo is a 2019 view. For more Information see the pages on the Music Box/Fonda: history + exterior views | interior views


New Hollywood Theatre
6300 block of Hollywood Blvd.

An unbuilt theatre project designed c.1918 by A.B. Rosenthal for a site between Cosmo St. and Cahuenga Blvd. The image circulated as a postcard and is frequently mistaken for an early design of either the Beverly or the Warner Hollywood. For more information on the project see the page on the New Hollywood.


Oriental Theatre
7425 Sunset Blvd.

It opened in 1921 as the Granada, a design by the firm Meyer & Holler. In the late 20s it was known as the West Coast Hollywood, later the Oriental. The 1923 photo is one that appeared in the 1927 book "American Theatres of Today." The seating capacity was 896. The theatre closed in 1985 and was remodeled into part of the Guitar Center store. For more information see the page about the Oriental Theatre.


Palladium
6215 Sunset Blvd.

It opened September 23, 1940 with the Tommy Dorsey Band and the relatively unknown vocalist Frank Sinatra. It's now operated by Live Nation as a concert venue. The photo here is from 2010. For more information see the page on the Palladium.


Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.

This 2,703 seat art deco fantasia opened June 4, 1930. It was a design by B. Marcus Priteca, who had done all the Pantages circuit houses since 1912. It's now a legit operation managed by the Nederlander Organization. The photo is from 2007 during the run of "Wicked."

For more information see the pages about the Pantages: Pantages overview | street views 1929 to 1954 | street views 1955 to present | ticket lobby | entrance vestibule | main lobby | main lounges | main floor inner lobby | balcony lobby and lounge areas | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | backstage | booth | support areas |


Ritz Theatre
6656 Hollywood Blvd.

This opened in 1940 as a newsreel theatre called the News-View. It's also been known the New-View, the Pussycat and the Ritz. It closed as a film theatre in 1991 and was was later used as a church. In 2017 and 2018 it was the Hologram USA Theater. The photo is a 2007 view taken during the building's church days. The 400 seat theatre was designed by Norstrom & Anderson, a conversion from what had been retail space. For more information see the Ritz Theatre page.


Showcase Theatre
412 N. La Brea Ave.

It opened in 1938 as the Gordon Theatre. It was later the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, then the Regent Showcase. The 750 seat house was a design by Clifford A. Balch. It closed as a regular film venue in 2008. This little art deco gem is now used as a church with occasional rentals for special events. For more information see the page on the Showcase Theatre.


 
5544 Hollywood Blvd.

The first theatre on the site opened as the Apollo around 1916. A 600 seat replacement building designed by C.S. Albright, called the New Apollo, opened in 1921. West Coast Theatres soon leased it and when the circuit became Fox West Coast it was called the Fox Apollo. In later years it was an "adult art" theatre as the Apollo Art. In the 70's it was a grindhouse called the Star. It closed in 1975, was gutted by fire in 1976, and demolished soon after. The L.A. Times photo of the demise is from the UCLA collection. For more information see the page on the Star Theatre.

Storefront Porno

This part of the city certainly had its share of venues that arose with the porno business hitting the streets in the 60s. Raking in the dollars were the Cave, the Po-No, the Tiki Theatre and others. The photo of the Tiki is by Ken Wallace. There's lots more information to browse on the page about Storefront Porno in Hollywood.


Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.

This opened in 1992 as a 5-plex running both mainstream and arty product. It was the Laemmle Sunset 5 through 2011. It was then taken over by Sundance Cinemas and became the Sundance Sunset. It's now the AMC Dine-In Sunset 5. The drive-by photo of the complex is from 2011. For more information see the page about the Sunset 5.


 
6321 Hollywood Blvd.

This 600 seat S. Charles Lee design opened in 1940 as the Admiral. Trans-Beacon gave it a remodel in 1969 and re-named it the Vine Theatre. Pacific operated it for years (with yet another remodel in the 70s) as both a Spanish language house and a $2 grindhouse. At the end it was a sad independent operation with $7 double features. 

