Warner Bros. Theatre

401 W. 7th St.       | map |

Los Angeles, CA  90014

Architect: B. Marcus Priteca

Opened: August 17, 1920 as the Pantages.  Priteca, a prolific theatre architect based in Seattle, did lots of other work for the Pantages circuit including the Hollywood Pantages in 1930. 

His other theatres in the Los Angeles area were the Fine Arts in Beverly Hills and three suburban deco palaces, the Warner Beverly Hills, Warner San Pedro and Warner Huntington Park.

This 1920 creation was quite typical of the favored Pantages classical style of the 20s. The home of the Pantages circuit prior to this was the 1910 building at 534 S.  Broadway. That theatre is now known as the Arcade.

Seating: 1,757.  Originally listed as 2,200.

Greek-born Alexander Pantages got his start in show business selling seats for readings of newspapers to miners in Alaska who were starved for information and entertainment.

Alexander Pantages (1867-1936) and his son Rodney in a
photo by Estep and Kirkpatrick, from the Herald Examiner
archives in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.  Rodney
would go on to manage the Hollywood Pantages.
 full size view

A tall 1925 ad for the "Show Place Beautiful" where
 "Like the Pantages skyscraper overtops a cottage, this
show tops everything else in town."  The feature is
"The Best Bad Man" with Tom Mix and Clara Bow.
  full size view

Thanks to Tourmaline, who found the ad for his Noirish Los Angeles post #14530 about Tom Mix. He found it on Western Clippings.

Scandals, Joseph Kennedy and a Forced Sale: After Joseph P. Kennedy put RKO together in 1928 by merging Radio Corporation of America and the Keith Albee and Orpheum circuits, he started looking around for additional theatre holdings to expand his reach. He tried to purchase the Pantages circuit to improve the RKO position on the west coast but Pantages was initially unwilling to sell.

A triptych of Alexander Pantages, the theatre at 7th & Hill
 and Eunice Pringle, a secret agent of Joe Kennedy (according
 to one version of the story). Ken McIntyre found the
item for his Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.
full size view

C.W. Porter's website about Joe Kennedy and his ruthless business methods has a page on "How Joe Framed an Innocent Man."  Using "Sins of the Father" by Ronald Kessler and "The Kennedy Men: Three Generations of Sex, Scandal, and Secrets" by Nellie Bly as sources, he says:

"In February 1929, Joe Kennedy made an offer to buy the Pantages theater chain, the second biggest in California, from its owner Alexander Pantages, a Greek immigrant who had built the chain from scratch into a multi-million dollar business.

Joe's innate arrogance was now rampant, and when Pantages rebuffed his offers, Kennedy threatened him by boasting of his influence in the banking and movie businesses. Soon, Pantages found his theaters were being denied first-run blockbuster features from major studios, but that was only the beginning.

On August 9, 1929 in Pantages's flagship theater...in downtown Los Angeles, an hysterical lady in red emerged from the janitor's broom closet on the mezzanine screaming: "There he is, the Beast! Don't let him get at me!" She pointed to the silver-haired Alexander Pantages in the office next to the broom closet.

Poor Pantages was convicted and sentenced to fifty years, but the verdict was overturned on appeal, on the basis that it was prejudicial to Pantages to exclude testimony about the morals of the plaintiff. The court found her testimony 'so improbable as to challenge credulity.'

The girl, Eunice Pringle of Garden Grove, California, told police that she had come to Pantages looking for work as a dancer. Instead of offering her a job, he had pushed her into the broom closet, wrenched her underwear loose and raped her. Pantages insisted that he was being framed, and that the young woman had torn and ripped her own clothing.

At the new trial, Pantages' lawyers reenacted the alleged rape and showed that it could not have occurred in the small broom closet the way Pringle had described it. The jury was also shown how athletic Pringle was, casting doubt on her claim that she could not fight off advances by the slightly built Pantages.

The second jury acquitted Pantages, but because of the notoriety, his business had plummeted. A few months after Kennedy's final offer of $8 million, Pantages was forced to sell out to Joe's RKO for $3.5 million.

