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A guide to historic neighborhood theatres all around the Los Angeles area. 

The main sections: theatres north of downtown | san fernando valley theatres | glendale theatres | pasadena theatres | san gabriel valley, pomona and whittier theatres | east LA theatres | south, south central and southeast | along the coast | venice and ocean park | san pedro and wilmington | long beach theatres |


During the 1920s and into the 1930s Los Angeles got many terrific movie palaces built outside of the three historic theatregoing areas covered on the sections about Downtown Theatres, Hollywood Theatres and Westside Theatres
 
There are lots of great Spanish Revival designs (of course) and a delightful array of art deco creations such as the Leimert/Vision Theatre and the Warner theatres in San Pedro and Huntington Park.

All of the studios were interested in having opulent venues in the neighborhoods to show off their movies to the greatest advantage. Sometimes they made booking arrangements with other studios or circuits, sometimes they built their own palaces.

Here in this section you'll find information on just a few of my favorite historic theatres in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

The criteria for inclusion here have been somewhat random. Of course there's the idea that the buildings of greatest architectural interest should be included. But I've also given weight to those that are just survivors -- still running movies after many of their competitors have dropped.

Of the ones that have vanished, some have merited inclusion due to location, sometimes the availability of historic photos or, occasionally, just curiosity on my part. If you can't find what you're looking for you could also consult the Main Alphabetical List. There is also a main Theatre List by Address as well as separate lists by address for the Westside, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley/Pomona/Whittier.

-- Bill Counter

P.S. I'm in the middle of a very lengthy process to move all the data and photos here to this site. At the moment you'll find that most of the links still take you to pages on the older [more] Los Angeles Movie Palaces site hosted on Google.



Atwater Village 
| Atwater Theatre


Baldwin Hills 
| Baldwin Theatre |


Beverly Boulevard  
See the Westside Theatres section.

Beverly Hills 
See the Westside Theatres section. 

Brentwood
See the Westwood and Brentwood Theatres section.

Broadway - north of downtown  
| Cinemaland Theatre | Daly Theatre | Federal Theatre | Starland Theatre |

Broadway downtown  
See the Broadway section for the full survey.

Burbank
| Victory / Burbank Theatre | California Theatre | Cornell Theatre | Loma Theatre | Magnolia Theatre | Major Theatre | Wood's Theatre | See the San Fernando Valley section for more listings.

Avalon Theatre - Catalina
Catalina Island 
| Avalon Theatre | Strand / Riviera Theatre
Century City
See the Westside Theatres section.  

City Terrace
| City Terrace Cinema |

Compton
| Fox Compton | Symphony | Tower Theatre |

Covina Theatre - Covina
Covina
| Covina Theatre |

Crenshaw Boulevard

Culver City
See the Westside Theatres section.


Eagle Rock
| Eagle Theatre | Sierra Theatre |


Echo Park
See the Westside Theatres section.


El Segundo
| Old Town Music Hall |

Elysian Park
| Knightsbridge Theatre |

Fairfax
See the Westside Theatres section.


Figueroa St. downtown
 See the Downtown: Hill St. and Farther West section.


Fullerton  
| Fox Fullerton |

Gardena 
| Gardena Cinema |  

Glassell Park
| Division Theatre | Glassell Theatre |


Hawthorne
| Plaza Theatre |

Hollywood
See the Hollywood section. 





La Cienega Boulevard
See the Westside Theatres section. 

Lakewood
| Lakewood Theatre |

La Puente
| Star Theatre |

Larchmont
| Larchmont Theatre |

Leimert Park
| Leimert / Vision Theatre |

Long Beach Boulevard 
| Arden Theatre | Lynwood Theatre | Tower Theatre | Vogue Theatre |

Lynwood 
| Arden Theatre | Lynwood Theatre |

Los Feliz 
See the Westside Theatres section.

MacArthur Park 
| Beaux Arts Theatre | Westlake Theatre | Alvarado / Park Theatre | See the Westside Theatres section for more listings.

Main St. - downtown
See the section on Main St. Theatres.

Main St. - south of downtown
| Chutes / Luna Park Theatre | Princess Theatre |

Manhattan Beach
| La Mar Theatre |

Melrose Avenue
See the Westside Theatres section.