After 70 years of operation (with a few breaks) it closed in October 2007. The photo is from that year. In 2014 Dolby gutted the interior and rebuilt it as a showcase for their Dolby Vision technology. The exterior remains unchanged. For more Information see the page about the Vine Theatre.

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Dr.

It opened in October 1923 as Bard's Hollywood Theatre. Lou Bard also operated theatres downtown and in Glendale and Pasadena. It's a cute neighborhood venue with an Egyptian flavored interior. The 638 seat house was a design by prolific theatre architect Lewis A. Smith, who did many projects both for Bard and for the West Coast Theatres circuit. It's now owned by Quentin Tatantino. The photo is from 2007. For more information and many photos see the page on the Vista Theatre.


Vogue Theatre
6675 Hollywood Blvd.

This 800 seat house designed by S. Charles Lee opened July 9, 1935. It closed in 2001 as a movie theatre. After a remodel it had a 5 year run as a club ending in 2015. Later it was a museum and store for a film and television auction house. It's now a venue used for special exhibitions. The photo is from 2012. For more information see the page on the Vogue Theatre.


Warner Bros. Hollywood
6433 Hollywood Blvd.

It opened April 26, 1928 with the Vitaphone release "Glorious Betsy" plus a big stage show. San Francisco-based G. Albert Lansburgh was the architect. It's also been known as the Warner Cinerama, the Hollywood Pacific and the Pacific 1-2-3. Originally the seating capacity was 2, 756. After the triplexing it was 2,300. It stopped running movies in 1994 but has had other uses including as a test house for digital projection equipment and, until 2013, for church services. The photo is a 2012 view.

The building, now boarded up, is still owned by Pacific Theatres, its longtime operator. It's waiting for the next great idea. For more information see the pages on the Warner Hollywood: Warner Hollywood overview | street views 1926 to 1954 | street views 1955 to present | main lobby | basement lounge | upper lobby areas | recent auditorium views | vintage auditorium views | stage | stage basement | other basement areas | booth and attic |


World Theatre
6025 Hollywood Blvd.

This 964 seat house opened in 1925 as the Marcal Theatre. After its original operators left it was operated for years by Fox West Coast and, later, by Pacific Theatres as a grindhouse. The theatre closed in 1986 and is now gutted with the facade unrecognizable. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the 1979 photo. For more information see the page on the World Theatre.


 
5959 Hollywood Blvd.

It was built in the 1930s as a market and converted into a twin theatre by Carlos Tobalina, who also ran the Mayan downtown. In the 70s the two sides were called the Adam and Eve Theatres. Usually the shows were porn but frequently Tobalina ran regular Hollywood double features in one auditorium. Thanks to Michel Bouchet for the photo. The building was demolished in 2016. For more information see the X Theatre page. 


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Hollywood Alternate Name Directory

A

ABC Vine St. Theatre 1313 Vine St. see Linwood Dunn Theatre

Abbott's Music Box 6126 Holywood Blvd. see Music Box  
 
Academy Theatre 6523 Hollywood Blvd. see the Holly Theatre   

Acme Theatre see Idle Hour Theatre 6524 Hollywood Blvd.

Actors Center 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave. see the Hollywood Playhouse

Adam and Eve 5959 Hollywood Blvd.  see the X Theatre  
 
Admiral Theatre 6321 Hollywood Blvd. see the Vine Theatre

Allen, Steve Playhouse 1228 Vine St.  see the Filmarte Theatre

American Legion Theatre see Hollywood Legion Theatre 2035 N. Highland Ave.  

AMC Galaxy 6 7021 Hollywood Blvd. see the Galaxy 6

AMC Dine-In Sunset 5 see Sunset 5 Theatres  8000 Sunset Blvd.  West Hollywood 

AMPAS 1313 Vine St.  see Linwood Dunn Theatre

Apollo Theatre 5544 Hollywood Blvd. see the Star Theatre

Apollo Art 5544 Hollywood Blvd. see the Star Theatre

Aquarius Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd. see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Arc Theatre 412 N. La Brea Ave. see the Showcase Theatre

ArcLight Cinemas 6360 Sunset Blvd.