Porter's piece goes on to suggest that two years later Eunice Pringle died suddenly (of cyanide poisoning) and, in a deathbed confession, implicated Kennedy in the conspiracy to set up Pantages.  Wikipedia's article about Eunice Pringle notes that this story, while appearing in several books, is obviously untrue as Eunice died in San Diego in 1996 at the age of 84.

Michael Parrish, in a June 16, 2002 Los Angeles Times article, tries (unsuccessfully) to get to the bottom of the story. He notes that the "deathbed confession" of Ms. Pringle may have been a story spread by the Pantages camp as part of the attempt to exonerate the theatre owner. Parrish concludes that even if the confession part of the much-repeated tale is untrue it'll be difficult to prove there wasn't a conspiracy against Pantages involving  Joe Kennedy.

Prior to the trial, the prosecutors went to the theatre building to inspect the mezzanine room where Eunice Pringle alleged that the assault took place. Alexander Pantages' office was in room 205 of the office building.

A Herald Examiner photo in the Los Angeles
Public Library collection from August 13, 1929.
full size view | another shot

The caption: "Chief Deputy District Attorney, Robert P. Stewart,
who led the investigation party, is pictured in doorway of the room,
which opens from the mezzanine floor. The doorway to the
room is so low, Mr. Stewart had to stoop."

The interior of the janitor's room in a Herald
Examiner photo published August 13, 1929. It's in
the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
full size view

  "Photo shows interior of the 'little mystery room,'
a private conference room in the Pantages Theatre building,
where Eunice Pringle, dancer, charges she was attacked by
Alexander Pantages. Prosecutors inspected the room today."

Thanks to Eitan Alexander for finding the
two photos above in the LAPL collection.

Pantages, center, in court with his attorneys in 1929.

It's a Frank Bentley Herald Examiner photo in
 the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
 full size view

Thanks to David Saffer, of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, for the link to Porter's Joe Kennedy website.  And many thanks to Jeff Kurtti for digging out the Los Angeles Times article that debunks some aspects of the Pringle story.

Pantages was in trouble again in 1931 in the "Hollywood Love Mart Case" where there was a party and it was alleged that money was given to several underage girls.

Pantages in court again in 1931.  It's a Herald
 Examiner photo in the Los Angeles Public
 Library collection.
Another Herald Examiner photo from the 1931 "Love Mart Case."
The caption: "Courtroom scene shows Alexander Pantages and his
wife, pointed out by arrows, seated side by side. Standing at left is
 Jesse H. Shreve, wealthy San Diego business man, jointly accused
with Pantages on charges of contributing to the delinquency of two
 minor girls in connection with the asserted party. A full week
already has been taken up in selection of a jury to try the
case. Photo dated: June 3, 1931."

full size view

Acquisition by Warner Bros:  Although Pantages sold the circuit to RKO, they didn't need this Pantages house at 7th & Hill as they had two other large theatres nearby, the Orpheum on Broadway and the Hillstreet a block away at 8th & Hill.  Thus this one ended up with Warner Bros.

There was a remodel with all the "P" crests in the decoration being replaced with WB logos and a general refurbishing.  After a shutdown for the remodel, which included a new marquee, the theatre reopened as the Warner Bros. Downtown Theatre with "Gold Diggers of Broadway," an August 1929 release.  Later signage revisions called it Warner's.

Pantages held onto a big project in the works at the time of the circuit's sale, the Hollywood Pantages, which was the largest theatre ever built for the circuit. Curiously, RKO did end up with the Hollywood theatre but not until 1949 and Joe Kennedy was long out of the picture. RKO at that time was being run by Howard Hughes.

Early Widescreen at the Warner: Warner Bros, like many studios, experimented with widescreen cinematography and projection in the late 20s and early 30s. Their process was called Vitascope and used 65mm film with the sound on Vitaphone records. The special  projectors were developed by the Warner Bros. technical department.

