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Clinton Theatre

526 N. Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90004
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Opened: August 1938. The location is one and a half blocks south of Melrose, between Clinton St. and Maplewood Ave. By the 60s it had turned into a foreign film theatre, later becoming a bargain house. Closure was in the late 80s.  The photo is a Google Maps view from 2015.

Seating: 750

Architect: Raphael Nicolais

Status: It's now a design establishment.

The Clinton in the Movies: The interior and exterior are both seen in Mike Jittlov's 1988 film "The Wizard of Speed and Time." A clip of a scene near the end filmed inside the theatre is on YouTube.

 A 1983 look at the Clinton from the American Classic Images collection.

The Clinton as a bargain house in the 80s. It's a Gary Graver photo.


The theatre after closing. "Closed for Remodeling" in this case meant conversion into retail space. It's a photo by filmmaker and cinematographer Gary Graver (1938-2006). He took many photos of vanishing theatres in Los Angeles and Portland. Many can be seen in his compilations on YouTube: "Second Run part 1" and "Second Run part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photos.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Clinton.

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