Arena Cinema / Arena Cinelounge 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. see Arena Cinema / Egyptian 2&3

Arena Cinelounge Sunset  6464 Sunset Blvd. 

Arena Stage 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Arena Cinema / Egyptian 2&3

Avalon Hollywood 1735 Vine St.  see Hollywood Playhouse


Bard's Hollywood 4473 Sunset Dr. see the Vista

Bijou Theatre 7059 Hollywood Blvd.

Bijou Adult Theatre 1651 Cahuenga Blvd. 

C

Carroll, Earl Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd. see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Carter DeHaven Music Box  6126 Hollywood Blvd. see Music Box 

Cast Theatre 804 N. El Centro Ave. see the El Centro Theatre

Cave Theatre 6315 Hollywood Blvd.

CBS Lux Radio Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd. see Music Box

CBS Studio Theatre 1615 Vine St. see the Ricardo Montalban Theatre

Century Theatre 5115 Hollywood Blvd.

Century Theatre, Hollywood  5903 Hollywood Blvd. 

Chaplin Stage 804 N. El Centro Ave. see the El Centro Theatre

Chevy Chase Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd. see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Chinese Theatre, Grauman's   6925 Hollywood Blvd.

Chinese 6 Theatres 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Chinese Twin, Mann's 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

Chinese II & III  see Mann Chinese Twin 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

Cinelounge 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Arena Cinema / Egyptian 2&3

Cinema on Hollywood Blvd. 6838 Hollywood Blvd. see the El Capitan

Cineplex Odeon Showcase 412 N. La Brea Ave. see the Showcase

Cinerama Dome 6360 Sunset Blvd.

Cinerama, Warner 6433 Hollywood Blvd.  see Warner Bros. Hollywood

Cinne Arts Theatre 5651 Hollywood Blvd.

Circle Theatre 804 N. El Centro Ave. see the El Centro Theatre
 
Civic Repertory Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd. see the Music Box Theatre
 
Colony Theatre 6523 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Holly Theatre

Columbia Music Box 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see Music Box

Comedy Playhouse 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave. see the Hollywood Playhouse

Community Theatre 1742 Ivar Ave. see Hollywood Community Theatre

Continental Theatre 5308 Melrose Ave.

D

Dante's Troupers Theatre 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Las Palmas Theatre
 
DeHaven Music Box 6126 Hollywood Blvd. see Music Box

DGA Theater Complex 7920 Sunset Blvd.

Dolby Screening Room 6321 Hollywood Blvd. see the Vine Theatre

Dolby Theatre  6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Doolittle, James Theatre 1615 Vine St.  see the Ricardo Montalban

Dunn, Linwood 1313 Vine St.  see Linwood Dunn Theatre

E

Earl Carroll Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd.

Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Egyptian 2&3 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

El Capitan Theatre 6838 Hollywood Blvd.

El Capitan Theatre 1735 Vine St. see the Hollywood Playhouse

El Centro Theatre 804 N. El Centro Ave.

El Patio Theatre 7080 Hollywood Blvd. 

Encore Theatre 5308 Melrose Ave. see the Continental Theatre

F


Filmarte Theatre 1228 Vine St.

Film On Hologram Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd. see the Ritz Theatre

Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Fonda, Henry Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Fox Theatre 6508 Hollywood Blvd.

Fox Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Fox Apollo 5544 Hollywood Blvd. see the Star Theatre



Galaxy 6 7021 Hollywood Blvd. 

GCC Cinema on Hollywood Blvd. 6838 Hollywood Blvd.  see the El Capitan

GCC Galaxy 6 7021 Hollywood Blvd. see the Galaxy 6

GCC Hollywood Galaxy 7021 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Galaxy 6

Gordon Theatre 412 N. La Brea Ave. see the Showcase Theatre

Granada Theatre 7425 Sunset Blvd. see the Oriental Theatre

Grauman's Chinese  6925 Hollywood Blvd.