The Warner Downtown got a 65mm installation but only ran one feature, "A Soldier's Plaything," which opened December 12, 1930.   The Warner Hollywood also ran the 65mm Vitascope process.  For the film "The Lash," the Warner downtown got the 35mm version, the Warner Hollywood the 65mm widescreen version.

See our Movie Links & Hollywood History Resources page for more on early widescreen processes. Dates of early L.A. widescreen runs are on the From Script To DVD page "70mm & Wide Gauge: The Early Years" by Michael Coate and William Kallay. 

The Consent Decree: In early 1953 as a result of the Consent Decree the Warner Bros. theatre division, the Stanley-Warner Corp., was spun off as a separate company from the film business. That company merged with RKO Theatres (controlled by the Glen Alden Corp.) in 1967 to form RKO-Stanley Warner. The process is discussed in the anthology The American Film Industry, edited by Tino Balio. 

After Warner Bros: While many RKO Stanley-Warner southern California assets were purchased Pacific Theatres in 1968, the Warner Downtown had earlier been taken over by Metropolitan Theatres when Stanley Warner wanted out of the downtown market.  The Warner name came off and starting in 1958 (in the middle of the run of "Bridge on the River Kwai") it was called the Warrens

Status:  Closed in 1975.  It was then a church for a while. The main floor and lobby have been used for retail as the Jewelry Mart since the late 70s.

Most of the plasterwork is still intact and the balcony is untouched (still with seats).  You can walk on the stage (where there are more jewelry stalls) and see the counterweight system T-wall stage right as well as look up to the grid. The switchboard stage right has been removed.  It's worth a visit even if you don't want to buy any jewelry.

In the Movies as the Pantages: Harold Lloyd has some dazzling scenes up on what looks like an unfinished building in the 1921 Pathe release "Never Weaken." Some shots were from 1st & Hill but here we're at 7th & Hill. We get lots of views of the back of the Loew's State Theatre (then under construction) but also this nice vista down on the new Pantages:

A look at the Pantages in "Never Weaken"
(1921). The building behind the theatre is the
Los Angeles Athletic Club.
larger view

In the Movies as the Warner:

The Warner and the Orpheum are seen in the 11
minute 1946 short film "Your Traffic Officer" from the
L.A. City Clerk's office. The Warner has "Cloak and Dagger" a
September 1946 release by Fritz Lang starring Gary Cooper. 
larger view | the film on YouTube

Thanks to Eitan Alexander for the screenshot.  And to
Michelle Gerdes, Torr Leonard and Hunter Kerhart for
calling our attention to the film.

Also from 1946 is a Downtown Los Angeles Traffic
Study. It's less than 4 minutes long. At 2:12 a shot looking
south on Hill gives a look at the Warner. Thanks to Eitan
Alexander for spotting this one on YouTube.

The Warner was used extensively for the interiors of 
Ziegfeld's New Amsterdam Theatre in William Wyler's
 "Funny Girl" (Rastar/Columbia, 1968). The exteriors, some
backstage shots and bigger production numbers were studio
 creations. This angle looking down from the top of the
balcony appears several times in the film.
full size view

Thanks to Bill Gabel for mentioning that the Warner
was the site of the filming. See our
interior views  page
for more auditorium shots from "Funny Girl."

We get a nice shot of the Warner building at night toward the end of
"The Gambler"
with Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson
(Paramount, 2014). A bit before, we had a glimpse of the alley end of
the Tower Theatre. Mark's on his way to
a subterranean gambling
club and
takes a quick backstage tour at the Palace to get there.

It's not much, but we get a fuzzy look at the Warner in
the distance in a shot west on 7th St. in Terrence Malick's
"Knight of Cups" (Broad Green Pictures, 2015).

larger view

The film spends a lot of time on top of and inside the
 Palace and also has brief views of the Los Angeles, State
and Wiltern theatres. See our "Knight of Cups" post on
 Theatres In Movies for more from the film.

More information:  The  Cinema Tour page on the Warner Bros. Downtown has some photos by Adam Martin and Bob Meza.  The Cinema Treasures page on the Warner has a good history of the building and lots of photos.

