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Westside Theatres: an overview

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"I used to like this town. A long time ago, there were trees along Wilshire Boulevard. Beverly Hills was a country town. Westwood was bare hills and lots offered at eleven hundred dollars and no takers."

 -- Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe, looking back from 1949

Prior to the 20s, the theatre business, other than small neighborhood theatres was all about downtown. In the mid 20s that changed with the blossoming of Hollywood as both a film and legitimate theatre destination.

But the big push west was Wilshire Boulevard. It was carved out in Los Angeles' amazing rush to suburbanize westward. By the time the twenties arrived, L.A. was the fastest growing city in the world. From a population of about 300,000 in 1910, Los Angeles mushroomed to 576,000 in 1920 and 1,250,000 by 1930.

As fashionable suburbs blossomed on the Westside, Wilshire Boulevard was the way to get there. From downtown to the beach in Santa Monica, the 16 mile drive along Wilshire became an architectural wonderland. Great department stores, churches, retail establishments, apartments and, of course, theatres.

Wilshire was named for newspaper publisher, socialist and land developer Henry Gaylord Wilshire (1861-1927) from Cincinnati who started the boulevard by clearing a roadway through his barley fields. In 1895 he subdivided his land around what later became MacArthur Park, originally Westlake Park. And, of course, neighborhoods started filling in both north and south of Wilshire.

By 1920 elegant residences and apartment houses were appearing. They first clustered around Lafayette and MacArthur Parks but then started spreading up and down the boulevard. The linear city that Wilshire would become gathered momentum in the late 20s with Bullocks Wilshire and other upscale merchants opening branches of their downtown stores for the affluent clientele in the area.

By the 50s and 60s it was no longer just branches of downtown stores but merchants who were leaving downtown and recognized the new suburban shopping patterns that were developing. As downtown deteriorated, Wilshire eventually became a magnet for new office towers as well.

Miracle Mile, between La Brea and Fairfax, was promoted in the 1930s as the toniest shopping district anywhere. Developer A.W. Ross saw the future of the area as an upscale shopping district with stores that would rival the best of those downtown. The difference was that the shoppers here would be attracted by the ease of car access and abundant parking rather than coming on foot.

Along with the stores, Miracle Mile eventually offered professional offices, theatres and restaurants to feed the hungry shoppers. Ross was a pioneer in adapting building design, signage and traffic control for the new age of the automobile. Everything had to look wonderful and inviting at 40 mph.

Downtown was still important to exhibition even into the 50s. But if you look at where the distributors wanted to play their films to reach a discriminating, affluent audience, it was all about the Westside. Whether it was a big roadshow or an artie film for a small audience, that was the place to be.

Note that there are separate sections broken out to survey the theatres in Hollywood, Westwood and Brentwood and Santa Monica. But even with all those listings pulled out, it's still a long list to scroll through. So at the top of the list are some links arranged by streets and neighborhoods.

Also see the list of Westside theatres: by street address and the Westside theatres: alphabetical list, which includes alternate names. You'll find some links to items relating to Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica history on the Theatre History Resources page.

Beverly Boulevard: Beverly Center Cinemas | Fairfax Theatre | Laurel Theatre | New Beverly Cinema | Pan Pacific Auditorium | Pan Pacific Theatre |

Beverly Hills: Beverly Theatre | Beverly Canon Theatre | Carthay Circle Theatre | Fine Arts Theatre | Samuel Goldwyn Theatre | Music Hall | Saban/Fox Wilshire Theatre | Warner Beverly Hills | Writers Guild Theater |  

Brentwood: Brentwood Theatre | Brentwood Twin | Brentwood Theatre - VA Campus | Wadsworth Theatre |

Century City: Century Plaza Theatres | Shubert Theatre |

Culver City: Kirk Douglas/Culver Theatre | Culver City Theatre c.1917-23 | Meralta Theatre | Palms Theatre

East Hollywood: Apollo/Star Theatre | Campus Theatre | Cinema Theatre | Clinton Theatre | Hunley's/Century Theatre | Loma/Paramount Theatre | Ravenna Theatre | Studio Theatre | Vista Theatre | Sunset Theatre |

Echo Park/Silverlake: Holly Theatre | Jensen's Melrose/Ukranian Cultural Center | Palms/Belmont Theatre | Ramona/Studio Theatre | Rampart Theatre |

Fairfax: Esquire Theatre | Fairfax Theatre | Geffen Theatre/Academy Museum | Laurel Theatre | New Beverly Cinema | Pan Pacific Auditorium | Pan Pacific Theatre | Silent Movie Theatre / Cinefamily |

Hollywood: See the separate Hollywood section.

La Brea Avenue: La Brea Theatre | Gordon/Showcase Theatre |

La Cienega Boulevard: Beverly Center Cinemas | Cine Cienega | Coronet Theatre | Turnabout Theatre

Larchmont: Larchmont Theatre

Los Feliz: Los Feliz Theatre | Studio Theatre | Vista Theatre

MacArthur Park area: Alvarado/Park Theatre | Beaux Arts Theatre | Georgia Theatre | Hayworth/Vagabond Theatre | Lake Theatre | Teragram / Playhouse Theatre | Theatre De Luxe | Westlake - 1914 | Westlake Theatre |

Melrose Avenue: Academy Theatre | Melvan/Continental Theatre | Marquis/Academy Award Theatre | Melrose Theatre - c.1916 | Jensen's Melrose/Ukranian Cultural Center | Theatre Mart |

Mid-Wilshire: Ambassador Theatre | Belmont | CGV Cinemas | Embassy Theatre | MPark 4Parisian | Uptown Theatre | Wilshire Theatre - 1915 | Wilshire Ebell Theatre | Wiltern Theatre

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

Ocean Park: Bobs Theatre | Brooks Theatre | Crescent Vaudeville Theatre | Dome Theatre | Empress Theatre | Family Theatre | Grand Theatre | La Grand Theatre | La Petite Theatre | Ocean Park Auditorium | Ocean Park Municipal Auditorium | Princess/Wonderland | Rosemary Theatre | Star Theatre | Starland Theatre | Strand Theatre |

Pacific Palisades: Bay Theatre

Pico Boulevard: Bundy Theatre | Cinematour | Del Mar Theatre | Empire Theatre | Fedora Theatre | Forum Theatre | Fox Stadium | Keystone Theatre | The Landmark | Lido Theatre | Midway Theatre | Picfair Theatre | Pico Theatre | Pico Drive In | Picwood Theatre | Sunbeam Theatre | Theatre Theatre | Victoria Theatre | Westland Twins | Westside Pavilion Cinemas |

