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

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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 pages 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.

-- 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.

Catalina Island: Avalon Theatre | Strand / Riviera Theatre

Century City: See the Westside Theatres section.  

City Terrace: City Terrace Cinema

Culver City:  See the Westside Theatres section.

Eagle Rock: Eagle Theatre | Sierra Theatre |

Echo Park: See the Westside Theatres section.

El Secundo: Old Town Music Hall

Elysian Park: Knightsbridge Theatre 

Fairfax: See the Westside Theatres section.

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

Fullerton: Fox Fullerton

Gardena: Gardena Cinema

Glendale Theatres section for more listings.  

Hawthorne: Plaza Theatre

Hollywood: See the Hollywood section. 

La Brea Avenue: Baldwin Theatre | Inglewood Theatre | Gordon / Showcase Theatre | Fox La Brea |

La Cienega Boulevard: See the Westside Theatres section. 

Lakewood: Lakewood Theatre

La Puente: Star Theatre 

Larchmont: Larchmont 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

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
San Fernando Valley: 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 Theatre | Major 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 Theatre | Fox 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 TheatreStrand Theatre | Warner Grand Theatre | See the San Pedro & Wilmington section for many more listings.   

San Pedro Street: 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 Boulevard: 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 |

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 Padadena: Rialto Theatre

Spring Street, downtown: See the Spring St. Theatres page on the Downtown Theatres site.

Spring Street, north of downtown: King Hing Theatre

Studio City: Studio City Theatre

Sun Valley: Lankershim Theatre

Sunset Boulevard: 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 | 

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 Avenue, north of Pico: See the Westside Theatres section.  

Vermont Avenue, south of Pico: Balboa Theatre / Pan Andreas | Congress Theatre | La Tosca Theatre | Southside Theatre |

Washington Boulevard: 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 Avenue, north of Pico: See the Westside Theatres section.

Western Avenue, 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: Berry Grand Theatre | Gale Theatre | Family Theatre | Optic Theatre | Scenic / Roxy Theatre | Strand Theatre | Wardman / Whittier Village Cinemas | Whittier Theatre |

Whittier Boulevard: 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:
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.  

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. For more information see the pages on the Warner: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | projection booths | stage | basement |

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