See the Wikipedia articles on architect B. Marcus Priteca and owner Alexander Pantages.

Stanford University also has a nice page on the career of Alexander Pantages.

     street views - 1917 - 1931    

c. 1917
A USC Archives look west on 7th St. toward
Hill. The Pantages  will soon rise in the vacant
 lot this side of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. 
full size view

Note: use the slider to get a larger view
and pan around on the USC photos.

A view of the Pantages upon its opening from
Wikipedia. That's Alexander Pantages on the left
with his Northwest district manager Edward G. Milne
 on the right. The item appeared in the Seattle Argus. 
full size view

The etching also appears on Danni Bayles-Yeager's
 page about the theatre in her Performing Arts Archive.


A fine corner view from Card Cow.  That's the L.A.
Athletic Club to the left of the theatre on 7th St. Thanks to
Mason P. Martinez for posting the card on the Facebook
page Historical Pictures of Los Angeles.
full size view | on Historical Pictures

The California State Library collection
includes this photo by Martin Behrman. It's the
photo that the postcard above was derived from.
  full size view | data page

c. 1920
An early postcard view from the great
Theatre Talks
 theatre historian
Cezar Del Valle.
Thanks, Cezar!
full size view

The photo that Cezar's postcard is derived from
 is in the collection of the California State Library.

A view from Encyclopedia Brittanica taken
before signage was added above the marquee.   

The photo above also appears on Historical Pictures of L.A.

also c.192o:
| corner view  - LAPL | another early view - LAPL |
| up 7th St. - L.A. County Natural History Museum |

c. 1921
A Los Angeles Public Library collection
 photo giving us a nice look at the original
curvy contour of at the marquee.
full size view 

Note here we've added some "Pantages"
 lettering above the marquee but not the other
 readerboards soon to follow.

| west on 7th - LAPL  |

A look west on 7th St. from the
 Metro Transportation Archive
. The Pantages is playing "Flesh
and Blood" with Lon Chaney. 
full size view

after 1922
Ken McIntyre found this view looking south on Hill
 toward 7th -- note
the Pantages signage on the north side
of the theatre.
And a block farther south we get a bit of
the dome of
the RKO Hillstreet, open in 1922.
full size view

A postcard of the Pantages from a Hill St.
 tour created by Brent C. Dickerson as part
of his
 Visit to Old Los Angeles series. The pages
 the site are bursting with vintage postcard

views of downtown.

full size image
| index to episodes

Another postcard view from above based on the same
photo as the one above but with quite different coloring. 
This one, on eBay, was a find of Michelle Gerdes. 
It had a 1924 postmark. Thanks, Michelle!
| north on Hill from 8th - c.1924 - a sliver of the RKO
Hillstreet on the far left - USC Archives  |

A lovely view from Ezra Buzzington on the L.A. Theatres
Facebook page showing the Pantages entrance when his
grandfather played the theatre in Buzington's (with one Z)
 Rube Band. The feature film was "Compromise" with Irene
Rich, an October 1925 release.
Thanks, Ezra!
Behind that guy at the center, note the interesting curved
 boxoffice at the corner, right out at the sidewalk line. That
boxoffice area would later be the location of a set of
stairs down to a Burger King in the basement.

The photo above also appears on Photos of Los Angeles
as a post of Bill Gabel and on the Water and Power Associates
 Early L.A. Historical Buildings (1925+) page 1.

This photo is in the
USC Archives. The
Pantages is running "The Marriage License."
   full size view | in the LAPL collection

A Los Angeles Public Library photo
of the Pantages running "The Marriage License"
-- a bit different from the take above.
full size view

also from 1926:
| east on 7th - Pantages dome & Loew's State - LAPL  |
|"Hero of the Big Snows "- USC Archives |

 | "Hero of the Big Snows" - LAPL |
| "Hero of the Big Snows" another view - LAPL |

A nice view of the Pantages signage posted on
Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page by Scott
Santoro, who was given
the photo by his friend
Gianpiero Leone.
"Is Zat So" was released in 1927.
full size view | on the FB page

Note the bottom of the new 7th St. vertical sign
-- not on the building in the 1926 photos.

