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Esquire Theatre

419 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Opened: May 27, 1937. The location is a block north of Beverly Blvd. The theatre opened as an independent owned by Betty Berkoff. It was later an art house operated by Herb Rosener, who also had the Laurel, Sunset and Studio theatres.

The photo of the theatre's opening from National Theatre Supply appeared with a story in the July 24, 1937 issue of Boxoffice.

Architect: Clifford A. Balch. It was a remodel of an existing building.  

Seating: 500



This 1938 photo of the Esquire appears in Marc Wanamaker's fine Arcadia Publishing book "Hollywood 1940-2008." It's on page 112 and can be viewed on the Google Books preview. The book is available on Amazon.

The Esquire in the Movies:


We get a quick look at the Esquire in the nine minute AMPAS/RKO 1948 short "Let's Go To The Movies," available on the Internet Archive. See the Theatres in Movies post for more shots of theatres seen in the film.

Status: It's been Canter's Deli since 1953. The projection booth, second floor restrooms and a photo on the wall are the only remains from its theatre days.



A 2005 photo by David Liu from the Wikipedia article on Canter's.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Esquire Theatre.

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