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Bundy Theatre

3414 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Opened: 1941. The theatre was at Pico and Centinela.  The theatre's name came from the location west of Bundy Blvd. Not quite at Bundy, but close.

This 1943 look at the Bundy is from the Library of Congress collection. It's a photo by Ann Rosener taken for the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information. The versions currently on the Library of Congess site are pathetic. Thanks to Ken McIntyre on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles for this much nicer one.

Architect: S. Charles Lee designed the house for George Bourke and M.E. Baylis.

In the 40s the theatre was open until 5 am to cater to late workers at the nearby aircraft plants. The Bundy was operated by Fox West Coast and its successor, National General Corporation.

Seating: 900

Status: The theatre closed in January 1963. It was demolished in 1964 or 65 -- the site is now under the I-10.

Many thanks to Tom Zimmerman for this 1946 photo from his collection of the Bundy playing "Henry V" with Laurence Olivier. It appears on page 146 of "Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles, 1925 - 1960," a great book by Mr. Zimmerman with Eric Lynxwiler.

The 2016 release from Angel City Press is available on Amazon or direct from Angel City. Articles about the book have appeared on Curbed L.A., the website for Los Angeles magazine, the L.A. Daily News website, LAist, the KCRW blog and the website CityLab.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Bundy for lots of comments by Bill Gabel and other contributors.

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