A Los Angeles Public Library photo of the
building north of the theatre on Hill St., the Kodak
Building. At the left we see the theatre's vertical sign (still
the Pantages) and a bit of the side exit from the lobby.
 full size view

The Kodak Building is long gone.  There is a "then and now"
comparison on Hunter Kerhart's blog South on Spring.

A Los Angeles Public Library photo of
he Pantages running "Submarine" a  mostly silent
 film from Columbia that got an added soundtrack of
music and effects. It was an August 1928 release.
full size view

A doctored postcard view looking west on 7th St. It's
 part of Cezar Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection.
On the marquee is "Submarine."
full size view

The image for the card has been doctored so the vertical says
 "Warner Bros." Actually for the run of this film in 1928 it still
said "Pantages."  The LAPL photo above and the image the
postcard is based on were both taken during the second
 week of the run for "Submarine."

The "Submarine" card also appears in Elizabeth
Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards collection.

 A Los Angeles Public Library photo gives
us a look at the new marquee as the Warner
prepares to reopen after a bit of a remodel. 
full size view 

On the marquee is "Gold Diggers of
 Broadway," an August 1929 release.


Thanks to Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles
for this fine card. He added it as a comment to a
 set of photos of the building by Ray Doan.

The Exhibitors Herald World issue of October 18,
1930 included this photo of the banners used to advertise
John Barrymore in "Moby Dick." They note that "lines
 converged from two streets to the ticket office" and that
the banners were visible for several blocks.
Thanks to Brooklyn-based theatre historian Cezar
Del Valle for his copy of the photo above. He featured
it in a post titled "Ahab Hunting White Whale in
Downtown L.A." on his Theatre Talks blog.

Thanks to Doug Simmons on Photos of Los Angeles
 for this "Bargain" shot of the Warner. No, it's not their
bargain matinees they're advertising but "The Bargain,"
 a feature starring Lewis Stone.

The Warner Theatre building.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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     street views - 1931 - 1989    

[ Earlier views are over in the left column. The
recent exterior views page has post-2000 photos. ]

A lovely 1931 look at the Hill St. side of the Warner
advertising Vitaphone.  Guido Diero was a noted Italian
accordionist appearing at the Warner. Or were they
 running his Vitaphone short?

The photo appears on the Guido Diero Vitaphone
page. The feature film is Dorothy Mackaill in "Safe in Hell."
full size view | on FB/LATheatres

The far right side of the marquee on Hill St. where it says
"Warner Bros." on top was an extension of the big marquee
re-do Warners did in 1929.  A look at the 1929 LAPL photo
reveals just a plain canopy over the exit doors there.

also from 1931:
| vertical detail - LAPL |

An Olympics look west on 7th discovered
 by Ken McIntyre.
We're at Broadway with the
Warner a block down at Hill St.

 full size view


A Los Angeles Public Library photo
with the theatre running "Stranger In
 Town" with Bette Davis.
also from 1932:
| "The Bargain" - from above - LAPL |

A Metro Library and Archive photo on Flickr.
We're looking east on 7th. The Warner has
James Cagney,
Pat O'Brien and Olivia de Havilland in "The Irish In Us,"
 A March 1935 Warner Bros. release.
full size view

A postcard of the Warner in Elizabeth Fuller's
amazing Old Los Angeles Postcards collection
 on Flickr. We're looking north up Hill Street. 
full size view | on Flickr

The card also appears in Brian McCray's
Hollywood Postcards collection:
looking north on Hill St.  |

A Los Angeles Public Library photo by
Herman Schultheis. We're pointed east on 7th.
also c.1937:
 | 7th east toward Hill - Herman Schultheis - LAPL  |

A Herman Schultheis photo in the
 Los Angeles Public Library collection.
The Warner is running "Hollywood Hotel,"
A January 1938 release.
 full size view