Rampart: Rampart Theatre | Ravenna Theatre |

Santa Monica: Aero Theatre | ArcLight Cinemas | Arena Cinelounge | Brentwood Twin | Bundy Theatre | Broadway 4/Elmiro | Criterion Theatre | Hitching Post | La Petite/Dreamland/Lyric | Mayfair Theatre | Monica Film Center  | North Beach Auditorium | NuWilshire | Orpheum Theatre | Pussycat Theatre | Santa Monica 7 | Santa Monica Civic Auditorium | Steere's/Santa Monica Opera House |

Santa Monica Boulevard: Carmel/Paris Theatre | Cinematheque Club | Coast Playhouse | Crown Theatre | Loma/Paramount Theatre | Mayfair Theatre | Monica/Pussycat Theatre | Nuart Theatre | Royal Theatre | Tiki Theatre |

Sawtelle: Crown Theatre | National Theatre | Nuart Theatre | Royal Theatre | Wadsworth Theatre |

Sunset Boulevard: ArcLight Cinemas | Arena Cinelounge Sunset | Bay Theatre | Cinematheque 16 | Cinerama Dome | Earl Carroll Theatre | DGA Theater Complex | Granada Theatre | Holly Theatre | Oriental Theatre | Palladium | Ramona/Studio Theatre | Sunset 5 | Tiffany Theatre | Vista Theatre |

Temple Street: Palms/Belmont Theatre | Rampart Theatre |

Venice: California/Venice Theatre | Fox Venice | Neptune Theatre | Unique Theatre | Venice Auditorium |

Vermont Avenue: Belmont Theatre | Campus Theatre | Los Feliz Theatre | Parisian Theatre | Ravenna Theatre | Studio Theatre | Theatre Mart |

West Hollywood: Carmel/Paris Theatre | Cine Cienega | Cinematheque 16 | Cinematheque Club | Coast Playhouse | Granada Theatre | Marquis/Academy Award Theatre | Monica/Pussycat Theatre | Sunset 5 | Tiffany Theatre | Turnabout Theatre |

West edge of downtown: Georgia Theatre | Pico Theatre |

Western Avenue: Cinema Theatre | Clinton Theatre | Embassy Theatre | Film Festival | Flick | CGV Cinemas | Sunset Theatre | Uptown Theatre | Wilshire Theatre | Wiltern Theatre | Windsor Theatre |

Westwood: iPic/Avco Cinemas | Bruin Theatre | Crest Theatre | Festival Theatre | Geffen Playhouse | National Theatre | Plaza Theatre | Regent Theatre | Royce Hall | Village Theatre/Fox Westwood Village | Mann Westwood 4 | UA Westwood Theatres | Billy Wilder Theatre |


Academy Museum / Geffen Theatre
6067 Wilshire Blvd.

The AMPAS Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open in the 1939 vintage May Co. building at Wilshire and Fairfax in 2019. The complex is to include a spherical 1,000 seat theatre, the Geffen. Renzo Piano is the architect for the $300+ million project. For more information see the page on the Academy Museum/Geffen Theatre.

Academy Theatre 
4667 Melrose Ave.

This little legit operation associated with a drama school was running perhaps from 1939 until at least 1942.  The location is a block and a half west of Normandie Ave. Some of the building that was used as a theatre may remain. At the location now is an Aamco Transmission shop with none of its theatrical past recognizable. For more information see the listing about the Academy Theatre.

Alvarado Theatre
710 S. Alvarado St.

The theatre opened in 1911. S. Charles Lee came along and did a moderne remodel in 1936. It went to adult films in the 60s as the Park Theatre. The 750 seat house was twinned and returned to mainstream fare in the 70s and closed in 1986. The building has been gutted and is now being used for retail. For more information see the page on the Alvarado Theatre.

Ambassador Theatre
3400 Wilshire Blvd.

Myron Hunt designed both the hotel and this 542 seat theatre within it. Opening was 1921. While the theatre never became widely known the hotel's nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove, became world famous as a celebrity hangout. The building was mostly demolished in 2006. A small portion was saved to become part of a new high school. For more information see the page on the Ambassador Theatre.

Bay Theatre
15140 W. Sunset Blvd.  Pacific Palisades

This design by S. Charles Lee opened in 1949 with 1,100 seats. Esther Williams was there selling tickets opening night. It got twinned in 1972 and closed in 1978. The building is now a hardware store. For more information see the page on the Bay Theatre.
 
Beaux Arts Theatre
1709 W. 8th St.

This cute 559 seat legit house opened in 1927, a design of  Stanton, Reed & Hibbard, who also did the Hotel Figueroa. This building erected by Charles Forve was billed as the "Carnegie Hall of the West." In addition to the theatre, there were 220 soundproof music studios. It's now senior housing. The theatre has been repurposed as a dining area and social center for the residents. For more information see the page on the Beaux Arts Theatre.

Belmont Theatre
126 S. Vermont Ave.

It opened in 1926 as a West Coast Theatres operation and by 1929 was called the Fox Belmont. The 1,680 seat house located five blocks north of Wilshire was a design of Lewis A. Smith. It got a major remodel in 1946 by Fox West Coast Theatres resulting in a Skouras-style interior. It closed in 1973 after a fire and was demolished the same year. For more information see the page for the Belmont Theatre.

Beverly Theatre
206 N. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills

The Beverly opened in 1925, a Lewis A. Smith design feeling like an elaborate Chinese temple. The 1,270 seat theatre was operated by West Coast Theatres and its successor companies until the 50s then a whole series of other circuits. It was equipped for 70mm and was running roadshows in the 60's. It closed in 1977 with General Cinema the last operator. Much of the decor was still visible when it was converted to retail. A later banking tenant gutted it. It was demolished in 2005 for hotel construction. For more information see the page on the Beverly Theatre.

Beverly Canon Theatre
205 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills

It opened in 1946 as the Hitching Post Theatre. The opening was attended by Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Trigger among other celebrities. As the Beverly Canon the 500 seat theatre long operated as an art venue after interest in the westerns petered out in the late 40s. Starting in the mid 70s it was used as a legit playhouse, the Solari Theatre. It was demolished in 2005 for the same hotel project that took out the Beverly. For more information see the page on the Beverly Canon Theatre.

Beverly Center Cinemas
8522 Beverly Blvd.

Cineplex Odeon opened it as a 14 plex in 1982. Later it went down to 13 screens with three smaller ones closed and two larger houses added on the upper level. When Cineplex went down in 2006, Mann took over the 1,747 seat complex until 2009. After a brief run by Rave Entertainment, it closed for good in 2010. The space is now used for retail. For more information see the page on the Beverly Center Cinemas.

Leo S. Bing Theatre - LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.

The Leo S. Bing Theatre is a nicely equipped 600 seat venue that shows lots of revivals, foreign films and more. For more information see the page on the Bing Theatre.
 
