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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.
A 2008 look at the Hollywood Playhouse by Andreas Praefcke on Wikipedia.
Opening: Unknown. Evidently it dates back to the 20s.
Status: It's now the Howard Fine Acting Studio.
A 1961 view of the building as the Hollywood Center Theatre from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
Another 1961 photo from the Los Angeles Public Library.
Thanks to the Bruce Torrance Hollywood Photograph Collection for this 1976 view.
An undated Los Angeles Herald Examiner photo of the building as the Hollywood Playhouse from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The caption reads:
"Exterior view of the Writers' Club Theater in Hollywood. This historic theater dated back to the days of Charles Chaplin and Mary Pickford reopened as the Hollywood Playhouse & Cafe following a million dollar remodeling. Located at Sunset and Las Palmas Boulevards, the complex centers on a new 220-seat theatre and restaurant that are to serve as the cornerstone for a shopping center and office complex planned by the Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Development Corporation. Heading up the theatre-restaurant complex are Budd Friedman, Michael Nouri (for Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Development), Stan Handman and Norman Maibaum, under the banner of the F.H.M. Corporation."
The other Hollywood Playhouse: See section on the other Hollywood Playhouse if you're looking for information on the theatre on Vine Street that started as a legit venue, later was known as the Hollywood Palace, and is currently a music venue called Avalon.
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