8325 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
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The building dates from 1925 but it was not built as a theatre. Thanks to Ken Roe for his 2005 photo of the Coast Playhouse on Flickr.
Phone: 310-953-8999 Website: www.coastplayhouse.org
the the 60s it was a legit operation called the Players' Ring Theatre.
Joe Vogel on Cinema Treasures says: "Players' Ring was one of
several professional theater companies that flourished in Los Angeles
during the postwar period. I recall seeing the theater’s ads in the L.A.
Times into the 1960s. James Arness, Marlo Thomas, Roger Corman, Michael
Landon, and Jack Nicholson are among the alumni of the Players' Ring."
the 70s it was a twin screen revival house called the Gary Theatre. After the revival business waned it was a
porno operation with the two screens called the Gallery and the Quickie. The Quickie operation was evidently running at 8253 Santa Monica in the
early 70s before moving over to this building at 8325.
By 1980 it had become a 99 seat Equity Waiver legit operation called the Pan Andreas, finally ending up as the Coast Playhouse.
Status: Open again as a venue for small legit shows. After being closed and on the market for a year or so it was purchased in 2016 by the City of West Hollywood for $2.5 million.
According to a report at the time on WEHOville, the city was giving the theatre a bit of a remodel to assure that it met ADA requirements and its various systems were functional.
A 1980 look at the theatre, then called the Pan Andreas, from the Herald Examiner collection at the Los Angeles Public Library. Evidently the photo was taken due to a swastika graffiti issue.
The theatre during its "for sale" period in a view looking west on Santa Monica Blvd. Photo: Google Maps - November 2015
More Information: Head to the Cinema Treasures page for the Coast Playhouse. The site also has a page for the Quickie Theatre at 8253 Santa Monica.
The Player's Ring operation goes back to 1948. It had started not at this
address but up the street a bit at 8111 Santa Monica Blvd. and later moved to 8351 Santa Monica Blvd. See two Los Angeles Public Library
views of the theatre at that latter address: 1959 night view | 1959 day view |
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