Bundy Theatre
3414 Pico Blvd.  Santa Monica

This was a 900 seat S. Charles Lee design that opened in 1941. The theatre's name came from the location just west of Bundy Blvd. In the 40s the theatre was open until 5 am to cater to late workers at the nearby aircraft plants. The Bundy was operated by Fox West Coast and its successor, National General Corporation. It closed in 1963 -- the site is now under the I-10. For more information see the page on the Bundy Theatre.

Campus Theatre
1020 N. Vermont Ave.

The theatre, at Vermont and Santa Monica Blvd., opened in 1939 near Los Angeles City College. Originally with 850 seats, it was perhaps 400 at the end. At some point the theatre lost its original moderne facade when the building was shortened. The Campus closed for films in 2006. Later it was a live theatre, Teatro Los Chuperamigos, and a nightclub, the Teatro Casablanca. At last report the owner wanted to remove the seats and level the floor for banquets and other events. For more information see the listing for the Campus Theatre.

Carthay Circle Theatre
6316 San Vicente Blvd. 

This "Showplace of the Golden West" opened in 1926. It was initially under the management of Fred Miller, who had several theatres downtown including the California. Later it was run by West Coast Theatres, the firm that in 1929 became Fox West Coast. Dwight Gibbs was the architect for the 1,518 seat theatre. The Carthay Circle rivaled the Chinese in terms of the number and importance of the premieres it held. National General Corporation closed it in 1969. Demolition was in the early 70's so the company could erect office buildings on the site. For more information see the pages on the Carthay Circle Theatre: history + exterior views | interior views | projection and sound |

Carmel / Paris Theatre
8163 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood
 
The 1,098 seat theatre was a design by Lewis A. Smith. It opened in 1924 as the Carmel, a West Coast Theatres operation. It was later known as the Fox Carmel. By the early 60s it had gone to a porno policy and was renamed the Paris Theatre -- the "newly beautiful Paris." The theatre closed in 1976 -- it was destroyed by fire. For more information see the page on the Carmel/Paris Theatre.

Century Plaza Theatres
2040 Avenue of the Stars, Century City

It opened in 1972 as the ABC City Theatres, a twin cinema that was part of the ABC Entertainment Center. When ABC sold their theatre circuit it became the Plitt Century Plaza Theatres. Later, after a triplexing of the big house, it finished as the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza 4. Initially it had 1,424 seats in the big house and 800 in the small one. It was demolished in 2004 with new office towers on the site of both this complex and the Shubert Theatre across the plaza. For more information see the page on the Century Plaza Theatres.

CGV Cinemas
621 S. Western Ave.

CGV at Madang was the first American branch of the South Korean multiplex chain, CJ CGV.  The 580 seat triplex opened in 2010. They show Korean films and first run Hollywood product with Korean subtitles. For more information see the page on the CGV Cinemas.

Cine Cienega
755 N. La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood

Earlier a small legit operation known as the Civic Playhouse, by the 60s the building had become Cine Cienega, running art and experimental films. In the 70s it went to porno and was demolished in 1987. There's now a restaurant on the site. For more information see the page about the Cine Cienega.

Cinema Theatre
1122 N. Western Ave.

S. Charles Lee did a conversion from what had been retail space into this 800 seat theatre in 1939. The theatre, just north of Santa Monica Blvd., was opened by Louis Berkoff who was also involved in the Coronet, the Esquire and the Midway. Later operators included Louis Federici and the Art Theatre Guild. By 1969 the theatre had gone to porno. It was still running into the mid 80s but is now a church. For more information see the page on the Cinema Theatre.

Cinematheque 16 
8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood

It opened in the mid 60s as a storefront 16mm operation running underground, experimental and cult films. It was also known as the Cinematheque 16 Moviehouse. It's perhaps best known as the site of a 1969 Norman Mailer fundraiser when he was running for president. By 1970 it had become a porno operation. It's retail space again. Book Soup has been in this spot since the late 80s. For more information see the page on the Cinematheque 16.

Cinematheque Club
9055 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood

It opened in spring 1971 as an 82 seat restaurant showing classic films. Seating evidently was more restaurant-style than theatre-style. It was also known as the D'Anton Cinematheque. It didn't last long as a classics venue, by fall of 1972 having morphed into David's Tom Cat Theatre & Lounge. It's now a Busy Body Home Fitness store. For more information see the page for the Cinematheque Club.

Cinematour
W. Pico Blvd. & Georgia

About all that is known is that it was running in 1923. It's been demolished. This area is now all part of the Convention Center. See the page on the Cinematour for more information -- but there isn't much.

Clinton Theatre
526 N. Western Ave.

The 750 seat theatre opened in 1938, a design of Raphael Nicolais. The location is 1 1/2 blocks south of Melrose, between Clinton St. and Maplewood Ave. By the 60s it had turned into a foreign film theatre, later becoming a bargain house. Closure was in the late 80s. It's now a design establishment. For more information see the page about the Clinton Theatre.
 
8325 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood

Beginning in the the 60s it was a legit operation called the Players' Ring Theatre. In the 70s as the Gary Theatre this was a twin screen revival house. Later as a porno operation it was the Gallery and the Quickie. By 1980 it was the Pan Andreas, a 99 seat Equity Waiver operation. Finally it ended up as the Coast Playhouse. It's now owned by the City of West Hollywood. For more information see the page about the Coast Playhouse.

Coronet Theatre
366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
 
It was opened in 1947 by Freida Berkoff, a member of a famous Russian dancing family. The Coronet has been mostly famous as a legit venue, hosting over 300 productions. Throughout the 50s it was a venue for independent and experimental film programmed by Raymond Rohauer, who later was involved in what is now the New Beverly. In addition to the theatre space, there were acting and dance studios upstairs. Since 2008 it's been the home of Largo at the Coronet, featuring comedy and music performances. For more information see the page about the Coronet Theatre.

Crown Theatre
11380 Santa Monica Blvd.  Sawtelle

The Crown operated from about 1915 until 1925. On earlier numbering systems the address was at different times 342 and 504 Santa Monica Blvd. Until 1922, the Sawtelle district was a separate town east of Santa Monica. The theatre was in a building also with retail tenants and rooms for fraternal lodges. It's been demolished. For more information see the page on the Crown Theatre.
 
9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City

It opened in 1947 as the Culver Theatre, a design of Albert R. Walker and Carl G. Moeller. The 1,091 seat house had the rear section in a stadium style configuration.The Culver was operated by Fox West Coast and its successor companies National General Corporation and Mann Theatres. It was later an independent operation after being dropped by Mann. The auditorium got triplexed in the early 80s. It closed in 1989 and was gutted in 1994. Interior remodeling began in 2002 for a 317 seat legit house operated by the Center Theatre Group. The venue reopened in 2004 as the Kirk Douglas Theatre. For more information see the page on the Culver/Kirk Douglas Theatre.