Miracle Mile
| Bing Theatre/LACMA | El Rey Theatre | Four Star Theatre | Geffen Theatre/Academy Museum | La Brea Theatre | Ritz Theatre |

Monrovia
| Elite Theatre | Lyric / Crest Theatre | Mission Theatre | Colonial / Monrovia Theatre |

Montebello
| AMC Montebello 10 | Cameo Theatre | Garmar Theatre | Star Theatre | Vogue |  

Monterey Park
| Monterey Theatre |

Montrose
| Montrose Theatre |

North Hollywood
| El Portal Theatre | Lankershim Theatre | Valley / Guild Theatre |

North of Downtown
| Atwater Theatre | Cameo Theatre | Cinemaland Theatre | Daly TheatreDivision Theatre | Eagle Theatre | El Sereno ? Theatre | Federal Theatre | Fox Arroyo Theatre | Franklin Theatre | Glassell Theatre | Granada / Owl Theatre | Highland Theatre | Highland Park Theatre | Kim Sing / Alpine Theatre | King Hing Theatre | Knightsbridge Theatre | Park Theatre | San Carlos Theatre | Sierra Theatre | Starland Theatre | Sunbeam Theatre | York Theatre |

Ocean Park
| Dome Theatre | Rosemary Theatre | See the Venice & Ocean Park page for information on other Ocean Park theatres.

Orange County  
| Fox Fullerton  |

Pacific Palisades 
| Bay Theatre |

Palms
| Palms Theatre |

Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Pasadena
| Academy 6 | Colorado Theatre | Esquire Theatre | Fox Pasadena | Pasadena Civic Auditorium | Pasadena Playhouse | PhotoplayRaymond Theatre | Rialto Theatre | State Theatre | Strand Theatre | United Artists | Uptown | Washington Theatre | See the Pasadena Theatres section for information on other Pasadena theatres. 

Pico Boulevard
See the Westside Theatres section. 

Pomona
| American Theatre | Armory Opera House | Belvedere Theatre | Fox Pomona | Fraternal Aid Opera House | Lyric Theatre | Pomona Opera House | State Theatre | Sunkist Theatre | United Artists Theatre |

Rampart
| Rampart Theatre |

Redondo Beach
| Art Theatre | Auditorium / Pavilion Theatre | Capitol Theatre | Fox Redondo | Strand/Surf/Marina 1-2-3 |

Rosemead 
| Rosemead Theatre |
 
Studio City Theatre - Studio City
San Fernando Valley
| Alex Theatre | California Theatre | Canyon Theatre | Cody's / San Fernando | El Portal Theatre | Fox Van Nuys | Guild / Valley Theatre | Jewel Theatre | La Reina Theatre | Lankershim Theatre | Loma Theatre | Magnolia TheatreMajor Theatre | Montrose Theatre | Rennie's Theatre | Reseda Theatre | Rivoli / Capri Theatre | San Fernando Theatre | Sherman Oaks Cinema I-II | Studio City Theatre | Valley / Guild Theatre | Wood's Theatre | See the Glendale and San Fernando Valley sections for more listings.

San Gabriel
| San Gabriel Theatre | San Gabriel Mission Playhouse |

San Gabriel Valley  
| Alhambra Theatre | Azusa / State / Village Theatre | Santa Anita Theatre | Capri Theatre | Colonial / Monrovia Theatre | Covina Theatre | El Monte Theatre | El Rey Theatre | Elite TheatreFox Fullerton | Fox Pomona | Garfield Theatre | Liberty Theatre | Lyric / Crest Theatre | Mission Theatre | Monterey Theatre | Rialto / Valley Theatre | Rosemead Theatre | San Gabriel Theatre | San Gabriel Mission Playhouse | Sierra Madre Playhouse | Star Theatre | Superba Theatre | Temple Theatre | Tumbleweed Theatre | Wardman / Whittier Village Cinemas | Whittier Theatre | Also see the section on Pasadena Theatres.

San Pedro 
| Fox Cabrillo | Globe Theatre | Strand Theatre | Warner Grand Theatre | See the San Pedro & Wilmington section for many more listings.   

San Pedro St. 
| Castle Theatre |

Santa Monica
| Dome Theatre | Rosemary Theatre | See the Venice & Ocean Park section for more listings in Ocean Park.See the Santa Monica Theatres section for the rest of the Santa Monica listings.

Santa Monica Blvd.
See the Westside Theatres section.

Sawtelle
See the Westside Theatres section.