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Egyptian Theatre

Grauman's Hollywood Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Egyptian Theatre

Guild Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Guinness Museum 6764 Hollywood Blvd.  see Hollywood Theatre

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Hartford, Huntington Theatre 1615 Vine St.  see the Ricardo Montalban

Hawaii Theatre 5941 Hollywood Blvd.

Hawaii Music Hall 5941 Hollywood Blvd.  see Hawaii Theatre

Henry Fonda Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Hilliard Studio Sound Stage 1228 Vine St.  see the Filmarte Theatre

Hitching Post Theatre 6262 Hollywood Blvd.

Holly Theatre 6523 Hollywood Blvd.

Holly Cinema see Holly Theatre 6523 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Theatre 6764 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Theatre, Bard's 4473 Sunset Dr.  see the Vista Theatre

Hollywood Theatre, Grauman's  6712 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Egyptian Theatre

Hollywood Theatre, New 6300 block of Hollywood Blvd.  

Hollywood Theatre, West Coast  7425 Sunset Blvd. see Oriental Theatre

Hollywood & Highland, Mann's  see Chinese 6 Theatres 6810 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood & Highland Theatre see Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Center Theatre 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see the Hollywood Playhouse

Hollywood Century Theatre  5903 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Cinema  6838 Hollywood Blvd.  see the El Capitan Theatre

Hollywood Community Theatre 1742 Ivar Ave.    

Hollywood Galaxy 7021 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Galaxy 6

Hollywood Legion Theatre 2035 N. Highland Ave.   

Hollywood Little Theatre 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see the Las Palmas

Hollywood Music Box 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box Theatre

Hollywood Music Hall 6523 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Holly Theatre

Hollywood Newsreel Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Ritz Theatre
 
Hollywood Pacific 1-2-3 6433 Hollywood Blvd.  see Warner Bros. Hollywood

Hollywood Palace 1735 Vine St. see the Hollywood Playhouse

Hollywood Palladium 6215 W. Sunset Blvd.  see Palladium

Hollywood Pantages  6233 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Paramount  6838 Hollywood Blvd.  see the El Capitan Theatre

Hollywood Playhouse 1735 Vine St.

Hollywood Playhouse 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave.

Hollywood Pussycat  see the Ritz Theatre  6656 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Pussycat see Monica Theatre 7734 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood 

Hollywood Troupers Theatre 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Las Palmas Theatre

Hollywood's Newsreel Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Ritz Theatre
 
Hologram USA Theater 6656 Hollywood Blvd. see the Ritz Theatre

Hullabaloo Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd.  see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Hunley's Theatre 5115 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Century Theatre

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Idle Hour Theatre  6524 Hollywood Blvd.

Idyl Hour Theatre  see Idle Hour Theatre  6524 Hollywood Blvd.

Iris Theatre [1914]  see Idle Hour Theatre  6524 Hollywood Blvd.

Iris Theatre [1915-17] 6417 Hollywood Blvd.

Iris Theatre [1918 - 68] 6508 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Fox Theatre

Ivar Theatre 1605 Ivar Ave.

Ivy Theatre 804 N. El Centro Ave.  see the El Centro Theatre



Jerry Lewis Theatre 1735 Vine St.  see the Hollywood Playhouse

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Kaleidoscope Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd.  see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Kodak Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Dolby Theatre

KTLA Studio Theatre 5308 Melrose Ave. see the Continental Theatre

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Laemmle Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd.  see Sunset 5

La Mirada Theatre 1228 Vine St.  see the Filmarte Theatre

Laserium 6321 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Vine Theatre

Las Palmas Theatre 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.

Late Night Studios 1228 Vine St.  see the Filmarte Theatre

Legion Theatre see Hollywood Legion Theatre 2035 N. Highland Ave.  

Lewis, Jerry Theatre 1775 Vine St.  see the Hollywood Playhouse

Liberty Theatre see Hollywood Legion Theatre 2035 N. Highland Ave.  