9400 Culver Blvd. @ Main St. Culver City

This first theatre in Culver City opened in 1917 or earlier. It was in the same building as the city's first City Hall -- on Main St. at Culver Blvd. The building, using a Main St. address, had a theatre on the first floor and office space above. In 1917 the city rented the second floor for $15 a month as the City Hall. The building was demolished when Harry Culver decided to construct the Culver Hotel on the site in 1924.  For more information see the page about  the Culver City Theatre.

Del Mar Theatre
5036 W. Pico Blvd.

This 600 seat house opened in 1939. It's been closed since the 80s. After a spell as a church, the building sat vacant for years. The floor has been leveled and it now is used by Puget Sound, Inc. as a studio specializing in post production audio work. For more information see the page on the Del Mar Theatre.

El Rey Theatre 
5515 Wilshire Blvd.

This Miracle Mile art deco gem opened in 1937 as part of the Pacific States chain. The 900 seat house was a design of Clifford Balch. It was long operated by Fox West Coast and later Mann Theatres. Mann pulled out in the late 70s during a time when they were dropping many of their older single screen theatres. It then ran as an independent and by the 80s it was a third run/revival venue. It's now a club offering concerts and other events. There's not much of interest left inside. All the fun is on the sidewalk: the terrazzo, the facade and the neon. For more information see the page on the El Rey Theatre.

Embassy Theatre
331 S. Western Ave.

It started as the Wilshire Theatre in 1921, operated by West Coast Theatres. Later it was renamed the Embassy and was also known as the Fox Embassy. It got a remodel in the 60s by National General Corp. Into the 80s it ran third run films, Indian movies, and Filipino movies.  Lewis A. Smith designed the 900 seat theatre. The building is still there but rebuilt as retail space. For more information see the page on the Embassy Theatre.

Empire Theatre
2131 W. Pico Blvd.

It opened in 1914 or 1915. In the mid 60s the 650 seat theatre became the Fiesta Theatre and was running films and occasional live performances under that name into the mid 80s. The venue later got religion with a church as the tenant. The building survives and is currently in use as a church with retail in the spaces on either side of the lobby. For more information see the page on the Empire Theatre.

Esquire Theatre
419 N. Fairfax Ave.

Clifford A. Balch did a remodel of an existing building. The 500 seat theatre opened in 1937 as an independent owned by Betty Berkoff. It was later an art house operated by Herb Rosener, who also had the Laurel, Sunset and Studio theatres. It's been Canter's Deli since 1953. The projection booth, second floor restrooms and a photo on the wall are the only remains from its theatre days. For more information see the page about the Esquire Theatre.

Fairfax Theatre
7907 Beverly Blvd.

William C. Pennell designed this 1,504 seat theatre that opened in 1930. The Fairfax was operated for decades by Fox West Coast, National General and Mann Theatres. Mann got out around 1979 and the house became an independent. It got triplexed in 1981 and acquired by Cineplex Odeon in 1985. Laemmle got it in 2001. Regency Theatres was the final operator. It closed closed in 2010 after the owner, Alex Gorby, refused to make repairs on a damaged roof. In 2013, after a lengthy preservation battle, Gorby got approval to turn the site into retail and condos while saving the facade. Work has yet to begin. For more information see the page on the Fairfax Theatre.

Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd.

The theatre opened in 1913 or earlier as the Pico Heights Theatre. In the early 20s it was the Fedora, named for the cross street where it was located. It's also been called the Family Theatre, the New Family, the Star and the New Star. Closing date is unknown -- perhaps the late 20s. The building, dating from 1905, still exists and has been converted to retail use. For more information see page about the Fedora Theatre.

Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd.  Beverly Hills

It opened as the Wilshire Regina Theatre in 1937. It was a design of B. Marcus Pritica with about 800 seats, now down to 433. It became the Fine Arts in 1948 after a renovation by Fox West Coast. It continued to be operated by Fox and its successor companies National General and Mann until 1986. Laemmle had bought the building in 1984 and ran it after Mann's lease was up in December 1986. Later it was operated by Landmark Theatres and has had several more owners. Laemmle is operating it (again) under a new owner who's calling it the Arhya Fine Arts. For more information see the page on the Fine Arts Theatre.

Forum Theatre
4050 W. Pico Blvd.

It opened in 1924 as an independent operation but soon became the Warner Bros. Forum Theatre. The building is a design of Edward J. Borgmeyer and sat 1,766 all on one level. It closed prior to 1955 but was later used as offices and a test house for Cinerama into the late 70s. It's now a Korean church. The original auditorium ceiling is obscured with a dropped ceiling and the murals have either been painted over or covered. For more information see the page on the Forum Theatre.

Four Star Theatre
5112 Wilshire Blvd.

It opened in the early 30's as a project of United Artists Theatre Circuit but was operated by Fox West Coast for them. Originally named the United Artists it was soon renamed the Four Star. The UA circuit eventually operated the house following consent decree provisions and hosted many major runs including a first run engagement of "The Graduate" in 1967 and some 70mm runs. Walker & Eisen along with Clifford A. Balch designed the 900 seat theatre. It became a church in 2001 and was later sold to a developer and demolished in 2014. For more information see the page for the Four Star Theatre.

Georgia Theatre
1002 W. 9th St.

It opened possibly as early as 1914. It's in the 1914 city directory as Gore's Theatre (with the address listed wrongly as 102 W. 9th). It was the Georgia from at least 1929 through 1936. In 1939 it's listed as the Capitol. The name Georgia comes from its location just west of Georgia St. The 385 seat theatre has been demolished. For more information see the page on the Georgia Theatre.

Samuel Goldwyn Theatre
8949 Wilshire Blvd.  Beverly Hills

This plush 1,012 seat theatre is in the headquarters building of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy regularly offers screenings of classics and other special events. The theatre is exceptionally well equipped for every standard film format. For more information see the page on the Goldwyn Theatre.

Granada Theatre 
9000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood

The 379 seat theatre opened in 1967 with "King of Hearts." It was a little art house operated by the Walter Reade circuit, who also had the Music Hall and Beverly Canon in Beverly Hills. It was located in an office building across the street from the Roxy nightclub. John Weidman did the interior which featured some Spanish architectural details purchased from the Hearst Estate at San Simeon. The building is still there but the theatre space is now a Wells Fargo branch.  Closing was in the mid 70s. For more information see the page on the Granada Theatre.

Hayworth / Vagabond Theatre
2511 Wilshire Blvd.

It opened in 1926 as the Masque Theatre, a legitimate playhouse. Stiles O. Clements of Morgan, Walls & Clements was the architect. Dwight Gibbs (designer of the Carthay Circle Theatre) did the conversion into the Vagabond in 1950. The 190 seat theatre found a niche running British films and other artie releases and became a celebrated venue for revivals in the 70s. Closing was in 1993. After a spell as a church, it found new life as a legit playhouse (again). Currently the building houses 3 small auditoria (99 seats, 42 seats and 49 seats) as well as a 1500 s.f. ballroom, formerly used as a dance studio. For more information see the page on the Hayworth/Vagabond Theatre.

