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Crown Theatre

11380 Santa Monica Blvd. Sawtelle (Los Angeles), CA 90025
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The address is approximate. It was originally listed as both 342 and 504 Santa Monica Blvd. with earlier numbering systems

A postcard view of what appears to be the Crown Theatre. Note the posters on display. The card is on the site

Dates: The Crown Theatre operated from about 1915 until about 1925. The location of the building was about halfway between the present Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., and the Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd.

It's listed in the 1919-20 city directory as being at 504 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle. W.R. Swickard is listed as the proprietor. The 504 number indicates that the building was just east of 6th Street (now renamed).

The theatre was in a building known variously as Masonic Hall, the Barker Building or Barker Block. In addition to the Masons, other tenants included the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Foresters and other similar organizations.

In the 1923/24 Santa Monica directory the theatre is listed as at 342 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle. The other tenants were at 342 1/2 indicating (perhaps) that the theatre was the main floor tenant with the others upstairs. The nearest street going west in 1923 was Mobile -- now possibly called Perdue..

Until 1922, the Sawtelle district was a separate town east of Santa Monica. It had its own street numbering system prior to being absorbed into Los Angeles. Over the years there were changes in both street numbers as well as giving names to what had formerly been many numbered streets. The two addresses for the Crown are the same location -- even prior to adopting L.A. numbering along Santa Monica Blvd., there were some number changes.

It appears that the site would be between Corinth and Perdue. -- perhaps in the vicinity of 11380 by the current address system.

Status: Demolished.

More on Sawtelle Streets: It appears that the streets in Sawtelle that originally had numbered designations may have been renamed several times. The 1923 Los Angeles city directory has some interesting names to peruse concerning streets crossing Santa Monica Blvd. in Sawtelle.

In 1929 this was the street lineup:


Here are some guesses so far on the renaming:

Going west--

?                       >> in 1923: Military 100  >> in 1929: Sepulveda 11160 ?

earlier: 1st St.? >> in 1923: Shiloh 150  >> in 1929: Pontius 11150 ?

earlier: 2nd St.? >> in 1923: Antietam 200  >> in 1929: Cotner 11200 ?

earlier: 3rd St. ? >> in 1923: Petersburg 300  >> in 1929: Beloit 11250 ?

earlier: 4th St. >> in 1923: Sawtelle 400   >> in 1929: Sawtelle 11300

earlier: 5th St. >> in 1923: Corinth 500  >> in 1929: Corinth 11334

[ Crown Theatre just east of 6th ]

earlier: 6th St. >> in 1923: Mobile 600  >> in 1929: Perdue 11400

?                      >> in 1923: Chickamauga  >> in 1929: Butler 11500

                        >> in 1923: Gettysburg  >> in 1929: Colby 11550

                        >> in 1923: Federal 800  >> in 1929: Federal 11600

The present numbering along Santa Monica Blvd. was instituted in 1926 or earlier -- it appears in that directory.

More Information: Another early theatre nearby in Sawtelle was the National Theatre on 4th St.

Cinema Treasures has pages for 502 Santa Monica Blvd. and 342 Santa Monica Blvd. but they list these as Santa Monica addresses rather than as Sawtelle. 

The Arcadia Publications book on Sawtelle can be previewed on Google Books. There's an article on Sawtelle history in Wikipedia.

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