More rainy "Hollywood Hotel"
views by Herman Schultheis:

 | corner view | north on Hill  | west on 7th |

A Los Angeles Public Library photo of the
theatre's entrance during the run of "Cowboy
From Brooklyn" with Dick Powell.
full size view

Another find by Ken McIntyre is this shot
looking south on Hill St. toward the theatre.
full size view

A Los Angeles Public Library photo of
 the Hill Street facade of the Warner Theatre. 
full size view

A tinted postcard view of the Warner Theatre
in Cezar Del Valle's
Theatre Talks collection.
 We're running "The Adventures of
Robin Hood" with Erroll Flynn.
full size view

The card above also appears in two other collections:
| Elizabeth Fuller's Postcards - mailed in 1944 |
 | USC Geography Department Tour - Jewelry District |

also from 1938:
 | "Robin Hood" - USC Archives |
| "Robin Hood" - another USC Archives view |
| "The Hurricane" - LAPL | "Hurricane" another view - LAPL |

A USC Archives view of the vista north on Hill St.
from 8th toward the Warner. 
It's a Dick Whittington
photo. The Alhambra Theatre (here after it became a
parking garage) is seen half way down the block.
 full size view | on the USC site


A USC Archives view north on Hill St. from
the Dick Whittington Studio.  The Warner is running
 "Dark Victory." The side panels of the marquee still
have large neon displays advertising "Vitaphone." 
 full size view

also see:
| another USC "Dark Victory" view - west on 7th |

A look east on 7th from Ken McIntyre. That's the
Warner hiding beyond the L.A. Athletic Club.
 full size view

We're looking north on Hill in this photo on Shorpy.
The Warner is running "The Male Animal" (an April 1942
release) and "Lady for a Night." The photo was taken by
 Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.
Thanks to Torr Leonard for spotting this one!  Brad
Lewis has also posted it on Photos of Los Angeles.

A fine shot in the USC Archives from the Dick
Whittington Studio. We're looking east on 7th past
 the Los Angeles Athletic Club toward the Warner.
full size view

also from 1942:
| south on Hill from 6th - LAPL | another similar one |

A superb view west on 7th with a bit of Loew's State on
the left, Bullocks on the right. Oh, yes -- the Warner down
the block at 7th & Hill. Thanks to Sean Ault for finding
 the photo on eBay and sending it our way.
full size view

Note the change on the vertical in the view above.
 It now says "Warners" instead of "Warner Bros."


The UCLA  Calisphere collection includes this
Burton Frasher exterior shot. Note the new readerboard
faces and repainted marquee.
We've installed "modern"
white readerboard faces -- no more milk glass letters.

We're running "The Time, the Place and the Girl,"
a December 28, 1946 release.
full size view

The view above is from a "Frasher's Foto Postcard."
The entire Frasher Foto Postcard Collection is at the
Pomona Library. It contains hundreds of photos
 from all over southern California.
| the card at the Pomona Library |

late 40s?
| east on 7th - Warner and Loew's State - LAPL  |

A look west on 7th from Ken McIntyre. That's
Bullocks at 7th & Broadway behind the streetcar.
 full size view | on PoLA

The Warner getting a new marquee. It's an Alan Weeks photo
taken in October from Metro Library & Archive. Yes, they're
open. The signage on the scaffolding says they're running "Johnny
Belinda," a Warner release with Jane Wyman and Lew Ayres.
 full size view | on Flickr

Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for spotting
the photo above in the Metro collection.

A hot day in L.A. as a Warner usherette is mopping
her brow in a September USC archives shot taken for the
L.A. Examiner. It's cool inside -- she should go in to see "What
Price Glory" (20th Century Fox, 1952) with James Cagney.
Thanks to Eitan Alexander for spotting the photo!
full size view

also from 1952
  | "This Woman is Dangerous" - east on 7th - USC Archives |

A Los Angeles Public Library photo of
the Warner running "Roman Holiday."
full size view

Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards
collection includes this card looking west on 7th. The Warner
is running "She's Back on Broadway" with Virginia Mayo.
full size view

The card also appears on a KPCC Public Radio page
 "Help us date and translate a trove of LA picture postcards."

