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The Rampart Theatre. We're looking east on Temple. The cross street here is Benton with Rampart a block east. Photo: Google Maps - 2014
Opened: 1924 with Constance Talmadge in “Her Night of Romance." The theatre, on Temple near Rampart Blvd., was operated by W.A. Sobelman and John Balk. The owners of the building were L.J. Smith and Fred J. Tabor. The theatre's opening was profiled in the November 11, 1924 issue of the L.A. Times. The cost of the building was about $125,000. In addition to films, vaudeville acts were sometimes on the bill as well.
The November 11 opening night ad in the L.A. Times. Thanks to Cinema Treasures contributor Jeff Bridges for tracking it down. He has it on Flickr.
The owners boasted of "the only completely square auditorium in the West" as well as an advanced bowl shape for the rake of the floor. The sides were a bit higher, and we got an upward slope at the front -- something that became popular in the 40s as the "reverse curve."
Architect: Lewellyn J. Smith was architect, builder and a partner in owning the building. Decoration was by the Robert E. Power Studios.
Status: The building is still there -- it's now used as a church. In the 60s it had been used as a movie studio for making commercials. Closing date as a theatre is not known.
An undated photo of the front of the Rampart's auditorium from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Note the reverse curve of the floor for the front rows.
The rear of the auditorium. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Rampart for some fine research by Jeff Bridges (vokoban) and Joe Vogel.
A few ads from contractors that appeared along with the theatre's opening night ad. Again thanks to Jeff Bridges.
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