Holly Theatre
1624 W. Sunset Blvd.  Echo Park

It opened in 1912 as the Globe #3, built for the short-lived Globe Amusement Co. by Henry Jensen, who later ended up running it. It was later known as Jensen's Theatorium, the Hollyway and the Holly. It's just a half block east from the 1924 vintage Jensen's Recreation Center. Jensen's holdings eventually included the Palace Grand in Glendale, the nearby Melrose Theatre and the Raymond in Pasadena. Seating capcity was 732 more or less. As a theatre it made it until 1951. It was converted into a branch bank, then a market. No trace of its theatrical past remains. For more information see the page on the Holly Theatre.

Keystone Theatre
3064 W. Pico Blvd.

Evidently the Keystone opened around 1915. It's not in that year's city directory but appears in the 1916 and 1917 editions. Perhaps by 1923 it was gone -- it's not in that city directory. Closing date as a theatre is unknown. It's been remodeled into retail space. For more information see the page on the Keystone Theatre.

La Brea Theatre
857 S. La Brea Ave. 

Richard D. King designed the 1926 vintage building for West Coast Theatres. The 1,200 seat house was later known as the Fox La Brea. After a 1959 remodel it had a rebirth as a 640 seat art house called the Art La Brea. Later it was running Japanese product as the Toho La Brea. It closed around 1974 and is now a Korean church. For more information see the page for the La Brea Theatre.

Lake Theatre
2118 W. 7th St.

The 640 seat Lake opened in the early 20s. The building dates from 1923. The location is just a block south of Wilshire in the MacArthur Park area.  It was running as late as the mid 60s. The building is still there with the theatre space used for retail. For more information see the page on the Lake Theatre.

10850 W. Pico Blvd.

This 12 screen complex at Pico and Westwood opened in 2007. It's a first run venue operated by Landmark Theatres. This 2,000 seat theatre replaced the Westside Pavilion Cinemas, an earlier four-plex in the mall. For more information see the page on The Landmark.

Larchmont Theatre
149 N. Larchmont Blvd.

It opened in 1922 between Beverly and 1st in the Larchmont shopping district. The 835 seat theatre was built for investor J.J. La Bonte and was operated by silent film star Alice Calhoun. The Larchmont was later operated by Fox West Coast. It closed around 1952 and has been demolished. There's now a retail development on the site. For more information see the page about the Larchmont Theatre.
 
8056 Beverly Blvd.

It opened in 1941 at Beverly and Laurel, four blocks west of Fairfax. The 850 seat Laurel was part of a small, local chain operated by Herb Rosener who also had the Vagabond, Esquire, Studio, and Sunset theatres. In the 50s it was run by the Edwards circuit. Closing date is unknown. It's been a synagogue for decades.  For more information see the page on the Laurel Theatre.
 
Lido Theatre
8507 W. Pico Blvd.

Clifford Balch designed this 800 seat theatre just west of La Cienega Blvd. that opened in 1937. For years it was operated by Fox West Coast, National General and, later, Mann Theatres. It had a good run as an art venue, a revival house and, at the end, was a bargain theatre. It was demolished in 1979. It's now a parking lot for Bank of America. For more information see the page on the Lido Theatre.
 
Loma Theatre
5528 Santa Monica Blvd.

It opened in 1921 as the Paramount Theatre. Frank Rasche was the architect for the 900 seat house located at Santa Monica and Western. The initial operator was Turner, Dahnken & Langley, a firm that later became part of West Coast Theatres. Sometime in the early 40s it got renamed the Loma. Turned into retail space in the 50s, it was demolished after a fire in the 80s. For more information see the listing on the Loma Theatre.

Los Feliz Theatre
1822 N. Vermont Ave.

The 1934 vintage theatre is a design of Clifford Balch. It was a second run family oriented single screen theatre for decades. Later it was an art house under Laemmle management and at that time one of the premiere foreign film venues in Los Angeles. It was triplexed in the early 1990s after the Laemmle circuit lost their lease. As a single screen house it had 780 seats. The theatre continues to do well as a triplex offering first run releases. It's operated by Vintage Cinemas, who also operate the Vista Theatre. For more information see the page on the Los Feliz Theatre.


Marquis / Academy Award Theatre
9038 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood

It opened in 1925 and was operated for decades by Fox West Coast. The 950 seat theatre was a design of Frank Rache. The building was sold to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1946 and was renamed the Academy Award Theatre. Several years after the Academy opened their Beverly Hills building this property was sold and demolished. It's now the site of an office building and parking. For more information see the page on the Marquis Theatre.
 
4350 Melrose Ave.

All that is known is that this one was running in 1916 -- it's in that year's city directory. The building on the site dates from 1914 and is now a mini-mart. The location is just a block or so west of Jensen's Melrose. There's a listing started for this Melrose Theatre but there's not really any additional information at the moment. 

Jensen's Melrose Theatre / Ukranian Cultural Center
4315 Melrose Ave.

It was opened in 1924 by Henry C. Jensen as Jensen's Melrose. He was a brick maker turned theatre operator who was also involved in other properties nearby as well as in Pasadena and Glendale. Elimar E.B. Meinardus designed the 880 seat house located two blocks west of Vermont Ave. It was later operated by Fox West Coast and closed in 1959. Since 1961 it's been the Ukranian Culture Center. Most of the interior detailing remains with an opulent new paint job. The main floor has been leveled and the upstairs is now a separate space. For more information see the page on the Melrose Theatre.
 
9632 Culver Blvd. Culver City

The Meralta was opened in 1924 by two sisters, Pearl Merrill and Laura Peralta. They also had theatres in East LA and Downey. This was a replacement for an earlier theatre (and city hall) on Main St. on the site of the Culver Hotel. By the early 30s, the theatre was being operated by Fox West Coast. Originally 1,000 seats, it was perhaps 700 at the end. It closed in 1983. The site was redeveloped into "Meralta Plaza." For more information see the page on the Meralta Theatre.

3138 W. Pico Blvd.

It opened in 1939 as an independent house built by Louis Berkoff, owner of the La Tosca and other theatres. This stretch of Pico is part of the area known as Harvard Heights. The building for the 609 seat theatre is a block west of Western. It closed in 1965 and was then used as a warehouse. The marquee was removed but the inside was essentially unchanged for years. It was gutted in 2000 for retail space. For more information see the listing on the Midway Theatre.