Linkletter Playhouse 1228 Vine St.  see the Filmarte Theatre
 
Linwood Dunn Theatre 1313 Vine St.

Little Theatre, Hollywood 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Las Palmas Theatre

Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Egyptian Theatre

Loew's 6838 Hollywood Blvd.  see the El Capitan Theatre

Loew's Century 5115 Hollywood Blvd. see Century Theatre

Loew's Holly 6523 Hollywood Blvd. see Holly Theatre 

Longhorn Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd.  see the Earl Carroll Theatre

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Mann's Chinese Theatre 6925 Hollywood Blvd. see Grauman's Chinese

Mann Chinese II & III 6915 Hollywood Blvd. see Mann Chinese Twin

Mann's Chinese 6  see Chinese 6 Theatres 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Mann's Chinese Twin 6915 Hollywood Blvd. 

Marcal Theatre 6025 Hollywood Blvd.  see the World Theatre

Melvan Theatre 5308 Melrose Ave.  see the Continental Theatre

Mirror Theatre 1615 Vine St. see the Ricardo Montalban

Montalban, Ricardo Theatre 1615 Vine St.

Moulin Rouge 6230 W. Sunset Blvd.  see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Movie Parade 1455 Gordon St / 1737 N. Highland Ave.

Music Box Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.

Music Box Theatre see El Patio Theatre 7080 Hollywood Blvd. 

Music Box @ Fonda 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Music Hall Theatre 6523 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Holly Theatre

Music Hall, Hawaii 5941 Hollywood Blvd.  see Hawaii Theatre

Music Hall, Hollywood 6523 Hollywood Blvd. see the Holly Theatre

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New Apollo Theatre 5544 Hollywood Blvd. see the Star Theatre
 
New Theatre 804 N. El Centro Ave. see the El Centro Theatre

New Hollywood Theatre 6300 block of Hollywood Blvd.  

New Ivar Theatre 1605 Ivar Ave. see the Ivar Theatre

New Music Box Theatre see El Patio Theatre 7080 Hollywood Blvd. 

New-View Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Ritz Theatre

Newsreel Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Ritz Theatre

Newsreel theatre - for the Tele-View see the Hitching Post Theatre  6262 Hollywood Blvd.
 
News-View Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd. see the Ritz Theatre

Nickelodeon 6230 W. Sunset Blvd.  see the Earl Carroll Theatre

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Odeon see Bijou Theatre 7059 Hollywood Blvd.

Oriental Theatre 7425 Sunset Blvd.

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Pacific's Cinerama Theatre  6360 Sunset Blvd. see Cinerama Dome

Pacific Hollywood 1-2-3 6433 Hollywood Blvd.  see Warner Bros. Hollywood

Pacific's Warner Cinerama 6433 Hollywood Blvd. see Warner Bros. Hollywood 

Palace, Hollywood 1775 Vine St. see the Hollywood Playhouse

Palladium 6215 W. Sunset Blvd. 

Pantages Theatre  6233 Hollywood Blvd.

Pantages Hollywood 6233 Hollywood Blvd. see Pantages Theatre

Paramount 6838 Hollywood Blvd.  see the El Capitan Theatre

Paris Theatre 6262 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Hitching Post Theatre

Pickford Film Center 1313 Vine St.  see Linwood Dunn Theatre

Pix Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Music Box

Playhouse, Hollywood 1775 Vine St.  see the Hollywood Playhouse

Playhouse, Hollywood 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave. see the  Hollywood Playhouse

Playhouse Hollywood 6126 W. Hollywood Blvd.  see the Fox Theatre

Playtime Theatre 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave. see the Las Palmas

Photoplay League see Sherman Theatre 8938 Keith Ave. West Hollywood

Po-No Theatre 1610 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

Pussycat Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd. see the Ritz Theatre

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Queen Theatre 1615 Vine St.  see the Ricardo Montalban

Queen For a Day Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd. see the Earl Carroll Theatre



Rector's Admiral Theatre 6321 Hollywood Blvd. see the Vine Theatre

Regent Showcase Theatre 412 N. La Brea Ave.  see the Showcase

Ricardo Montalban Theatre 1615 Vine St.