Sepulveda Boulevard
| Loyola Theatre | Paradise Theatre |

Sierra Madre
| Sierra Madre Playhouse |

Silver Lake
| Knightsbridge Theatre | Palms/Belmont Theatre |

Nubel Theatre - Bellflower
South, South Central & Southeast
5th Avenue Theatre | Academy Theatre | Adams Theatre | Alcazar / Liberty Theatre | Allen Theatre | Alpha Theatre | Arcade Theatre | Arden Theatre | Arlin Theatre | Arlington Theatre | Avenue Theatre | Balboa Theatre / Pan Andreas | Baldwin Theatre | Bard's West Adams | Bellflower / Nubel | Boulevard Theatre | California Theatre | Carlton Theatre | Castle Theatre |  Chutes / Luna Park Theatre | Congress Theatre | Crenshaw / Kokusai Theatre | Florence Mills Theatre | Florencita Theatre | Fox Figueroa Theatre | Fox Florence Theatre | Fox Inglewood | Gardena Cinema | Gentry TheatreGranada Theatre | Huntington Theatre | Imperial Theatre | Inglewood Theatre | La Tijera Theatre | La Tosca Theatre | Largo TheatreLaSalle Theatre | Leimert / Vision Theatre | Lincoln TheatreLoyola Theatre | Luna Theatre | Lynwood Theatre | Lyric Theatre | Manchester Theatre | Maynard Theatre | Meralta Theatre | Mesa Theatre | Nubel / Holiday | Paradise Theatre | Park Theatre | Plaza Theatre | Princess Theatre | Rimpau / Metro / Ebony Showcase | Rio Theatre | Ritz Theatre | Riviera / Fremont Theatre | Rosebud Theatre | Savoy Theatre | Shrine Auditorium | Southside Theatre | Sunbeam Theatre | Tower Theatre | Union Theatre / Velaslavasay Panorama | University / Realart / Trojan  | United Artists Inglewood | Variety Theatre | Vogue Theatre | Warner Huntington Park  | Bard's West Adams | Western Theatre | See the South and Southeast section for more listings.

South Gate
| Allen Theatre | Vogue Theatre | 

South Pasadena
| Rialto Theatre |

Spring St. - downtown
See the Spring St. Theatres page on the Downtown Theatres site.

Spring St. - north of downtown
| King Hing Theatre |

Studio City 
| Studio City Theatre |

Sun Valley
| Lankershim Theatre |

Sunset Blvd.
See the Hollywood and Westside Theatres sections.

Temple Street
| Ahmanson Theatre | Granada / Owl Theatre | Palms / Belmont Theatre | Rampart Theatre |

Torrance
| Grand Theatre | Stadium/Pussycat Theatre | Torrance Theatre | 

Shrine Auditorium
USC - Exposition Park
| Boulevard Theatre | Fox Figueroa Theatre | La Tosca Theatre | Shrine Auditorium | Union Theatre/Velaslavasay Panorama | University / Realart / Trojan |

Van Nuys
| Fox Van Nuys | Rivoli / Capri Theatre |

Venice
| Fox Venice Theatre | See the Venice & Ocean Park Theatres page for information on other Venice theatres.

Vermont Ave. - north of Pico
See the Westside Theatres section.  

Vermont Ave. - south of Pico
| Balboa Theatre / Pan Andreas | Congress Theatre | La Tosca Theatre | Southside Theatre |

Washington Blvd.
| Boulevard Theatre | Chutes / Luna Park Theatre | Culver Theatre | Rimpau / Metro / Ebony Showcase |

Watts
| Largo Theatre |

West Adams
| Adams Theatre | Arlington Theatre | Bard's West Adams | Boulevard Theatre | LaSalle Theatre | Luna Theatre | Maynard Theatre | Riviera / Fremont Theatre | Variety Theatre |

West Hollywood
 See the Hollywood and Westside Theatres sections.

Westchester 
| La Tijera Theatre | Loyola Theatre | Paradise Theatre |

Western Ave. - north of Pico
See the Westside Theatres section.

Western Ave. - south of Pico
| Carlton Theatre | Rio Theatre | Western Theatre |

Westside
See the Hollywood and Westside Theatres sections.

Westwood
See the Westwood and Brentwood Theatres section.

Whittier Theatre - Whittier
Whittier 
| Berry Grand Theatre | Gale Theatre | Family Theatre | Optic Theatre | Scenic / Roxy Theatre | Strand Theatre | Wardman / Whittier Village Cinemas | Whittier Theatre |

Whittier Blvd.
| Boulevard Theatre | Golden Gate Theatre | Strand Theatre | United Artists / Alameda | Whittier Theatre | See the East Los Angeles Theatres page for many more listings.

Wilmington
| Avalon Theatre | Granada Theatre | Capitola Theatre | Also see the San Pedro & Wilmington page.

Wilshire Boulevard corridor
See the Westside Theatres section.


