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Opened: The Iris Theatre opened in 1913 after a move and a renaming. The business was formerly called the Idle Hour (also seen spelled Idyl Hour) and located at 6525 Hollywood Blvd., near Hudson Ave. This move was into a new storefront building just east of where the Warner Hollywood would be constructed in 1928.
The Iris reportedly had the first electric sign in Hollywood. In the 1915, 1916 and 1917 city directories it's listed with an address of 6417 Hollywood Blvd. The new theatre's name was chosen as an homage to the gardens of painter Paul DeLongpre. The building was located in what had originally been gardens just south of the house, an early Hollywood tourist attraction.
Status: The Iris moved again into a new building at 6508 Hollywood Blvd in 1918 and that theatre later became known as the Fox Theatre.
This block of 1913 storefronts wasn't demolished until 1995. Other tenants included KFWB after they had moved out of the Warner Theatre building. The DeLongpre house itself survived until the Warner was constructed.
The site of the Iris in 2010. The big hulk at the left is the Warner Hollywood. Photo: Bill Counter
The building that was the home of the Iris Theatre from 1913 to 1918. Thanks to the wonderful Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for the 1972 photo. That's a bit of the Warner building on the left.
At the left is the rear of the building the Iris Theatre was located in. We're looking west -- that's the side of the Warner Hollywood straight ahead. It's a shot from the 1984 film "Night of the Comet." See the Theatres In Movies post for more from the film.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on this first Iris. They use 6265 Hollywood Blvd. (near the current Pantages location) as the address for the business before the move and also seem uncertain as to whether the location after the move was where the Warner currently is or just east of it. Several photos on their page are of the later 1918 Iris.