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Campus Theatre

1020 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Opened: 1939. The Campus Theatre name derives from the location across the street from Los Angeles City College. It's just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Thanks to Michael Moran for the c.1968 photo from his collection. David Zornig has posted it on Cinema Treasures.

At some point the entrance got rebuilt and the building shortened resulting in the loss of the moderne facade. The now-shorter building has a courtyard in front.

Seating: 850 originally, perhaps 400 at the end.

Architect: Unknown

The Campus in the Movies:


The Campus is one of many Los Angeles area theatres (including the Monica and the Esquire) that we get a quick look at in "Let's Go To The Movies," a nine minute short available on Internet Archive. It was produced by RKO in 1948 for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. See the Theatres in Movies post for shots of other theatres seen in the film.

Status: The Campus closed for films in 2006, last operated by Metropolitan Theatres running mainstream product with Spanish subtitles. For a while after that it was a live theatre venture known as Teatro Los Chuperamigos. They left in 2011 and it then became a nightclub, the Teatro Casablanca.

Lately it's been sitting vacant. David Saffer reported on the LAHTF Facebook page in October 2015 that the owner wants to remove the seats and level the floor so he can do banquets and other events.



An 1983 American Classic Images photo of the flashy neon on the Campus before it lost its marquee -- and the rest of the facade.
 


Another 1983 view from American Classic Images.
 


The theatre near the end of its film days running "Chronicles of Narnia" in 2006. Thanks to Jeterga for the photo on Cinema Treasures.
 

  
 A 2007 facade view once posted on Flickr by Patrick Cates. 



Thanks to Don Solosan for this c.2009 view. At the time the theatre was a Spanish language legit operation. The photo was taken as part of the L.A. Conservancy Historic Theatres Committee survey documenting surviving theatre buildings. Thanks to Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation co-founder Hillsman Wright for making the photo available.



The vacant theatre in 2011. Photo: Google Maps

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Campus Theatre. On the Cinema Tour page there's a 2002 facade photo by Bob Meza.

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