A February 19 Los Angeles Examiner photo
 in the
USC Archives of the paper's newspaper
carriers at the Warner for a screening of
"The Far Country" with James Stewart.

Thanks to Eitan Alexander for finding the photo above in
the USC Archives. It also appears on Cinema Treasures.

A detail of the WB cartouche
from the Examiner photo above.

The Metro Transportation Archive has
 this shot (which they don't date) looking west on
 7th St. toward the Warner.
full size view

A look west on 7th from the Sean Ault
collection. We're looking past Bullocks on
Broadway to the Warner down at Hill St. 
They'rerunning "The Ten Commandments."
full size view | on FB/LATheatres

Thanks, Sean! Sean Ault is a noted historian of transit
 in the Los Angeles area.
You can see many more items
from his Osiris Press transit archive on YouTube.

A look west on 7th St. from the
Metro Transportation Archive on Flickr.
 It's in their LATL Streetcar Lines set. We get
"The State" at the left (no longer Loew's) and
the Warner down the block at Hill St.
full size view

Los Angeles Theatres -- The Pantages (1920), later the Warner, at 7th & Hill Sts.

An interesting Los Angeles Public Library
photo by Roy Hankey
looking east on 7th St. toward
the Warner  Note the Bullocks store beyond in the block
between 7th and Broadway. The Library dates this one
as 1959 but it's obviously a bit earlier.
full size view

A rainy day view
discovered by Ken McIntyre
gives us a view looking west on 7th. Note a
bit of the bottom of the 7th St. Loew's State
vertical sign on the left side of the photo.
 full size view

A rare look at the marquee with the SW (Stanley-Warner)
crest replacing the WB. Thanks to Hoss C for finding the
 photo on eBay and posting it on Noirish Los Angeles in
his post #26926. The seller dated it as June 1958. 
full size view | on Noirish LA

Here we see that "Bridge on the River Kwai," a 1957 release,
has won its Best Picture Oscar.  Also: "Smoking in the Loges."

In the photo above the theatre is still the Warner,
under Stanley Warner management -- below (during
the same engagement) it has become the Warrens.

Looking west on 7th toward the Warrens Theatre
in a
Dick Whittington photo in the USC Archives.
They're still running "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
 full size view

In this second "Bridge on the River Kwai" shot above, a
close look reveals that the SW crest has been removed,
 revealing bare neon tubing in the space.

A look north on Hill St. from the
Transportation Archive
on Flickr. The Warrens
 is running "Midnight Lace" with Doris Day.
 full size view

Looking west on 7th toward in January toward
the Warrens Theatre. The photo appeared on
 Vintage Los Angeles and is from the
Richard Wojcik collection. 
full size view

Richard notes that all electrified transit would
end in Los Angeles on March 31, 1963.

A glorious look west on 7th St. toward the Warrens
from the Metro  Transportation Archive
Downtown Los Angeles set.
full size view

The 1963 photo also appears on the website
of the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society.

A fine look at the marquee when the theatre was the
Warrens. Sad to see the crest at the center now bare.
Once it had a WB, later an SW (for Stanley Warner).
 Thanks to L.A. transit historian Sean Ault for the
 photo from his collection.

A neat view looking south on Hill Street when the
was operating as the Warrens. It was posted
on Vintage Los Angeles by Mitchell Walker Jr
full size view

A fine look south on Hill St. from Richard Wojcik
on Vintage Los Angeles. The theatre
was called
the Warrens at the time.  Thanks, Richard!


| Mexicans under marquee - California State Library |

A look west on 7th in the California State Library 
collection by William Reagh.
The theatre closed in 1975
(as the Warrens) and then had a short stint as a church
before its career as a jewelry mart began.
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Ken McIntyre came up with this lovely
view of the building with a Burger King in
the theatre's basement lounge spaces.
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The theatre as a jewelry mart in a
 photo from the
California State Library
collection by William Reagh. Yes, the signage
 under the marquee says "Burger King."
There was one in the basement.

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