803 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90005
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A 1950 view south on Vermont at 8th. As a streetcar rounds the corner we get a look at the north end of the Parisian's marquee. Thanks to Sean Ault for the photo from his collection.
Opened: 1922 by the Chotiner Bros. as the Roosevelt Theatre. It was on the west side of Vermont Ave. two blocks south of Wilshire Blvd. Max Chotiner and his brother also operated the Ravenna Theatre, farther north on Vermont, and the La Brea Theatre.
Architects: A. R. Walker & P. A. Eisen designed the original building. The design for the 1930 deco
style remodeling was by
Richard D. King.
In 1922 the Chotiner Co. acquired property next door to the theatre as a
parking lot. In
a 1923 Paramount ad it's listed as the Roosevelt Theatre, 8th & Vermont.
Chotiner Bros. offices are listed at 805 S. Vermont in the 1923 city
directory. The theatre itself is listed at 805 in the 1929 directory
with the offices at 3000 W. 8th.
The 1930 deco remodel, in addition to restyling the earlier facade, added more second floor rental spaces on the 8th St. side of the building. The theatre was known after the remodeling as
Later it was operated by Fox West Coast as the Fox Parisian. It became an art venue, still under Fox West Coast management, in the 1950s.
The theatre closed around 1958. The lobby was then used as dining room
space by a restaurant that had started in the corner retail space and expanded after the theatre closed.
A drawing of the new theatre from the L.A. Times on Feb. 5, 1922. Thanks to talented Cinema Treasures researcher Jeff Bridges for locating it. He has it on Flickr.
The theatre after its deco 1930 remodel by Richard D. King. Sorry there's no larger version of the photo. A bigger one was once on the Cinema Treasures page for the Parisian from John Chappell but now it's gone.
A 1936 look at the entrance to the Parisian by Peerless Photo Service. The theatre is running "Magnificent Obsession" and "Petticoat Fever." The photo, from the Johnny Bresnik collection, is now part of the Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection, part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library Digital collection.
A 1936 shot looking east on 8th St. from the Los Angeles Public Library Blackstock Negative collection. That's the back of the Fox Parisian over on the right. The entrance is around the corner on Vermont.
A 1950s view looking west on 8th from Vermont. In the shadows on the left we get a look at the vertical sign on the side of the building for the Parisian. Photo: Sean Ault collection
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Parisian for all the known information. Joe Vogel has, as usual, done some nifty research on the building.
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