Monica / Pussycat Theatre 
7734 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood

This 638 seat theatre four blocks west of Fairfax opened in 1940 as the Monica Theatre running Hollywood product and then foreign films. As a porno house in the 60s it was the Left Bank Theatre and then became the Pussycat. Later as a gay porno venue it got rebranded as the Tomkat, Studs Theatre and then Studs at the Pussycat. It's still running, converted into a four screen operation in 2011. For more information see the page on the Monica/Pussycat Theatre.

MPark 4 Theatres
3240 Wilshire Blvd.

The theatres opened in 2006 upstairs in a shopping mall, the Wilshire Galleria, catering largely to Koreans. The MPark ran first run American movies with Korean subtitles and Korean movies with English subtitles. It closed sometime around 2011. For more information see the page on the MPark 4 Theatres.

Music Hall Theatre
9036 Wilshire Blvd.  Beverly Hills

It was called the Elite Theatre when it opened in 1936. It's a Wilfred P. Verity design that originally sat 824 as a single. It's now down to 499 as a triplex (142 + 98 + 259). It's alive and well running artie first runs under the Laemmle circuit management. For more information see the page on the Music Hall Theatre.

National Theatre
208 N. 4th St. Sawtelle

This one was running in 1913 and 1914 at a location a couple blocks north of Santa Monica Blvd. that would now probably be in the 1500 block of Sawtelle Blvd. Foster Jackson was the manager. Evidently not around for long -- it's not listed in the 1919/20 directory. There's a page started for the National Theatre but, except for an early 4th St. postcard, no additional information has surfaced.

New Beverly Cinema 
7165 Beverly Blvd.

The building was constructed in 1929 as retail space. Later it was an outlet for a winery and then long succession of restaurants and clubs including a stint as Slapsie Maxie's. As a theatre it's also been known as the Dahl Theatre, the New Globe, the Capri/Riviera (a twin), New Yorker Theatre, the Europa, the Eros and the Beverly Cinema. They run a mix of cult favorites, classics and indie releases. In 2007 Quentin Tarantino purchased the building to preserve it as a repertory cinema.  For more information see the page on the New Beverly Cinema.

Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Blvd.

The Nuart opened in 1930. It ran for decades as a typical sub run neighborhood theatre under Fox West Coast management. It's been operated by Landmark Theatres since 1974. In the early decades of Landmark management it was a renowned repertory house with changes of double bills daily. Programming is now a mix of first run indie, foreign and art releases along with occasional revival programs. Cult films are offered at midnights on weekends. For more information see the page on the Nuart Theatre.

Palms / Belmont Theatre 
1703 Temple St.

All we know is that there was Palms Theatre at 1703 Temple St. listed in the 1914 city directory. The block, bordered by Union and Belmont Avenues on the east and Burlington Ave. on the west,
is now the site of the Silverlake Medical Center. In the 1913 directory there was a Belmont Theatre listed as Temple near Belmont. It's unknown if this was the same theatre or not. Neither name shows up in the 1912 or 1915 directories.  There's a page started for the Palms/Belmont Theatre but there's not really any more information.

Palms Theatre 
3751 Motor Ave.

It opened around 1928. In its later years it was an independent neighborhood sub-run house with many loyal customers. Nearby were the Culver Theatre and the Meralta. The 599 seat theatre was demolished in the late 50s. There's now a post office on the site. For more information see the page on the Palms Theatre.

Pan Pacific Auditorium
7600 Beverly Blvd.

The 6,000 person capacity building opened in 1935 with its initial attraction a model home show. Walter C. Wurdeman and Welton Becket designed the wood frame streamline moderne structure that was intended to be temporary. Initially a private enterprise, it ended up owned by the City of Los Angeles. It was closed in 1972 and was allowed to decay. The end was a fire in 1989. For more information see the page on the Pan Pacific Auditorium.

Pan Pacific Theatre 
7554 Beverly Blvd.

The theatre opened in 1942, a design of  William L. Periera. The building it was in fronted on Beverly Blvd. and also housed a cafe, ice rink and bowling alley. It was a structure separate from the Pan Pacific Auditorium, which was behind the theatre building. The 850 seat theatre closed in 1984 was soon demolished. For more information see the page on the Pan Pacific Theatre.
 
Parisian Theatre
803 S. Vermont Ave.

This one opened in 1922 as the Roosevelt Theatre, a design of Walker & Eisen. After a deco remodel the 800 seat theatre was rebranded as Chotiner's Parisian. Later it was operated by Fox West Coast as the Fox Parisian. It closed around 1958 and was later demolished. For more information see the page for the Parisian Theatre.

Picfair Theatre
5879 W. Pico Blvd.

The 750 seat theatre opened in 1941 as an an independent house. Statewide Theatres, Century, Loew's and General Cinema later operated the theatre in the 60s and 70s. In the early 80s it was running Indian films. By 1985 it had closed to become an appliance store. It got torched in the 1992 riots and was finally demolished in 1995. For more information see the page for the Picfair Theatre.

Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd.

This 525 seat theatre opened around 1912. The location was just west of Figueroa on the south side of the street. It's listed in the city directories as the Navarro Theatre from 1914 through 1918. By 1922 it had become the Pico Theatre. In 1925 it was listed as the New West Pico Theatre. In 1926 it's the New Pico Theatre. Then it's back to being the Pico Theatre. It's still listed in the 1936 directory. The closing date is unknown. Now demolished. The site is now part of the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information see the listing for the Pico Theatre.

Pico Drive-In
10850 W. Pico Blvd.

It opened in 1934 at Pico and Westwood and was California's first drive-in. In the 40s the operation moved to Olympic Blvd. and was renamed the Olympic Drive-In. It's long gone -- the Westside Pavilions shopping mall is on the site. For more information see the listing for the Pico Drive-In.

Picwood Theatre
10872 W. Pico Blvd.

It was a 1948 design of S. Charles Lee that opened as an independent house. The Picwood had 1,100 seats originally, later reseated for 950. It was run until 1985 by Pacific Theatres, often with exclusive engagements. It was demolished in 1985 to make way for the Westside Pavilions Mall. For more information see the page for the Picwood Theatre.

Ramona Theatre
2139 W. Sunset Blvd.  Echo Park

This 500 seat theatre was built in 1914, a design by Alfred Grayson. In 1915 it was called the Creation Theatre. Later it was Mitchell's Theatre, the Garden Theatre and the Ramona Theatre. It became the Studio 1 in 1966 with the intent of showing German films -- "Die Fledermaus" was the opener. In the early 70s it was the HK Studio Theatre. By the 80s it had become Estudio 1 with Spanish language product. It was later gutted for retail use and now houses a restaurant. For more information see the listing about the Ramona Theatre.

Rampart Theatre  
2625 W. Temple St.

It opened in 1924 with Constance Talmadge in “Her Night of Romance." The 900 seat theatre is located a block west of Rampart Blvd. 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. Lewellyn J. Smith was architect, builder and a partner in owning the building. Decoration was by the Robert E. Power Studios. 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. For more information see the page about the Rampart Theatre.