Richard's Theatre 5228 Hollywood Blvd.

Rigler, Lloyd E. Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Egyptian Theatre

Ritz Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd.

RKO Pantages 6233 Hollywood Blvd.  see Pantages Theatre

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Screenbid see Vogue Theatre 6675 Hollywood Blvd.  

Sherman Theatre 8938 Keith Ave. / 812 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood

Showcase Theatre 412 N. La Brea Ave.

Sound Nightclub 1642 N. Las Palmas  see Las Palmas Theatre

Spielberg, Steven Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Egyptian Theatre

Stanley Warner Cinerama 6433 Hollywood Blvd. see Warner Bros. Hollywood

Stanley Warner Pantages 6233 Hollywood Blvd.  see Pantages Theatre

Star Theatre 5544 Hollywood Blvd.

Star Search Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd. see the Earl Carroll Theatre

Steve Allen Playhouse 1228 Vine St.  see the Filmarte Theatre
 
Studio Theatre 6523 Hollywood Blvd. see the Holly Theatre

Studio Theatre 1615 Vine St. see the Ricardo Montalban 

Studio Theatre, CBS 1615 Vine St. see the Ricardo Montalban

Studio Theatre, KTLA 5308 Melrose Ave. see the Continental Theatre

Sundance Cinemas 8000 Sunset Blvd. see Sunset 5

Sundance Sunset 8000 Sunset Blvd.  see Sunset 5  

Sunset 5 Theatres 8000 Sunset Blvd.  West Hollywood

Sunset Blvd. Theatre 6230 W. Sunset Blvd. see the Earl Carroll Theatre 

Supperclub L.A. 6675 Hollywood Blvd. see the Vogue Theatre

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Tele-View Theatre 6262 Hollywood Blvd.  see the Hitching Post Theatre

Tele-View Revival 6262 Hollywood Blvd. see the Hitching Post Theatre

Tele-View Newsreel Theatre 6656 Hollywood Blvd. see the Ritz Theatre

Theatre VII 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave. see the Hollywood Playhouse

Theatre District  804 N. El Centro Ave. see the El Centro Theatre

Tiki Theatre 5462 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Trans - Beacon Vine Theatre  6321 Hollywood Blvd. see the Vine Theatre

Troupers Theatre 6126 Hollywood Blvd. see the Music Box Theatre

Troupers Theatre, Dante's 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Las Palmas Theatre

Troupers Theatre, Hollywood 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.  see Las Palmas Theatre


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Vine Theatre   6321 Hollywood Blvd.

Vine St. Theatre 1615 Vine St.  see the Ricardo Montalban

Vine St. Theatre, ABC 1313 Vine St.  see Linwood Dunn Theatre

Vista Theatre 4473 Sunset Dr.

Vogue Theatre 6675 Hollywood Blvd.

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Warner Cinerama 6433 Hollywood Blvd. see Warner Bros. Hollywood

Warner Bros. Hollywood Theatre 6433 Hollywood Blvd. 

West Coast Hollywood Theatre 7425 Sunset Blvd. see the Oriental Theatre

Western Theatre 6262 Hollywood Blvd. see the Hitching Post Theatre

Wilkes Vine St. Theatre 1615 Vine St. see the Ricardo Montalban

Woman's Club of Hollywood see El Patio Theatre 7080 Hollywood Blvd. 

World Theatre   6025 Hollywood Blvd.

Writers' Club Theatre 1445 N. Las Palmas Ave. see the Hollywood Playhouse

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X Theatre 5959 Hollywood Blvd.


Xanadu Pleasure Dome 7308 Melrose Ave.



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2 comments:

  1. Great site! A tremendous amount of love and work went into this. An aside - the screenshot of the Oriental on Sunset is actually from the first episode of Dragnet 1968, the show's second season. The episode title is "The Grenade", air date September 14th, 1967. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks, Rick. Glad you like the project. Thanks for the data on the Oriental. I fixed up the page.

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