Recently updated pages:

Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale

This 1,413 seat house opened in 1925 as the Alexander Theatre, a project of C.L. Langley. The Greek Revival design was by Arthur G. Lindley and Charles R. Selkirk. After decades of operation by Fox West Coast and its successor companies, it got a restoration in 1993. Now a performing arts center operated by Glendale Arts, it hosts a wide variety of attractions. For more information see the pages on the Alex: history + exterior views | interior views

California Theatre
6528 Pacific Blvd. Huntington Park

A 1925 design by Arthur G. Lindley and Charles R. Selkirk, this 1,500 seat house was operated for decades by Fox West Coast. It was triplexed in the 1970s and closed in 2006. The two upstairs theatres sit unused while the main floor has been converted to retail. The 1972 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. See the page on the California Theatre for more information.

Crenshaw / West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre
3020 Crenshaw Blvd.

A 1942 design of S. Charles Lee, originally with 800 seats. In the 50s the theatre was an early home for Nick and Edna Stewart's Ebony Showcase legit operation. Later in the 50s it was the L.A. Jazz Concert Theatre. In the 70s and 80s it ran Japanese films as the Kokusai Theatre. Since 1985 it's been the West Angeles Peforming Arts Theatre, owned by the church across the street. For more information see the page about the Crenshaw/West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre.

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood

This 1926 vintage house was a design by L.A. Smith for West Coast Theatres. Originally with 1,346 seats, it was reconfigured into a legit venue by architect Richard McCann after a bit of 1994 earthquake damage. There's now a 346 seat mainstage plus two smaller theatres. The reopening was in 2000. It's a 2018 photo. For more information see the page on the El Portal Theatre.

Fox Fullerton
512 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton

It opened in 1925 as Chapman's Alician Court Theatre. The 1,095 seat house was a design by Raymond M. Kennedy of the firm Meyer & Holler. Soon it was going by the name Mission Court Theatre or Mission Theatre. By 1930 Fox West Coast had it and it became the Fox Fullerton. Later it was operated by National General and Mann. It closed in 1987 when the owner decided not to do a seismic retrofit. Since 2005 it's been under restoration by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation. See the pages on the Fox Fullerton for lots of photos: history + exterior views | interior views |

Fox Inglewood
115 N. Market St. Inglewood

This 1,008 seat house opened March 31, 1949 as a replacement for the Granada Theatre which had burned in 1945. It's a design by S. Charles Lee with Carl G. Moeller, the in-house designer for Fox West Coast. Closed since 1984, it's just been sitting as a relatively well preserved time capsule. It got sold recently but no plans have been announced. For more information see the page about the Fox Inglewood.

Fox Pomona
W. 3rd St. & S. Garey Ave. Pomona

This 1,751 seat deco palace opened April 24, 1931 with a world premiere of "Six Cylinder Love." The design was by Clifford Balch and Floyd Stanbery for Fox West Coast. The City of Pomona ended up with the building, which they sold to new operators in 2007. After a $10+ million renovation it reopened in 2009 as a concert venue and events center. See the pages on the Fox Pomona for more details: history + exterior views | interior views

Fox Venice
680 Lincoln Blvd. Venice (Los Angeles)

The 1,003 seat theatre was opened in 1951 by Fox West Coast Theatres. In 1973 it became a revival house and in 1979 was acquired by Landmark Theatres. Later it ran a variety of foreign films under other management before closing in 1988. The building, still fairly intact, is now being used as a swap meet. For more information see the page on the Fox Venice.

Highland Theatre
5604 N. Figueroa St.

Lewis A. Smith designed this 1,432 seat house for businessman Clyde M. Church. West Coast Theatres was the operator. It's now an independently operated house with three screens on the main floor with the balcony (with much of it's original decor) unused. For more information see the page on the Highland Theatre.

Leimert / Vision Theatre
3341 W. 43rd Place

This  1,153 seat deco design by Stiles O. Clements of the firm Morgan, Walls & Clements opened in 1932 as part of Walter Leimert's development of the area. It's owned by the City of Los Angeles and has been undergoing a stop and start rehab program for a decade. The Hunter Kerhart photo shows off some of the exterior renovation. After work in the auditorium and addition of a stagehouse they plan a reopening in 2021. See the page on the Leimert Theatre for more information.

Lincoln Theatre
2300 S. Central Ave.

This 1,960 seat house opened in 1927 and quickly became the entertainment hub of the thriving African American community along Central Ave. It was a Moorish inspired design by John Paxton Perrine for Adolf Ramish. In its heyday, all the major performers who played New York's Apollo appeared at the Lincoln when their tours took them to the west coast. The building has been a church since the early 60s. See the page on the Lincoln Theatre for more information and photos.