Ravenna Theatre
233 N. Vermont Ave.
 
It opened in 1925 as Chotiner's Ravenna, also advertised as Chotiner's Hollywood Ravenna. The location was just south of Beverly Blvd. The Max Chotiner circuit also included the Parisian. Closing date as a theatre is unknown -- evidently running into the 60s. Richard D. King, who also designed the Fox La Brea and Hermosa theatres, was the architect of the 798 seat venue. It was demolished around 1985. There's a parking lot there now. For more information see the listing about the Ravenna Theatre.
 
Ritz Theatre
5214 Wilshire Blvd. 

The Ritz opened in 1926, a design by Lewis A. Smith that originally had 1,660 seats. It was operated for years by Fox West Coast Theatres. Later it was briefly known as the Lindy Opera House, a venue for legit dramas, musicals and revues. In 1976 it was renamed the American Theatre with grand plans for a bi-centennial revue that had only a short run. It was demolished in 1977 for a parking lot. For more information see the page for the Ritz Theatre.

Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.

It opened in 1924 as the Tivoli Theatre. Long operated by Laemmle Theatres, the Royal remains one of the premiere venues for foreign films in Los Angeles. Seating was 600 when it was a single screen operation. With a 2012 triplexing, the total seat count is down to 300. For more information see the page about the Royal Theatre.

Saban / Fox Wilshire Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd.  Beverly Hills

The opening of S. Charles Lee's deco masterpiece was in 1930 as the Fox Wilshire. Originally with 2,295 seats, it's now down to about 1,900. The Fox Wilshire was always a premier first run venue for Fox West Coast Theatres. Later it was operated by Mann Theatres after they took over the remnants of the Fox circuit. It closed as a film venue around 1977. There was a renovation in 1981 and it reopened as a legit house under Nederlander management as the Wilshire Theatre. The building was sold in 2006 and then known as the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills and later renamed the Saban. Upgrading and restoration work is ongoing. It's open for legit theatre, concerts and various rentals. For more information see the pages on the Fox Wilshire/SabanTheatre: history + exterior views | lobby areas | recent auditorium views | vintage auditorium views | stage | booth |

Showcase Theatre
412 N. La Brea Ave.

This 750 seat deco gem opened in 1938 as the Gordon, a design of Clifford A. Balch. It was later the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, then the Regent Showcase. It closed as a regular film venue in 2008 and is now used as a church with occasional rentals for special events. For more information see the page on the Showcase Theatre.

Shubert Theatre
2020 Avenue of the Stars  Century City
 
The Shubert opened in 1972 across the plaza from the twin Century Plaza film theatres, then known as the ABC City Theatres. It was operated by NYC's Shubert Organization. Henry George Greene was the architect of the 1,830 seat theatre. It was demolished in 2004. New office towers are now on the site. For more information see the page on the Shubert Theatre.
 
Silent Movie Theatre / Cinefamily 
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
 
The 224 seat theatre was opened in 1942 by John Hampton and his wife Dorothy as a venue for silent films. With gradually dwindling audiences over the years, they closed the theatre in 1980. After several later owners, the theatre was taken over in 2006 by Cinefamily. It's alive and well as the home of revivals, cult films, festivals and more. For more information see the page on the Silent Movie Theatre.

Stadium Theatre 
8906 W. Pico Blvd.

The 1,172 seat deco style theatre is a Boller Bros. design that opened in 1931. Built for and operated by Fox West Coast Theatres, it was usually advertised as the Fox Stadium. The rear of the auditorium was with stadium-style seating, a rarity at the time. It's been a synagogue since 1964. For more information see the page on the Stadium Theatre.

Studio Theatre
1715 N. Vermont Ave.
 
This 430 seat theatre opened around 1940 as the Regal Theatre. The location is just north of Hollywood Blvd. Sometime in the mid-40s it was renamed the Studio. It closed in 1960 and has been demolished -- there's a Bank of America branch now on the site. For more information see the listing on the Studio Theatre.

Sunbeam Theatre
1408 W. Pico Blvd.

The 423 seat theatre opened in 1912 or 1913 as the Pico Grand. The location is two blocks west of the 110. By 1915 it had become the Sunbeam Theatre. By 1927 that had been shortened to become the Sun Theatre. It closed in the early 50s. The building, which dates from 1912, still exists but has been remodeled. It's now used as a church. For more information see the listing for the Sunbeam Theatre.

Sunset Theatre
1508 N. Western Ave.
 
It was located at Western and Sunset and opened in 1929 or earlier. As part of the Rosener circuit in the 40s and 50s (and up at least to 1960) the 535 seat house ran foreign films and revivals. Then it started running adult product under new management and became a Pussycat Theatre in 1966. It closed in 2003 and was demolished for housing and a Walgreen's parking lot. For more information see the listing for the Sunset Theatre.

Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.

Opened: 1992 as a 5-plex running mainstream and arty product. It was the Laemmle Sunset 5 through 2011. It was taken over by Sundance Cinemas and became the Sundance Sunset in 2012. It's now the AMC Dine-In Sunset 5. The drive-by photo of the complex is from 2011. More Information: See the page about the Sunset 5.

Teragram Ballroom / Playhouse Theatre
1234 W. 7th St.

Possibly the theatre opened as early as 1913. In the 30s it was McKinney's Playhouse. The 490 seat theatre is known to have been operating as late as 1939, listed usually as just The Playhouse. It had a long spell as a violin store (among other things) in front with a church in the auditorium. The venue was back in business in 2015 as the Teragram Ballroom, the west coast outpost of people previously involved with New York's famed Bowery Ballroom. For more information see the page on the Teragram Ballroom/Playhouse Theatre.

Theatre De Luxe
656 S. Alvarado St. 

It's listed in the 1914 and 1915 city directories as the Theatre De Luxe. The theatre appears in a 1923 Paramount ad as the Deluxe Theatre. The location is now retail space. For more information see the page on the Theatre De Luxe.

Theatre Mart 
605 N. Juanita Ave. / 600 N. Vermont Ave.

The building's beginning as a theatre was in 1928 under the auspices of noted theatre patron Alice Pike Barney. The location is a block east of Vermont and a block south of Melrose. In 1933 it reopened as a 340 seat dinner theatre with a view toward doing a season of classics. The opening attraction, "The Drunkard," sold too well to continue with the rest of the series. It ran 36 years. After it closing as a theatre it became the Los Angeles Press Club and was later a vocal studio and restaurant. It's now for sale. For more information see the page on the Theatre Mart.

Theatre Theatre
5041 W. Pico Blvd.

This is a small legit venue two and a half blocks west of La Brea in a building that used to be a grocery store. For more information see the listing for Theatre Theatre.

