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Opened: 1934. The location is three blocks north of Hollywood Blvd. The venue was a second run family oriented single screen theatre for decades. Later it was an art house for years under Laemmle management and at that time one of the premiere foreign film venues in Los Angeles.
It was triplexed in the early 90s after the Laemmle's lost their lease. Thanks to Shawn Dudley for his July 2017 photo, added as a comment on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.
Phone: 213-664-2169 Website: www.vintagecinemas.com/losfeliz
Architect: Clifford A. Balch
Seating: 780 originally as a single screen.
The Los Feliz in the Movies:
The exterior of the theatre is seen in the ten minute public service film "The Dangerous Stranger" (Sidney Davis Productions, 1950). Thanks to Cinema Treasures contributor Bobster1985 for the screenshot. See several more from him on the Cinema Treasures page. Or see the Theatres in Movies post.
The facade of the Los Feliz is seen in Trey Parker's film "Orgazmo" (October Films, 1998) according to Cinema Treasures contributor Shoeshoe14. Who is in it? Trey Parker. Who wrote it? Trey Parker. It's about a young Mormon guy who ends up starring in porno films.
Dimitri Martin and Gillian Jacobs, a prospective girlfriend, wander in front of the Los Feliz Theatre, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., in "Dean" (CBS Films, 2017). Martin also wrote, directed and illustrated the film, a tale about a misfit cartoonist and his curious adventures with various friends and lovers. The film also stars Kevin Kline as the dad and Mary Steenburgen as a real estate agent he falls for.
Status: The theatre continues to do well as a triplex offering first run releases. It's operated by Vintage Cinemas, who also operate the Vista Theatre.
One of the smaller rear auditoria. Photo: Bill Counter- 2010
The hall to the right of the two rear auditoria that leads to the larger house in front. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The big auditorium -- a shallow theatre in the front half of the original space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
Thanks to Sean Ault for finding this view of the marquee taken during the run of "The Eleanor Roosevelt Story," a 1965 release.
A great 70s telephoto view looking north on Vermont from Hollywood Blvd. It was added by Don Sherman to the Photos of Los Angeles page on Facebook. The Los Feliz marquee is right under the "don't walk" sign. The corner on the left is the former location of the Studio Theatre.
Thanks to Wayne Lawless for this 80s view of the theatre in its single-screen days. He added it as a comment to a post about the theatre on the LAHTF Facebook page.
The theatre in 2007. Photo: Bill Counter
A night view of the Los Feliz Theatre neon. Thanks to Mark Peacock for his 2009 photo. It's from his Vintage Theatres set on Flickr. Also visit his blog: On the Road With Mark Peacock.
Looking south on Vermont. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The entrance to the theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
A closer view of the Boxoffice. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
"10 Surefire Signs You're Not From L.A.," a fine November 2013 L.A. Weekly article by Dennis Romero, included this 2011 look at the front of the Los Feliz from Michael Locke on Flickr. It's on page three of the article.
More Information: The Cinema Treasures page on the Los Feliz has lots of historical data on the theatre as well as links to more exterior photos. Crack Cinema Treasures researcher Joe Vogel spotted the attribution of the building to Clifford Balch as a caption under a photo in an article in Boxoffice Magazine for June 29, 1935
Cinema Tour has a nice set of 2008 views (including interior shots) by Mark Campbell. The Los Feliz website has a tour page with fourteen photos of the complex. American Classic Images has a 1983 facade view.
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