Major Theatre
333 N. San Fernando Blvd. Burbank

The 815 seat theatre opened in 1937 or 1938. An early address for the theatre was 333 W. San Fernando Rd. It was originally owned by Al Minor who also ran the Magnolia and the Burbank. The building is still there but it's been converted to retail. Thanks to Deanna Bayless for spotting this 1954 parade photo by Eudell McGinnis in a Burbankia! album. For more information see the page on the Major Theatre.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green St. Pasadena

This 3,029 seat theatre, a design by the firm of Bergstrom, Bennett, Haskell and Stanton, opened in 1932. It's used for a wide variety of legitimate theatrical productions, concerts, and special events. For more information and many photos see the page on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena

It opened in 1925 as a new home for the company that was founded in 1917 by Gilmore Brown. The 684 seat house was designed by Elmer Grey, who also designed the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Huntington Library and the CalTech campus. The theatre is home to a resident company that produces a varied season of plays and musicals. For more information see the page on the Pasadena Playhouse.

Rialto Theatre
1023 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena

This 1,200 seat Egyptian-themed house opened in 1925. It was a design by Lewis A. Smith for C.L. Langley, who also built the Alex in Glendale. Langley's firm soon became a part of West Coast Theatres and the theatre was operated for decades by the successor firm, Fox West Coast. Landmark Theatres was the last operator, closing it in 2007. It sat vacant, except for an occasional rental, for ten years. The family trust that had owned the building sold it in 2014 to developer Izek Shomof. In mid-2017 he leased it for 20 years to the the Mosaic Church. For more information and many photos see the Rialto pages: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | stage + basement |

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel 

This 1,143 seat house opened in 1927 as the home of John Stephen McGroarty's Mission Play, an elaborate show about the founding of the California Missions. The initial design was by Arthur Burnett Benton. William J. Dodd finished it. The group ran into difficulties and lost the house to foreclosure in 1932. It then became a film theatre until the City bought it in 1945 and it became a performing arts center called the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. It was renamed the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in 2007. For more Information see the page on the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Shrine Auditorium
665 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The largest historic theatre in the country, the Shrine Auditorium opened January 23, 1926 as a replacement for a 1906 auditorium on the site that had burned in 1920. John C. Austin designed the building with the auditorium interior done by G. Albert Lansburgh. Seating capacity is 6,308 currently, originally 6,717. In addition to the auditorium, the complex includes various basement halls and a vast exposition hall to the north. It's alive and well as a home for concerts, dance presentations, award shows and other special events. For more information see the pages on the Shrine Auditorium: history | exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | backstage | expo hall + support areas |

United Artists Theatre
217 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach

This 1,242 seat deco style house opened in 1931, a design of Clifford A. Balch along with Walker & Eisen. Initially it was operated by Fox West Coast for UA. After the late 40s consent decree rulings it was run directly by United Artists Theatre Circuit. It finished its days as a Mitchell Bros. porno operation. Demolition was in the early 1980s. See the United Artists page for more information. 

Variety Theatre / Café-Club Fais Do-Do
5352 W. Adams Blvd.

This 662 seat house opened around 1937 as a remodel of a building that dates from 1934. It was running as a film house into the 50s. Since the mid 90s it's been used as a nightclub and events space. For more information see the page on the Variety Theatre / Café-Club Fais Do-Do.

Vogue Theatre
9325 Long Beach Blvd. South Gate

It was a 1937 S. Charles Lee design with 800 seats. After closing in the mid 1950s, it had a spell as a church and then reopened as the Teatro Los Pinos. Final closure was in 2014 with a demolition in 2018. The 1938 photo by G. Haven Bishop is in the Huntington Digital Library collection. See the page about the Vogue Theatre for more photos and information. 

Warner Grand Theatre
478 W. 6th St. San Pedro (Los Angeles)

This deco gem opened January 20, 1931 as the Warner Bros. San Pedro with "Goin' Wild" with Joe E. Brown. In the 80's it was renamed the Warner Grand. It's also been known as the Warner and the Teatro Juarez. Like the sister theatres in Beverly Hills and Huntington Park, it was designed by B. Marcus Priteca. The 1,523 seat theatre has been owned since 1996 by the City of Los Angeles. The Warner hosts live events and occasional film screenings. The theatre is being gradually refurbished. For more  information see the Warner Grand pages: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | stage + basement | booth |

6714 Pacific Blvd. Huntington Park

The 1,468 seat  art deco theatre opened in November 1930, one of three neighborhood houses designed for Warner Bros. by B. Marcus Priteca. It was later operated by Stanley Warner and, after 1968, by Pacific Theatres. Pacific twinned it in the 80s and closed it in the mid-90s. After sitting vacant for almost 20 years it was sold and is getting converted into a gym and retail. For more information see the pages on the Warner: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | projection booths | stage | basement |


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