Tiffany Theatre
8534 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood  

The 400 seat theatre just west of La Cienega was opened in 1966 by producer/exhibitor Robert Lippert and veteran exhibitor Harold Goldman. It soon gained fame as a repertory cinema. It was remodeled in the mid 1980s into two 99 seat legit houses. They closed in 2004 and the building sat vacant for years awaiting redevelopment plans. It was demolished in 2013. For more information see the listing on the Tiffany Theatre.

Turnabout Theatre
716 N. La Cienega Blvd.  West Hollywood
 
The 180 seat theatre was open between 1941 and 1956 in a building four blocks north of Melrose. The first half of a show was an adult marionette comic drama, usually revolving around themes of current interest. The seats flipped around for the second half facing the other end of the room where there was a stage for a musical revue. The building is still there, although now with non-theatrical tenants. For more information see the listing on the Turnabout Theatre.

Uptown Theatre
1008 S. Western Ave.

Norma Talmadge's "Graustark" was the opening feature here in 1925. The stage show featured Charlie Nelson and his Playboys. The Uptown was initially operated by West Coast Theatres, who called it the Fox Uptown after they became Fox West Coast in 1929. Lewis A. Smith, who did lots of work for the chain, was the designer. Seating estimates vary from 1,600 to 1,715. It was last operated by National General Corporation, the successor to Fox West Coast. The Uptown was demolished in the early 60s. For more information see the page for the Uptown.

Victoria Theatre
2570 W. Pico Blvd.

This 700 seat theatre opened in 1913. The location is two blocks west of Vermont Ave. It's unknown when it closed as a movie theatre. It's in the 1942 city directory but not the 1956 edition. In the 60s or so it got an extensive remodel when it was turned into a ballroom and meeting hall. It was used for occasional concerts as late as 1981. The Victoria has now been gutted for use as retail space. It was a mattress store for years. It's now a market. For more information see the page about the Victoria Theatre.

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Dr.

It opened in 1923 as Bard's Hollywood Theatre. Lou Bard also operated theatres downtown and in Glendale and Pasadena. It's a cute neighborhood house with an Egyptian flavored interior. Lewis A. Smith designed the 638 seat theatre. It's still open with first runs, moveovers and occasional revivals under the enlightened management of Vintage Cinemas. For more information see the page on the Vista Theatre.

Warner Beverly Hills
9404 Wilshire Blvd.  Beverly Hills

It opened in 1931, a design of B. Marcus Priteca who also did the theatres for Warner Bros. in San Pedro and Huntington Park. After the consent decrees of the 50s, the theatre was operated by the Stanley Warner Corporation as the Stanley Warner Beverly Hills and, starting in 1968, by Pacific Theatres as Pacific's Warner. The 1,500 seat theatre had a glorious career as a deluxe venue for prestige films. It had one of the few horizontal VistaVision installations in the country and was later equipped for 70mm presentations. It finished its movie days in the late 80s as a 99 cent house and concert venue. Sadly, it was demolished in 1988 for a parking lot. For more information see the pages on the Warner Bros. Beverly Hills: history + exterior views | interior views

Westlake Theatre
638 S. Alvarado St.

It opened in 1926 as an operation of West Coast Theatres. The 1,949 seat theatre is a design theatre architect of Richard M. Bates, Jr. After the theatre days were over it became a flat-floored swap meet which left most of the decor intact. That closed in 2011. The current owner, the City of Los Angeles, has the building up for sale. For more information see the page on the Westlake Theatre: history and exterior views | interior views

Westlake Theatre
680 Alvarado St.

This venue appears in the 1912 city directory. It also shows up in a 1914 ad as being on "S. Alvarado near 7th St." A page has been started on this Westlake Theatre but there's no additional information yet.

Westland Twins
10754 W. Pico Blvd. 

The Laemmle circuit opened this twin in the mid-70s. The location was two blocks east of Westwood Blvd. Originally a second run operation, it later evolved into an art house. It was a conversion from a restaurant. The decor was drapes all around. It was demolished in 1987 or 1988. For more information see the listing for the Westland Twins.

Westside Pavilion Cinemas
10800 W. Pico Blvd.

This was a four screen complex operated by Landmark Theatres that opened as the Samuel Goldwyn Cinemas. It was demolished and replaced in the mall by The Landmark, a much larger complex that opened in 2007. There's a page started on the Westside Pavilion Cinemas but there isn't any more data.

Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4400 Wilshire Blvd. & 4401 W. 8th St.

The 1,270 seat theatre opened in 1927 with a production of Sigmund Romberg's "Desert Song." Sumner P. Hunt designed the building for the Ebell of Los Angeles Women's Club. It's also been called the Windsor Square Theatre. The club is still thriving and the theatre as well as other ballrooms and meeting spaces are rented out for a variety of events. For more information see the page on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Wilshire Theatre
143 S. Western Ave. 

This theatre five and a half blocks north of Wilshire was listed in the 1915 and 1916 city directories. Evidently it didn't last long. It's been demolished. For more information see the page on the Wilshire Theatre.

Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd.

It opened in 1931 as the Warner Bros. Western Theatre with 2,344 seats. G. Albert Lansburgh designed the theatre with Morgan, Walls & Clements doing the retail spaces and office tower. Warners soon bailed on their lease and it ran as an independent for a few years called the Wil-Tern (later turned into one word, Wiltern) before the circuit took it over again. It was later operated by Stanley Warner and Pacific Theatres. After closing in 1979 it was stripped and scheduled for demolition by Franklin Life, the owner at the time. It was rescued and restored by developer Wayne Ratkovitch and his partners for a 1985 reopening. It's now a music venue operated by Live Nation. Main floor seating was removed in a 2002 remodel. For more information see the pages on the Wiltern Theatre: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | backstage | house basement areas | booth and attic |

Windsor Theatre
221 S. Western Ave.

It was listed in the 1918 through 1922 city directories. There's a page started for the Windsor Theatre, but nothing more is known at this time.

Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Dr.  Beverly Hills

It was the Doheny Plaza Theatre when it opened in 1970, a single screen theatre operated by Metropolitan Theatres. It's on the ground floor of a parking garage for the Doheny Plaza office complex. George T. Nowark designed the 541 seat theatre. It's now operated by the WGA as a members-only venue with lots of film screenings. For more information see the page on the Writers Guild Theater.


Art Deco treasures along Wilshire: Saban / Fox Wilshire Theatre | Wiltern Theatre | runner up: El Rey Theatre --  nice facade but nothing of interest left inside |

Historic theatres running movies: Aero Theatre | Bruin Theatre | Fine Arts Theatre | Los Feliz Theatre | Music Hall | New Beverly Cinema | Nuart Theatre | Royal Theatre | Village Theatre | Vista Theatre |  

Tragic Westside losses: Beverly Theatre | Carthay Circle Theatre | Warner Beverly Hills |

Hopes for future restoration: Westlake Theatre


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