522 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 | map |
Opened: It was running in 1907 in the middle of the block on the east side of the street between 5th and 6th. It's listed on page 35 in the 1907-08 edition of Henry's Official Western Theatrical Guide. The publication is on Google Books. The Scenic was also included in the 1907, 1908 and 1909 lists of theatres compiled by Billboard magazine. The 1908 list is on Google Books.
Southwest Amusement Co. was the operator and they were running three shows daily. The company was a partnership of Billy Clune and C.M. Bockhaven. They dissolved the organization in 1908 with the theatres getting sold off to other operators, many soon getting their names changed. Scroll down to the bottom of the main page about the Cameo Theatre for more about Southwest and other Billy Clune theatre locations.
The theatre is listed as Southwest Amusement Co. under "amusement, places of" in the 1907 city directory. It's not in the 1908, 1909 or 1910 directories.
Closing: Maybe 1909 was the end for this one. If it even lasted that long.
We're looking north toward 5th St. In the center that's the Los Angeles Theatre Center, using an address of 314 S. Spring. The Scenic would have been just to the left of the brightly painted Joe's Parking building. That first storefront in their building is using a 524 address. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019
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