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The Nuart Theatre showing off its 1939 vintage marquee. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007
Phone: 310-473-8530 Website: www.landmarktheatres.com/los-angeles
Opened: 1930. The location is just west of the 405. The Nuart ran for decades as a typical sub run neighborhood theatre under Fox West Coast Theatres management. It was an independent house after Fox left in 1954.
Seats: 660 at one time. Now down to 303.
Status: The Nuart has been operated by Landmark Theatres since 1974. It runs a mix of first run indie, foreign, and art releases along with occasional revival programs. Cult films are offered at midnights on weekends.
In the early decades of the Landmark management (the chain's first Los Angeles theatre) it was a renowned repertory house programmed by Gary Meyer with changes of double bills daily. The Nuart got an extensive renovation in 2006.
The Nuart in the Movies: The theatre is seen in the Chevy Chase / Goldie Hawn comedy "Foul Play" (Paramount, 1978). The Theatres in Movies site has a listing for it.
The Nuart's lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
Another lobby view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
A 1942 photo of the Nuart running "Sons of the Pioneers" and "I was Framed." Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. It's also been seen on Vintage Los Angeles.
A wonderful 1959 American Classic Images view of the Nuart running a mixed art house / Mexican / Japanese policy.
Thanks to Mark Peacock for this 2009 look at the marquee. See his Vintage Theatres photo set on Flickr for lots more great work. Also visit his blog: On the Road With Mark Peacock.
Another delicious view of the Nuart marquee. Photo: Mark Peacock
A terrazzo detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
A great view of the Nuart Theatre at night. Thanks to Don Solosan of the Los Angeles Historic Thestre Foundation for the photo. The LAHTF is active in promoting awareness of historic theatres in the Los Angeles area. The group offers tours, supports various events in vintage theatres and lobbies for historic preservation. www.lahtf.org | LAHTF on Facebook
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Nuart for lots of discussion. Expert researcher Joe Vogel has contributed some badly needed historical data on the theatre.
The site Public Art in LA has a marquee shot. Wikipedia has an article on the Nuart. Yelp, of course, has many photos.
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